A taste of spring, when mom cooks dinner, a munchkin survey, and frigid baseball fun (7 Quick Takes)

Our saucer magnolia tree is blooming! Spring is here, and then it’s not, and then it sort of is. I think we might see some warmer weather this weekend.
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Big fat juicy ones, long slim slimy ones…

On our morning drive to school it was gray and rainy. It looked like a long, wet, gray day without outdoor recess. As our car inched along in the drop-off line, I spotted a little girl—maybe 6 or 7 years old—bounding along the sidewalk. She was stopping every few feet to bend down to the...
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Tie tying, homework and all that jazz, learning the Apostles’ Creed, a favorite board game, and more (7 Quick Takes)

My parents sent our second-grader a new tie with a First Communion tie tack to wear, and he could not wait to put it on when it arrived.
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Good Enough Is Good Enough: Q&A with Author Colleen Duggan

“Writing is such a form of prayer,” Colleen told me. “When I get out of the way, the Holy Spirit can really work through me."
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The first day of baseball season

At that first practice, anything and everything is possible. The season lies ahead of us fresh and clean and exciting.
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Saving a seat for a stranger

The responsibility to make everyone feel welcome at Mass begins with each of us.
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Yet another reason to sing Alleluia

Congratulations! If you’re reading this, you didn’t get hit by the Chinese space station.
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Five inspiring quotes from Sister Helen Prejean

Here are five of my favorite quotes from Sister Helen’s talk, though she has given me so much to think about this week.
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Failing and succeeding and praying through Lent

I love Lent. I look forward to it. Going into Lent, I always have plans and ideas for how it could be an amazing journey.
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