Valerie Schultz

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    VALERIE SCHULTZ: God gives each of us loaves and fishes

    By Valerie Schultz
    Friday, Aug 29 2014 10:26 AM

    The biblical story of the loaves and fishes appears in all four of the New Testament Gospels. Jesus, having captivated the imagination of thousands of followers with his teachings and healing powers, realizes that his listeners must be hungry. But they are gathered in an isolated spot where there is no food available. The disciples of Jesus track down five loaves of bread and two dried fish, which, they argue, are nowhere near enough to feed the multitudes. They urge Jesus to send the people on their way, as the situation is a mathematical impossibility, but Jesus, with perfect assurance, instructs his disciples to feed the people. He blesses and breaks the loaves and fishes, and the disciples start distributing the food. Somehow, after...

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    VALERIE SCHULTZ: When did ripped jeans become high fashion?

    Let me go on record as thanking God that my daughters outgrew their teenage desire to shop for new clothes at a certain pretentious mall chain store. You know the one I mean: When you walk by the store, the music is at the exact decibel...

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    VALERIE SCHULTZ: Middle child always 'the other one'

    Tuesday, Aug. 12, is Middle Child Day, and if you are a middle child, you understand perfectly why so little fanfare surrounds this event. To put it bluntly, we are used to being ignored. The middle child is often defined by what he or she...

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    VALERIE SCHULTZ: A marriage, like a tandem, is a ride built for two

    "Slow, or fast, or faster You lead, I'll follow after The path flies by As you and I Ride a bicycle built for two ..." -- "Daisy Bell," by Harry Dacre, 1892 "Tandem" is a very cool word. Its actual definition, as an adjective or...

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    VALERIE SCHULTZ: Don't tell God to 'hang on'

    One of the things that irritated me when I was the mother of teenage children was the phrase they often used when I called to them from another room. They knew that I was likely calling a particular name in order to get someone to do...

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    VALERIE SCHULTZ: Big news -- voters on the right don't like our president

    Big news on the right: President Obama is rapidly falling out of everyone's favor! He can't do anything right! Here's proof: A recent poll by Quinnipiac University indicates that a third of the survey respondents think that President Obama...

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    VALERIE SCHULTZ: Austerity was difficult -- and now I miss it

    Five years ago, the economic planets aligned in our universe, and not in a good way. The nationwide recession and resulting tightening of credit, combined with pay cuts in the form of state furlough days for my husband and me, as well as...

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    VALERIE SCHULTZ: Grief is dark shadow over these early summer weeks

    My sister calls it the trifecta, although without the happy connotation of that word: the window of time every year from Father's Day in June to our dad's birthday in July. In between is Independence Day, the date of our dad's death. The...

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    VALERIE SCHULTZ: Messages never get lost when you google God in prayer

    The Internet search engine Google has triumphed in its global invasion. It has stormed the beach and taken over the world. Google is so ubiquitous that the noun has become a verb: we routinely use Google to google something. The late Nora...

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    VALERIE SCHULTZ: Old books tell stories from another time

    Browsing a second-hand bookstore offers hours of pleasure to book lovers like me. Every city has its dusty corners of used books, places that act like a drug on us book addicts. Powell's City of Books in Portland, Oregon, for example, a...

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    VALERIE SCHULTZ: Confronting -- and dodging -- the cancer bullet

    The words in the letter were alarming: another mammogram and an ultrasound were indicated by my recent mammogram. Call this number for an appointment, said the letter. The letter did not say which breast was my potential betrayer. So when...

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    VALERIE SCHULTZ: This California transplant has gone native

    "Look at those people," my dad used to say on every New Year's Day that we lived in Connecticut, as he watched the Rose Bowl Parade on television. "Those people are in their shirtsleeves! While I'm shoveling snow! " He was so impressed...

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    VALERIE SCHULTZ: Leaving Mass early leaves a lot behind

    When you grow up Catholic, you learn early that Sunday Mass is non-negotiable. Unless you are dying, or certifiably contagious, you go to Mass. I was in school before I had a friend who was not Catholic, whose denomination did not require...

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