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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

The ushers

The ushers Attending Mass with my three-year-old grandson has been an interesting experience. It’s kind of like climbing a chain of hills and resting in the valleys. He’s quiet. He’s noisy. He’s playing with a toy. He’s on the floor. He’s bored, and then he’s ready to...
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Thursday, December 21, 2017

Fascination

Fascination The year that I graduated from the eighth grade, my mom wasn’t doing very well. Her mind was fractured by mental-health problems, and I begged my Aunt Sally to let me come and visit for the summer. I still remember how she paused at my request, and then said, “You can come, but you have...
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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Giving God the glory

Giving God the glory Since I retired about 21 months ago, I’ve been having a lot of fun. One of the first things I did was join an exercise class for seniors. I love my classmates, and I have come to admire them for their energy and their spunk. They certainly aren’t going gently into that good night. I tur...
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Thursday, October 19, 2017

The God of Power and Glory

The God of Power and Glory A dear friend and I were talking recently, and she said, “All of my life I’ve prayed to the God of Power.” We sat in silence for a moment, and then she continued, “The God who had the power to answer all of my prayers.” Again, silence. We looked at each other, and then...
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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Mother Mary

Mother Mary I thought my day was going to be filled with worry about the sudden decline of my 14-year-old dog. And then I heard the siren. I live in the city, so the sounds of sirens usually don’t disrupt my day. This one was different. It stopped at the house next door, and we soon realized that death h...
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Thursday, August 17, 2017