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Some things cannot be ignored.
By Mary Anna Violi | @Mary Anna Violi Cherice Moraliz committed suicide just weeks before her 17th birthday in 2010.  Her mother said that her daughter could no longer cope with the ridicule and sh...
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The mail held no good surprise.
  By Mary Anna Violi | @Mary Anna Violi This past July a weighty packet arrived.  Peering at the return address, it revealed my university’s logo from Human Resources [HR].  Dire thoughts race...
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Sometimes you really can go home.
By Mary Anna Violi | @Mary Anna Violi Growing up, all I could think about was how to get out of Indiana.  Filled with Big City dreams of the pulse of a city that never sleeps, that offers superb mu...
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A good neighbor is a gift.
By Mary Anna Violi | @Mary Anna Violi I met Jim and Angie 23 years ago when I moved into our 1928 bungalow the week before Christmas, newly separated from my husband and two months pregnant.  My fa...
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Forgiveness seems hard to come by.
                By Mary Anna Violi | @Mary Anna Violi The last several weeks of Paul Deen’s very public celebrity demise has been painful to watch.  Once the...
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It's eleven years ago today my mother died.
By Mary Anna Violi | @Mary Anna Violi Eleven years ago today, June 20, 2002, my mother, Anna Catherine "Kitty" Violi, died. She had complained of chronic weariness for some months.  As the sister t...
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Labor Day is the last hurrah of summer.
    By Mary Anna Violi | @Mary Anna Violi When I was a young sprig, the last hurrah of summer was spent swimming, fishing, and boating at our summer-house on the lake.  Amid whoops and sp...
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I love my family.
By Mary Anna Violi | @Mary Anna Violi   Tonight I had the good fortune of dining with my cousins.  The special occasion was a visit from Cousin Marianne’s sister-in-law, Mary Kay, from the Dallas, ...
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Guilty pleasures soothe the spirit.
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I remember the 4th of July day my daughter was born.
By Mary Anna Violi | @Mary Anna Violi Twenty-two years ago today, at 6:30 a.m., my daughter burst forth upon the world on a hot and humid morning.  Having gone into labor the night of July 2nd, I a...
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Life with cats is rarely dull.
By Mary Anna Violi | @Mary Anna Violi I love Saturday mornings.   My bed’s mattress is plush, like a floating cloud.  My pillows are delightfully firm and are covered with Italian linen pillowcases...
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The Wedding Weekend was tremendous!
 By Mary Anna Violi | @Mary Anna Violi Indeed, my niece Lauren and her Romeo [Justin, actually] tied the knot on June 8, 2013 at Saint Mary’s Catholic Church.  Happy tears, smiles, and wishes for w...
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