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The 1948 Season Has Been the Toughest Yet

We picked up the Coretta Scott King Award-winning The Bat Boy and His Violin for our daughter yesterday at the Negro Baseball Leagues Museum in Kansas City. Right on the first page: So far, the 1948 season has been the toughest yet. Papa’s even having trouble booking games the team is likely to lose. He […]


Community is not the end-goal but the tool: I feel like writing about yoga this morning

In community building, “community” is not the product or end-goal. Community is the tool. I’m channeling Marcus Aurelius again (thank you undergraduate Roman Lit course!): “We were born to work together like feet, hands, and eyes, like the two rows of teeth, upper and lower. To obstruct each other is unnatural. To feel anger at […]


Charles Thomas and South Bend’s connection to Jackie Robinson

I missed getting this posted on Jackie’s birthday. A lot going on. A Notre Dame Law Professor once tipped me off to a connection between South Bend, IN (my and Notre Dame’s home community) and Branch Rickey, the Brooklyn Dodgers’ President (played by Harrison Ford) who in ’47 signed and called up Jackie Robinson. A […]