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Put Your Thinking Caps On! April Fool's Day, A Little Early!

He who lives without folly isn't so wise as he thinks. –François, Duc de La Rochefoucauld When I was a kid, I remember poring over the April Fool’s Day illustrations by Norman Rockwell, which graced the cover of the Saturday Evening Post. You know the ones: They’re full of “mistakes” which the reader must identify. […]

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THE CANOPY AND THE COSMOS: What Kilmer Knew, What Sagan Never Dreamed

So away we drove, armored with a GPS and comfy shoes, on the Great American Road Trip.  We set off, sans itinerary, to visit relatives in Ohio, our son in South Carolina, and then….??? These past ten years, I have been a frequent flyer—jetting here and there, facing jet lag but not road fatigue, frequenting […]

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CELEBRATING THE ANNUNCIATION IN A BIG WAY: Happy Birthday, Mr. Monaghan!

I wasn't really there, in the orphanage.  My imagination is at work and has produced, no doubt, a jumble of truths and conjecture and flourishes.  But here is the story, as I see it. *     *     *     *     * The boy was only four when his father, a truck driver, died, leaving him with his brother […]

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HAIL, MARY, FULL OF GRACE: A New Look at the Annunciation

On March 25—exactly nine months before Christmas—the Catholic Church commemorates the Annunciation, when the Angel Gabriel appeared to a young Jewish girl and told her that God would like her to be the mother of the Savior.  “How can this be,” Mary responded, “since I know not man?”  Contemporary artist John Collier tells the story […]

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No, Your Friend Can’t Sleep On My Couch: A Facebook Manifesto

I have a liberal policy toward Facebook friend requests.  Priests from Santa Clara, college kids from Boston, teens from Poughkeepsie, moms from Atlanta, fashion models from Paris, missionaries from Libya:  I accept them all.  That doesn’t mean I read everything they write.  I block games and applications, for example—so if you’re cleaning my fish tank […]

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