Category Archives: My Family

Praying About It … Or Something

When I received an offer Friday to join a parish staff, I did what many church people do: I asked for the weekend to pray about it. I hung up the phone and pondered many options. Taking a few hours … Continue reading

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Free At Last!

WordPress didn’t like the file name of the graduation announcement, so here’s the text that went out with this picture of the young miss: You’d be laughing too if you were graduating from high school. May 17th 2015. I get … Continue reading

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Deep Freeze

Iowa’s really cold days were Tuesday and Wednesday this week. Supposedly it got a little warmer yesterday, but I wasn’t outside much to notice or compare. The young miss sent me this news story. The thought struck me that a … Continue reading

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Election Day!

Parent pride: the young miss joins me at the precinct to serve as an election official for the second shift. The county auditor’s office assigned us five people serving their first election. I won’t be the youngest at the voting … Continue reading

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My wife greeted me with “Happy Anniversary!” this morning. “Anni” is not operative, truly. It’s been 225 months, 75 seasons, 18.75 years. WordPress sent me 8th anniversary greetings, too. I don’t follow those commemorations as closely. It will be ten … Continue reading

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My sister was married 32 years ago today. There was no happy-ever-after ending, as she had hoped. My brother-in-law got into serious substance abuse and legal trouble. Divorce followed. Many years later, after he found the grace of sobriety, he … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts

When I read Archbishop Cupich’s thought on war: His role as pastor doesn’t fit with the “so-called culture wars” over various issues either, he said. “That’s a term we as pastors don’t want to be associated with. I don’t think … Continue reading

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