Weekly Meanderings, 20 February 2016

Yes, it’s that time of the year when pitchers and catchers are reporting, and when the Cubs begin the march to the World Series. I’m feeling it, how about you?! Sharon Robinson, on her father Jackie Robinson and his legacy — and how she wants to expand that legacy: A bitter wind whipped across the [Read More…]

Weekly Meanderings, 9 January 2016

The president of the other Wheaton says it well: In our nation’s public K-through-12 schools, educators offer programs for students to combat the bullying that marginalizes those who are different in some way. Yet we continue to tolerate and sometimes cheer this type of behavior as adults. It’s time to demand better from each other. [Read More…]

Weekly Meanderings, 19 December 2015

Sarah Larimer, good story of the week: Safyre Terry got her Christmas cards. Okay, to be a bit more exact, she got hundreds of thousands of them — including about 185,000 on Monday alone. You may remember hearing about Safyre; we wrote about her last week. Just about everybody did. When Safyre was 5, an arsonist set fire [Read More…]

Weekly Meanderings, 12 December 2015

Story of the week, from Chicago Tribune: A magical moment was caught on camera when Santa Claus comforted a child with autism who was worried his disability would put him on the “naughty list.” A photo shows the Santa at the RiverTown Crossings mall with his arm around the 6-year-old boy as the child leans [Read More…]

The Speechwriter, by Barton Swaim

The Speechwriter Many will remember the name of Mark Sanford, the former governor of South Carolina.  Sanford’s adulterous relationship overseas was big news a few years back.  Sanford currently serves as US Congressmen for the first district of South Carolina. What is it like to be a political speechwriter?  What is it like to be [Read More…]

Weekly Meanderings 24 October 2015

Phil Hersh on the Cubs last game: A team strong enough to buck not only its own history but that of teams that get eliminated in Championship Series sweeps. The Cubs are the eighth team to get swept in the NLCS or ALCS since 1985, when the format was expanded to best-of-seven, and none of [Read More…]

Weekly Meanderings, 26 September 2015

Our Franciscan Pope in prayer. Image. A full-time college student, by Brent Ashcroft: ALLENDALE, Mich. — Most of today’s college students plan to do the usual four years of undergrad studies, get their degree, then enter the workforce. For others, it may take a while longer. Then there’s the rare few who love campus life [Read More…]

Weekly Meanderings, 19 September 2015

It’s been a good week here in our village and this next week our school year at Northern gets underway officially — faculty retreat and then classes begin! I’m looking forward to meeting our new students (so many good and gifted students at Northern) and to teaching a course on Jesus and another on Paul. [Read More…]

Weekly Meanderings, 12 September 2015

Enjoy a new set of links to blogs and news, providing you some fun for Saturday morning coffee and breakfast. Once again Kris found a number of these links and single-handedly at times seems to keep this Saturday offering on its feet. Quality time? Nope, there’s no substitute for presence, by Frank Bruni: There’s simply [Read More…]

Weekly Meanderings, 5 September 2015

Meet the musical Kellys! By Dahleen Glanton: The family’s morning routine begins at 5 a.m. in a vacant lot across the street. Dressed in T-shirts and shorts, the children line up for a CrossFit exercise session, using kettle bells, old tires and ropes. Their father sits on a wooden box nearby, making sure that everyone [Read More…]


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