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Growing things

When we moved south, we were happy to leave the snow -- and the snow thrower -- behind. We knew the summers would be hot, but no one ever told us just how fast everything grows down here. Back in Wakefield, ...



Morality at the moviesRichard Doerflinger

The most likely place to find uplifting messages about the human spirit these days is in superhero movies. Spider-Man risks himself to save others because he takes to heart his beloved uncle's words, ...

Taking the callScott Hahn

In this week's First Reading, Elijah's disciple is allowed to kiss his parents goodbye before setting out to follow the prophet's call. But we are called to follow a greater than Elijah, this week's ...

Two patients? Not according to the proposed ROE ActDr. Kerry Pound

"Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented." -- Elie Wiesel. When I began my medical school rotation in obstetrics, I was surprised when the lecturing obstetrician stated, "We are the only ...

A mid-season assessmentDick Flavin

Question: What's wrong with the Red Sox? Answer: Not as much as you think. In fact, not much at all. At least, that's what I think. Since the early days of April, when the Olde Towne Team came stumbling ...

For the love of Jesus: 90s fashion choicesMichael Reardon

As a middle-aged man in America, there are many fashion disasters littering the family photo album. There is the shirt with trees on it, paired with a stunning denim-like wide-collared jacket with white ...

We deserve betterKevin and Marilyn Ryan

Have you ever wondered why the greatest, the richest country in the history of mankind has such a rotten educational system? How it is that over the last 40 years, we have had one elementary and high ...

The summer reading listGeorge Weigel

Continuing a venerable tradition, I offer the following for your canicular reading pleasure: John Hay spent decades at the center of American public life as Lincoln's secretary and biographer, a Republican ...

An unexpected voice, a painful messageGreg Erlandson

For those who say the Church doesn't get it, or the Vatican doesn't get it, I offer up Msgr. John Kennedy. Msgr. Kennedy has perhaps the most unenviable job in the Church today. He is head of the Vatican ...