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    Look up and live each day as an adventure

    Regret is a powerful depressant. To some degree or another, everyone has a dream of a perfect life. Our human nature motivates us to build the best life for ourselves and our family. Yet when life serves up changes that alter our dreams, do we give up or step up? Do we let the disappointment of unrealized dreams affect the way we live our life today? That’s the rut in which Carl Fredericksen finds himself in the animated film Up. Every morning this crotchety old widower goes through the same routine: he wakes up, eats breakfast, straightens up the house, and then sits on the porch or watches boring television…

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    There are more memories where these came from

    Is this the little girl I carried? Is this the little boy at play? Going off to college for the first time is a very exciting time for students – a new bedroom, a new school, new friends and new freedoms. For parents, however, it’s a whole different story. In the midst of shopping to outfit a dorm room, rearranging work schedules around a trip to campus and organizing finances to write tuition checks, many parents will stop and wonder this month: where did all those years go? I don’t remember growing older, when did they? It seems like only last year that my oldest son made his first Communion.…

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    Fathers and sons love on the same frequency

    Dear Dad, I watched a really good movie last week with Tommy – Frequency, starring Dennis Quaid and Jim Caviezel. It came out in 2000 – did you ever see it? Tommy gave the film high praise, so I really wanted to watch it with him. As you know, it’s important to share special moments with your children because you never know how many you’ll have. The story is set in New York City in 1969. Frank Sullivan and his son John are huge Mets fans. Poor souls. Lucky for them it’s the year of the “Amazin’ Mets,” that stinking team that beat our Cubs and then defeated the Orioles…