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The Playroom: One who hovered

By Maraya Goyer Steadman ’89, ’90MBA

Today is James’ birthday party. “Choo Choo James is turning Two!” read the invitation. This morning I received a text from his mother. “James has a cold and cough and totally understand if you don’t want to expose your children!” I remember when I used to send out similar messages, back when I was a new mother, one who hovered.

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The Collapse of Individualism

By Gene Stowe

The word “individualism,” I fear, is going the way of such related words as “freedom,” “independence” and “self.” All these words have evolved so many meanings by now that they’re almost meaningless.

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NDAve: Kids must come first

By John Nagy ’00M.A.

This month, Notre Dame began a year-long conversation about equal opportunity in K-12 education, and the four high-profile panelists who conversed from red leather chairs on the Leighton stage said just about everything this parent wanted to hear.

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Peace in South Sudan: A Catholic Agenda

By John Katunga

Religious institutions, especially the Anglican and Catholic churches, have played a leading role in peacebuilding in Sudan for decades. Their role in the process leading to South Sudan’s independence is the most recent example.

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The Playroom: Easter story

By Maraya Goyer Steadman ’89, ’90MBA

When my first child was an infant, I had fantasies about motherhood and parenting that were sweet and gentle. One of my fantasies had to do with books. I decided that for holidays I would buy books relative to the celebration and keep them in a decorative basket in the front room. Then at story time we would sit together and read.

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ND Free Pass: Blue-Gold Spring Football

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

The Notre Dame Blue-Gold Spring football game offers a wonderful spectatorpalooza. Free parking near the stadium. Tickets cheap enough that spectators probably can afford a snack at the concession stands. The best seats you can grab. The marching band playing ND football game favorites. The leprechaun and cheerleaders whipping up the crowd.

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Believing: Waiting for the fire

By Michael Garvey '74

Perhaps even more than most other mammals of the northern hemisphere, human inhabitants of the cloud-shrouded Saint Joseph River valley long for the vernal equinox. I certainly do. And this was Palm Sunday. The earth had begun its warming tilt toward the sun three weeks before, the moon was swelling night by night, and the forsythias my wife had planted two years ago were blazing into flower.

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Far Afield: Challenging the status quo

By Jason Kelly '95

With numbers, if not words, economists call football coaches wimps. Their calculations indicate that punts and field goals on fourth down are acts of surrender to misguided conformity, statistical risks under the guise of prudence.

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ND Free Pass: Golf

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

If I’ve learned one thing in my spectator sampling of the less-heralded side of Notre Dame competitions, it’s not always to trust advance information posted online. Take golf, if you would, please — and please without telling me the details of your shot on the 14th hole.

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Believing: Taking religion seriously

By Michael Garvey '74

As Stanley Hauerwas once observed, “We assume that being modern involves at least agreement that no one ought to take religion too seriously, especially if it is going to ask any real sacrifices from us. . . . Any idea that religious convictions might challenge our deepest beliefs about ourselves or ask us to make extraordinary sacrifices is simply unthinkable.”

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The Playroom: The Roadster

By Maraya Goyer Steadman ’89, ’90MBA

As I am predictably running late getting my kid to the ice rink, I notice the license plate on the BMW Roadster in the parking space behind me. “40 BDAY.” I roll my eyes, thinking, “You have got to be kidding me,” and try not to hit it as I parallel park my minivan.

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Networthy ND 13

By Notre Dame Magazine staff

This edition of NetworthyND moves from out of this world to the sublime, jazzy and poetic, and, finally, back down to earth to consider the state and fate of K-12 education in the United States.

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Molarity Classic 68-72

By Michael Molinelli '82

Strips 68-72 of the popular comic strip Molarity, which previewed in The Observer in 1977. It’s time to rock the hall Mass, and also to figure out how women fit with the old guard.

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The Global Good

By Carolyn Woo

Whether globalization contributes to the common good is a question that has been answered: Yes, some of the time. The more pertinent question is how globalization, through business, can serve society.

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The Investor

By Lori Barrett

Paul Tierney ’64, once known as a corporate raider and a savvy, successful fund manager, is now making bold impacts by bringing venture capital into what he calls frontier markets. And doing some real good.

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A Wiser take on television

By Eric Butterman

Paige Wiser ’92 is dressed and ready for work. In a comfortable-looking striped, button-down shirt and black pants, a dinner beside her, she nestles in, her daughter, Audrey, on the couch nearby and son, Jack, lying on a mattress in the room. Her work assignment is to critique a reality TV show.

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Family hour

By Eric Butterman

TV critic Paige Wiser may enjoy Dexter, but she also has a lingering fondness for child-friendly shows old and new.

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The mountain in my backyard

By George McAleer ’82

At about 3 in the afternoon the three of us were almost halfway up the mountain. Brennan, our 15-year-old son, went ahead without his backpack to scout out the best route. My wife, Rhonda, and I gratefully sat down to rest and soak in the tranquil beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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‘Frozen Flashback’ face-off

By Tim Dougherty ’07

When the puck dropped last spring to determine the unsettled 1989 state championship between two New Jersey high school hockey powers, it was surrounded by the sticks of husbands and fathers who never thought they’d play the big game taken from them two decades earlier.

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