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Happy Chinese New Year! Happy Year of the Pig!

The Year of the Pig, which begins today, comes every 12 years, so I’ve lived through a couple of them. But this is the first one I’ve celebrated.
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Snow day art projects, spaghetti for dinner, pigs for Chinese New Year, prayer cards, and dip (7 Quick Takes)

It has been cold this week, though not as cold as it has been in some parts of the country. I couldn’t make outdoor play possible every day, but we did have scissors and colored paper.
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Let the little children come to Mass

Children at Mass aren’t Catholics in training. They are Catholics. They are already members of our community. As one of our favorite priests once said, “Children aren’t the future of the Church. They are the Church.”
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Board game fun, spiritual gifts, four-day weeks, Pokemon, and homemade soup (7 Quick Takes)

We are at this magical age where we can play family board games with a fair amount of success.
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Yummy Imperfection: Trying a Koobideh kabob recipe

I’m always interested in duplicating a favorite dish at home to save a little money—and also because it’s fun to see what we can create ourselves.
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The year an ice storm canceled my calculus exam

I was a senior in high school, and I was failing calculus. I had to be. I hadn’t understood a word the teacher had said for months, and I couldn’t recall passing a single quiz.
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Excited about reading, a late Christmas gift, taking down the tree, and more (7 Quick Takes)

Our younger son was afraid he wouldn’t find a book he wanted to buy. Then he spotted a book on a display and made a beeline for it.
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Finding Jesus in the hospital

There’s no sign that says, “Jesus,” with an arrow.
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Bidding farewell to Greetings & Readings

You never want to see a business close, but seeing a local, family-owned business shut its doors after many years in the community is especially sad. So I was really sorry when I saw that Greetings & Readings is set to close later this month.
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