How Do We Grow in Wisdom?

by Melannie Svoboda SND on March 13, 2017

How do we become wise? The quickest answer is: through experience. This experience begins early in life. Several years ago I was at a first birthday party for a little boy named Brian. He was sitting in his highchair smiling as his mother set a small birthday cake in front of him. Then she lit […]

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“Beauty Will Save the World”

by Melannie Svoboda SND on March 6, 2017

The Russian writer Fyodor Dostoyevsky wrote in one of his novels, “Beauty will save the world.” Many people have wondered those words mean. Some have said they mean that Beauty helps to give meaning and purpose to life. It is as important as Truth and Goodness for instilling in people a desire to live a […]

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What Are You Doing for Lent? A Suggestion

by Melannie Svoboda SND on February 27, 2017

Ash Wednesday is this week. As we begin the Lenten season, we may be wondering: What am I going to do for Lent this year? I have one idea you might want to consider. It comes from a good friend, Father Rich Jones, pastor of a church in the Pittsburgh diocese. In his Lenten Reflection, […]

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Building Bridges of Peace

by Melannie Svoboda SND on February 20, 2017

The date was December 9, 1967. The occasion was the Veterans Day remembrance ceremony in Missoula, Montana. Attending the ceremony was Dan Gallagher, a demolitions specialist, who had just returned from a 13-month tour in Vietnam. But at the front gate of Fort McChord, where the ceremony was to take place, a group of anti-war […]

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Three Cheers for Dentists!

by Melannie Svoboda SND on February 13, 2017

I had dental work done recently. Not just a cleaning, but actual “work,” which is a euphemism for drilling! But I don’t want to bore you with the details of my last visit to the dentist. Instead, I want to celebrate dentists today. For I believe they are often the unsung heroes in the field […]

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Five Truths about Love

by Melannie Svoboda SND on February 6, 2017

Valentine’s Day is coming soon. It’s one of my favorite days of the year. I love it, first of all, because it comes in the middle of February, often a time of darkness and cold—at least where I live. It comes smack in the middle of the celebrations of Christmas (now a distant memory) and […]

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Traveling in Good Company

by Melannie Svoboda SND on January 30, 2017

When we cleaned out my sister’s apartment, we divided up her belongings. One item my sister had was a statue of Mary. This was no ordinary statue. It was quite large—over 3 feet tall. It had been given to my maternal grandmother when my mother, her first child, was born in 1915. My mother treasured […]

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The Gift of Sounds

by Melannie Svoboda SND on January 23, 2017

Fred Newman has an unusual occupation. He is a sound actor. This means he makes a living by making all kinds of sound effects using essentially his mouth, nose, and throat. If you have ever listened to Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion, then you have heard him in the background supplying the sound effects for […]

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Another Dip into My Quote Collection

by Melannie Svoboda SND on January 16, 2017

Those of you who have being reading this blog for awhile know that I collect quotations. I have seven small file drawers crammed with 3 X 5 cards on which I have written thousands of quotes over the years, mostly from books or magazines I’ve read. I wrote about my collection in my post for […]

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Mourning Mary Ann

by Melannie Svoboda SND on January 9, 2017

My sister, Mary Ann Hartman, passed away a few weeks ago after a brief illness. She was 77. A widow, the mother of five and grandmother of nine, she was my only sister and my best friend. The day before Thanksgiving she learned she had cancer in her stomach, liver, and kidneys. Prior to this […]

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