March 7, 2019

Thoughts as Lent begins, our final-final Chinese New Year celebration, Pancake Tuesday, and ballroom dancing (7 Quick Takes)

We really love Ash Wednesday, don't we? I love how it’s not even a holy day of obligation, and yet churches fill with people who want to receive ashes. There’s something about that mark of humility and repentance that feels so right.
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Physician-assisted suicide approved by Maryland House of Delegates

The Maryland House of Delegates passed a bill March 7 that would legalize physician-assisted suicide.
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A matter of taste: One writer’s deep dive into fast-food fish sandwiches

Mark Pattison checks out fish sandwiches at fast-food restaurants this Lenten season.
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NDP’s Gym Meet marks 90 years

Gym Meet traditions include Mary Bartel, chairwoman of the Physical Education/Health Department, serving as faculty moderator for nearly 30 years.
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‘Pea toast’ and other sacrifices

We fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday and abstain from meat on the other Fridays of the season, but it’s not much of a sacrifice to splurge on lobster instead of beef as a Lenten meal.
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Frank Gehry and the quest for transcendence

The Church ought to sing the transcendence of God to Frank Gehry as it once sang it to Giotto, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Dante, Gaudí, and the architect of Chartres Cathedral. 
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