Holy smoke

It’s been said nature abhors a vacuum. Well, it is also true Walt Disney World abhors spontaneity. Every aspect of the Disney experience in its four Parks, two water parks and numerous resorts are executed like clockwork: Guests are not … Continue reading

“An expression of hope for our Church”

62nd Annual St. Nicholas charity dinner focuses on seminarians, church’s future Archbishop William Skurla called the 15 seminarians who study at the Byzantine Catholic Seminary of SS. Cyril and Methodius in Pittsburgh, Pa. “an expression of hope for our Church.” … Continue reading

Christmas Eve on Ninth Street

Christmas Eve dinner at my grandma’s house in Charleroi, Pa. always focused on pirohi. You name it, it was on the dining room table: potato, cheese, sauerkraut, cabbage and lekvar. Christmas is a time for family gatherings and the annual … Continue reading

Pilgrimage on the Mount

Sister Ruth Plante, Provincial, Sisters of the the Order of St. Basil the Great at Mount St. Macrina in Uniontown, Pa., told pilgrims to the 84th annual Pilgrimage on Sept. 1 she still runs to her mother. “I know that … Continue reading

Concern, Hope

I think it’s human nature to believe you’re the only person who has ever endured a troubling situation, whether it be at home, school, or work. As I listened to priests, deacons and faithful from the Archeparchy’s 73 churches for … Continue reading

“Won’t you be my neighbor?”

I suspect everyone has a Mr. Rogers story. Yes, that Mr. Rogers, host and creator of “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, ” which ran for 31 seasons and was produced at the WQEDTV studios in Pittsburgh, Pa. I grew up on Fred … Continue reading

“Renew, Revitalize, Rejuvenate”

Preparations continue for Assembly 2018 in September “Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness; kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.” — Saint … Continue reading

Not-so-happy camper

I’ve never been the outdoors type. To me, “ r o u g h i n g it” equates to having to wait an extra 10 seconds for the On Demand selection to load on my television. The one time … Continue reading

“The Golden Ticket” of Twitter

When I log onto Twitter, it sometimes feels as if I’m stepping into Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. The environment of the Wonka workspace, as seen in Roald Dahl’s novel and two motion pictures, is bright and colorful while at the … Continue reading

A wave hello to begin the day

Notes to self: Every day when I come to work, I always pay attention to a school crossing guard stationed at one of the intersections on the North Side of Pittsburgh, Pa. She definitely looks like any other crossing guard … Continue reading