Feasting on crabs and peach cake, decorating with flyswatters, and other summer fun (7 Quick Takes)

You can almost taste the end of summer. I can no longer complain about the ridiculously early back-to-school sales, even though I have yet to buy a single No. 2 pencil or accordion file.
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When all you can do is pray

Every time there is a shooting—yet another shooting—I feel so helpless.
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The summer is flying by, birthday fun, our butterfly bush, and what crawled into my salad (7 Quick Takes)

Suddenly it’s August. We’ve had such a fun and more-relaxing-than-usual summer that I would really like to hold onto this season a bit longer.
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4 favorite lessons from St. Ignatius of Loyola

As we celebrate the feast day of St. Ignatius, here are some of my favorite lessons from the founder of the Society of Jesus.
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Birthday celebrating, a new little child of God, favorite Catholic movies, and more (7 Quick Takes)

Today is my birthday! I just love birthdays. I enjoy everyone’s birthday, of course, but especially mine.
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There were three jolly fishermen (a fishing tale)

Once upon a time there was a boy who loved to fish. He dreamed about fishing. He talked about fishing. He couldn’t get enough of it—even though he had only caught one fish in three years.
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The perfect cure for beach-sickness (or what we did on our summer vacation)

What a vacation it was. We went fishing and explored the area and ate ice cream every day and swam and played.
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The power of prayer, my life as a personal chef, miniature golfing, and reading at the grocery store (7 Quick Takes)

My sons and I went shopping one afternoon to find a few items for our beach trip, including a sun hat for me.
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A summer visit to the Big Duck

When we decided to visit Long Island this summer, we did our research. My sister found an ice cream parlor. My husband thought it would be fun to see Sag Harbor. I wanted to go to the Big Duck.
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A visit to New York City, a family dinosaur, and vying for aunt of the day (7 Quick Takes)

Last weekend we decided—somewhat spontaneously—to head into Manhattan to go to the American Museum of Natural History.
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Creating a gift for a legend

Jaime Bramble Schell has known Augustine Miceli, Sr., for years as a dear family friend. When he was visiting her parents this past May, he noticed a collage Jaime had made hanging on their wall.
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