In the Midst of Life We Are in Death

In the Midst of Life We Are in Death

November is a natural time to reflect on our mortality, when the religious, the secular, and the natural all join to remind us that fleshly existence has an end.  The Catholic Church remembers the dead on the feasts of All Saints and All Souls, and many parishes...

Henry's Story

I’ve written a lot over the past few months about the tragic early death of Henry Louis Granju.  That story is now going to be told on television.  If you aren’t local (or, like me, don’t have t.v. in your home–yeah, right!), you will be able...
Happy Birthday, Mima

Happy Birthday, Mima

Today would have been my maternal grandmother’s 99th birthday.  She died in January 2008.  The following was the column I wrote immediately following her death. When I tell people about this column, I say I write about “life issues.” But that means that...

Don't Try Suicide

I’m feeling sad today about the death of Darrin Owenby, who took his own life early this morning.  A former Marine, Darrin apparently suffered from PTSD.  I didn’t know that, though.  I didn’t know much about Darrin at all, really.  Although we were...
Whose Judgment?

Whose Judgment?

Here’s a column reprint from 2003, which I was inspired to run today by a Facebook post by my friend Amy (you can see her here) whom I have known since first grade.  She said:  “The difference between a flower and a weed is judgment.” It was a...
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