Category Archives: My Family

Otoconia

I learned what otoconia are today. My wife was diagnosed with Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo and had her first treatment today. No reclining, laying down, bending over, or moving the head too much for eight hours. (Do these rocks re-attach?) She … Continue reading

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Friday Road Trip

Another college visit tomorrow. To a large public university to the south of us. 10AM start for the program, which means getting a pre-5AM start for a five-hour drive. The young miss seemed to have focused her college search to … Continue reading

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Make for Drake

Our fifth visit to an institution of higher learning today. Hence the delayed posting of the usual morning stuff. We were up pretty early to arrive on the Drake University campus before 8am. We met a wider swath of student … Continue reading

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Another College Day Trip

Another college visit completed. Pella, Iowa is just a quick eighty-minute drive from our home. So we took advantage of a lazy Saturday to shoot down there to look at Central College. They do good work with study abroad options. … Continue reading

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Home and Reflecting

We were told the MRI would run about an hour, maybe ninety minutes. Every medical check-up we’ve ever had with the young miss has been good news. And there’s not much that can go wrong in magnetic resonance imaging. After … Continue reading

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Light Posting For a Few Days

You readers may get a few posts tomorrow. Maybe not. Maybe nothing till Wednesday night. I was doing most of my internet work from bed today–due to a combination of a head cold and fall allergies. I have a few … Continue reading

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Archbishop’s Homily

Archbishop Jackels preached this evening, and I loved his structure, content, and his use of a very good speaking voice. He was somewhat soft-spoken, but another parishioner commented on his gravitas. He sang the presidential prayers. My wife liked that, … Continue reading

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Praying With Mantises

The young miss reported her high school in lockdown around lunch time today. Fortunately, this was a precaution as no intruder made it into the school, and people were all safe inside. The bad thing, of course, is that weapons-bearing … Continue reading

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What’s For Dinner

Been cooking the past few days. Don’t ask why; I just get in a mood. With the Iowa heat wave of ’13 in full swing, no idea why the family has been getting hot meals the past few nights. Tonight, … Continue reading

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Premier League

The young miss loves soccer. We follow happenings foreign and domestic, including the British Premier League, which opens today. I’m finishing up at the student leadership retreat, so over the lunch hour, my daughter and I have been texting back … Continue reading

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Worthy Woman At Creighton

I didn’t mention the family’s day trip to Omaha last week. I had intended to blog about it. There were a few humorous bits to share. My spiritual director and I have been discussing a possible continuing shift in ministry. … Continue reading

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Can Children Expect to Have Certain Rights?

I was reading Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone’s statement about the US Supreme Court striking down DOMA this morning. CNS cited Francis X. Rocca’s conversation with him: He said the effect of the court’s decision is to “undermine in the law the principle … Continue reading

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Belated Father’s Day

Two fathers, and kids. I had meant to post this or something like it on Sunday. I’ve been giving the young miss a hard time about “Father’s Week,” since Disney had that nice Dwayne Johnson vehicle airing yesterday afternoon. When … Continue reading

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Driving Miss

The young miss practicing parking today. She’s been skittish about getting out on the open road, so we’ve been driving around parking lots up till today. Her choice: the middle school. Mine: the big lot between the football stadium and … Continue reading

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Obstacles

In thirty years of playing at weddings I had a first tonight. Sixty-some minutes before the wedding, it surfaced that groom and bride had no wedding license. They thought the church provided that. No, we do not. Our city is … Continue reading

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