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Back in the mists of time when the White House press corps was much smaller and far less pompous, President Lyndon Johnson often called a small pool of regulars into the Cabinet Room to casually plant some off-the-record point he wanted made without being quoted. The point often came only after some lengthy, and usually earthy, LBJ yarn.
During awards season, the short-film nominees are never given the same attention as the best picture contenders or the gossip about who’s wearing whom. Yet, brevity is an art and deserves a look. This week, catch screenings of the Academy Award nominees for the best live action, animated and documentary shorts at area movie theaters, where screenings will group the five nominees in each category together.
Cynthia Helms, now 90, has had a remarkable, if not, strictly speaking, an intriguing, life. If there's any person of note she hasn't met on either side of the Atlantic, it's not obvious from her book, co-written with Chris Black.
The murder of innocent children in Newtown, Conn., reminds us of how precious human life is. The late Dr. Bernard Nathanson, the abortionist and 1969 founder of the National Abortion Rights Action League, knew all about the sanctity of human life, and about death.
What has made "Advent at Ephesus" a winner is the unadorned, limpid voices — with no instrumental accompaniment — of young nuns from the northwest Missouri priory of Our Lady of Ephesus. The nuns are Benedictines of Mary, Queen of the Apostles, a cloistered order that follows the rule of Saint Benedict
Was the killing of Nicholas Mockford, a 60-year-old executive for ExxonMobil, the world's largest oil company, a car-jacking gone wrong? A muffed purse-snatching? Or was it a cold-blooded professional hit for reasons yet unknown?