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Valerie Schultz is a freelance writer, a columnist for The Bakersfield Californian and the author of Overdue: A Dewey Decimal System of Grace. She and her husband Randy have four children and two grandchildren.
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I have found that there’s more to life than work. That I am replaceable in my job but urgently needed in other roles and relationships in my life.
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The ever-present political talk of who is a good enough Catholic, or who should or should not receive Communion, hits close to home.
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Sex with someone you know and love is deeply satisfying. At our age it may not be as athletic or as frequent, but it is fulfilling. It is affirming. And it is fun.
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My parents never told me this, but parenting adults is hard.
Central American migrants are seen inside an enclosure in El Paso, Texas
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The Holy Innocents of today continue to arrive and ask for our help. The way we welcome them or neglect them tells the story of who we are.
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Our task now, after we have defaced our neighbors’ political signs and posted undignified invectives online, is to figure out how to be more neighborly to one another.
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Joe Biden made the perfect reply to a child who is sorry and shaky and demoralized and has no idea how to fix the damage caused: the recommitment to unconditional love.
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My father turned away from religion. While reading his old letters, I got a glimpse of some of his earlier experiences with the Church.
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The coronavirus pandemic has both increased the frequency of deaths and constrained our ability to accompany the dying.
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Feeling restless because we cannot go out to eat or attend a concert hardly amounts to involuntary incarceration.