A weekend of contrasts, if anyone was listening, or watching.
Just for starters, the humility of John Wooden opposite the arrogance of Mike Garrett -- with politicians gearing up for the next round of half-truths and slander from the sidelines.
The composed self-assurance of Abby Sunderland against the rage of the elements.
Russian science superimposed on major league baseball--with prayer as an interested observer.
The death of John Wooden, of course, dominated the news. Did you read -- or even scan -- the 26-page supplement the Los Angeles Times devoted to Wooden? I don't recall any heads of state earning an obituary this impressive. It can only tell us how hungry as a society we are for honesty, trust, decency, civility and wholesomeness in our public figures. And how badly so many of them are missing that mark. And how few recognize the overwhelming affirmative response it generates when they do hit it. Like the Detroit ball player who pitched a perfect game last week but was denied canonization by a terrible call from the umpire.