Self-Evident

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. ~ Declaration of Independence Americans hold these words in sacred regard. Written in the 18th century, they reflected the ethos […]

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Let Us Commence

Almost to the day last year, I posted David Foster Wallace’s “This Is Water;” his commencement speech at Kenyon in 2005. The timing isn’t all that surprising, we are deluged with important commencement addresses in May.  So hop on that bandwagon – I’m bringing you another, Anne Lamott‘s speech at UC Berkeley in 2003. There’s […]

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A Lasting Impact

Last week The Cincinnati Enquirer published an in-depth profile of the face of urban poverty by telling the story of a school and a few of its children. A very moving story, it kicked off a week of action by local agencies and private citizens. Three siblings ended up in foster care.  Furniture was purchased by strangers; the […]

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Shine on, Joe

I’ve been holding a silent vigil here for Joe Neyer since I asked for your help on 4/16. Last year, Brittany Maynard garnered national attention for the right to die with dignity debate. Joe, living with the same diagnosis as Maynard, wrote her a letter that also made its rounds, although not rising to the […]

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Special Request

A couple of times in my life, I’ve encountered a book or a person or an idea that shifts something inside me. It’s not like those Bible days when voices thundered from clouds and bushes burned; it’s something that might have just as easily gone unnoticed and defies explanation. One of my quiet miracles came […]

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ET TU, NPR?

You know the old expression, “Don’t blog angry,” right? Blew it. On my way in to work this morning, I heard a story about the stunning cost of false positives of mammography. Some good information here: 700,000 women’s cases (aged 40-59) were studied. 11% were called back based on the results of their mammograms. 98.6% […]

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Not the last word, Part II

Lauren Hill died overnight from Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glimoma (DIPG), a form of brain cancer. She was 19. I suspect most of you have heard of her. She was from Lawrenceburg, Indiana and received her death sentence during her senior year of high school. She had already committed to playing basketball at Mt. St Joseph University […]

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Not The End

It’s a great time of the year to live in this hemisphere; to watch the world make its comeback. All these green, yellow, and white lessons in reincarnation happening outside of our windows are reinforced by the apex of all Christian stories – the resurrection. I don’t think you need to be particularly religious or […]

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Céad Míle Fáilte

Not my usual light fare, but we get enough leprechaun crap elsewhere, right? If you’re like me, you learned about the Great Famine, a potato blight in the mid-1800s that led to the death and emigration of millions of Irish. But if you scratch below the surface, you’ll learn that there were plenty of other […]

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Poetry Sunday

This last week or so has been tough for a lot of people I know and love.  Two friends lost their father, one lost her older brother. The most prominent social media voice for breast cancer died. Plus, ordinary crises of life seemed to cluster. Amid that has been immense beauty too, testimony to the […]

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