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Rosaries matter to Catholics, but for a convert like me it was the found medal of the blessed Virgin Mary that gave me both hope and fear. Where was God? And my faith?Getty Images

Perspective: What personal hardship did to my faith

A week before my daughter was born, my husband lost his job. It was unexpected. I don't remember much about what happened then, other than that at some point I pulled so hard on the medal I was wearing — a miraculous medal, imprinted with an image of the Virgin Mary — that the clasp broke. When I gave birth a few d …

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  1. A Little Perspective: Sad nations, climate change and five interesting facts

    Perspective

    Most people know climate change is happening, and a majority agrees it is harming people in the United States. But most don't believe it will harm them. Part of this is the problem of risk perception.

  2. PolitiFact: Fact-checking Donald Trump's Time magazine interview on truths and falsehoods

    Perspective

    Confronted by Time magazine about his most flagrant falsehoods, President Donald Trump finally faced the question of why he makes so many unsubstantiated claims.

  3. Column: The fake freedom of U.S. health care

    Perspective

    The United States is home to some of the world's best medical schools, doctors, research institutes and hospitals, and if you have the money for the coverage and procedures you want, you absolutely can get top-notch care. This approach might result in extreme inequalities and it might be expensive, but it definitely …

    New York Times
  4. Perspective: What college teaches young conservatives

    Perspective

    In the best-case scenarios, several Republicans now working in Washington told me that being a conservative in overwhelmingly liberal places sharpened their critical thinking skills, moderated some of their views and tempered their youthful arrogance. But life on the defensive can also foster a kind of ideological …

    Illustration by Jon Han for the New York Times
  5. Column: White artist's painting of Emmett Till draws protests

    Perspective

    NEW YORK — The open-coffin photographs of the mutilated body of Emmett Till, the teenager who was lynched by two white men in Mississippi in 1955, served as a catalyst for the civil rights movement and have remained an open wound in American society since they were first published in Jet magazine and the …

    Dana Schutz’s Open Casket is a 2016 painting based on the open-coffin photographs of Emmett Till’s mutilated body.
  6. Column: Trump vs. fiction

    Perspective

    Welcome to the post-truth world!

    As a novelist — someone who makes money writing fiction — let me be the first to greet all of you refugees from the Land of Facts. During his campaign, President Donald Trump spewed out more whoppers than a Burger King during the lunch rush. How can a person completely …

  7. Column: Can we travel back in time to change history?

    Perspective

    As a theoretical physicist with a lifelong research interest in the nature of time, I am often asked by people: Can time travel really be done? The short answer is, yes — in a sense.

  8. A little perspective on ketchup on steak and teens' smartphones as a drug of choice

    Perspective

    Even Trump voters are appalled by ketchup on steak

    A man places a rose on a memorial for Eric Garner at the site of his fatal encounter with police in Staten Island. A study shows non-blacks think blacks are bigger and stronger than they are.
  9. PolitiFact: Donald Trump's stalled campaign promises on health care

    Perspective

    President Donald Trump vowed on the campaign trail to replace the Affordable Care Act with "something terrific." The American Health Care Act is the first iteration of that plan.

    President Donald Trump makes remarks during a visit at the American Center for Mobility near Ypsilanti, Mich., on Wednesday. (Stephen Crowley/The New York Times)
  10. Massive scale of CIA's digital efforts revealed

    Perspective

    WASHINGTON — On his workplace bio, he describes himself as a "malt beverage enthusiast," a fitness buff fond of carrying a backpack full of bricks, and a "recovering World of Warcraft-aholic."

    The documents contain references to hundreds of CIA hacking tools. One dubbed “Hammerdrill” is designed to get data from devices that are not connected to the Internet.
  11. Clearwater native starts fake news website as a joke, gets 1 million views within 2 weeks

    Perspective

    James McDaniel, a 28-year-old Clearwater native, said he created a fake news website last month as a joke to see just how naive Internet readers could be.

