Behind the Mask

A collection of poems by Lawrence “Mack in Texas” Hall
We mourn the passing of poor Joe Draper
Crushed by falling cases of toilet paper
And though poor Joe had fever, ‘flu, and gout,
It was the toilet paper that wiped him out

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Civic Holiday (Canada)

With Jesus and some children and a sheep
The funeral home Catholic calendar says
That today is “Civic Holiday (Canada)”
I don’t know what that is, this August day…

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Summer 2020: The Church: Liturgy & Worship

Join us as we explore liturgy and worship. In these pages you will learn about how different people worship and the liturgical practices of different denominations. You will find non-fiction, poetry, reflections, puzzles, book and media recommendations, and a new set of prayers for your prayer beads. We can’t wait to hear what you think!

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Putting on a Bold Texas Face Against CV-19

My latest washable mask is from the skilled fingers of a local young woman artisan who crafted it with variations on our Lone Star Flag. When I drive into town on errands I’m not only doing my small part for the safety of others, I’m also showing my loyalty to our Republic…

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Dominicans

The month of August in the Catholic Church is dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, which makes it perfect for the biggest names in the Dominican order to have feast days in this month. The Dominican Order is known for their dedication to and honor of the Mother of God. They are not the only order to be known to have the Mother of God as their special patroness, but they are the most associated with her special protection.

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A Whole New World

“I wanted to see everything. I wanted to travel and see the whole world!” Your face falls. “But that will never happen, so I’m seeing everything in town, just so I don’t miss a thing.”

“Well, traveling just to different parts of town can be more productive than traveling to other parts of the world,” he says.

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Summer In the Garden II

But we consult the winds, the clouds, the stars
Whose songs and shapes and brilliant silences
Allow us to savor all mysteries
The hymns of Creation from long ago…

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The Sneeze

The dog ran into the classroom first, followed by the two children.
​“Should we be in here?” the boy asked.
​The girl shrugged. “Why not? Just ‘cause it’s a big-kid classroom?”
​“It’s Saturday,” the boy reminded her. “And we’re not even in the kindergarten wing.”

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Hitting It Off: A Review of Starstruck

Jessica Olsen just wants to spend some time with her grandma when she and her family go to Hollywood to visit her, but Jessica has just about had it with her sister Sara’s obsession with actor Christopher Wilde…

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