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– From “The End of the Map” at wsj.comWhat are the two most common causes of death for American women?“You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” – Jack London“The great moral question of our attitude toward the homeless, toward refugees and migrants takes on a deeper dimension: Do we really have room for God when he seeks to enter under our roof? Do we have time and space for him? The faster we can move, the more efficient our time-saving appliances become, the less time we have. And God? The question of God never seems urgent.” – Pope Benedict XVI at a Christmas Eve Mass.Heart disease (27 percent) and cancer (22 percent).stridulous (STRIJ-uh-luhs), adj. – making or having a harsh or grating sound, as in: “The editorial writer knew his ears would start bleeding if the new clerk with the stridulous voice went on reading the minutes aloud much longer.”On this date in 1845, Texas was admitted as the 28th state; sometimes, it still acts like a republic.According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the nation's population as we head into the new year on Tuesday: More than 315 million. We're not expected to top 400 million until 2039.We know chocolate contains some caffeine, but it would take more than a pound of it to equal the caffeine in one cup of coffee.