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Oh what a tangled web: rising above Instagram envy

Oh what a tangled web: rising above Instagram envy

| Christina Capecchi | February 3, 2016 | 0 Comments

Melina Birchem has uploaded 777 images to her Instagram account over the past two years: sushi, Starbucks, her new tattoo, rosary beads, cowboy boots. Sometimes the juxtaposition is jarring. A glowing monstrance, a chilled margarita. A snapshot from waitressing, a prayer journal documenting her consecration to the Blessed Mother.

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Tackling the new year one heroic minute at a time

Tackling the new year one heroic minute at a time

| Christina Capecchi | January 6, 2016 | 0 Comments

Oprah Winfrey has joined Weight Watchers, which means she is not only a card-carrying, point-counting member of the weight-loss club, she is also part owner. That’s how you do it when you’re Oprah: You go big (“you get a car, you get a car, you get a car”) or you don’t bother.

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Thirteen sons, no daughters, no reality TV shows

Thirteen sons, no daughters, no reality TV shows

| Christina Capecchi | December 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

The wedding that Tyler Schwandt and his fiancée are planning could’ve been broadcast on national TV. But he’s perfectly content with a quieter, more intimate wedding Mass.

The 23-year-old Catholic from Rockford, Michigan, has the distinction of being the firstborn of 13 boys, the family whose improbable boy streak went viral with the 12th pregnancy and generated another round of stories when a 13th son arrived in May.

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Searching for peace with help from a sage

Searching for peace with help from a sage

| Christina Capecchi | November 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

It is the book that somehow surfaces when you need it most — manna for the multi-tasker, solace for the stressed. It is the book you stock up on to give to others, to slip in Christmas stockings, to pay it forward. It is the book that spiritual directors recommend again and again: Father Jacques Philippe’s tiny paperback with the nondescript cover, the one that delivers everything its title promises: “Searching for and Maintaining Peace: A Small Treatise on Peace of Heart.”

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Life after the convent: finding the courage to start over

Life after the convent: finding the courage to start over

| Christina Capecchi | October 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

There is no scrapbook of Kathy Webb’s life as a Dominican sister. No picture frames or friendship bracelets, no nun memorabilia perched in a closet or buried in a trunk. The only artifact from her convent days is the long apron she wore to protect her white habit, bearing her former identity on a tiny tag sewn onto the back: “Sister Cora Marie 558.”

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Pope’s ravioli story: asking questions that unlock wisdom

Pope’s ravioli story: asking questions that unlock wisdom

| Christina Capecchi | September 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

I’m reading a book that speaks to me as a journalist, Brian Grazer’s 2015 release “A Curious Mind: The Secret To A Bigger Life.” In it, the 64-year-old Emmy-winning movie producer recounts his practice of conducting “curiosity conversations” twice a month for the past three decades to fill up his knowledge reserve and walk in someone else’s head.

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Waiting for a husband, keeping the faith

Waiting for a husband, keeping the faith

| Christina Capecchi | August 14, 2015 | 1 Comment

Arleen Spenceley can’t remember the last time she went on a date. It must’ve been 2014, she says without a trace of panic.

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Drinking with the saints, reclaiming Catholic merriment

Drinking with the saints, reclaiming Catholic merriment

| Christina Capecchi | July 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

The mention of booze generates a look of horror among many of the non-drinkers living and working alongside Michael P. Foley in Waco, Texas, where the Catholic dad teaches at a dry Baptist college. There’s a “skittishness,” he says.

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The call of the birds: slowing down and tuning in

The call of the birds: slowing down and tuning in

| Christina Capecchi | June 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

“The only essential equipment for seeing birds is a pair of eyes. Good ears are a help too.”

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Keeping score & winning big: a ‘30 Under 30’ honoree reflects

Keeping score & winning big: a ‘30 Under 30’ honoree reflects

| Christina Capecchi | May 5, 2015 | 0 Comments

On Sunday night the email landed in Mike Foss’ inbox: He had been named to Forbes’ “30 Under 30,” the business magazine’s annual list of rising stars younger than 30.

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From the attic to the inbox, the American accumulation problem

From the attic to the inbox, the American accumulation problem

| Christina Capecchi | April 1, 2015 | 1 Comment

One of the ironies of our age of excess is how the littlest among us come with such outsized equipment. And then there is the strange reality that Americans pay to store the things we cannot fit in our homes, driving demand for more than 78 square miles of rentable self-storage – more than three times the size of Manhattan.

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Bear claws, nose rings and rock bands: the hidden lives of Catholic sisters

Bear claws, nose rings and rock bands: the hidden lives of Catholic sisters

| Christina Capecchi | March 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

Belinda Monahan has analyzed more than 100,000 animal bones in Armenia dating back from the Early Bronze Age (1200 B.C.) to the Medieval period.

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