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...

No Room for Bigotry

I was at the graduation ceremony at Ohio State University a few weeks ago to see my son get his diploma (Summa Cum Laude!), but I also got to hear a few speeches. Forty-nine percent of those gathered, I’d guess, didn’t enjoy listening to President Obama (51 percent did, I guess), but everyone...

Lenses

A few weeks ago, my sister-in-law stopped by the office with an unusual gift. It was the camera lens in the photo here. There was a reason she thought of me: her deceased husband (Scott) and I were close friends. He was a photographer and helped me to get started as a photojournalist many years ago. And it...

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