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Staycationing, card playing, Buettner bucks for summer reading, and more (7 Quick Takes)

Going away on vacation is always amazing, but I am a huge fan of staycations, which is how the boys and I have spent our week.
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Making a tiny discovery at the Shrine of St. Anthony

As we were walking to our cars, our children were running ahead—the way children do. And we saw them stop to look at what seemed to be a brown leaf floating across the sidewalk.
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7 Quick Takes started at 30,000 feet (featuring beer-shaped salami, a button sculpture, a yard sale purchase, and more)

I started writing these while on an airplane yesterday, but then I didn't manage to finish them until today. But it felt a little like being in Green Eggs and Ham. "Can you write takes on a plane? Can you write them on a train? In a car or on a tree...?"
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Live like you’re going to be 95

I turn 35 tomorrow and have been thinking about how I want to live in this new phase of my life. There are two philosophies that people use as guidelines for making decisions about their life’s experiences. I am posing a third.
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The passenger next to me on the plane

As I was boarding, a flight attendant said, “This is a crowded flight, so we are going to make some friends today.”
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When St. Anthony helps you find what’s missing

Sometimes we ask St. Anthony to help us find something that is missing. And sometimes we don’t realize what we are missing until we find it.
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The Otto Grotto Rosary Dog Walk

Join Father Poston and his dog, Otto, on an "Otto Grotto Rosary Walk" in Emmitsburg.
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We need to be more equipped to combat mental illness

Mental illness isn't always something a person can navigate even with a strong, wonderful family and a compassionate friends. It often requires professional help and medication and sometimes switching to different professional help and different medications.
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Tears at parent-teacher conferences, science experiments, pantry discoveries, crab cakes, and more (7 Quick Takes)

The night our new cousin and nephew was born we went out to dinner to celebrate—and also, maybe more accurately, because I didn’t want to make dinner. We went to Pappas, where I had the absolutely delicious crab cake.
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Welcome to the world, little one

Backpacks were packed, shoes were on, and we were gathering things to head out the door when the phone rang.
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Hype and reality on family planning

According to a 2016 fact sheet by the Guttmacher Institute, a former Planned Parenthood affiliate, the federal government spends well over $2 billion a year on family planning, mostly through Medicaid (not affected by the regulation).
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