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The Playroom: A super-sized vacation

By Maraya Steadman '89, '90MBA

My kids think a great vacation is staying anywhere that has a pool, a vending machine and a television. But we decided to super-size that idea and instead of just taking them to the Holiday Inn Express on the back side of Phoenix, we went to an all-inclusive family resort in Mexico.

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Global Doc: Filth

By Dr. Vincent DeGennaro Jr. ’02

Port-au-Prince is by far the dirtiest place that I have ever been to. Plastic shopping bags cling to hillsides and ledges, randomly distributed by the drainage of repetitive torrential rains. Pieces of old clothing, shredded and discolored, protrude from layers of dirt like the strata of an archeological dig, marking the time in history when they were deposited there.

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Decency Triumphs over Evil: The Boston Marathon

By Charles Monahan '62

The only marathons for which a runner has to qualify are the Olympics (every four years) and Boston (every year). Only the best worldwide marathons are Boston qualifiers. For long distance runners the Boston is both Mecca and Jerusalem and it’s the world’s oldest annual marathon. Yet into this environment came unspeakable evil. But through that evil, the world, and I, witnessed tremendous good.

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Samoa to Seminary

By Madeline Stone '13

Last March, 2008 Holy Cross grad and former Notre Dame trombone player Kyle Kincaid found himself once again immersed in the world of marching band. But instead of the grass field of Notre Dame Stadium, this time he was to march among the coconut groves of a far more tropical locale: Samoa.

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My Back Pages: Oz and the Lure of Origins

By Liam Farrell '04

There is a lot to support the idea that Hollywood and pop culture are becoming ever more repetitive and unimaginative, with seemingly every film cannibalizing already popular books or just remaking older films. But what Oz and its ilk prove is how much we can always fall in love with an origin story.

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Web Extra: Santiago X The Natural

By Michael Rodio ’12

Web Extra: Santiago X The Natural, the musical duo featured in our Spring 2013 issue, recently spoke with Notre Dame Magazine about writing music at 3 a.m., their hopes of playing Lollapalooza and drawing musical inspiration from Paula Cole’s “I Don’t Wanna Wait.”

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The Playroom: Plungers

By Maraya Steadman '89, '90MBA

I have an organized linen closet. It’s the only thing in my life that is organized. I’ve got the sheets folded and stacked according to size, the towels sorted by color, baskets for washcloths. Every time I open the door it makes me happy, this microcosmic fantasy life in my upstairs hall.

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At the Met

By Madeline Stone '13

Anyone familiar with German composer Richard Wagner’s Ring cycle or even Elmer Fudd’s “Kill da Wabbit” song would recognize the tune they’d hear when Notre Dame vocal instructor Deborah Mayer makes her Metropolitan Opera House debut this Saturday in New York.

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Global Doc: Rural Respite

By Dr. Vincent DeGennaro Jr. ’02

At first, my guard is up, casting glances around every corner, suspicious of every man I pass on street. As he recounts the histories of the buildings we pass, many of them destroyed by the earthquake in 2010, he senses my taut body language. “Don’t worry. This is Jacmel, not Port-au-Prince. You are safe here.”

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My Back Pages: Mad Men

By Liam Farrell '04

A simple brilliance lies at the heart of the AMC show Mad Men, which premiered for what will likely be its sixth and penultimate season this week. For a show that is fundamentally about identity and the process of creating, destroying or denying who we are, is there a better setting than an advertising agency?

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Stories to Share

By Kerry Temple ’74

About a year ago I received a manuscript from Mel Livatino, a stranger to me. He said Joseph Epstein, a very fine writer who had published perhaps a half-dozen essays with us, had recommended Mel send the manuscript to Notre Dame Magazine. It seemed like a Notre Dame Magazine kind of story.

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A farewell to Dick Savage

By Angela Sienko

It was an unlikely friendship. I was a 30-something University of Michigan transplant, newly hired as the alumni editor for the Notre Dame Alumni Association. He was a 99-year-old, long-retired tax accountant and class secretary for the Class of 1930.

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A study in scholars

By Tara Hunt ’12

Notre Dame has long been a place that demands rigorous academic standards, nurtures faith and service, and encourages fusing disciplines, but a sliver of its already ambitious population aspires for more. As a consequence, those students are receiving more than an undergraduate experience — they’re becoming scholars.

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