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My journey from Platform 9¾: How I first encountered Harry Potter

As a young newspaper reporter in Southcentral Pennsylvania back in July 1999, I was assigned to go to a bookstore on a Friday night for a book release party. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban was coming out, and dozens of children were expected to attend—in costume and full of excitement. I had heard...
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Summer reading, a drawing of the Easter Bunny, Father’s Day, and water balloons (7 Quick Takes)

~1~ Summer is really here! We went to sign up for summer reading at the Enoch Pratt Free Library. The boys’ aunt (my sister) works there, so we always register there. It’s a terrific program—and I would say that even if we didn’t have an aunt working there. We always stop to see the fish...
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Why I love my Catholic faith

I love that as Catholics we can go to any Mass anywhere in the world and—even if it’s in another language, it’s the same. I love the beauty of our faith, the statues and the symbols, the bells and the candles, the holy water and the music.
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Movies, baseball, cousins, Dutch Wonderland, and our noodle jar (7 Quick Takes)

You know when you get a haircut and no one notices for weeks? Or they finally notice and it has been so long that it’s already time for you to get another?
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You don’t have to have a glove

Our sons were still full of energy, bouncing around the house, begging to go outside and play in the heat. I saw only one option.
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Special delivery: Giving and accepting hugs and kisses

How often do I look for ways to spread love and affection among the people I encounter?
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Thoughts during an evening at baseball practice

I can’t tell whether he’s one of the better players on the team. That doesn’t matter. I know he’s right where he needs to be right now. And so am I.
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In defense of the fidget spinner

Usually I agree with my friend and fellow Catholic Review blogger, Robyn Barberry. But we have finally found the topic that divides us: fidget spinners. Read Robyn’s persuasive (and also poetic) take over at her blog, Unconditional. But take a spin through mine first. It’s small, it’s fast, it’s so much fun, And nearly every kid has one,...
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A commencement goodbye

During my 19-year career, I’ve seen colleagues come and colleagues go. The hellos I look forward to. The goodbyes I dread.
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