Category Archives: My Family

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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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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The Saturday Wedding Question

The young miss wasn’t interested in the finer liturgical point I was attempting. She had been told (by someone who shall remain nameless) that a Saturday wedding counts for the Sunday obligation. (They did have the Gloria, per MR3.) When … Continue reading

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The young miss had some stomach upset yesterday. This has been a long and demanding school year for her. From the low of losing one of her pets Monday to birthday Tuesday, it wasn’t a total surprise that on top … Continue reading

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17, Just

The young miss wanted to open birthday cards and presents at 6:15AM. I pulled this up from YouTube. And I was thinking back to this dance episode from many, many years ago: I didn’t ask her why she was wearing … Continue reading

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Since my big-loss diet of almost two years ago, I’ve enjoyed being lighter. But I’ve also struggled with the aftermath: putting some pounds back on and taking them off again, confronting my pattern to eat to soothe myself, watching when … Continue reading

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Dodging Tornadoes in Iowa

Oklahoma got the brunt of funnel clouds I see. While we were watching The King’s Speech tonight, the sirens went off in town. Heavy winds and rain, but nothing to pluck us off to Oz. Unbeknownst to my wife and … Continue reading

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RIP, Pip

It’s one of the sad duties of a parent to dig a grave for a pet. After she got home from school this afternoon, the young miss found Pip dead in his home. He chirped for his breakfast this morning, … Continue reading

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First May Snow In Five Decades

Earlier this week, I was thinking Friday would be a good day to tune up the mower, set out the deck furniture, and maybe even fire up the grill. A few days ago I set out our extra litter boxes … Continue reading

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Metusael or Methusael?

Sorry for the two consecutive posts on the young miss, but here goes … About a half-hour after she went to bed tonight, she emerged from her room, pointing to Genesis 4:18 in the Bible she received yesterday after Confirmation, … Continue reading

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The young miss, after Confirmation yesterday, chocolate in hand. It was a happy accident that she picked a green dress, gave a green scarf to her sponsor who was wearing a dress with green. Confirmation name: Hildegard. Viriditas!

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