Friday's News & Ideas

  • Misery at border detention centers
  • Christianity and the good death
  • Religions concentrated in few countries
  • How to defeat procrastination
  • Print is not dead
  • Mothers and children, 50 years ago

New Mexico immigration detention center filled with sadness, defeatNational Catholic Reporter: Angela Ferguson, an immigration lawyer who has volunteered to provide legal counsel to detainees in a detention center in remote New Mexico, speaks with NCR about the conditions there. She said the families are cold, sick, sad and defeated.

Christianity and the good deathThe (Toronto) Globe & Mail: The suicide letter of an 85-year-old woman who decided to end her life before she deteriorated from Alzheimer's disease prompts a columnist to ask: How can the church better offer its resources for the dying?

Many religions heavily concentrated in one or two countries Pew Research Center: A series of maps shows that while Christians and Muslims are more widely distributed around the world, other religious groups have a majority of their populations in just one or two nations. More than half the world's unaffiliated people, for example, live in China.

The procrastination doom loop -- and how to break itThe Atlantic: In the last few years, scientists have begun to think that procrastination might have less to do with time than emotion. Procrastination "really has nothing to do with time-management,” said Joseph Ferrari, professor of psychology at DePaul University.

Who says print is dead?Get Religion: Blogger Bobby Ross Jr. praises a recent religion story in The Oklahoman, noting that the newspaper maintains a full-time religion writer and devotes space and resources to her work. In particular, he notes a 2,000-word story on midnight basketball.The Oklahoman: Oklahoma City church hosts Midnight Baseketball outreach for area youths

The Spark

Long-lost photos show what hasn't changed about motherhood in 50 yearsPhotographer Ken Heyman shot a series of photos of women and their children for a Pulitzer-nominated book called "Family," which he co-wrote with anthropologist Margaret Mead -- his former professor turned close friend. Although Heyman published the photos almost 50 years ago, the mothers in the pictures are just as busy as their modern-day counterparts laughing, multi-tasking, rocking and loving their children.

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