A Young Woman Goes Bald for St. Baldrick’s

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While reading the latest issue of my St. John’s University Alumni magazine, one story jumped out at me. It was about 2010 graduate Joan Renee Cloutier shaving her head to support the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which raises money for childhood cancer research. The reason that struck me is because many young women spend time making [Read More...]

Sadness is Part of the Equation: A Young Widow Reflects on Her Loss

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In mid-June, I posted an interview with “Tell My Sons” author, Lt. Col. Mark Weber, about his battle with terminal cancer. Forty years old with a wife and three sons, he passed away the day before my article went live, which was also a few days before Father’s Day. Mark had set up a Facebook [Read More...]

“I’m Strong Enough to Walk Through Hell with a Smile on My Face”

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The three Cleveland women – Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus & Michelle Knight – who were held captive, raped and violently abused for years by Ariel Castro have largely stayed out of the public eye since they escaped their situation with the help of neighbors and police. But yesterday they released a video expressing their gratitude [Read More...]

Freedom of Religion, the Common Good and the Pretty Frump Girl: A Review of “The Hypothesis of Giants: Book 1″

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Though it occurred inside St. Patrick’s Cathedral, New York City’s iconic Catholic house of worship, the last stand for religious freedom included members of many faith traditions. They didn’t all agree on theology, but they were united in believing they had a right to practice their religion without fear of government interference. The government, however, [Read More...]


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