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It’s Time to Drop the Hysteria and Learn to Live With COVID

Commentary For most people, Omicron is a highly contagious cold. Lots will catch it, and most will get sniffles and a sore throat. Yes, even with Omicron, as with the flu, some people will get seriously ill, and a few will die. Masking, social distancing, capacity limits, lockdowns, curfews, and “vaccines” are not stopping the spread. People

One Step at a Time: Finding the Purpose of Your Life

What’s really worthwhile? What’s the point of all this effort and energy we expend day in and day out? Where’s the goal line? Or, to put the question another way: What’s the purpose in our lives? Many of us are so inundated with the flood of events, information, and obligations of everyday living that we

How to Be a Master at Small Talk

Not everyone can make small talk in work or social settings, but it’s a great icebreaker and may even lead to new friendships. Here are tips on how to master chit-chat and become an expert at brief, meaningful conversations. Say Something Nice Skip the weather and start with a compliment. The goal is to put

Christmas Songs and Carols: The Stories Behind the Music

Christmas delivers more traditions, festivities, and entertainments than all other American holidays combined. Worshippers sing traditional carols and hymns, and light Advent candles. In their churches and homes, they set up nativity scenes, a practice created in 1223 by St. Francis of Assisi. On the other side of the fence are secular holiday traditions. Originally

Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021 Winners Released—And They’re Hilarious

Laughter is the best medicine, they say. Humor can heal disharmony and build bonds between people, making us feel closer to each other—and can even help us see our counterparts in the animal kingdom with greater sympathy and compassion—which is one reason why the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards global competition was created. Aiming to protect

Hard Times, Strong Men

A certain quote has been making the rounds on social media this past year. Its pervasiveness is an indication of its relevance. Of unknown origin, the quote reads: “Hard times create strong men. Strong men create good times. Good times create weak men. And weak men create hard times.” It’s an accurate description of the

Tackling Hard Tasks

Generally, we avoid hard tasks, putting them off while we either do easier tasks or distract ourselves. This is understandable, as a hard task might feel daunting or overwhelming. Unfortunately, spending our hours on urgent but easy tasks versus difficult but important tasks is generally a costly choice. So let’s talk for a minute about hard

Letting Go of Imaginary Needs

Live simply, like a child. An infant needs very little to be happy. Clothes, food, love, and a place to explore, that’s it. They have so few needs. And yet they’re so happy. Or when they’re not happy, it’s usually because one of their few needs is not being met. As these toddlers grow up,

Most Who Object to Mandatory Vaccination Are Not ‘Anti-Vaxxers’

Commentary As someone who has been taught to measure my words, I have had enough of the prime minister’s attempt to brand people who object to the COVID vaccines as “anti-vaxxers.” He made the most of it, of course, during the recent election campaign, when he told us that he was not going to let

How to Make the Most of Your Marriage

One of the biggest days of your life has come and gone. You’ve stood up before a group of people and taken vows you’ve sworn to uphold. Perhaps you followed up that event with a gala, an evening of dining and dance, or perhaps you left some clerk’s office in City Hall and drove back

Parenting Matters: Become a Dynamic Parent

In his book, “The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic,” Matthew Kelly describes four characteristics that separate dynamic Catholics from “other” Catholics. While reading his small book, I kept thinking these same characteristics define dynamic parents as different from “ordinary” parents. I have adapted these principles as they apply to parents below. Dynamic Parents Read

The Erosion of Medical Freedom

In late 2020, vaccinations became available for COVID-19 under emergency use authorization. Back then, getting a shot was considered a matter of personal choice. Within a few months, however, that choice is deteriorating, as a number of employers, schools, and even the federal government now insist that the shot is a must for everyone. With

Marriages Are Made in Heaven: Sacred Wedding Traditions That Honor the Divine

A marriage ceremony is not just the union of two humans but is a sacred and solemn occasion that is founded on faith and ties two families together. Since ancient times, people of faith have upheld that wedlock is holy in nature and should be respected. Every culture and ethnicity has its own wedding-time traditions

The Joys and Pitfalls of Being a Grandparent

By Jeff Minick From that most prolific of authors, Unknown, we have this aphorism: “A grandparent is a little bit parent, a little bit teacher, and a little bit best friend.” That amalgam of those three little bits into “grandparent” creates one of the greatest joys life can bestow on us. Being a grandparent is

7 Ways to Get Rid of Flies in the House

Flies are a nearly unavoidable nuisance in most homes, especially during the warmer months of the year. They’re annoying for sure, but more than just pesky, houseflies (Musca domestica) can carry and transmit disease and cause illness. Consider these seven simple ways to banish these pests from the house and keep them out for good.

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