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A place at the banquet

A place at the banquet I moved to southern Indiana when I was in my early 20s, and since I didn’t know anyone here I join a local organization. Soon I was a member of the board, and then I was asked to co-chair a luncheon honoring past presidents. I agreed to help, and another member and I worked very hard on the d...
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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Telling Our Stories

Telling Our Stories I was talking with a dear friend recently, and she told me about the night that she met her husband. It was fun to listen as she talked. She’s quite elderly, but as she was remembering that happy moment she became animated; in fact, she was transformed into a lovely young woman who was right...
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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

A single grain of sand

A single grain of sand I saw two sentences on the Internet recently that stopped me in my tracks: You will never look into the eyes of someone God does not love. Always be kind. Maybe the writer got the idea from Matthew 5. Early in that chapter, Jesus gives His followers the beautiful words of the Beatitudes. He conclud...
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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Making beautiful music

Making beautiful music My four-year-old grandson, Isaac, spent a few weeks with me recently. He’s smart and active, so my daughter and I tried to find fun things for him to do. One day he asked to play the piano. I lifted its lid and showed him the inner workings, explaining why he needed to be gentle with the keys...
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Thursday, August 09, 2018

Fear and Courage

Fear and Courage Have you ever been afraid? I’ve had a lot of fear during my lifetime. I’ve heard that it’s important to face your fears, but sometimes it’s hard. A few years ago, my husband and I were hiking around the lake at Lincoln State Park. That place has always been one of my favorit...
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Thursday, July 19, 2018

The orchestra

The orchestra When I was midway through my high school years at Our Lady of Grace Academy, the mandate came down: all the boarders must be in the school orchestra. Some of the girls were thrilled. I wasn’t. Perhaps based on their parents’ advice, some of my classmates chose to learn the hardest instr...
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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Twilight

Twilight Sometimes when I’m feeling a little melancholy and out of sorts, I head to a site on the Internet and I search for a photo of my grandparents’ home. In their twilight years, they lived in a small bungalow situated right across the street from their parish church. It had a wide front por...
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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Lost

Lost Years ago, I worked with a wonderful man named Paul Newland. He was the ad salesman for The Message, and he lived in the town of Washington. One day, he suggested that I do a story about an old Catholic cemetery that was located in his neck of the woods. I thought that sounded like a great idea; an...
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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

I don't know

I don't know About a year ago, my daughter-in-law asked if we could do family dinners on Sunday nights. I grew up without any extended family in town, so of course I was thrilled. A few weeks ago after a family dinner, I decided to do some science experiments with my three-year-old grandson. You know, the easy...
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Thursday, March 29, 2018

Great grace

Great grace My friend arrived at the restaurant in really good spirits. Her eyes sparkled, and she seemed happy. When we sat down at our table, she shared her news. She’s in her late 80s, and she’s been studying the Scriptures since she was 2. She was the youngest of 12 children, raised in a Baptis...
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Thursday, February 22, 2018