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March 16, 2012
Family vacation
By Deacon Patrick Moynihan

I did a lot more thinking on our recent family vacation than I had expected to do. I realize that vacations by their very nature often lend themselves to quiet reflection, but I was still surprised by how many times I found myself deep in thought during our week at the beach. It wasn’t a negative experience by any means—just different than I had anticipated.

Mostly, I reminisced about my childhood family trips and my parents, especially my dad. Since I am nearing fifty, I am familiar...

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March 09, 2012
Role reversal
By Deacon Patrick Moynihan

Serendipitously, my brother’s responsibilities as CEO of Bank of America recently required him to go to Haiti.

This provided him with an opportunity to visit Louverture Cleary School, a tuition free school for academically gifted students from the impoverished neighborhoods around Port au Prince. Although Brian and his wife, Sue Berry, have been supporting Louverture Cleary for 25 years, this was his first visit to Haiti and the school.

Brian, a strong believer in not letting the right...

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March 02, 2012
Is all that Twitters gold?
By Deacon Patrick Moynihan

I recently learned that some celebrities are making thousands by tweeting. I know – where have I been for the past six years, under a rock?

Not exactly, but I don’t tweet, SMS or Facebook. So, I am a bit out of the mainstream. So, I was astonished to read that Kim Kardashian, who, if not the queen, is certainly one of the ladies-in-waiting of Twitter, may make as much as $10,000 for a tweet.

How can something described by its inventor as "a short burst of inconsequential...

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February 24, 2012
Walking in the shoes of others
By Deacon Patrick Moynihan

A couple months after we graduated from college, a friend and I crisscrossed the US in search of everything US. We chose our destinations daily based on the closest piece of national culture we could find that lay in the right direction. We sought the high, the low and the food to match. The only pre-determined decision was to drive 400 miles each day without fail. Most days, we saw at least two things of note.

We visited Hemingway’s grave in Ketchum, ID—better known today as Sundance....

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February 17, 2012
Marriage is beyond the law
By Deacon Patrick Moynihan

Since we are not a theocracy, religion is limited to informing and guiding the government and its leaders on certain matters. It cannot dictate. Likewise, since we are not an atheistic tyranny, the government restricts itself from interfering with the practices of those who have freely chosen to live by God’s law as well as man’s law, as long as those practices do not violate anyone’s rights or well-being. It may be frustrating to watch our culture move away from God at times; however,...

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February 10, 2012
T-shirt Mistakes
By Deacon Patrick Moynihan

A colleague who has heard me tell stories about the odd t-shirts that end up in Haiti sent me a link to an article on mental_floss titled "What Happens to the Losing Team’s Championship Shirts?" The piece describes how sports paraphernalia companies “disappear” shirts, hats and other items that proclaim the wrong team as winners. They donate them to relief organization for distribution oversees to people in need. This also happens with misprints and over production.

In the case of...

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February 03, 2012
An underappreciated idea
By Deacon Patrick Moynihan

Amazingly, a quick Google search of “One America” only produces hits for an insurance company, a large office building in Indianapolis and a civic organization with a commendable, albeit myopic message on our national diversity. Regrettably, there is nothing in the top search results about the countries of our hemisphere becoming one or even moving in that direction.

While this is not conclusive proof that the idea of One America is underappreciated, it does suggest that the idea is...

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January 26, 2012
Might as well let the dog out, too
By Deacon Patrick Moynihan

I really thought that I was done with writing about the disappointing performance of International Non-Governmental Organizations (INGOs) and their dubious record of handling the bulk of the world’s charity for Haiti. Honestly, I really thought I had it out of my system. But, I made the mistake of reading a job posting by Save the Children International in The Economist.

 Immediately, my blood began boiling again.

The only place you will see more INGO logos bunched together than in the...

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January 20, 2012
Real baggage
By Deacon Patrick Moynihan

Thanks to a hotly contested Republican primary populated with colorful personalities and the seemingly endless supply of Hollywood rehab repeat offenders, the word “baggage” has been getting a lot of play these days.

It is the go-to term used by journalists to suggest that an individual is hampered by an interesting past or ongoing psychological frailty without having to get into the sordid details. Stating that he or she has “a lot baggage” gets the dirty laundry out there, but...

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January 13, 2012
Time to let the cat out of the bag
By Deacon Patrick Moynihan

Over 2.5 billion U.S. dollars were collected by International Non-governmental Organizations (INGOs), large faith based non-profits, and smaller ad hoc groups on behalf of the Haitian people directly following the January 2010 earthquake. The preponderance of this money was given to mega INGOs: the International Red Cross (IRC) along with its national affiliates amassed $1.046 billion, while UNICEF, Doctors Without Borders (MSF), and Oxfam received $299, $135 and $98 million...

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