Why I Like Working Jigsaw Puzzles

by Melannie Svoboda SND on October 5, 2015

I like working jigsaw puzzles. Some of my friends don’t understand why. They say, “You spend hours putting all those pieces together and then you take the puzzle apart again. What’s the point?”

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Playing for Change: Using Music to Bring Peace in the World

by Melannie Svoboda SND on September 28, 2015

“Playing for Change” is a multi-media music project created by sound engineer Mark Johnson and dancer/choreographer Whitney Kroenke. Its purpose is to inspire, connect, and bring peace in the world through music. Here’s how it works.

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It Was Only a Tree

by Melannie Svoboda SND on September 21, 2015

It was only a tree, I tell myself. And it was a sick one at that. It had to go. It had to be taken down. It’s only logical. Then why do I feel as if I’m in mourning? Why do I feel as if an old friend has been taken from me?

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Yes, History Matters

by Melannie Svoboda SND on September 14, 2015

I love history. My love for history was instilled and nourished by some good history teachers I had along the way. The first one was my own father.

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Mary’s Birthday

by Melannie Svoboda SND on September 7, 2015

On September 8 we celebrate Mary’s birthday. No one knows for sure what day Mary was born, of course. (I did read, however, that at Medjugorje in 1984 Mary supposedly said her birthday was really August 5.) But the Church celebrates September 8 because it is exactly nine months after December 8, the feast of the Immaculate […]

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Pope Francis’ Encyclical: On Care for Our Common Home

by Melannie Svoboda SND on August 31, 2015

Pope Francis’ new encyclical is called Laudato Si’. The title is Latin for the first words of St. Francis of Assisi’s beautiful Canticle to Creation: “Praised be to you.” The encyclical is a call for all people to enter into a dialogue with one another about planet earth, our common home. The encyclical is long (the version […]

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The Big Yellow School Bus

by Melannie Svoboda SND on August 24, 2015

This time of the year, kids are returning to school. And where I live that means one thing: big yellow school buses everywhere! Whenever I’m driving and I get behind a school bus, I experience several emotions. The first emotion is frustration—especially if I’m running late. “Darn it!” I say to myself when I spot the […]

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The Disappearance of Here and Now

by Melannie Svoboda SND on August 17, 2015

Recently I read an article where the author lamented the “disappearance of here.” With our smart phones and other electronic devices, he said, we can easily be somewhere else rather than where we actually are.

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My Friend Eileen

by Melannie Svoboda SND on August 10, 2015

I lost a good friend a few days ago. Her name was Eileen Shackleton of Altadena, California. She died just two weeks shy of her 100th birthday. 

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Father Theodore Hesburgh: Priest, Educator, Citizen of the World

by Melannie Svoboda SND on August 3, 2015

When many people hear the name Father Hesburgh they immediately think of the University of Notre Dame. After all, he served as president there from 1952 to 1987, one of the longest and most remarkable tenures in American higher education. But he was so much more than a long-lasting university president. He was a man […]

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