Halloween: Is it OK to Celebrate It?

Last night I took my children to the annual Halloween carnival put on by Ursuline Academy (my alma mater). As always, it is a crowded but enjoyable evening and it is fun to see all the creative costumes—especially the homemade ones. When I was in elementary school, I really didn’t know that some people...

Go Digital at OCEA

Monday and Tuesday this week, I had the privilege of attending the Ohio Catholic Education Association conference in Columbus, Ohio. I got the chance to meet many great teachers, principals, and DREs who stopped at the Franciscan Media booth. I was all too excited to tell them about our latest product...

Mom, Do You Believe That?

As my son and I were driving to school one morning, the morning show we were listening to was talking about guys being bad dancers. The broadcaster said men can’t dance, their dancing is goofy, they look terrible, etc. The hosts were even taking calls from anyone willing to talk about a particularly bad...

What Makes a Good Marriage?

My little sister gets married in exactly one week from today. In between feeling equal parts old and stressed (due to my role as Matron of Honor), I’ve been reflecting on what I could say to her as she enters this new stage in her life. One of my favorite books is by Dr. Ray Guarendi—Marriage: Small...

A Slap in the Face

One evening after returning home from work, I was sitting in our family room talking to my husband and children. At some point in the conversation, my son walked up and slapped me in the face. His look of glee quickly changed to concern as he realized what he had done. He was sent to his room immediately. As...

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