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Going Shopping At The Nut House

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013
The Nut HouseThere’s a business on Main Street in downtown Peoria, across the street from the courthouse, called The Nut House.  The inside of the business consists of a tiny storeroom that is lined with glass display cases along three sides.  Inside the display cases are numerous trays and jars that contain different types of candy and nuts.  On top of the display cases and on shelves attached… Read More

The Loss of a Unique Football Coach

Saturday, October 26th, 2013
Bum PhillipsHave you ever heard of Bum Phillips?  He was the football coach who built the Houston Oilers into one of the top NFL teams in the late 1970s.  Phillips was best known for his larger-than-life, no-nonsense character.  He referred to himself as a “coach, cowboy, and Christian,” and customarily dressed in jeans, cowboy boots, a work shirt, and a white Stetson hat. I first heard about… Read More

A Stubborn Relative

Saturday, October 19th, 2013
StubbornAbout 20 years ago, when one of my relatives was going through some tough times, I tried to get him to commit to praying a rosary every day.  (For the purpose of this article, I’m going to call him “Jim.”)  Over a period of six months, Jim and I met on three separate occasions. Although there were some legal issues concerning his situation, his primary problem was that his wife had cheated… Read More

Shined Shoes Save Lives

Saturday, October 12th, 2013
[caption id="attachment_1710" align="alignleft" width="300"]General H. Norman Schwarzkopf General H. Norman Schwarzkopf[/caption] I recently posted an ad on Craigslist for an open paralegal position at my law office.  One of the stipulations of the ad was that an applicant was required to mail or email a resume along with a cover letter. After the ad was posted, I received several cover letters… Read More

Advice From a Mother of Four Young Children

Thursday, October 10th, 2013
My oldest daughter, Anna (30 years old), has been married for nine years.  She and her husband, Josh, have four children, all of whom are under the age of eight.  Anna recently sent an email to everyone in our family with a suggestion:

Hi everyone,

I just started spiritual direction and we talked about making a daily examination of conscience, which I am ashamed to say I don’t usually do. . . yeah, yeah, I think sometimes about what I didn’t do right during the day, but I have never had an actual written or typed sheet of particular sins that I struggle with and that I go… Read More