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Truly Blessed

ALS patient James Martin shares his journey.
James Martin: GOP 2016: The Force Awakens
James Martin: GOP 2016: The Force Awakens
"Donald Trump as Jar Jar Binks, amusing at first, but ultimately annoying once you actually listen to his word salad gibberish."
James Martin: Everything presidents need to know, they should have learned in high school
James Martin: Everything presidents need to know, they should have learned in high school
After forty years of following presidential races, community columnist James Martin has come to a conclusion: Being president is really quite simple.
James Martin: On not knowing what you're really talking about
James Martin: On not knowing what you're really talking about
Writer James Martin thought he was talking to his fifth-grade daughter about Native Americans. But he was wrong, he soon learned.
James Martin: On becoming the type of man I rebelled against
James Martin: On becoming the type of man I rebelled against
It has been said that getting old beats the alternative, but looking into the social mirror is starting to make blogger James Martin wonder, he writes.
James Martin: A screeching argument against Common Core
James Martin: A screeching argument against Common Core
Community blogger James Martin has long considered writing about Common Core education standards, but he stayed mute—until now.
James Martin: Want to give up your law license? Good luck
James Martin: Want to give up your law license? Good luck

It has been said that to leave a gang you must be beaten out. In order to leave the mafia you get a new set of designer shoes and a short one way boat trip. There is allegedly a hotel in California where once you check-in you can never check out....

James Martin: Native American church in Milwaukee offers unique experience
James Martin: Native American church in Milwaukee offers unique experience
The Congregation of The Great Spirit in Milwaukee mixes Catholicism and the traditions, language and culture of the Native American community, blogger James Martin writes.
James Martin: Lenten passages offer strength for those dealing with ALS
James Martin: Lenten passages offer strength for those dealing with ALS
Easter has always been community blogger James Martin's favorite holiday. But the celebration, and the time leading up to it, took on greater significance after he was diagnosed with ALS.
Some throne rooms should remain sacred
Some throne rooms should remain sacred
In this age of cellphones and adolescent persistence, community blogger James Martin recalls a time when bathrooms were sacrosanct.
I went Christmas shopping—and lived to tell about it
I went Christmas shopping—and lived to tell about it
After skipping Christmas shopping for the last two years, community blogger James Martin dove back in this season. He wasn't missing much, turns out.