Monday, May 2, 2016

Our Bodies Fight Weight Loss

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Danny Cahill stood, slightly dazed, in a blizzard of confetti as the audience screamed and his family ran on stage. He had won Season 8 of NBC's reality television show ''The Biggest Loser,'' shedding more weight than anyone ever had on the program -- an astonishing 239 pounds in seven months.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Running and Spirituality

When the late great running philosopher George Sheehan, M.D., gave motivational talks to runners, he often quoted the wife of a running convert: "My husband used to be a Methodist. Now he's a runner." Running may not be a religion, but as Dr. Sheehan would go on to say, "It's a retreat, a place to commune with God and yourself, a place for psychological and spiritual renewal."

Friday, April 1, 2016

Eve Making Her Mark

November 7, 2015

ARRIVING into the Waldorf Astoria in New York, Eve Hewson looks every inch the girl next door. The 24-year-old is dressed in a classy cream and black striped top and matching trousers from Misha Nonoo, and as we settle in for a chat, she's friendly, funny and very likeable.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Nature versus Grace


The nuns taught us there are two ways through life, the way of Nature and the way of Grace.

You have to choose which one you'll follow.

Grace doesn't try to please itself.

It accepts being slighted, forgotten, disliked.

It accepts insults and injuries.

Nature only wants to please itself. Gets others to please it, too. Likes to lord it over them. To have its own way. It finds reasons to be unhappy when all the world is shining around it.

And love is smiling through all things.

Monday, March 14, 2016

The u2 Super Bowl Performance Ranks #2

January 31, 2016 Sunday

There have been years when the Super Bowl Halftime Show was more entertaining than the actual game.

And there have been times when the show was, well, not so super.

With Coldplay and other acts ready to blow us away -- or at least try to -- Feb. 7 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, here's how we rank the Super Bowl Halftime Shows, from best to worst, of the 21st century.

1. Super Bowl XLIX (2015)

Starring: Katy Perry 

Location: University of Phoenix Stadium (Glendale, Arizona)

The skinny: Perry definitely scored with this incredibly elaborate, amazingly orchestrated pop spectacle, which currently stands as the best halftime show in Super Bowl history. The multiplatinum pop star roared through her seven-song set, delivering a performance that was fun, flashy and fantastic. Everything worked, from the bold opening segment (with Perry riding onto the field atop a giant golden tiger) to the closer (a bright "Fireworks," sung aboard a shooting star). Guest appearances by Lenny Kravitz, Missy Elliott and the Arizona State University Sun Devil Marching Band added to the fun.

2. Super Bowl XXXVI (2002)

Starring: U2

Location: Louisiana Superdome (New Orleans)

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Catching Up with the Dublin Quartet


Late at night, in a fast car on the motorway between Turin and Milan, en route to meet the Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi, Bono goes quiet before saying: “The greatest line ever said about me and also the most accurate line ever said about me was most definitely by my father. He said, ‘You, Bono, are a baritone who thinks he’s a tenor.’ And that is the story of my life right there.”