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Your attitude determines your direction

Your attitude determines your direction “Your attitude determines your direction” is a phrase that is popular on inspirational posters lining high school classrooms. Its counterparts, “Attitude is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it,” and my personal favorite, “Punch today in the face,”...
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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Quizzical Curiosity

Quizzical Curiosity Author’s note:  In the following column I discuss an online quiz found on Twitter. It has been reported that these quizzes should be avoided due to the fact that many online quizzes, on and off social media, are using your answers, as well as your likes and dislikes, to get insights into...
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Thursday, May 03, 2018

The black dot

The black dot   How would you describe this to others who could not see the page?   There once was a professor who entered his classroom and asked his students to prepare for a surprise test. They all waited anxiously at their desks for the exam to begin.   The professor handed out the exams with...
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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Dropped where we are supposed to be

Dropped where we are supposed to be   “If the one falls, the other will help the fallen one. But woe to the solitary person! If that one should fall, there is no other to help” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10).   I don’t remember the first day I met my best friend, but I know I wouldn’t be the same without her....
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Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Can I quote you?

Can I quote you? “It was a dark and stormy night…” so begins my favorite childhood book, “A Wrinkle in Time.”  My third-grade teacher read Madeleine L’Engle’s award-winning story to the class; I can clearly remember drawing scenes from the book as she read aloud.  ...
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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

March Madness

March Madness It’s getting close. One week away.  St. Patrick’s Day falls smack in the middle of a month of madness.  Growing up an Irish Catholic in Northwest Indiana, March was a month of basketball, snow and celebration.   The Hannons did St. Patrick’s Day right.  We gath...
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Thursday, March 08, 2018

Man does not live on bread alone

Man does not live on bread alone Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, "If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread." Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Man does not live on bread alone,...
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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Giving up is hard to do

Giving up is hard to do What are you giving up for Lent?   This inevitable question comes each year from a variety of sources: my children, friends, strangers who see the ashes on my forehead on Ash Wednesday...all curious to know the sacrifice I am making for 40 days.   For several decades of my life, the ans...
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Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Feels like home

Feels like home What makes a church or school home?   I grew up attending Mass each week at St. Mary Parish in Kouts, Ind., a tiny town on the outskirts of the Chicagoland area: the same church my ancestors helped build after a tornado destroyed the original building in the early 1900’s. My grandmother...
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Thursday, January 25, 2018

Looking toward the light

Looking toward the light     For more than four decades I have visited the eye doctor annually.  I have had the same conversation over and over:       Eye Doctor: Read the lowest line you can see. Me: E.   I was the unlucky winner of the genetic lottery, inheriting the family &#...
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Thursday, January 11, 2018