On the religious front, there are many stories and personal essays on the web that reveal how much we have in common and how far we are apart.
Since we have a Mormon elder running for president, it's worth checking out this piece on Salon.com titled: "But I'm a good Mormon wife."
The comments after it are also worth reading.
Speaking of Salon, here's a provocative essay, titled "The Sound of Sin," on how a radio led to the end of an orthodox Jewish marriage. Fascinating stuff here for those of us who know nothing about this segment of society.
Naturally, like most closed societies, orthodox Jews fear the internet, not just for porn, but for the truth that can found on the worldwide web.
Which leads to a piece in the New York Times on how child sex abuse cases in orthodox Jewish communities are dealt with differently.
Speaking of abuse, this leads to a discussion of the ongoing saga of sex abuse cases in the Catholic church, this time in Philadelphia.
This, of course, leads to the new saga of American Catholic nuns versus the Vatican.
I side with the nuns on this issue because they hold the moral high ground.
Meanwhile, there was an excommunication from Scientology. Who knew?
I'll close with Gotye's "State of the Art." It doesn't relate to anything above. And that's a good thing.