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J J’s Fight Club: All About Hope

My college classmate, J J Baskin, died this past week, after a year long battle with cancer. A beautiful tribute to his remarkable 48 years  can be found here.  When he was first diagnosed, I wrote about it here. In life, in sickness, in death, J J was always showing us how to care for…

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Boycott?

Indiana’s Governor Mike Pence signed a law this week for “Religious Freedom Restoration”. On the surface, this is presumably to protect people’s religious expression. Of course, there are no instances to be cited where religious expression has been threatened in this country. There are plenty of illustrations of where people are legally being allowed to…

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My First St Patrick’s Day

I’ve never paid much attention to St Patrick’s Day before. My family is Scottish and Norwegian, primarily. It wasn’t our day.  Then I discovered my birth father was of Irish descent. His last name was McCourt.  So this is my first St. Patrick’s Day. I will be spending it in Chicago, where I am…