    James McDaniel is a Clearwater native.
  12. A Marine explains what we're fighting for in Iraq, beyond

    Perspective

    When his convoy was ambushed during the 2003 invasion of Iraq, First Lt. Brian Chontosh ordered his Humvee driver to head straight into the oncoming machine gun fire. They punched through, landing in a trench full of heavily armed Iraqi soldiers. Chontosh and his Marines leapt out and he ran down the trench firing away, …

    U.S. soldiers shield a wounded comrade from debris kicked up by a rescue helicopter descending on Qubah, Iraq, in March 2007. At left with the blue gloves is U.S. Army Spc. Andrew Harriman, a paratrooper/medic who was injured himself two days after the photo was taken.
  13. Adam Savage busts myth of art vs. science: 'They are the same thing... story telling'

    Perspective

    A simple entertainment story of mine went viral two years ago when Adam Savage of the hit show MythBusters said to me: "If you want the kids' test scores up, bring back band and bring back shop and get kids actually learning stuff instead of teaching them how to take a test."

    Adam Savage, best known from the hit show MythBusters, has a new way to make science entertaining called Brain Candy Live, coming to the Mahaffey Theater on March 15. (Brain Candy Live)
  14. Playing poker with World War II and Vietnam veterans

    Perspective

    NINE MILE FALLS, Washington — I enjoy a poker room. The stakes for which I play are so low, often as not everyone at the table cashes out within $10 of his buy-in. The players tend to be older men, retired, on fixed incomes, widowers or divorced and nowhere near getting on that horse again. The dealers call them …

    Illustration by Bill Bragg for the New York Times
  15. John Steinbeck's road map for resisting Donald Trump

    Perspective

    A recent blog post of the National Book Critics Circle asked members "at this time of cultural shift" in the dawning era of Donald Trump to identify their "favorite work of resistance literature." The writer Paul Wilner identified John Steinbeck's "quietly furious" strike novel In Dubious Battle as his personal …

    President Donald Trump salutes as he stands on the tarmac after disembarking Air Force One as he arrives Sunday at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. Trump is returning from Mar-a-Largo. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
  16. Column: Dismal results from vouchers surprise researchers as DeVos era begins

    Perspective

    The confirmation of Betsy DeVos as secretary of education was a signal moment for the school choice movement. For the first time, the nation's highest education official is someone fully committed to making school vouchers and other market-oriented policies the centerpiece of education reform.

    Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, a proponent of school vouchers, is sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence as her husband, Richard DeVos Jr., holds the Bible.
  17. FOR A BETTER FLORIDA

    Perspective

    The Legislature begins its annual session on Tuesday, and the Republicans are completely in control. But that doesn't mean GOP leaders have agreed on priorities or agendas. To help you sort through the key issues, we bring you "For A Better Florida," the Tampa Bay Times preview of the session. Published every …

  18. For a Better Florida: The battle over Florida's free market

    Business

    This spring, some leading lawmakers in the Florida Legislature are smitten with a searing desire to inject more "free market" principles into Florida's economy.

    Florida Gov. Rick Scott, of all people, has been portrayed of late as a big lefty spender by the House speaker.
  19. For a Better Florida: An education checklist for the 2017 session includes raising up Florida's universities, reducing testing, fixing teacher bonuses

    Education

    Florida spends 51 percent of all the tax revenue it collects on education — which, if you ask folks in the education world, is a blessing and a curse when it comes to the Legislature.

    Just more than half of state tax revenue goes to education, bringing a lot of attention and a tendency to tinker.
  20. For a Better Florida: Liquid heart of Florida is in trouble and Legislature split on what to do

    Essays

    The liquid heart of Florida is in trouble. It's causing problems for both coasts.

    Algae laps along the shoreline of the St. Lucie River last year, when heavy rains forced the release of tainted water from Lake Okeechobee into the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie esturaries. The releases spawned massive blue-green algae blooms. The House and Senate have very different ideas about how to solve the problem.