October 13, 2019

Tag - Family

A Simpler Time and Place

I can remember when my grandfather retired. For years, he had worked beyond the time permitted by his employer but the courthouse in his home town had burnt down and with it all the records were lost. His employer, Budd Wheel, had to accept his...

On What’s Important

Many years ago, a colleague sat me down for a “wisdom” conversation. For more than an hour, he shared the story of his family and career. Then in his late fifties, he was filled with regret because of foolish choices, incomplete...

Living Simply

In February 2014, actor Ralph Waite passed into eternal life. For those of you unfamiliar with Waite, he was a husband, father, Marine, social worker, ordained Presbyterian minister, and religion editor at Harper & Rowe. But for those who tuned...

Our Changing Holy Families

This week, we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. As I ponder this celebration, I reflect on how much the concept of family has evolved over the years. In my grandparents’ generation, most Catholic families had...

Nobody’s Home

Nobody’s home. From my vantage point, that’s too bad! In a Wall Street Journal article (He says Maine, She says Florida) from March 21, 2011, author Kathleen Hughes explored the topic of retiree relocation, noting that retirees move...

Family Aware

The Church has many positive ministries which faithfully serve families. However, these activities are sometimes isolated and not effective in the long run because they lack both stability (rootedness in the past) and a sense of vision (a legacy for...

What a Marvelous Sound

Recently, a good friend of mine who played in the orchestra for a local theater guild invited me to its presentation of Rogers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music. I’m old enough to have seen the movie version when it debuted in 1965. Starring...

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