Category Archives: Culture and Society

The National Anthem through the eyes of jazz, America’s unique music

By Robert Willmann From contributions and influences over time, a unique type of music came to be in this country, from the beginning with 13 colonies, to the American Revolution, to the Articles of Confederation, to the U.S. Constitution, to … Continue reading

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Declaration “Dignitas Infinita” on Human Dignity

The Vatican’s Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith has issued an important new doctrinal declaration on human dignity, approved by Pope Francis, that not only reaffirms the Catholic Church’s traditional teaching on abortion, euthanasia and assisted suicide, but also … Continue reading

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“The story of ‘Carol of the Bells,’ a Christmas classic born in Ukraine” – reprinted 2023

“Shchedryk” (from Ukrainian: Щедрий вечiр, “Bountiful Evening”) is a Ukrainian shchedrivka, or New Year’s carol. It was arranged by composer and teacher Mykola Leontovych in 1916, and tells a story of a swallow flying into a household to sing of … Continue reading

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The Happy Finns

When I asked Frank Martela what makes him happy, he held out his phone and showed me a photo of a row of brightly colored children’s bikes. “I was taking my youngest kid to preschool when I saw all these … Continue reading

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