Autumn’s Swansong

For those of us who live in the northern parts of the US, it’s been a marvelous autumn. Riding home on my bicycle when I could, I was immersed in an array of spectacular colors, watching the trees turn from green to every color in the red family—from a subdued brown to a flaming, bright red. The...

Deep-fried Twinkies

First of all, I thought Twinkies were gone. Apparently they’re back! Look closely at the sign in this picture and you’ll see that they’re offered deep-fried (if you don’t like your Twinkies deep-fried, you can always try the deep-fried Oreos, also for sale). I saw these signs Saturday...

Things You Say

A few weeks ago, some old friends rolled through town on their way to the Appalachian missions. You can see them in the featured image, left to right: Sister Pat Himmer, Sister Ann Redig, and Sister Marcan Freking—all Rochester Franciscans—accompanied by Glenmary Brother Dennis Craig. My wife, Cathy, and...

Black and White: A Tale of Two Futures

Last week the country rocked, in some small way, with the announcement of the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin, in Sanford, Florida. Everyone knows the reported details, the volunteer guard (28 years old; mixed-race Hispanic) following and confronting the teenaged African...

You’re Getting the Best Catholic Media!

The Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada, at its closing banquet last Friday evening, announced awards for its annual journalism competition, from entries for publishing year 2012. You can see all of the awards at the CPA site. We got first prize! Among national, general-interest...

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