Weekly Meanderings, 18 March 2017

Thank you, Hilda! Ryan Miller: Vivienne Malone-Mayes. Jane Hinton. Jessie Price. You may have never heard of these black female scientists, but one woman is looking to bring their images back to life. With the help of Twitter, Hilda Bastian (@MissingSciFaces) has worked for the past two months to uncover pictures and stories of prominent, but under-represented scientists. With the [Read More…]

Weekly Meanderings, 11 March 2017

Every week, for more than a decade, I’ve clipped bits and bobs from blogs, social media and news. Here we go again! [Read more…]

Weekly Meanderings, 23 July 2016

Boom goes Sarah Condon: Several years ago in a galaxy far, far away, in a diocese no one has ever heard of, I attended a conference for parish clergy and the keynote speaker told us we were idiots. Well, he was more subtle than that, but we all felt like idiots when he was done. [Read More…]

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…]