The “Till” above refers to Mamie, the mother, not Emmett, the martyr. And rightly so. Refreshingly, the film focuses on Mamie Till Mobley’s decision to get justice for her son. In a powerful performance, Danielle Deadwyler captures her love, intelligence and determination.

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Holidays don’t have to be as stressful as we make them. We don’t have to go overboard to make things special. The tree, the decorations, the cards, the presents are just the outer trimmings. They set the stage but they aren’t the main attraction — which, of course, is spending time with loved ones.

A quick note: Don’t be bamboozled by so-called Black Friday and Cyber Monday. They offer few truly money-saving deals that you cannot grab now or a month from now. With so many discounts available online, standing out in the cold waiting for the big-box store to open merely invites frostbite…

You’ve surely heard the recent news that the U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland has appointed a special prosecutor to investigate possible criminal actions by ex-President Donald Trump in his possession of government documents after he left office, and/or his possible obstruction of justice.

Three weeks ago, I sat in Living Faith Anglican Church in Tempe, Ariz., celebrating All Saints Day. On the first Sunday in November, many churches take time to celebrate and remember their saints, past and present.