Carrie Underwood received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday and was overcome with emotion as she thanked her family and fans for her incredible career. The 35-year-old singer had difficulty getting through her speech as she cried happy tears. Underwood referenced her small town roots in her speech after receiving kind words from both her "American Idol" mentor, Simon Cowell, and singer Brad Paisley, and said she was able to achieve success through believing in herself as well as others' support. "How is this my life?" Underwood marveled. "How does a girl from Muskogee, Oklahoma, end up with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame? I'll tell you how -- belief. I've been so blessed in my life to have ... so many people who believed in me." Later, she gave a sweet shout-out to her husband, Mike Fisher, and their 3-year-old son, Isaiah. "I met an incredible man, Mike, who thinks I'm so much better than I actually am in every way," she said. "Thank you for believing in me as a … [Read more...] about Carrie Underwood breaks down in tears as she receives star on Hollywood Walk of Fame
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Noah Berlatsky, The Washington Post Published 12:45 pm PDT, Tuesday, August 21, 2018 DC Comics has just suggested that Batman is an atheist. On the one hand, that seems a bit odd, since Batman - a.k.a Bruce Wayne - has met a wide array of gods and demigods personally. On the other hand, Batman's atheism makes sense. When humans have super powers, what's the use of gods? Batman hangs out with Wonder Woman, who hobnobs with Zeus, Ares and other deities. He's buddies with Deadman, a ghost resurrected by a goddess named Rama Kushna. In one memorable comic that gave me nightmares for years when I was a kid, Batman got turned into a vampire, which seems like it would be hell on one's skepticism. If you live in the DC universe, you've got to believe 12 improbable things before you eat your Bat toast. Being an atheist in those circumstances seems less a spiritual stance, and more like carelessness. But if everything is possible, there's not much need to believe in transcendent … [Read more...] about Is Batman an atheist? Why superheroes might not believe in God.
Hillel Italie, Ap National Writer Updated 11:38 am, Sunday, June 24, 2018 Photo: JIM COLE, AP Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 FILE - In this June 13, 2006, file photo, Donald Hall, author of numerous poetry books, poses in the barn of the 200-year-old Wilmot farm that has been in his family for four generations. Hall, a prolific, award-winning poet and man of letters widely admired for his sharp humor and painful candor about nature, mortality, baseball and the distant past, died at age 89. Hall's daughter, Philippa Smith, confirmed Sunday, June 24, 2018, that her father died Saturday at his home in Wilmot, after being in hospice care for some time. less FILE - In this June 13, 2006, file photo, Donald Hall, author of numerous poetry books, poses in the barn of the 200-year-old Wilmot farm that has been in his family for four generations. Hall, a prolific, ... more … [Read more...] about Former US poet laureate Donald Hall dies in New Hampshire
By Connor Letourneau Published 5:25 pm, Saturday, May 5, 2018 Quinn Cook was 14 years old when his father, Ted, died less than a month after falling into a coma during a colon procedure gone awry. Tears streaming down his face as he stood by his father’s hospital bed, Cook thanked his dad for showing him how to be a man and promised to look out for his mother, Janet, and older sister, Kelsey. Then he picked up his basketball and returned to the gym. For more than three hours, he hoisted jumpers in silence as his best friend, Norman Pope, rebounded. “He put all of his focus right back into the gym,” Pope said. “And I’m telling you: He didn’t miss too many shots after that. He was just so focused.” Over the past three years, as Cook crisscrossed the United States in search of professional stability, he found that basketball was the only thing that calmed his racing mind. His biggest fear — having to give up on his NBA dream — … [Read more...] about Wherever he goes, Warriors’ Quinn Cook keeps his late father in mind
Morales' campaign and his white truck captured national attention."That guy really did blaze the trail," O'Rourke said. "He really showed that this is possible." Morales, who said he's become cynical about politics, said O'Rourke is the real deal."I told him my little truck is still running," he said. "I'm going to put a Beto sticker on the side."Many people in the crowd had not heard of Morales, who made another run for Senate in 2002 but lost in a Democratic runoff to the former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk, who then lost the general election to Republican John Cornyn.But the crowd knew O'Rourke, who thrilled them as the beer and libations flowed.O'Rourke urged supporters to join his movement, saying that Texas could lead the nation in providing health care, taking care of veterans, supporting teachers and public education, curbing gun violence and "rewriting immigration laws in our own image.""This will either be the year that we lost it forever, or more likely, this will be the … [Read more...] about Does Beto O’Rourke believe in miracles? When it comes to his uphill race against Sen. Ted Cruz, he does