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My Back Pages: Academy Awards

By Liam Farrell '04

By now, the only thing more culturally insufferable than the Academy Awards is criticism of the Academy Awards. The explosion of instantaneous feedback on Twitter and blogs during and in the aftermath of the inevitably disappointing show has turned the entire evening into a snake eating its tail.

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Cheesy Fridays

By Tara Hunt ’12

Notre Dame made living the faith easy, especially during Lent. Mass was available every few hours somewhere on campus. You could go to confessions in your slippers. Prayer seemed only natural on a campus studded with religious statues and paintings. And, during Lent, there was no meat in the dining hall on the days when we were encouraged to abstain.

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Humility in Resignation

By Dan Masterton '11

Pope Benedict XVI, or Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, as he will soon be once again, has stepped away from the papacy game while still on top. Rather than max out his time at the helm, Benedict has embraced his limits and will give way to a worthy, fresh successor.

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Sunrise at Notre Dame Poster

By Kerry Temple ’74

Sunrise at Notre Dame, artwork by Cap Pannell

Dear Reader,

Last fall an alumnus called and asked us to make sure he would continue to receive the magazine. We assured him alumni receive the magazine free for life. Well, he said, a few years ago he had told us to stop sending it — that he and Notre Dame were parting company.…

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The Playroom: Losing Things

By Maraya Steadman '89, '90MBA

Yesterday I took my son and his friend skating outside where it was 18 degrees under the lights. My son is ready to go; he’s wearing a light warm-up jacket. I tell him to go get his winter coat. He runs around the house and arrives in the front hall ready to go, again, in a light warm-up jacket.

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A call, not card, to love

By Tara Hunt ’12

Valentine’s Day ranks up there with Groundhog Day and Earth Day in my book, meaning it isn’t in the ranking. But this morning I thought, why don’t I read up a bit on Saint Valentine and see if there’s something to chew on about this lovey-dovey day.

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Diluted Lenten Sacrifices

By Dan Masterton '11

We often dilute our Lenten sacrifices, cheapening them from spiritually motivated self-denial to a retread of New Years’ resolutions, which usually fizzle by the time Lent rolls around. Domers are especially guilty of this, as we often wear our sacrifices on our sleeves.

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Memories of Washington Hall (1960)

By Owen R. Reynolds '60 M.A.

In 1960 I was a poor graduate student pursuing an M.A. in history, living off campus on North Ivy Road. The highlight of my week was the Saturday free movie shown at eight o’clock in Washington Hall. We tried to get there by 7:30 because it filled up fast. As soon as all seats were taken, the entrance doors were closed. Then the pre-feature fun began

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Soundings: The Morning Routine

By Kerry Temple ’74

The kitchen is dark when I enter it on these cold winter mornings. So I flip on the light and head first to the cupboard where the bowls and plates are stacked. I pull out three Corelle plates and three Corelle bowls. Then one day, looking at the table waiting — paper napkins, forks and spoons and juice and bowls lined up at the ready — I realized I had become my father.

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