Our story is not a tragic one

I wrote those words just now to another parent who’s “living the dream”. And I thought “Dang, that needs to be shared some more.” So I’m sharing it again – Our story is not a tragic one. When people – when parents – talk about that time their child was diagnosed with “something”, they use words…

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The vague and mythical family tale of the Great Chicago Fire

Once upon a time, the city of Chicago caught on fire. They blamed a cow, but a century and some years later, the city did exonerate the cow of all charges. True story. My grandmother’s mother’s people came over a year or so before the fire. I always knew this because she would say how…

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Making sacraments and memories

So we’re Catholic, right?  On my side, we’re nothing but Catholic thanks to a strong Irish and Italian heritage.  I grew up in an Irish/Italian/Polish neighborhood, where there was a Catholic church every square mile.  My best friend growing up was Lutheran – which I thought was the most exotic religion ever because it wasn’t…

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