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By: Rachel Swenson Balducci
Originally Appeared in : 9721-10/12/17

It had been too long. One room in particular had not been painted since we moved into this house just before Augie turned two. He’s currently studying to get his driver’s permit. The good news is the walls in that room were a kind of light beige and hid handprints well. In fact, so much time had gone by that the room had developed a patina found on only the highest quality antiques. 

 

By: Jason Halcombe
Originally Appeared in : 9721-10/12/17

The fire marshal would have had a field day with the seven people residing in our guest bathroom tub built for 1 3/4, but he and every other official was otherwise detained by the hurricane blowing in our yard that had sent nearly my entire family to the guest tub in the first place.

 

A few moments earlier, a loud “snap” was followed by an even louder “boom” and finally Magan shouting “everyone in the tub.”

By: Jason Halcombe
Originally Appeared in : 9720-9/28/17

Twilight was giving way to full-on night as I rounded the corner of the fence chasing our rooster through the backyard with a green lightsaber. (Bet that sentence hadn’t existed before today.) 

 

By: Rachel Swenson Balducci
Originally Appeared in : 9720-9/28/17

I don’t write a lot about having teenagers. If you have some yourself, you understand. Teenagers are wonderful, don’t get me wrong. But it’s complicated. Having teenagers is every bit as grand as having little ones, but those growing pains aren’t as easy to share publicly. 

 

By: Padre Pablo Migone
Originally Appeared in : 9720-9/28/17

En enero del de 2013 abordé un avión con destino a Guatemala junto con mi amigo sacerdote, el Padre Tom Peyton. Desde mi ordenación en el 2009, este Padre me había invitado varias veces para hacer una peregrinación a Guatemala y El Salvador visitando lugares ligados a religiosos y religiosas asesinados en estos países en la década del 80. Revisando el itinerario reconocí que solo sabía algo de Monseñor Oscar Romero, pero los otros nombres en el itinerario, incluyendo el Padre Stanley Rother de Oklahoma, no significaban nada para mí. 

 

By: Father Pablo Migone
Originally Appeared in : 9720-9/28/17

In January 2013 I boarded an airplane to Guatemala City with my friend and fellow priest, Father Tom Peyton. Ever since my ordination in 2009 he had invited me several times to travel with him on a pilgrimage to Guatemala and El Salvador to visit sites connected to various religious men and women killed in these countries in the 1980s. Reviewing the itinerary I knew the basic story of Archbishop Oscar Romero, but the other names on the itinerary, including Father Stanley Rother, meant nothing to me.

 

By: Jason Halcombe
Originally Appeared in : 9719-9/14/17

“We haven’t figured out how to cover the half-moon window in the sitting room,” Magan said perplexed as I drove home for lunch Monday afternoon.
When I arrived a few moments later, I walked into a nearly pitch-black setting, with blankets, sheets and towels taped to the casing of every window including the half-moon one in our sitting room. 

 

By: Padre Pablo Migone
Originally Appeared in : 9719-9/14/17

La vida cambia en un abrir y cerrar de ojos. Basta una llamada telefónica, una reunión o una opción aparentemente sin mucha importancia. El cambio puede ser positivo, pero cuando este es el caso, uno acepta el cambio con alegría y continúa viviendo agradecido por la bendición inesperada. Cuando el cambio es desagradable, nuestro mundo se viene abajo. El futuro se oscurece y parece como si nada será igual.

 

By: Father Pablo Migone
Originally Appeared in : 9719-9/14/17

Life changes in the blink of an eye. All it takes is a phone call, a meeting or a seemingly unimportant choice. The change may be positive, but when this is the case, we accept the change joyfully and move on happily, grateful for the unexpected blessing. When the change is an unwelcomed one, then the world seems to come to a grinding halt. The future darkens and it appears as if nothing will be the same.

 

By: Rachel Swenson Balducci
Originally Appeared in : 9718-8/31/17

I read with great joy and excitement the news of my fellow columnist, Jason Halcombe, and his family expansion pack! What an exciting time  – we are so happy for Magan and Jason. Congratulations on the new little one.

 

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