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Believing: Cicada prayers

By Michael Garvey '74

In late summer, the bicycle commute between home and work is nothing less than an honor, requiring, as it does, a passage through the groves of oak and sycamore on the north bank of Saint Joseph’s Lake. Invisible choirs of cicadas thrum from their bark and branches, enveloping those woods in an ancient sound.

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Where U at?

By Eugene Halton

“Where U at?” This was the last text a young woman wrote before fatally crashing into oncoming traffic. How is it that we humans can be so fully immersed in our symbolic lives that we can lose our sense of physical surroundings?

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Easy reading

By Notre Dame Magazine staff

Maraya Steadman, author of The Playroom columns, is taking a well-earned summer vacation from writing. We miss her already, but she promises to be back soon with more to say about the singular art of parenting. In the meantime, we have other blogs to capture your attention.

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The man who took lacrosse to Uganda

By Bill Krueger

A lacrosse stick is a tool, one that Kevin Dugan ’01 uses to play the game he loves. It is a tool that helped Dugan realize his dream of becoming an athlete at Notre Dame. But it wasn’t until Dugan saw Nakibira Fort holding a lacrosse stick that he realized how powerful a tool it could be.

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And so then I say

By Mary Ellen McGinty Collins

I grew up in the house and the town in which my dad grew up, which meant my family hosted dozens of visits from his six siblings through the years. Whenever aunts and uncles came, they always made a trip to the cemetery to visit the family graves.

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Believing: A worthwhile reprimand

By Michael Garvey '74

On vacation at a Lake Michigan beach, shooting the breeze with some younger and nicer people, I made a nonchalantly dismissive remark about acupuncture or chakras or astrology or something. A reprimand was not long in coming: How could I, who believe a wafer of bread and a cup of wine can become both a meal and God, accuse anyone subscribing to Whatever-It-Was of being credulous?

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Unbalanced: The missing funeral

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

My unintentional participation in a stranger’s funeral procession was as close as I was going to get to a funeral cortege for my uncle. He’d always made it clear that after his death he wanted no visitation, no funeral, no graveside service, no nothing.

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The Way We Were

By Donald Anderson ’69

Among all Notre Dame alumni, I am one of three special alumni. My two older brothers and I are graduates of Notre Dame, but we also grew up in the veritable shadow of the University while it progressed from quiet provincialism to nationally recognized greatness.

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Magical metamorphosis

By Christina Pesoli ’91J.D.

The starting gun fired 25 years ago, beginning my personal marathon that is otherwise known as parenting. From the moment my son, Aaron, was born, I was faced with a dizzying array of decisions. Cloth or disposable? Crib or co-sleep? Comfort or cry it out?

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Fire Up the Box

By Tara Hunt ’12

I have a gun. A battle rifle to be specific. My right forefinger controls the trigger. My left forefinger throws grenades. Wait . . . do I have any grenades? My left thumb controls my head . . . or was it my body? Why do my head and my body have different controls? I can’t play Halo; this is obvious.

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@nd.edu: Tradition sometimes graduates

By Tara Hunt ’12

I am a proud Notre Dame student who tries to embrace every bit of ND culture: I have slapped the “Play like a Champion” sign. I have done hundreds of Irish pushups. I haven’t yet walked up the steps of the Main Building. But I can’t help but be wounded by the disappointment of alums as they bemoan traditions that have faded away.

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The Playroom: Flowa blankie

By Maraya Steadman '89, '90MBA

This morning my 4-year-old daughter and I went to visit my 106-year-old aunt. I held my daughter’s hand as we walked down the long hallway to my aunt’s room and told her not to be afraid. As we walked, I also noticed the personal objects in people’s rooms.

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What we’ve learned

By John Nagy ’00M.A.

Before the commencement 2011 arrived, senior Casey Cockerham asked his classmates to reflect on their growth and the wisdom gathered during four years at Notre Dame. Here are a few selections from what they had to say.

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Women & Spirit

By John Nagy ’00M.A.

Women & Spirit is organized by the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, which represents 95 percent of Catholic sisters in the United States.

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The Declan Sulivan Report

By Kerry Temple ’74

This is certain: An “extraordinary” gust of wind — recorded as 53 miles per hour at 4:54 p.m. October 27, 2010 — knocked over the Marklift MT40G hydraulic scissor lift and dropped 20-year-old Declan Sullivan to his death while the junior from Long Grove, Illinois, was filming football practice.

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Fields of Growth

By Bill Krueger

Kevin Dugan wants to use lacrosse to do good work in Uganda. He also wants to field some good lacrosse teams there.

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