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Living the Beatitudes

Living the Beatitudes   The first time I saw them they were laughing. He was young and rangy, she was a wisp of a girl, and he was walking her to school. The world seemed to swirl around them, and they weren’t aware of the morning traffic. The second time I spotted them I smiled as I watched them walk togethe...
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Monday, May 19, 2014

Not two peas in a pod

Not two peas in a pod   My husband, Steve, and I will celebrate our 39th wedding anniversary on May 17. It’s always a happy time for us because we figured the smart money was against us. We got married at St. Paul’s Catholic Center in Bloomington, and like every other dewy-eyed couple, we thought we agr...
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Monday, May 05, 2014

Who are your heroes? Here are a few of mine

Who are your heroes? Here are a few of mine   I have a Pinterest account on the Internet. Like many other women, I’ve filled it with photos of pretty gardens, titles of my favorite books and interesting places that I’ve seen. A while ago, I decided to create a new section, a place for people I admire. I tagged it “My H...
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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Bishop Gettelfinger: For the people

Bishop Gettelfinger: For the people   Msgr. Gerald A. Gettelfinger entered the Diocese of Evansville like a wonderful gale force wind — full of energy and ideas. Back in March of 1989, he was serving as the vicar general in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis when his name was announced as the Fourth Bishop of the Diocese of E...
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Monday, April 07, 2014

Seeking solitude and renewal

Seeking solitude and renewal   On Sunday, my mom would have turned 95. That’s a lot of years. She died in October and, thankfully, my worst memories are starting to fade away. As I write this, I’m hopeful that the harsh winter has finally left us. Patches of snow remain on the grass, but this morning the birds...
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Monday, March 17, 2014

Meeting Isaac, our grandchild of laughter

Meeting Isaac, our grandchild of laughter   It's funny how making a schedule really doesn't have much to do with life, especially when that life belongs to a newborn baby. It was a cold, grey Friday afternoon when my husband and I packed up our car -- loading it with clothing, gifts, groceries and our two dogs -- and headed west. We h...
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Monday, March 10, 2014

Thanksgiving for a 'long, good and wonderful life'

Thanksgiving for a 'long, good and wonderful life' The email that I had been dreading arrived early in the morning. It was from my cousin Mary, who lives in Arizona. “Mom died this morning at around 4:30 our time,” she said. “She had a long struggle with letting go, and we had a wonderful Irish nun spend time with her yesterday. S...
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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Harsh winds and the poor among us

Harsh winds and the poor among us   The wind was blowing so harshly against the siding on my house that morning that it woke me up before the alarm clock could. As I lay under my covers, I was dreading going outside and facing the brutal weather, with temperatures expected to be in the teens that day. I usually spend my early...
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Monday, February 10, 2014

Ice storm memories bring laughter . . . now!

Ice storm memories bring laughter                  . . . now!   Do you remember the ice storm of 2009? I do. It swept into my life with little fanfare in the early morning hours that January. My husband, Steve, and I were asleep in our second-story bedroom when we were awakened by the sound of heavy sleet. As we lay there and listened, the sleet intensif...
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Monday, January 27, 2014

A night that turned from excitement to sadness

A night that turned from excitement to sadness Back in the spring of 1968, I was a senior in high school, ready to spread my wings a little. And that spring, there was a comet that streaked across the sky named Bobby Kennedy. I was living at Our Lady of Grace Monastery in Indianapolis, a boarding school run by the venerable Benedictine sisters,...
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Monday, January 13, 2014