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Near the end of his sprawling, at times lyrical and at times infuriating epic novel, Iron Gustav: A Berlin Family Chronicle, Hans Fallada incorporates into his narrative the true story of a Berlin horse-and-buggy cab driver who in 1928 drove his horse-drawn carriage from Berlin to Paris and back.

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I have written many times about pain.

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Christmas is the season of love, peace, hope, and joy. It is the time of year when the axis of the earth shifts back towards the light.

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There is a lot of suffering in peoples’ lives.

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In the shadow of the Route 91 Harvest music festival on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada a week ago today, it may seem callous to sit down over this weekend with family and friends to a sumptuous meal in thanksgiving for the many blessings of this life. What right do we have to relish the gifts we enjoy when there is so much suffering so fresh upon the land?

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What kind of God, allows the “the complete destruction of towns and villages”, the displacement of “more than 600,000 people”, and the deaths of at least 5,000 in the Philippines, but is apparently alleged to have gone to the trouble of protecting a statue of Jesus?

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