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Campus and Community

Echoes: The dogwood bloomed, too

By Brian Doyle ’78

The best class I ever had in college was a great class for small reasons, such as there were lots of girls in it, and it was late in the afternoon, and there were fewer than 20 students, and there were no blowhards or suck-ups or preeners or buffoons or conversation-dominators.

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The Virtue of Virtuous Drinking

By Robert Simonson

This is the dual nature of the way our country regards alcohol and its consumption. It’s wonderful; it’s awful. It’s a delight; it’s a plague on society. It opens people up; it breaks them down. It brings friends together; it rips families apart. We are Puritans and we are hedonists both and it seems we ever will be.

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Church

What I’m Reading: Catholic Boy Blues, Norbert Krapf

By Kerry Temple ’74

Norbert Krapf’s Catholic Boy Blues contains more than 10 dozen poems. The book is subtitled “A Poet’s Journal of Healing,” and that’s how it reads — shards of experience, signposts along a fitful journey. The poet took to writing the poems as a kind of therapy; he was sexually abused by a Catholic priest as a boy in small-town Indiana.

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Gifts So Ordinary

By Tara Hunt ’12

There it is. Illuminated by the first rays of morning sunlight, we see it. The leprosy colony. It’s why we’ve traveled here, to a place that is both paradise and prison.

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Family Counseling

By Terrence Keeley ’81

Pope Francis has asked the Catholic Church and its leaders to grapple with a troubling array of social issues to help preserve the faith and familial integrity. A surprising report from the synod so far.

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Current Affairs

Family Counseling

By Terrence Keeley ’81

Pope Francis has asked the Catholic Church and its leaders to grapple with a troubling array of social issues to help preserve the faith and familial integrity. A surprising report from the synod so far.

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Science and Technology

Society and Culture

What I’m reading: The Road, Cormac McCarthy

By Kerry Temple ’74

The landscape is bleak and grim, cold, gray, ashen, desolate. It is a post-apocalyptic world. Destitute. Barren. It is a world of the writer’s imagination. Although, given the forces, violence and powers of human destruction threatening the planet today, it is a world easy to conjure, to believe in, and to dread.

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The Virtue of Virtuous Drinking

By Robert Simonson

This is the dual nature of the way our country regards alcohol and its consumption. It’s wonderful; it’s awful. It’s a delight; it’s a plague on society. It opens people up; it breaks them down. It brings friends together; it rips families apart. We are Puritans and we are hedonists both and it seems we ever will be.

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