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Okay, I will admit. It’s been a rough year. In March, the novel coronavirus, Covid-19, was officially declared a world pandemic by the World Health Organization. Not long after, a domino effect occurred where things gradually became cancelled or indefinitely postponed. There have been too many events to cite. But it began with nearly every metropolis’s cancellation of parades for a figure who represents patriotism, independence, and faith: St. Patrick. American cities with an Irish diaspora, like Boston, Chicago, and Atlanta, and of course, cities in Ireland, like Dublin, and countless others, all cancelled their…

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Yes, I achieved what I thought was impossible. Got a job that I applied for back in March or April or maybe May. Did a recorded interview then (which my parents thought was quite bizarre, but I just shrugged and said I had done recorded video interviews probably three times prior to this one, all through SparkHire) but soon after, got an email saying they had hired enough to suit their current needs but would keep my application active. …

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A pastor at Lexington Catholic Community caused quite a stir when he endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden in his current presidential bid. It even prompted an indirect response from Boston Archdiocese Cardinal Sean O’Malley, who said:

“The Catholic community has the right to expect the priests of the Archdiocese and those entrusted with handing on the faith to be clear and unequivocal on the Church’s teaching concerning respect and protection for life from the first moment of conception to natural death. This teaching is of the highest priority for the Church. …

Like a lot of readers, I enjoy perusing a large publication housed here on Medium called OneZero. I’ve recently read Caitlin Dewey’s piece on the hustle economy. Dewey brings up a lot of great examples of ways in which modern professionals are using digitization media to win bread in alternative methods. Her human interest piece interviews a massage parlor owner in Denton, Texas, a cardio-dance instructor in Boston, Massachusetts, and ballet performers in Australia. …

This post is somewhat late, but I wanted to mention that yesterday was an important day for Christians (especially Catholics) and Muslims alike. It was the Feast of St. Ignatius Loyola and Eid-al-Adha.

St. Ignatius Loyola was a Spanish nobleman born in 1491 to a family of thirteen children. He dreamed of knighthood as a child, but this dream was cut short in a 1591 battle in Paris, when his leg was shattered by a cannon ball. While recovering, he read multiple Christian texts and saints biographies. He soon had a vision of the Virgin Mary and then, when strong…

Lately, people have a sour, anxious temperament in light of coronavirus, racial/ethnic injustices, natural disasters, invasive species, and border disputes, just to name a few issues. Indeed, the top of the fold of your newspapers is congested by very grave concerns, and people are naturally worried and combative. But this stress has seeped into too many other aspects of life.

Public figures are getting “cancelled” once again as people bring up disturbing actions from the past. Often they are actions that have already been apologized and accounted for. Still, even though that initial apology was met very warmly and accepted…

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Sheila DeBonis

Boston area artist, writer, admirer, and thinker extraordinaire.

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