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November 21, 2018

Write Me As One That Loves His Fellow Men

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Recently it has been kind of dense in my head, trying to make sense – has anyone? – of the spate of violence that has beset our country. My parents were immigrant Jews, dead now for fourteen years, and I can’t begin to sort through the emotions of...

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October 17, 2018

San Óscar Romero, Saint of the People

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A native Salvadoran, Monseñor Romero lived in service to his people during the blood-soaked civil war, and he died serving Christ Jesus, literally. He was celebrating Mass, hands open in supplication at the altar, when a sharpshooter’s bullet felled...

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August 10, 2018

Hand-built Lean-tos and the Value of Volunteer Work

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The Catskill Park is woven with well-maintained hiking trails, including the Long Path and the Devil’s Path. Familiar to any veteran hiker is the lean-to, a rustic log structure at intervals along the trails. My family frequented those trails, we...

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June 1, 2018

The River That Flows Both Ways

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There are days when water is dense and opaque, the spring sun absorbed and flattened. Other mornings gold spangles the length and breadth of the flow, the shoreline is rinsed in light. The water birds are back now, the ducks, loons, mergansers, and...

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