Sep 25 2020
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Most people would probably agree that the biggest influence on their lives came from values taught by parents. What shaped my belief system is having grown up as a first generation American. My dad came to America from Southern Italy at age 14, while my m.. Read More

Sep 20 2020
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Professional boxers employ a technique of assuming a protected position, pretending to be trapped against the ropes. It allows the opponent’s punches to be absorbed by the ropes rather than the boxer’s body.  This was classic Muhammed Ali, aka .. Read More

Sep 11 2020
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What kind of America do you want to see? As we ponder this question, I can’t help but notice a rather stark contrast in behavior being demonstrated as Election Day approaches. Last Saturday over 500 vehicles participated in Boerne’s “Trump Train,”.. Read More

Aug 28 2020
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Is the glass half-full or half-empty? How people view this often determines their outlook on life. Those who see the glass as half-empty look at things from a more negative perspective, concerned about what they don’t have, possibly displaying ingratitu.. Read More

Aug 25 2020
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Russian nesting dolls of decreasing size, one inside another, are sometimes known as “babushkas”, meaning grandmother, in Polish or Russian. Generally carved from linden wood, they are themed:  florals, peasant women, fairy tales. Vasily Zvyozdoc.. Read More

Aug 14 2020
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Recently I was reviewing some old family albums and found my father’s ID card as a “1954 member in good standing” of The Bronx North End Democratic Club. I chuckled as my dad was pretty conservative, but there were still lots of conservative Democra.. Read More

Jul 31 2020
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In 1978 the American Civil Liberties Union took a controversial stand for free speech by defending a neo-Nazi group that wanted to march through the Chicago suburb of Skokie, where many Holocaust survivors lived. Many ACLU members were horrified, but the .. Read More

Jul 17 2020
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Amidst the racial division in America many people are calling for reconciliation. However, reconciliation can only follow previous conciliation, which is defined as “to gain goodwill or overcome distrust.” I’m not sure America has ever had true conc.. Read More

Jul 17 2020
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January 20, 1961 was a cold, crisp day. The Thirty-fifth President of the United States, John F. Kennedy, in his impassioned inaugural speech, urged, “My fellow Americans: Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your cou.. Read More

Jul 03 2020
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A single vote. It’s a valuable thing, indeed. Kendall County elections have been decided by just one. And we are given many opportunities to cast a vote. Sometimes our votes choose our public officials. Sometimes they choose the leadership of our church.. Read More

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