One of my greater prides related to writing for the blog has involved actually getting published on ink and paper. Many happened through the local Catholic Review whose partnership has always been valued.
A favorite was I Dare You, a faux commencement speech written as my youngest was graduating high school. It concluded:
This is a season of beginnings, of commencement. Beginnings, however, do not happen by looking nostalgically on the past. They occur when we commit with hope and love and prayer towards the future. “Live long and prosper” has long been a salutation offered by Star Trek’s Mister Spock. As a commencement address, however, it takes on the nature of a direct challenge. I dare you to make definitive decisions. I dare you to do better.