A Quote I Just Can’t Shake

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Things have been a bit crazy over the past few days, both personally and professionally. (Personally, because “Seven Boys = Crazy” each and every day, without qualification. And professionally, because the opening of a new academic year is always insane.) Over the years, I’ve come to recognize a peculiar, personal tic that pops up every time [Read More...]

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Better Parenting through Lunch Preparation

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An incredibly exciting/demoralizing thing happened last week: we got an entire carton of apples from our local co-op. Exciting because we now have something with which to keep the boys and their outlandish appetites at bay for at least a few days. And demoralizing because we’ve reached the stage where the half-life of a 35-lb [Read More...]

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Seeing Isn’t Always Believing

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I’ll be honest; even after repeated viewings and reviewings (and an entire night to let it all sink in), I’m still not entirely convinced this play is even possible. In debates concerning the game’s greatest defensive shortstops, I’ve always been an earnest Omar Vizquel supporter — partially because the bulk of his career occurred during [Read More...]

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The Most Exciting Play in Baseball

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Hank Aaron once said that “the triple is the most exciting play in baseball.” He was wrong. That breathless anticipation and excitement as a runner makes the turn at second and heads for third is one of the sport’s greatest pleasures — a pleasure amplified, I suspect, by its rarity in today’s game. So I certainly understand where [Read More...]

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Comforting Quote of the Day

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My, my. The Catholic Internet is certainly abuzz today, brimming over with Sturm und Drang and all manner of hand-wringing, name-calling, and wolf-crying. Of course, none of these things are particularly new when it comes to the online world, but I’m feeling it particularly keenly today, for some reason — mostly, I think, because I can’t [Read More...]

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You Don’t Find Memories; Memories Find You

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On Tuesday, I took The First Five to see Pixar’s latest, Monsters University. The film struck me as both charming and technically impressive — descriptors so frequently attributable to Pixar’s films that I feel simultaneously unoriginal in using them and ungrateful that I don’t recognize how extraordinary it is for a studio to deserve them [Read More...]

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The Love Language of Little League

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As this year’s two-month Little League marathon drew to a close, I came to realize something important about myself: When it comes to baseball, I’m just a teeny, tiny bit more …intense than most 9-year-olds. This year, as the manager of Sean (#2 Son) and Mark’s (#3 Son) Red Sox team, I spent countless hours [Read More...]

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No Commentary Necessary — “The Coffinmaker”

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I said commentary was unnecessary. And I meant it.  But I just can’t help myself. It’s a beautiful short; muted, meditative, and perfectly lit. So it’s in my wheelhouse, artistically. But it’s successful on a much richer, more important level than merely a visual one, and I come away unexpectedly and deeply moved — not [Read More...]

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Flight of the Navigator — Family Movie Night

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The Story: Young David Freeman vanishes late one evening in 1978. He reappears eight years later at the exact location of his initial disappearance, seemingly unharmed. Only he hasn’t aged a single day. Meanwhile, NASA discovers a mysterious UFO tangled in high-tension power lines. Coincidence? The Stars: Joey Cramer, Paul Reubens, Howard Hesseman Release Date: 1986 Rating: PG [Read More...]

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When Sports Worlds Collide

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View image | gettyimages.com Over the past year or so, I’ve become quite a cricket fan. I’m firmly ensconced in amateur territory, of course — a fact that will probably never change — but I’m having a blast all the same. It’s a crazy, crazy game. (Also, yes. I was watching it before I got [Read More...]

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