Good morning, Flowers, chocolate, a restaurant dinner—all of the above? What is a fitting gift for Mom on Mother’s Day? Nothing really seems adequate, does it? Our gifts, no matter how lavish and carefully planned, can’t compare with a mother’s gifts to her children. While Mother’s Day is celebrated once a year, a mother’s love…

Good evening: How many times did you log in to the internet today? Did you check email first thing this morning, instant message a friend after breakfast, check a family member’s Facebook post at lunchtime? Maybe you’ve had a Zoom meeting somewhere along the line. We depend on that constant cyber connection for so much…

Good morning, “Just grow up!” is the frustrated response of parents to a child’s immaturity. Though well past toddlerhood, the son throws a tantrum when he doesn’t get what he wants. A daughter refuses to take responsibility for a homework assignment. Instead of getting a job to support themselves, children expect Mom and Dad to…

Good morning: Perhaps you’ve heard the advice that there are two things you should never bring up in conversation: religion and politics. The reason is that both can elicit strong disagreement from the person with whom you are speaking. Still, how many people actually follow that advice? Do you? Even when you know your comments…

Good morning: Last week we celebrated Easter. We heard the angels’ words to the women: “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He has risen!” But now what? What are we going to do with Easter? Some quickly forget it. It never enters their mind until Easter comes again the following year….

Good morning: If you have ever worked the night shift or tossed and turned for hours unable to sleep because of worry, you know how endless the hours of darkness can seem. Everyone else is asleep and unaware of what you’re going through. What keeps you going? It’s the anticipation and certainty that the night…

Good morning: One problem which has received a great deal of attention lately is the divisiveness which can be seen everywhere from Congress to next door neighbors. “Why can’t we just get along?” people ask. Why does there have to be so much bickering, disagreement, and even violence among those who don’t see things the…

Good morning: It’s been almost ten years since an elderly Spanish woman made international headlines, but not in a good way. Though well-intentioned, she ended up ruining a 19th century painting of Christ wearing a crown of thorns. She noticed some fading and flaking paint and decided that she could fix the painting. Her unskilled…

Good morning: Will what you do today matter? Will it make a difference in the world? It might not seem that way. What will Saturday house cleaning matter? A load of laundry washed won’t help the neighborhood. Overtime at work won’t even be a tiny blip on the radar of the nation’s economy. So why…

Good morning, Imagine being confined to an apartment no bigger than some bedrooms, not just for a day or two or even a week, but for months on end. Meals are left outside your door, and while you can talk to loved ones over the phone, there is no physical contact with anyone. It has…

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