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Life's unfinished symphonyEffie Caldarola

Fall has arrived. A heavy fog hangs over the city like a damp blanket that someone took out of the dryer too soon. People love spring for good reasons: There's rebirth, renewal, the return of light ...

Father Edward Flanagan's legacy Effie Caldarola

The tall, good-looking priest had the craggy profile prompting the comment, "He had the map of Ireland written all over his face." Father Edward Flanagan was the founder of Boys Town, an innovative ...

'Are not two sparrows sold for a small coin?'Effie Caldarola

A violent windstorm ripped through my town the other night, the kind that leaves you mesmerized yet humbled at your own powerlessness. A tornado wreaked damage nearby, with 76,000 homes left without power, ...

Evicted: The housing crisis in the U.S. Effie Caldarola

My husband and I are sitting on our front porch on a gentle spring evening, reading. I hold up my book and show Jim Chapter 6: "Rat Hole." "This pretty much sums up this book," I say, and silently ...

Hell for 75 centsEffie Caldarola

When I was a young woman, I went to the grocery store with my mom in the farm town where I grew up. It was before the days of computerized cash registers that automatically revealed the amount of change ...

Prayer precedes activism Effie Caldarola

The Wednesday after the presidential election was a very emotional day in America. Like millions of others, I was up way too late on election night, waiting for results to be clear before heading ...

'Tattoos on the heart'Effie Caldarola

The other day, I climbed out of bed a little before 4 a.m. to head to the Philadelphia airport. My kids live in three different time zones from one another and from my husband and me, and we'd just ...

Need and gift matched for a refugee Effie Caldarola

Not too long ago, a 15-year-old refugee from Eritrea was found walking along the side of a road in Hampton, England. Just another statistic, perhaps, representing a microcosm of an enormous problem, ...