December 11, 2009

AP Photo/John McConnicoObama’s Nobel Peace Prize Speech
The text of President Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, delivered in Oslo, Norway, as provided by the White House. (Associated Press)

Deconstructing the Speech
In accepting his Nobel Peace Prize, President Obama mentioned war 44 times and peace 29. He veered from the philosophical to the practical, and from the rhetorical to the righteous. Steph Davidson asked several experts to critique the highlights. (National Post)

Recasting Hanukkah as an Environmental Festival
Rabbi Arthur Waskow of the Shalom Center, who is among the change-seekers, reminds all who will listen that the Hanukkah story is about one day’s supply of oil lasting eight days. “Can there be a more perfect occasion to focus on energy conservation and breaking our dependence on fossil fuel?” the rabbi asks. (Dianna Marder, Philadelphia Inquirer)

What If Death Doesn’t Really Exist?
Dr. Robert Lanza: We associate ourselves with the body, and we know that bodies die. But a new scientific theory suggests that death is not the terminal event we think. (The Huffington Post)

Hug It Out
A new Canadian study has found that people who get hugs regularly are more likely to report better mental health. A warm embrace, in fact, had a more significant connection to an uplifting frame of mind than attending church regularly. (Erin Anderssen, The Globe and Mail)

Rediscovering Values

Jim Wallis: I have written a new book—one I didn’t expect or plan to write, but one that simply emerged as we were seeking to respond to the economic crisis that has gripped the nation and the world. I wrote it as a tract for the times, and it’s titled Rediscovering Values: On Wall Street, Main Street, and Your Street—A Moral Compass for the New Economy. (The Huffington Post)

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