Driving Into the Past

There are certain signposts of bygone eras, markers of, at least we’d like to think, simpler, less complicated times. Such relics include: rotary-dial telephones, glass milk bottles delivered daily by a milk truck, wringer washing machines, television “rabbit ears” antenna, transistor radios. An old,...

Thirtysomething

Jimmy Buffet comes to Cincinnati almost every year. I’m one of the few people who have never gone to one of his concerts. A few months back, my friend Ryan was assembling a group to go. This is how the text conversation went down: “We R goin 2 Buffet in August. U coming?” “Are you drunk?” “Come...

Thick or Thin?

Forgiveness is one of those things that is so much easier to talk about than to do. In my own life, as a young wife and mother, even though I loved God and wanted to extend his grace to others, often little irritations or slights occurred (I felt excluded; I didn’t feel appreciated; someone else took...

A Perfect Mistake

I find errors for a living. A misplaced comma here, an incorrectly used colon there—it’s my job as an editor to make sure the text you’re reading is grammatically and stylistically correct. I love this type of work, until I catch myself getting ready to take the red pen to a birthday card I received...

“Catholics Get It”

“Catholics get it. Catholics get the sacraments.” This was the message of the homily I heard this past Sunday. Sacraments connect the things of God with the things of earth. Catholicism isn’t a heady, intellectual faith. It’s woven into our lives, experienced with all of our...

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