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Thanksgiving Day and Gratitude

Cicero, the famous Roman senator and orator once wrote, “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.”  The virtue of gratitude is the ability to express our thankful appreciation in word or deed, to […]

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New Beginnings

Thomas  Edison was a prolific inventor.  He invented over 1,000 things, but he is best known for inventing the incandescent light bulb, the phonograph, the microphone, the storage battery and talking movies. It was December 1914, and he had already […]

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Important Lessons from a Poor Mexican Guitar Player

“Ladies and gentlemen, I am going to play a few songs for you.  I hope that you like my music.” These were the words the poor Mexican guitar player spoke as he suddenly jumped aboard an old bus as it […]

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Old Ideas Rising from the Ground

I thoroughly enjoyed Steven Spielberg’s version of “War of the Worlds.”  The special effects that Spielberg uses to show the aliens coming out of the ground are really cool. Heresies (yes, I did use that word) are like the aliens […]

Saving Friendship

Email, Facebook, Twitter, cell phones, text messages…we do live in a different world. I will not deny the good that new technologies can do for all of us. I do a lot of work with the Internet and my Internet […]

Real Christians Needed

A number of years ago I was invited to give a retreat to a group of lay people in New York City.  A seminarian graciously accompanied me in order to help with the practical details.  Prior to the evening retreat, […]

My First Flight

Recently I began to reflect on the first time I was on a plane.  It was 1980 and I had just finished my first two years of seminary training for the Catholic priesthood and now I was being sent to […]

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Thanksgiving Day and Gratitude
Cicero, the famous Roman senator and orator once wrote, “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.”  The virtue of gratitude is the ability to express our thankful appreciation in word or deed, to the ...

posted 2:59:54am Nov. 21, 2011 | read full post »

The Alarming Rise of Depression
This week the Centers for Disease Control revealed some alarming statistics regarding the problem of depression here in the United States.  The use of antidepressant drugs has soared nearly 400% since 1988. Antidepressant medication is the ...

posted 1:17:08am Oct. 22, 2011 | read full post »

Hit the Reset Button
You know the drill.  When some new gadget does not work, you just hit the reset button.  Even if the gadget does not have a reset button, there is some way to accomplish the same task.  When my Blackberry gets stuck, I just open up the back ...

posted 11:34:12pm Oct. 16, 2011 | read full post »

Smoking Away Your Anxiety
I enjoy a fine cigar after a long day of work.  For me, cigar smoking is very relaxing.  My most favorite brands are the Joya de Nicaragua Antano 1970, the Kristoff Corojo Limitada, the Padron Classics and the Partagas Black.  For those of ...

posted 2:40:32am Oct. 10, 2011 | read full post »

The Remedy for Anxiety
“Distress or uneasiness of mind caused by fear of danger or misfortune: He felt anxiety about the possible loss of his job.”  This is how the dictionary defines the word anxiety.   Worry, fretfulness, apprehension and disquiet are all ...

posted 5:47:00pm Sep. 27, 2011 | read full post »

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