It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into. — Jonathan SwiftOne quiet Sunday morning, I stroll down the driveway of my home in Stone Mountain, Georgia, to pick up the newspaper. As I arrive at the bottom—we live on a hill—a Cadillac drives up the street and stops right before me. A big man in a suit steps out, sticking out his hand. A firm handshake follows, during which I hear him proclaim in a booming, almost happy voice, “I’m looking for lost souls!” Apart from perhaps being overly trusting, I am rather slow and had no idea what he was talking about. I turned around to look behind me, thinking that perhaps he had lost his dog, then corrected myself and mumbled something like, “I’m not very religious.”This was of course a lie, because I am not religious at all. The man, a pastor, was taken aback, probably more by my accent than by my answer. He must have realized that converting a European to his brand of religion was going to be a challenge, so he walked back to his car, but not without handing me a business card in case I’d change my mind. A day that had begun so promisingly now left me feeling like I might go straight to hell.Continue Reading… … Read More
Caleb Gordley was grounded the night he was killed. The 16-year-old basketball, football and baseball player from Virginia hadn’t cleaned his room earlier that day, landing him in hot water with his father.But like many teens his age, Gordley decided to go out in spite of the punishment. After a night out with friends, the high school junior had to sneak back inside. But he had been drinking, and at 2:30 a.m. mistakenly entered the near-identical brick house just two doors down from his own on a quiet cul-de-sac. It would end up being a fatal error.Once inside, Gordley was confronted by homeowner Donald West Wilder II, who was armed. Wilder fired a warning shot. The teenager stayed put. Wilder fired again, this time aiming at Gordley, killing him.As the Washington Post reports, Gordley’s father is still struggling to understand how something like this could have happened to his son:Continue Reading… … Read More
UPDATE 2/4/2013: AirAsia X (AirAsia’s long-haul branch) has officially launched its “Quiet Zone” seats reserved for passengers over 12 years of age, reports Yahoo!.
The new section comprises the first seven economy class rows, and the “new Quiet Zone cabin features a new ambiance with soft lighting, offering a more relaxing cabin atmosphere,” according to Yahoo!.
“This product enhancement allows our guests to have a more pleasant and peaceful journey with minimal noise and less disturbance,” AirAsia X’s Chief Executive Officer Azran Osman-Rani told the media.
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Peyton Manning apparently didn’t see enough of Ray Lewis during the 40 minutes and six seconds that the Denver Broncos had possession of the ball on Saturday. Not too long after Manning’s season ended in a heartbreaking, double overtime loss to Lewis’ Ravens, the two future Hall of Famers shared a quiet moment together. After answering questions about his costly interception, Manning waited around for an hour and a half to congratulate Lewis on his career-extending playoff win. Chad Steele, Ravens’ Director of Media Relations, was there to capture the moment. Great moment @ 1.5 hours after the game, Peyton Manning and his family waited to congratulate @raylewis52.com #ravens twitter.com/CSteele32/stat…— Chad Steele (@CSteele32) January 13, 2013
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Every week I pick one book to review for the column What to Read — a book about which I feel genuinely enthusiastic. That doesn’t mean I read only one book per week. It often takes me several tries before I find a title I can wholeheartedly (or most-heartedly) recommend. Sometimes I sample books you’ve never heard of (and probably never will hear of), but many’s the time I take a pass on a widely celebrated title. Here are few of the more notable books that failed to impress me in 2012.Continue Reading… … Read More