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Swords slash as Mercer theater students clash

Two dozen or so students in Mercer University theater professor Scot Mann's rapier and dagger course took to the lawn on north campus recently to try their hands at sword fighting.

Prayer of the Day

Prayer for today (2/21/17)

Thanks, oh thanks my mighty God. This is the life God has brought. The burning image of love is sought. Thus on the Lord’s day life’s battle is fought. From a world in turmoil a good soul is taught. For this I pray is in God’s sight. I will stand in God’s light. I will seek God’s loving might. Until I rest on final everlasting night. I will enter in God’s hands forever. In the name of Jesus. Amen.

Family

Living with Children: Adopted son wants to live with biological mother

Q: Our 14-year-old son, who was adopted by open adoption, now wants to go live with his biological mother. She was completely out of the picture until a couple of years ago when she suddenly showed up, telling us that she'd completely changed her life and wanted to re-establish contact with "her" son. At first, it was just phone calls. Then she asked for daytime visits, then overnights. Then he wanted to go on vacation with her last summer. In the meantime, he's become more and more difficult to live with - moody and disrespectful, mostly, and his grades have taken a nose dive. He's told us he doesn't want to live with us anymore. I think he believes there will be no rules with her and he'll be able to eat ice cream all day long, figuratively speaking. What should we do?

Family

Ask Mr. Dad: Funny, you don't look like you're pregnant, Dad.

Dear Mr. Dad: My wife is about four months pregnant and I'm really excited about becoming a new dad. The problem is that I've recently put on some weight (which is really weird, since I weigh exactly what I did in high school). I've also been having nosebleeds and I'm vomiting a lot (which is also weird, since I almost never do either one). I'm too embarrassed to talk to my wife about this and I'm certainly not going to ask my doctor. But I thought you might be able to help me figure out what's going on. Got any ideas about why this is happening?

Family

Ex-etiquette: A personal ex-etiquette experience

So that you, my readers, understand that I also face ex-etiquette dilemmas, here's an ex-etiquette issue I recently had to deal with myself. My daughter's father and I have been divorced for years but our daughter recently asked us both to travel from California to New York City to help her get settled in the next stage of her life. She confessed she was a little afraid to make the move alone and wanted both her parents there for moral support. Her dad and I get along fine so we agreed, but traveling with an ex presents interesting problems.

Prayer of the Day

Prayer for today (2/20/17)

Dear God, let all people in this world be blessed. I am asking you Lord go to all who need the Holy Spirit. I am sending a breakthrough for greater meaning. I love all in his name. Blessings to the warriors in Jesus’ name. We do provide a breakthrough in his name. Amen.

Family

Why I'm letting my daughter watch the Oscars red carpet ceremony this year

As kids get older, it's harder to control what media they're exposed to. When my daughter was young, I could shield her from any red carpet hoopla during the Oscars and all the sexist messages it sends: rating women on their looks, glorifying luxury goods, and the fact that men slip by all the prying questions. Now it's becoming more difficult as she scans her Instagram feed for celebrity pics, and her friends are more up to date on pop culture events.

Family

Social Security: Social Security celebrates Black History Month

Throughout the month of February, we honor African Americans by celebrating Black History Month. Created in 1926, this event coincides with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln on February 12 and Frederick Douglass on February 14. African American communities have celebrated these birthdays together for over a century.

Movie News & Reviews

Movie review: 'Speed Sisters,' documentary follows first Middle Eastern female racing team

Parents need to know that "Speed Sisters" is a documentary about the first all-female car racing team in the Middle East. It follows the four racers and their coach as they compete in races while trying to navigate life in occupied Palestine. The dangers of living in such a highly militarized zone are clear: scenes show armed soldiers and explosions at military checkpoints, and there are mentions of air strikes and the use of tear gas (one woman says that the smell of tear gas reminds her of walking to school as a child). In one intense scene, a racer is shot at and hit by a tear gas canister. She becomes visibly upset and sustains a serious bruise. Most of the movie is in Arabic with English subtitles, although a few of the young women speak English. Swearing is infrequent, but "crap" and "ass" are said in English, while "bastard" and other insults show up in the subtitles. The women are excellent examples of the power of persevering and persisting even when being treated unjustly.

Home & Garden

Style at Home: Pillow pairings to perk up a space

I love the changing of the seasons. One of my favorite rituals as the cold months fold into warm, and back again, is to switch out the accent pillows on my sofa, chairs and bedding. In a few weeks, I will unzip my heavy weight plaids and replace them with lightweight florals and stripes. And just like that, my living spaces will feel new for spring.

Videos

Swords slash as Mercer theater students clash

Two dozen or so students in Mercer University theater professor Scot Mann's rapier and dagger course took to the lawn on north campus recently to try their hands at sword fighting.
Joe Kovac Jr. The Telegraph
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Swords slash as Mercer theater students clash

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Church sign goes viral

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Special collections archive holds Mercer's Baptist identity

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