Family Trees with Many Branches  

When I was growing up in the 60’s and 70’s, I remember having two friends who were being raised by a single mom and one friend from a blended family. The rest came from traditional two-parent families like my own. Times have certainly changed. Although there are still plenty of traditional families...

Stop the Bullying!

Recently, I have heard story after story—in the news, from friends and families, and even at my own dinner table—about kids being bullied. It’s rampant. It’s everywhere. As we’ve unfortunately witnessed time and time again, it can be deadly. And it needs to stop. I know, I know. Bullying has gone...

You Did What?

When Mark and I first got married, we went through all the required Pre-Cana classes and even decided to go for the full Engaged Encounter weekend as opposed to the abbreviated one-day class. Come our wedding day, we thought we were set. Finances? Check. Number of children desired? Check. Extended family?...

Death on Hopple Street

Our guest blogger today is Fred Limke, the Advertising Sales Director for Franciscan Media. Fred and his wife Sondra manage 4 cats, 3 granddaughters and 2 sons. I live in Cincinnati where we have our share of scary situations. Recently during a nighttime demolition of an aging expressway exit ramp, a...

Stand for Life

Today’s guest blogger is Nick Luken, a second-year student at The Ohio State University, majoring in English and minoring in professional writing. Nick graduated from Roger Bacon, a Franciscan high school in Cincinnati, in 2012. Today we remember Roe v. Wade, that awful Supreme Court decision that sits...

That’s My Little Girl

Last night my oldest daughter, Maddie, left on a bus filled with her high school classmates. Their destination? Washington, DC, for the annual March for Life. It was her idea. She said she wanted to experience what it felt like to be part of a group coming together for a common cause. Of course, my husband,...

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