Monday's News & Ideas

  • Crier in chief
  • Chief Rabbi on 'i' culture
  • Penance in prison hospice
  • Penn State 'a textbook case'
  • Unlikely love guru
  • Happiness is a habit

GOP forum: Who's the crier in chief?Des-Moines Register: We've gone from the "commander-in-chief" debate to the crier-in-chief forum, as four of six GOP presidential candidates got misty-eyed while telling personal stories.The Atlantic: Tears and stories of faith at unconventional Iowa forum

Chief Rabbi blames Apple for helping create selfish societyThe (London) Telegraph: The late Steve Jobs helped create a selfish "i, i, i" consumer culture that has only brought unhappiness, the Chief Rabbi has claimed.

Amid ill and dying inmates, a search for redemptionLos Angeles Times: Tending to the men in a prison hospice helped John Paul Madrona do penance for a terrible deed in his youth. But perhaps the work was not enough.Los Angeles Times: Part 2 -- In prison hospice, at a loss for the right words

Experts see familiar patterns in Sandusky casePhiladelphia Inquirer: Penn State scandal amounts to a "textbook case from start to finish" of betrayed trust and institutional protection, an education professor who studies sex abuse says.Philadelphia Inquirer: Clues in his past?

Can Gary Chapman save your marriage?The New York Times: Gary Chapman is surely the country's least likely love guru.

Protests of Va. parish's move away from altar girls reflects wider Catholic debateWashington Post: Pastor's decision to stop training altar girls reflects ongoing tensions among American Catholics over the role of women.

The Spark

Is being happy simply a matter of habit?Gertrude Stein had a routine of driving into the French countryside with her beloved partner to view cows. The American writer, poet and art collector needed to gaze upon one -- the right kind of one, reportedly - in order to feel calm and happy. She would get out of the car, set up a camp stool, paper and pencil in hand, hoping for inspiration to write. But apart from the legendary (and often superstitious) eccentricity of writers and their habits, the Toronto Globe & Mail reports, rituals and routines play an important role in creating a sense of well-being for many people.

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