the passing of a pontiff

When I read on Thursday afternoon (Pacific Time), that Pope John Paul II had received last rights, I was both saddened and relieved. This man had suffered through numerous and chronic health problems in recent years, and had spent the past month with a tracheotomy tube in his throat. For a man of humble origins […]

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drawing the line

When I graduated from college, I was part of an influx of new workers into an already depressed economy. Jobs were few and far between, and many of us took whatever we could get. My first couple of jobs after college were pretty dismal indeed. I was overly qualified and likely took these low-paying jobs […]

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what’s in a name (part 1)

This will likely be an ongoing topic here…. My mother recently was divorced from her second husband. What was surprising to us both was that she had to file a second set of papers petitioning the court for the right to use her own name (without her former husband’s name as a hyphenate). Let me […]

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IMAX censorship

When I first saw this article about some Southern theatres rejecting the IMAX movie “Volcanoes” based on concerns about evolution, I could feel a blog coming on. I wasn’t the only one, of course, and some friends beat me to it. Here’s the lowdown, from the CNN.com website: CHARLESTON, South Carolina (AP) — IMAX theaters […]

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death with dignity

I had been putting off writing on this topic. My mother’s sister has begun her own death walk, and while I am a firm supporter of and believer in the right to die, I am only just starting to sort through all of my feelings about facing death with such courage and grace. But the […]

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i wish you enough

I composed this as an e-mail to some friends this morning, and as the response has been overwhelmingly positive, I thought I’d share it with a somewhat broader audience rather than just keeping this to myself. 🙂 You’ve probably all read the story that has been circulating in e-mail, about a parent and adult child […]

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march madness

I have spent the past several day in front of the television, and the next couple of weeks should bring more of the same. The Atlantic Coast Conference began on Thursday, with the championship game played this afternoon (this morning for me, on the West coast). Now begins the NCAA championship, winnowing an exceptional field […]

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