- ("Dr. Laura tells of a call from a young woman who was living with her fiancé. The young woman's future mother-in-law was insisting that the woman and her son move closer to her home. What was the problem with that? The young woman claimed to be an Orthodox Jew..." and other illustrations)
- "According to a legend once upon a time, a king had no son. The king sent out his couriers to post notices in all the towns of his realm that every young man should apply for an interview with the king so that he could be considered as a possible successor to the throne. However, all candidates had to meet two qualifications: they had to love God and love their neighbor..."
- As we approached another crowded corner, we passed a cardboard shelter with a sign that read, 'Homeless and have AIDS'. A hooded figure sat motionless in the box with a blanket draped from his head down his shoulders. He never looked up. As we walked past him toward the traffic light, Amanda began to cry. I reminded her that I was out of cash and shoved my hands in my pockets in frustration. I felt the crunch of paper in my right pocket...
- In the movie Get Smart, secret agent Maxwell Smart is given a Rorschach Test. That is, he’s shown a series of random inkblots and asked what comes to mind when he sees them. The idea is to get some sort of idea about the inner workings of his mind set. Because the ink blots are essentially unusually-shaped silhouette blotches, any answer can be seen as a potential peek into the thoughts of the test subject being projected onto the ink smears. When Maxwell Smart is shown the first inkblot, he tells the research that he sees a “naked woman.” In fact, Max gives the same answer to every single inkblot he’s shown. At the end of the test, the doctor suggests to Max that he might have an obsession with sex. Indignantly, Max replies, “Me? You’re the one with all the dirty pictures!”
- ("The tradition part of this gospel reminds me of the story of a guru who would have meditation services every evening and his cat would always run in the middle of the meditators. So every evening before the service, the guru would tie the cat to the tree outside. Then the guru died and the new guru also had the cat tied to the tree every evening in the same way. When the cat died, the new guru had an assistant immediately go out and buy a new cat to tie to the tree in the same way...")
- ("There is an intriguing legend known as 'The White Witch of Rosehall'. It is a tale of a beautiful woman named Annie Palmer who used her unparalleled beauty to lure wealthy men to marry her. Nothing unusual about that. However, each time Annie married someone, she found a way to convince him to add her to his will and then she would poison him. She continued to poison him even as she pretended to be nursing him back to health...")
- ("In his book Things Hidden Since the Foundation of the World, the philosopher Rene Girard talks about the significant and constructive role served by 'imperative memesis' - imitation, of each other, and rituals that define community and safeguard its uniqueness. Special hand shakes or hand washing rituals reinforce collegiality..." and another illustration)
- ("Fiddler on the Roof is set in 1905 in Russia. It's about a good Jewish man named Tevye, his wife and five daughters, and their interaction with Jewish tradition. Tevye is a poor milkman, so he was unable to provide a good dowry. Instead he had to rely upon the local match-maker to find husbands for his girls. That caused some problems. The oldest daughter wanted to marry the tailor...")
- ("My wife and I have gone to a number of marriage workshops over the years. I remember a good point that was made at one of them. The presenter said that you should never stop affirming. Every day you should tell your partner, 'Honey, I’m very fond of you and I appreciate all the little things you do.'....")
- ("Looking through Granny's old photographs, after her death, one child gazing upon a beautiful black & white image of her Gran as a young woman, asked her mother; 'was everything in the world black and white back then?'...")
- "There’s a story told of the people of the remote island of St Kilda, in the Outer Hebrides. The last permanent residents were evacuated at their own request in 1930. But for many centuries a small community lived there, isolated from the mainland, living mostly on a diet of seabirds and their eggs..."
- ("An old Rabbi was put in a Roman Prison and received a regular ration of food and water. As time passed, he was observed to be losing his strength. Baffled, if not concerned, the prison officials called a doctor. The doctor diagnosed the patient as suffering from dehydration. The prison officials could not understand how this came about..." and another short illustration)
- ("There's a story of six soldiers who had received all-night passes to leave their base camp and go into the town. When morning came, none of the six were present at roll call. An hour later, the first soldier straggled back into camp and was immediately taken to his Sargeant and he apologized: "I'm sorry Iâm late, sir, but I had a date, lost track of time and missed the last bus.'...")