We’re the Best!

After a long drought,  St. Anthony Messenger magazine has won the First Place Award for General Excellence from the from the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada. The judging took place during the first half of this year, for issues from 2011. It’s the first time since 1995 that...

Being Watched

Did you ever have the experience that you were being watched? I did recently at better than 10,000 feet, and, in that occurring, got some valuable consumer marketing information. I was traveling from Cincinnati to Florida, and had as my reading on the plane a manuscript I had just...

The Aurora Shooting: Be Not Afraid

The Aurora, Colorado, shootings on July 20, 2012, hit a lot of people hard—including me. This weekend, as the pictures of people who lost their lives slowly emerged, it became even more real for me. Faces (more so than names) always prompt me to try and imagine who the people behind the photos actually...

Pete, Not Barry, Should Have Been First

Today, Barry Larkin entered the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Barry played his entire career for the Cincinnati Reds, was a model shortstop and a man of character. Barry went to Moeller High School, a Cincinnati Catholic high school powerhouse for sports. He attended Michigan and endured harassment...

A Silent Conversation

They—whoever “they” really are—say silence is golden. I beg to differ. My best writing occurs when iTunes serenades me. My most productive workouts happen in a loud, crowded gym. And my most peaceful slumber takes place when a loud fan blows near me. Get rid of any of these noises, and, well, the...

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