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April 19, 2019  |  By KERRY PEETZ
BLESSINGS IN BLOOM: Hail and the GardenIt’s the beginning of hail season! Boy, oh boy, has Colorado had its share over the past few years. There are a few measures that can be taken to protect your flowers and vegetables, but when we have hailstorms that are shattering windshields, breaking skylights, house siding and practically everything outside the only thing to do is pray, pray, pray.
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April 5, 2019  |  By VERONICA AMBUUL
We’ve reached the point in our family where dinner time looks a little different every evening. One day, it might be only five of us sitting down to dinner. The next night, we have a full house and then some because the grandkids are visiting.
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April 5, 2019  |  By FATHER TAD PACHOLCZYK
I remember a conversation I had with a married Catholic couple a few years ago. They were feeling lost and desperate over their inability to conceive a child. They were casting about for options. They understood there were moral concerns with doing in vitro fertilization (IVF), though they weren’t sure about the specifics, so they asked: “Would it be OK for us to do IVF as long as we don’t make any extra embryos and we’re careful to implant all the ones we make?”
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March 15, 2019  |  By CHRISTINA CAPECCHI
When David Brooks travels the country, he seeks out the good news. The bad news is all too easy to find.
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March 15, 2019  |  By DEACON RICK BAUER
Lent is upon us, and hopefully we are upon Lent. This season of prayer and penance is set apart by the Church to prepare us for Holy Week and Easter. As we know, through voluntary amendment of life, acts of penance, and works of charity, we prepare our hearts, similar to those who in serious prebaptismal formation contemplate their own burial with Christ. Among specific works of charity is a rekindled devotion to the scriptures and to “holy reading” (with Lectio Divina or specific books that help us on our own Calvary road). 
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March 15, 2019  |  By KERRY PEETZ
BLESSINGS IN BLOOM: Root VegetablesThe United States Department of Agriculture replaced the food pyramid with MyPlate in 2011. MyPlate is part of a larger communication initiative based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans to help us make better food choices. MyPlate is designed to remind Americans to eat healthfully. It illustrates the five food groups using a familiar mealtime visual — a place setting. Each plate should be half-filled with vegetables and fruits. Based on age, sex, weight and physical activity, there is a MyPlate Plan link that can help guide us with regards to the recommended amounts of vegetables we should be consuming weekly.
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March 15, 2019  |  By BISHOP ROBERT BARRON
Though I reside in Santa Barbara, I am in Los Angeles a good deal for meetings and other events. When I’m in the city, I like to walk the downtown neighborhood. My favorite building to look at while I’m on these strolls is the Disney Theatre, home base of the L.A. Philharmonic and the creation of Frank Gehry, probably the best-known architect in the world.
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March 1, 2019  |  By CHRISTINA CAPECCHI
All afternoon I had been hunkered over my MacBook, perched above a frozen lake and watching the sun cast pink into the clouds. I was thinking about what lie dormant and all the possibility below, waiting to thaw.
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