Pope Urban: Patron of Nonsmokers?

Once upon a time, I took home delivery of the Detroit Free Press—allowing its ink to smear my fingers, spread to my cheek, leave smudges on the kitchen table.  To my irritation, my children left it around, comic pages spread wide on the living room floor.  My husband read the Sports Page instead of engaging in witty repartee.I’m digital now; but I have a vague memory from those olden days of a newspaper column I really enjoyed—something like “Things I Learned En Route to Learning Other Things.” … [Read more...]

Getting All Puffed Up Over Mushrooms

"Darn," I thought.  "The raccoons have been in the trash cans again.   There are paper plates all over the yard!" But no.  On closer inspection, what first brought scowls, then smiles, was a congregation of plate-sized mushrooms that had sprung up, courtesy of a gentle rainfall, and now turned faces heavenward to bask in the setting sun. I never saw this type of mushroom before.  My friend John, a connoisseur of all things home-grown, would have been out there with a knife and f … [Read more...]

Freiburg, the Pope, and Me

Today, September 24, Pope Benedict XVI rode through the streets of Freiburg in the popemobile before meeting with a group of lay Catholics gathered at the Freiburg Seminary.  In the background of the copyrighted photo, you can clearly see Freiburg’s village clock.I was there, too, in October 2000.  I was poring through some photos and came across one in particular that I’d like to share.Our family photo reveals the village clock in clearer perspective.  It also shows you that right next door … [Read more...]


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