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The seasoning of lake glass

By Tom Montgomery-Fate

In the 1960s my family spent a week every summer at Tower Hill church camp — a row of beat-up old cabins in a pine forest in southwest Michigan. The woods were full of owls and raccoons and poison ivy and blackberries, and just beyond them lay the dunes and the slow, blue pulse of the lake.

It was a “rustic” (inexpensive) getaway, and since the camp staff was overworked and underpaid, a “low-maintenance” camp. The tennis court demanded a nuanced game. The challenge was not to keep the ball inside the lines, which were mostly worn away, but to hit a piece of the pavement that wasn’t buckled or cracked or overgrown with weeds. The playground was a heavy splintering teeter-totter, a metal merry-go-round and a steel slide that grew so hot in the afternoon it would raise blisters on your legs.…

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Learning to play

By Suzanne Tinaglia

It is nearing 4 o’clock on a Tuesday afternoon. The office is settling into its close-of-day hush. I tidy up my desk, pack a few files into my portfolio and prepare to escape the confines of business into the vibrancy of classical guitar.

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Me and them

By Kerry Temple ’74

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is one of my all-time favorite movies. Like two of my all-time favorite books, The Catcher in the Rye and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the movie is essentially the story of the individual versus society — a favorite theme of mine.

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Their final duet

By John Kelly

My father died when I was just beginning my junior year in high school. It was October, my favorite month of the year.

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Day of Reckoning

By R. Bruce Dold

My uncle, Bill Dold, didn’t graduate from Notre Dame. He was a student there in 1943, nice and safe in South Bend during the war, and since he hadn’t been drafted he could have finished out his studies.

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The Time and the Place

By John Nagy ’00M.A.

Laughter pulsed outward through the stained glass into the night air May 14, as members of the Class of 2009 observed the traditional Last Visit to the Basilica of the Sacred Heart.

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Defining moment

By Kerry Temple ’74

In 1970, a few weeks before I enrolled as a freshman at Notre Dame, a group of us Louisiana high school friends chipped in on a rudimentary beach house in Gulf Shores, Alabama. For two weeks we reveled in a celebration of one of life’s most consequential passages.

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Over at Our Place

By Richard Conklin ’59M.A

As I left Mass one Sunday in May, the first words in my pastor’s parish bulletin column got my attention: “I am ashamed of my University.” My pastor and I share Notre Dame.

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Quiet Power

By Samuel Hazo '49

The essence of power, most Americans (and indeed most people throughout the world) would say, is strength. And the military might of a nation, they probably would concur, determines how powerful it is.

By this standard, most people regard the United States of America as the most powerful nation on earth for the simple reason that its military assets are second to none.…

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To Redeem the Time

By Daniel Philpott

I have a prayer. It is that my students would become people who would “redeem the time,” in the phrase of the great poet T.S. Eliot.

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