Left: Blind Boys of Alabama • Right: Justin Sullivan/AP

The seeing blind

Work & Calling | What a legendary gospel singer reminds the world after a week filled with sad news of death
by Jamie Dean
Posted 6/11/18, 08:55 am

Every week brings reminders that death comes for every man and every woman—and sometimes children—but it’s still a deep blow, no matter when or how it arrives.

Last week brought sad news of the sudden and tragic deaths of two well-known figures: fashion designer Kate Spade and television star and author Anthony Bourdain. Both had tremendously successful careers. Both committed suicide. 

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Begin with the end

Relationships | Work is important in life, but it won’t be on our minds in our last minutes
by Jamie Dean
Posted 4/25/18, 08:45 am

When journalists at major American newspapers write obituaries for the news sections of their publications, the opening sentence usually identifies the reason the deceased person is widely known.

If tradition holds, future obits likely will remember Capt. Tammie Jo Shults as the Southwest Airlines pilot who deftly landed a heavily damaged jetliner with a gaping hole in the side, saving the lives of 142 passengers and five crew members.

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Welfare and work

Policy | First steps on a long and winding road
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 4/24/18, 10:32 am

Some Washington acronyms, like HHS and HUD, are well-known, but I’ll be surprised if any readers recognize a new kid on the block, RPA-POEM. That’s the acronym for “Reducing Poverty in America by Promoting Opportunity and Economic Mobility,” the executive order Donald Trump signed on April 10.

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