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E pluribus unum: "Out of many, one," is a Latin phrase America's forefathers chose to descibe their vision for the nascient nation. Out of many states, people and beliefs, rises one unified Republic. That single phrase possesses our forefathers' dreams, intellect, and higher mind toward governance. It puts no one person ahead of another, seeking as close to perfection as one can hope for in a union as diverse as ours. Then along came Donald.

Out of Many
2020 saw several court battles over books featuring the Trump administration's misteps, and personal battles. One such title was The Room Where it Happened: A White House Memoir (Simon & Schuster, $32.50) by former national security adviser John Bolton. Releasing it to a public hungry for insight into a president whose actions left many perplexed, it sold upwards of 750,000 copies its first week alone. Mary L. Trump, PhD, the president's niece, blew those numbers away in July with the release of her book Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man . . . more >

Prayer, in practice, is to hope against hope. Merriam Webster defines it as: 1(a): an address (such as a petition) to God or a god in word or thought; (b): a set order of words used in praying; (c): an earnest request or wish. 2: the act or practice of praying to God or a god kneeling in prayer. 3: a religious service consisting chiefly of prayers - often used in plural. 4: something prayed for. 5: a slight chance.

A journalist by trade, Steven Kotler is about as far from the image of "that guy who rescues dogs" as you're likely to get. A reluctant rescuer, he describes his journey into the growing movement as one he took with little seriousness. Per typical guy form, he became a dog rescuer because of a girl. "Love me, love my dogs," his partner, Lila, reportedly told him. The rest, as they say, is history, and the basis for his book, A Small Furry Prayer: Dog Rescue and the Meaning of Life.

Down and Out in Beverly Hills
It all began in a house atop a cliff by Griffith Park in Los Angeles. It was nothing fancy, but it was affordable, and by "nothing fancy", Kotler means it was a dilapidated wreck falling down around his ears. He'd secured . . . more >

As a child, I was constantly befriending the down-and-out kids. The ones, through no fault of their own, who were picked on for being different. Whether that was because of a speech impediment, or limp or some other physical or mental handicap, I couldn't resist hanging with them. The stranger they were physically, the better. My mother referred to these friends as my "strays," like they were some sort of street urchins who'd followed me home. To her credit though, she never once didn't welcome them with open arms. At her table, there was always room for strays.

Owen Meany, the protagonist of John Irving's international bestseller A Prayer For Owen Meany, may be the strangest character to grace the pages of fiction. A stray in every sense of the word, Owen is strange physically, socially, audibly and even spiritually. Set in Gravesend, New Hampshire, Irving paints a . . . more >

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