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February Blahs

If for some reason you wish to study that peculiar state of human existence called “the blahs,” I suggest you begin in the third week of February in Michigan. It’s been winter for as long as we can remember here, and we still have a…
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February 23, 2013
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Back in My Day, We Just Didn’t Know Stuff

I admit there’s something romantic about wood stoves and typewriters and horse-drawn carriages and other technologies of the past.  For about ten minutes.  Then, get me back to my central heating, my laptop, and my minivan.  And definitely, definitely: give me the internet.  There’s nothing…
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March 23, 2012
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None But the Angels

You know those times when you do an extra good job on something, even when you understand that no one will appreciate or even notice it?  And you don’t mind, really, because you’re putting in the extra effort for the sake of the work itself,…
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March 10, 2012
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I’m Giving Up Boorishness for Lent

A couple weeks ago, fellow Twelver Jeff Munroe confessed his fondness for Downton Abbey, the gorgeous, Brit-made, upstairs-downstairs soap opera that American viewers have swooned all over this winter.  Oddly enough, this show—which seems to celebrate class divisions and Edwardian excess—enjoys a solid and enthusiastic…
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February 25, 2012
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Retreat

Last week my mother spent a night in the hospital because of atrial fibrillation.  Her heart gets out of rhythm, and it needs to be shocked back in.  That sounds dramatic, but now that I have been formally introduced to the world of cardiac medicine,…
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February 11, 2012
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Let’s Give in and Make It Fun

It’s only January and already I can’t stand another minute of “news coverage” of the presidential race.  I have stopped listening to the yammering—from the candidates, from the talking heads, from the plastic news anchors in their shiny studios.  Why bother?  It’s all cynical blather:…
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January 28, 2012
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Vocation: Bah, Humbug

I apologize for passing over the many great posts since Theresa’s post on vocation, but I’d like to go back to that topic—which seems to have hit a nerve among our blog readers and writers—and try stirring up more conversation.     I have been a…
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January 14, 2012
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Rally Around

Books lying around the house are never safe from my readerly omnivory.  So naturally I grabbed up the book my husband received from his brother this Christmas: Three and Out: Rich Rodriguez and the Michigan Wolverines in the Crucible of College Football by John U.…
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December 31, 2011
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Little Pagans

I spent this first week of Advent thinking about idolatry.  It started with a This American Life podcast on the Penn State disaster, in which reporters from the radio show interviewed the stunned residents of State College, Pennsylvania, as they processed their communal nightmare.  Major…
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December 3, 2011