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December 13, 2001
o7 The Independent visited Spring View Middle School in Huntington Beach and asked children, "What does the holiday season mean to you?" f7 "Being with family, caring about other people and trying to help people in need." Courtney Hudson, 12 "Getting together with family, being happy and celebrating Jesus' birth." Gabriela Ruiz, 13 "Getting together with family and friends to celebrate Jesus' birth." Jason Barlow, 13 "Being thankful for all the things I have.
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By Mona Shadia | December 21, 2011
I had only been in the United States for about three months when I experienced Christmas for the first time. It made me long for the excitement of the holidays when they came around back home in Egypt - Eid ul-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan, and Eid ul-Adha, which comes toward the end of the annual pilgrimage to Mecca. I'm Egyptian, after all, and celebration runs in our blood. Although Jesus is a major figure in Islam - he is one of the most important prophets and his name is referenced more times in the Koran than even the prophet Muhammad - we do not celebrate his birth.
NEWS
March 24, 2005
MICHELE MARR Who was John the Baptist? Could he have been related to Jesus? Did he really exist at all? According to archeologist Shimon Gibson, whose work will be profiled tomorrow night on The History Channel in "Time Machine: The Search for John the Baptist," there is a cave in Suba, Israel, that provides convincing evidence he did exist. The program's intent, though, according to publicity distributed by The History Channel, is not to lend credibility to the prophet but to use "cutting-edge archeological forensics, CGI and dramatic recreations" to "challenge long-held beliefs about him and the very foundations of Christianity."
NEWS
February 19, 2004
MICHELE MARR Last summer at Greg Laurie's Harvest Crusade is when I first saw a trailer for Mel Gibson's movie, "The Passion of the Christ." Not yet finished, much less released, it had already ignited a verbal wildfire of controversy, the hot spot of which were concerns -- expressed by a group of Catholic and Jewish Bible scholars and the Anti-Defamation League -- that Gibson and some of the film's content are anti-Semitic. Gibson, widely quoted as saying "The Holy Ghost was working through me on this film and I was just directing traffic," claimed the movie was simply the Gospel truth and his one great hope was that the film would have "the power to evangelize."
ENTERTAINMENT
By Mike Sciacca | March 30, 2006
"Break a leg" is the preferred way of wishing good luck to thespians before they take the stage. For Pete Uribe, however, it has a more literal meaning ? it's how he found his way to the theater in the first place. Back when he was a junior at Fountain Valley High School, Uribe broke his ankle while playing basketball for the Barons. Unable to return to the court, the only class he could get into during sixth period was acting. That class changed his life. "It really opened up a whole new world for me," Uribe said.
NEWS
December 23, 2004
MICHELE MARR If Dan Brown's assertions in his runaway best-selling novel, "The Da Vinci Code," are true, as he claims they are, we really have no reason to celebrate the nativity of Jesus the day after tomorrow. I bought "The Da Vinci Code," recently after I realized that, at least once a week, someone asked me -- with a good deal of zeal -- if I'd read the book. Most seemed quite willing to believe it was chockfull of truths truer than the gospel truth and were eager to know what I thought of it. I began reading it just a couple of weeks ago at a time when it appeared its continuing brouhaha was finally fading away.
NEWS
By: MICHELE MARR | October 13, 2005
At a height of 4 feet 8, this man, who began his working life as Little Oscar at the Oscar Mayer meatpacking plant in Chicago, may appear to have been born for the part. But it didn't seem that way to Nick Della Valle. With his bachelor's degree from the University of Tampa, Fla., he left Oscar Mayer and hop-scotched his way across the country before sticking for a time in Nevada, where he became a poker dealer. That too didn't last. Della Valle, like so many others, headed for California, where he plied a number of trades, including stints as manager of a pizza parlor and owner of a carpet-cleaning service, until he wound up employed at the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove.
FEATURES
By MICHÈLE MARR | April 27, 2006
"DRIVE THRU CRUCIFIXION. Weather permitting. No charge. Everyone welcome!" With so many drive-through nativities, I guess a drive-through crucifixion was bound to be next. An anonymous e-mail directed me to the website www.reallivepreacher.com, where Gordon Atkinson, pastor of Covenant Baptist Church in San Antonio, Texas, posted a photograph of the sign. I'm not sure where the church is. I Googled the name on the banner, Friendship United Methodist Church, and found churches with that name from Damascus, Md., to Humble, Texas.
