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The darkness of Hank Williams' life overshadows 'I Saw the Light'

Hank Williams, the great tragic genius of country music, wrote some of the most memorable American popular songs before dying in 1953 in the back seat of his powder-blue Cadillac.<p>The author of dozens of hit country singles, including "Honky Tonkin'," "Cold, Cold Heart" and "I'm So Lonesome I Could …

Hank Williams

Film Review: Tarantino's bloody latest is a panoramic affair

There's been lots of chatter about "The Hateful Eight," Quentin Tarantino's "chamber Western," going back to what might be called "pre-pre-production."<p>After an early draft of the script was leaked, Tarantino sued and said he wasn't going to make the film; then he changed his mind and did make it. …

20 Amazing Under-the-Radar Albums of 2015

Keep on enjoying Adele's album, but here are 20 lesser-known masterworks that you might not have heard about during the last 12 months.<p>I listened to …

Religion’s “creative destruction”: Millennials, the new religious “nones,” are experimenting with new forms and rituals

<b>(AP/M. Spencer Green)</b><p>Could spiritual practices like feeding the homeless and fighting injustice take the place of traditional religion?<p>Donald E. Miller<p>December 25, 2015 11:00am (UTC)<p>From the recent attack on Planned Parenthood to the shooting in San Bernardino, extremists of all stripes are …

Religion

Gruesome find: 100 bodies stuffed into ancient house

The remains of 97 human bodies have been found stuffed into a small 5,000-year-old house in a prehistoric village in northeast China, researchers report in two separate studies.<p>The bodies of juveniles, young adults and middle-age adults were packed together in the house — smaller than a modern-day …

The paradox of 'Power and Pathos' at the Getty: Disasters rescued these ancient bronzes

Here's a paradox: Today's art lovers would recoil at the thought of travel disasters, building collapses or volcanic eruptions afflicting their own communities. But over the next three months, visitors to the Getty Museum can enjoy a unique display of bronze statuary that was saved for posterity …

Activities For Developing Mindfulness In Children

Mindfulness

"Oh, My God:" The Laments of Jesus Echo Throughout All Religions

<i>Jesus Laments</i> by Hugh Colmer<p>I've always wondered what Jesus would have said about acts perpetrated in His name. On the one hand, Christians called Jesus the Lamb of God, the Prince of Peace, and the Embodiment of Love. On the other hand, from its inception, Christian leaders initiated hateful …

When neither wildlife nor humans respect borders | Janaki Lenin

Nature Without Borders is a collection of essays that chronicles conservation efforts in farmlands, pastures, rivers, and seas. People grow crops, harvest fish, and graze livestock in areas where many species of wildlife also live and hunt.<p>A collection of essays, <i>Nature Without Borders</i>, edited by …

Skye Sherwin's A Good Look

From Mad Max fan art to Cosmic Miguel, the month in pop culture visuals

Strange Mysteries of the Appalachian Mountains

Mountains seem to invite tales of mystery and danger. There is a majestic, vast, rugged quality to them that make them seem like perfect places for …