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Matt Nowakowski
And it was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us!  – A Christmas Carol Many of us know the story of Scrooge inside and out.  This treasure of a novel, as well...
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Pope St. John Paul II once said, “Remember the past with gratitude.  Live the present with enthusiasm.  Look forward to the future with confidence.”  As we take time this Thanksgiving to reflect upon what we are thankful for, it might be a little more challenging than usual to heed these words of John Paul II. ...
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Greetings Parents,   We all have our favorite Halloween and Christmas songs, tv episodes, and movies, don’t we?  For some reason, there is not a high volume of Thanksgiving ones,but it certainly doesn’t diminish the quality of what is there.  The “Thanksgiving Trinity” for me includes A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, the infamous WKRP Turkey Drop...
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I struggled internally last weekend as Big Ten football returned. Watching those games on Saturdays in the fall is one of my favorite autumnal customs. Since I was a kid with my University of Michigan Starter jacket (remember those, moms & dads?!), I’ve been enamored with the decades old rivalries, the pageantry of the marching...
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“Everyone has his superstitions. One of mine has always been when I started to go anywhere, or to do anything, never to turn back or to stop until the thing intended was accomplished.”– Ulysses S. Grant I don’t think President Grant was referring to Covid fatigue when he said that, but it sure is relevant...
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This week we celebrated the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, and the month of October is the Month of the Rosary.  At the parish I grew up in, once a month before 8:30 mass on Sundays, the men of the Holy Name Society would lead everyone at church in praying the Rosary.  My...
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After several years of being in Room 123 for my homeroom, I have moved to Room 120 for this school year.  Because of the way we teachers rove from classroom to classroom under the current practices, I spend only a small amount of time in it each day.  Since we have started school, there have...
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With each passing year, it becomes increasingly bizarre to discuss the events of 9/11 with students. When I first started teaching, the students I taught had no recollection of that day because they were just babies.  Now, each group of students is another year removed from that moment in history. While it’s easy to explain...
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“It’s always something!” That saying reminds me of the late, great Gilda Radner yelling it on Saturday Night Live.  She also used that saying as the title of her autobiography.  Given the challenges and tragic circumstances that she experienced throughout her life, it proved to be a fitting title.  “It’s always something!” could also describe...
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“It just got to be too hard.” “It’s supposed to be hard.  If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it.  The hard is what makes it great…” You may remember this exchange between Dotty Hinson (Geena Davis) and Jimmy Dugan (Tom Hanks) in the film, A League of Their Own.  While they were referring to...
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