NEWS
October 24, 2002
SOUL FOOD "Is it not time that I lost a few things, when I care for them so unreasonably?" -- GEORGE MACDONALD My column last week on pack-ratting hit home with some and hit a nerve in others. I am sure there are people in this world who are untouched or indifferent to pack-ratting, but I didn't hear from them. Mostly I heard from fellow keepers who have reached their limit with stuff -- and more stuff -- and are now attempting to purge.
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Andrew Shortall | December 5, 2012
December may have only been two days old, but the nearly 300 people who filled ShoreLife Church's sanctuary Sunday evening were reminded why the church celebrates the Christmas season. The message wasn't delivered by the pastor but by 34 children, ages 3 to 10, during the church's annual Christmas pageant. The production turned 10 years old Sunday and was directed by ShoreLife Children's Ministry Director Emily Frey, who's been there for the whole run. "I have been working with the Christmas pageant for all 10 years, every year it's been around," said Frey, who was directing the performance for the fourth year in a row. "I was a volunteer before I was hired on as staff.
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NEWS
By Mona Shadia | December 21, 2011
I had only been in the United States for about three months when I experienced Christmas for the first time. It made me long for the excitement of the holidays when they came around back home in Egypt - Eid ul-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan, and Eid ul-Adha, which comes toward the end of the annual pilgrimage to Mecca. I'm Egyptian, after all, and celebration runs in our blood. Although Jesus is a major figure in Islam - he is one of the most important prophets and his name is referenced more times in the Koran than even the prophet Muhammad - we do not celebrate his birth.
NEWS
By Chris Epting | November 2, 2011
"Jesus Lives" reads the rainbow-themed mural painted on the side of the old church building at Warner Avenue and Nichols Lane. Inside, another painting: On a large wall of the church, "I Love Taylor Walsh" has been spray-painted in day-glo pink by some recent uninvited visitors. Such is the confused state of the historic former Wintersburg Japanese Presbyterian Church, which dates back to 1934. I had the special privilege recently of taking an insider's tour of the compound along with a host of other local historian-types and interested parties, courtesy of Rainbow Environmental Services.
ENTERTAINMENT
By MICHÈLE MARR | March 12, 2009
“Sorry to speak from an Atheist’s POV, but how does God help in a time like this? Is he handing out free money?” The question was posed via the Internet to CNN anchor Don Lemon, who read it on a televised segment called “What You’re Saying.” Think interactive letters to the editor. “It’s a good question,” Lemon replied to the viewer, identified only by the CNN website screen name “cwoolf.” If I had the chance, I’d tell cwoolf, “Yes.
NEWS
March 5, 2009
Last week marked the beginning of Lent, the 40-day period preceding Easter when Roman Catholics and other Christians would abstain from meat and dairy products in memory of Jesus? 40 days of fast and prayer before dying on the cross. With religious devotion yielding to self-indulgence, this devout tradition gradually gave way to meatless Fridays, and eventually, to no dietary restriction at all. Yet, Jesus? powerful message of compassion and love for all living beings applies to our time more than ever!
FEATURES
By MICHÈLE MARR | April 27, 2006
"DRIVE THRU CRUCIFIXION. Weather permitting. No charge. Everyone welcome!" With so many drive-through nativities, I guess a drive-through crucifixion was bound to be next. An anonymous e-mail directed me to the website www.reallivepreacher.com, where Gordon Atkinson, pastor of Covenant Baptist Church in San Antonio, Texas, posted a photograph of the sign. I'm not sure where the church is. I Googled the name on the banner, Friendship United Methodist Church, and found churches with that name from Damascus, Md., to Humble, Texas.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Mike Sciacca | March 30, 2006
"Break a leg" is the preferred way of wishing good luck to thespians before they take the stage. For Pete Uribe, however, it has a more literal meaning ? it's how he found his way to the theater in the first place. Back when he was a junior at Fountain Valley High School, Uribe broke his ankle while playing basketball for the Barons. Unable to return to the court, the only class he could get into during sixth period was acting. That class changed his life. "It really opened up a whole new world for me," Uribe said.
NEWS
By: MICHELE MARR | October 13, 2005
At a height of 4 feet 8, this man, who began his working life as Little Oscar at the Oscar Mayer meatpacking plant in Chicago, may appear to have been born for the part. But it didn't seem that way to Nick Della Valle. With his bachelor's degree from the University of Tampa, Fla., he left Oscar Mayer and hop-scotched his way across the country before sticking for a time in Nevada, where he became a poker dealer. That too didn't last. Della Valle, like so many others, headed for California, where he plied a number of trades, including stints as manager of a pizza parlor and owner of a carpet-cleaning service, until he wound up employed at the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove.
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