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Come follow me... We all have our favorite memories of the Fourth of July: picnics, swimming parties, fireworks, sheep running down the highway…     It was the summer of my 16th year, and my extended family had gathered to celebrate.  In our farming world, the Fourth of July was always spec...
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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Like father, like son-in-law

Like father, like son-in-law The lamp perfectly highlighted the gnawed peach pit resting on the wooden end table. It clearly should have been thrown into a trash receptacle, but that would have required someone moving from the couch and missing part of the game currently being televised.   “Who left their peach pit...
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Thursday, June 15, 2017

My own reasons why

My own reasons why A few weeks ago, The Message published Sister Helena Burns’ review of “13 Reasons Why,” a series produced by Netflix based on the novel by Jay Asher. The series chronicles the tale of Hannah, who takes her life and leaves behind 13 audiotapes that explain how individuals had playe...
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Thursday, June 01, 2017

The Gift of Tears

The Gift of Tears This has been a week of tears, to put it mildly. I’ve witnessed joyful First Communion celebrations and attended a heart-wrenching funeral.  I’ve celebrated the 16th birthday of my oldest son and the anniversary of my father’s death.  I’ve heard an announcement of...
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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Quitters never win … or do they?

Quitters never win … or do they? Rick Ankiel, a former major league ballplayer, was speaking with Terry Gross on NPR the other day in what I found to be a fascinating interview.  Once a top prospect as an extraordinarily gifted pitcher, Ankiel wrestled with loss of control as a result of anxiety stemming from wild pitches thr...
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Thursday, May 04, 2017

A sign of love, not a just a shiny trinket

A sign of love, not a just a shiny trinket Twenty-two years ago, it was all he could afford. A small red box was presented.  I’ll admit - I knew the question was coming.  The ring was lovely: a princess cut diamond set on a gold band.  Classic.  Timeless.  A few months later, we went together to pick out our...
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Thursday, April 20, 2017

The twelve dudes that did

The twelve dudes that did My kids had the best book about Jesus and the Apostles when they were toddlers.  It was called “Jesus and the Twelve Dudes that Did.”   “Do you know who the disciples were? Can you name their names? They followed Jesus everywhere and learned how to love like Him. Open u...
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Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Have you prayed about it as much as you have talked about it?

Have you prayed about it as much as you have talked about it? Quotes, memes, inspirational sayings...these float around Facebook and spread more quickly than dandelion fluff.  This week I’ve noticed a barrage of Facebook friends posting a lovely image with the following quote:   “Have you prayed about it as much as you have talked about...
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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Yes, they are listening

Yes, they are listening A few weeks ago, my youngest son hopped into the mom-van after school and without any prompting, excitedly recounted a parable Father Homero Rodriguez told during his homily at school mass that morning.  That evening he told his dad about the homily, again without any prompting.  A third...
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Thursday, March 09, 2017

The teacher is always quiet during the test

The teacher is always quiet during the test “When you’re going through something difficult and you wonder where God is, remember the teacher is always quiet during the test.” - Anonymous   The butterflies in my stomach fluttered early in the morning during my normal waking routines.  Coffee that normally enhanced...
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Thursday, February 23, 2017