Sharon Dierberger
The Ciesla Foundation

Undercover catcher

Documentary | The Spy Behind Home Plate tells the story of a highly talented but unhappy ballplayer
by Sharon Dierberger
Posted 9/12/19, 04:32 pm

The Golden Age of Baseball conjures up black-and-white images of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. Another player of the 1920s and 1930s is not most recognizable but is arguably most enigmatic.

Moe Berg played on five major league teams over 15 years, mostly as a catcher. But as the title of a recent documentary, The Spy Behind Home Plate, foretells, Berg wasn’t known only for his rocket arm.

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A steady hand

Medicine | Innovative surgery stopped a violinist’s tremor, allowing him to continue in his calling
by Sharon Dierberger
Posted 8/22/19, 03:25 pm

Roger Frisch had it all. A lengthy career as violinist and associate concert master of the acclaimed Minnesota Orchestra. A supportive, talented wife, Michele, principal flutist of the Minnesota Opera. Three adult children successfully launched. A fulfilling teaching post at a local Christian college.

But in 2007, at age 56, Frisch’s right arm started involuntarily quivering on a music ministry trip to China. He recalls, “It came on quickly. It progressed quickly. Real panic set in.”

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Krieg Barrie

Allies against porn

Sexuality | Pornography’s opponents now include an assembly of secular activists 
by Sharon Dierberger
Posted 7/04/19, 03:27 pm

She speaks with the fervor of a tent preacher, proclaiming a message that resonates with Christians, but the Bible isn’t her handbook. Gail Dines is a self-described radical feminist who wants pornography stopped.

Dines, of the Boston porn-fighting nonprofit Culture Reframed, is part of a growing secular movement to eliminate violent, degrading sexual images, especially on the internet. Feminists, medical professionals, and legislators are working together, sometimes alongside Christians, in a multipronged attack on porn.

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