My Take

Do Not Fear Grief

Loss and suffering in her and her students’ lives led a teacher to grief’s depths. Then she learned a deeper meaning of the words “Be not afraid.”

L.A.’s Unclaimed Dead

Each year, Los Angeles County sponsors a burial service for the those who have died within the county borders but whose bodies have gone unclaimed. Here is a reflection by writer Janet Kinosian, who attended the annual burial service in December 2017.

Ties That Bind Us

Googling oneself is an exercise of quiet narcissism that many of us indulge in, I suspect. Google “Welsh Jesuit” — something I do occasionally — and there appears an engraving of a man with gaunt features and an enigmatic expression. Less ambiguous is the rope around his neck and the large knife sticking out of his chest.