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Amy at Texas Faith: Is torture ever justified in American policy?

Amy at Texas Faith: Is torture ever justified in American policy?

What does your faith say about enhanced interrogation – about torture – as an instrument of American policy in a dangerous world? Question by Wayne Slater   AMY MARTIN, President Emeritus – Earth Rhythms In Taoism, to struggle is to do things the hard way. It’s not just foolish; it’s a spiritual death wish. The Taoism sacred text, the Tao …

North Texas Wild: Bringing nature into your holiday

North Texas Wild: Bringing nature into your holiday

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Where to celebrate the solstice in DFW and see the best light displays, along with tips for natural decorating and green gifts. Dec. 16, 2014 By Amy Martin For thousands of years, we lived by nature’s rhythms, stirring in the spring, expanding in the summer, gathering in the fall and resting in winter. You might say it’s in our DNA. …

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis

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Jazzing Up the Holidays Dallas Symphony Christmas Pops brings the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis for a terrific concert at the Meyerson. by Amy Martin published Sunday, December 14, 2014   Dallas — The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis is so far from the usual big-band cliché that it’s mind-blowing. A dozen of the …

Comedy Beat: Sketch comedy on the rise, new improv, comic contests, stand-ups

Comedy Beat: Sketch comedy on the rise, new improv, comic contests, stand-ups

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From time to time through the year, we catch up on the local comedy beat. Here’s a look at summer and fall of 2014. by Amy Martin published Friday, December 5, 2014 Amy Martin catches up on the local comedy beat:   Sketchiness The gap between stand-up and improv is a big one, so the best development in North Texas …

Amy at Texas Faith: A cup of coffee and other holy rituals

Amy at Texas Faith: A cup of coffee and other holy rituals

Texas Faith: A cup of coffee and other holy rituals question by Rudolph Bush Every faith has its rituals. Hopefully these help put us in the mind of being with God and make us more present in our prayer. Our lives have their little rituals too. In a recent article,Rabbi Patrick “Aleph” Beaulier wrote about the ritual of a morning …

Kiamichi Mountains of southeast Okahoma: Blue Ridge of the west

Kiamichi Mountains of southeast Okahoma: Blue Ridge of the west

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by Amy Martin   Kiamichi Mountains, here we come! Our goal: the Talimena Scenic Drive in full fall foliage splendor. Spending three days in southeast Oklahoma and a touch of Arkansas. We’re taking Dotty and Mable along. It’s their first road trip with us. We used to spend every spare moment at Osage Moon. So this will be their first …

Resources: Trinity River & Great Trinity Forest

Resources: Trinity River & Great Trinity Forest

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GROUPS AND SITES • Dallas Trinity Trails  Ben Sandifer’s blog is full of photos and information on the forest.   • Groundwork Dallas Nonprofit dedicated to preserving and improving access to the Great Trinity Forest, the Trinity River, White Rock Creek and the Elm Fork Green Belt.   • Dallas County Open Space Over 20, mostly undeveloped, open space preserves. Some are …

Upper White Rock Creek Trails: Keeton Park north to Scyene DART

Upper White Rock Creek Trails: Keeton Park north to Scyene DART

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Vista, Vista! Upper White Rock Creek Trails: Keeton Park north to Scyene DART A warm afternoon in the waning days of fall, exploring the ridge trails overlooking the valley of Oak and White Rock Creeks.   Length: apx. 3 mi. Difficulty: moderate with brief strenuous stretches Trailhead: Grover Keeton Park, 2323 Jim Miller Rd. between Scyene and Bruton Parking: Paved …

North Texas Wild: Your guide to exploring the Great Trinity Forest

North Texas Wild: Your guide to exploring the Great Trinity Forest

on Nature

North Texas Wild: Your guide to exploring the Great Trinity Forest   This is the second part of Amy Martin’s coverage of the Great Trinity Forest. Part 1: Who’s Watching Out for the Great Trinity Forest and the Future of Pemberton Hill? brings readers up-to-date on the history of the 6,000-acre wildspace and efforts to protect it. Part 2 offers a guide …

Comic Potential: Last Comic Standing

Comic Potential: Last Comic Standing

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The tour of Last Comic Standing at AT&T Performing Arts Center offers insights into the future of comedy. With videos on each comic. by Amy Martin published Saturday, November 22, 2014 Dallas — Reality television is sports for people who don’t like sports. The lobby of the Winspear Opera House at AT&T Performing Arts Center was buzzing Thursday night with …

Chris D’Elia: Dateable?

Chris D’Elia: Dateable?

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Comic and TV star Chris D’Elia plays up the sex for laughs in his Under No Influence Tour at South Side Music Hall. by Amy Martin published Monday, November 24, 2014 Chris D’Elia enjoys a lot of sex, and when he’s not having sex he’s thinking about sex. So essentially at this point in his stand-up career, D’Elia = Danny …

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