September 12, 2014 By Matthew Hennessey
The fragrant, earthy, enveloping smell of pipe tobacco was Grandpa’s trademark.
June 30, 2014 By Matthew Hennessey
A friend once told me that Paul Newman drank two beers every night. Good for Paul Newman. Not so good for me.
April 15, 2014 By Matthew Hennessey
Every day spent staring at a screen is a day that could have been spent outside.
March 19, 2014 By Matthew Hennessey
I’d be terrible company in a fox hole. I’d be useless on a submarine.
February 18, 2014 By Matthew Hennessey
Nothing short of Appomattox will make this issue go away.
February 13, 2014 By Matthew Hennessey
We’ve moved on. Those kids never will.
January 28, 2014 By Matthew Hennessey
Stretch for us now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
January 17, 2014 By Matthew Hennessey
Whoops and hollers reverberate through the piney timbers as they hurtle themselves down the soft grade of this New England valley.
October 1, 2013 By Matthew Hennessey
Maybe the real incompetence here is not on the part of the utilities but the politicians.
September 3, 2013 By Matthew Hennessey
Nowadays, it just doesn’t do you any good to be an Irish politician in New York City.
August 31, 2013 By Matthew Hennessey
God must have been at work in Brother Elmo’s heart, because he saw something that Brother James couldn’t see in himself.
August 25, 2013 By Matthew Hennessey
How can Martin O’Malley stand by and do nothing when a truly vulnerable member of society has been killed at the hands of law enforcement?
July 24, 2013 By Matthew Hennessey
If Vallas could turn around desperate situations in Chicago and New Orleans, you’d think he’d be perfect for Bridgeport, wouldn’t you?
July 3, 2013 By Matthew Hennessey
Would she have grieved more for the twin she didn’t intend to kill than for the one she did?
June 29, 2013 By Matthew Hennessey
The priesthood is sacrifice. What could be more heroic?
June 13, 2013 By Matthew Hennessey
They say the only ones who talk about war are the ones who never saw the real action. Harold never said a word.
June 10, 2013 By Matthew Hennessey
Until we can guarantee that people like Magdalena are first allowed the right to be born, I will find it hard to get riled up about people-first language.
May 27, 2013 By Matthew Hennessey
Rod Dreher’s homage to his sister raises profound questions about family and modern life.
May 17, 2013 By Matthew Hennessey
Only when called on to help someone who really needs it do we tap the deepest reservoirs of our love and compassion. Prayer helps bring them to the surface.
May 3, 2013 By Matthew Hennessey
Someone needs to investigate what happened to Robert Ethan Saylor and hold those responsible to account.
April 26, 2013 By Matthew Hennessey
Abortion proponents want to know: Who’s going to pay for your child’s health care when you’re gone?
April 16, 2013 By Matthew Hennessey
When we are at our most vulnerable, our sacred traditions are there to give us solace.
April 12, 2013 By Ursula Reel Hennessey
They sacrificed the most vulnerable because they thought it would make them more powerful. But it had the opposite effect. It made them weaker.
March 27, 2013 By Matthew Hennessey
Winston Churchill said that a lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to put its pants on, and this 90 percent claim has certainly done some impressive travelling.
March 12, 2013 By Matthew Hennessey
Who do you call to complain about the Internet?
February 20, 2013 By Matthew Hennessey
An announcement could be imminent, or the whole thing could be on ice until a new pope is selected and installed.
February 15, 2013 By Matthew Hennessey
Catholics are praying for God to grant our Church a wise, holy, and steadfast new pope. I am praying for a return to Ordinary Time.
February 5, 2013 By Matthew Hennessey
To a northeastern fellow with Generation-X ears, the glory of country music is its total lack of irony. It’s corny, romantic, tough, funny, clever, patriotic, faithful, authentic, and upbeat. I like it. Really.
February 1, 2013 By Ursula Reel Hennessey
Many times in the past six years Matthew and I have wanted to bring our Magdalena back down to that office to show Dr. So-and-so what a bundle of crazy, joyous energy she is.
February 1, 2013 By Matthew Hennessey
Are politicians like Cuomo and Malloy merely Catholics of convenience, happy to wear the label when the media approves but disinclined to the point of defiance when the Magisterium of the Church conflicts with the party platform?
January 19, 2013 By Matthew Hennessey
Not that long ago, if you wanted to find the answer to a nonobvious question, settle a dispute, or simply satisfy your curiosity, you had to make a little effort.
January 14, 2013 By Matthew Hennessey
There is madness and violence. There is random death and inexplicable cruelty. But there is also redemption.
January 13, 2013 By Ursula Reel Hennessey
I always thought no marine life would make it through the nest of needles, aluminum cans, and diapers that I presumed formed a radius of detritus around the entire city of at least 5 miles. Wrong.
January 13, 2013 By Matthew Hennessey
If, like me, you are fascinated by human behavior, then commuting is the life for you and the train is the place to be.
December 31, 2012 By Matthew Hennessey
Russian president Vladimir Putin recently signed a new law banning the adoption of Russian children by Americans. A member of Putin’s United Russia party and a deputy in the lower house of the Russian Parliament has proposed an amendment to the law that will allow an exception for orphans with special needs.
December 21, 2012 By Matthew Hennessey
The spiders come inside when the air turns chill. These suckers don’t know who they’re messing with.
December 17, 2012 By Matthew Hennessey
Taking our faith seriously in a world of instant gratification is a hard swim upstream. If we’re lucky, we’ll end up back were we started.
December 17, 2012 By Ursula Reel Hennessey
So I gave birth to a little girl on Wednesday evening. All is well. Her three siblings are loving and gentle, and we’ve all enjoyed the unexpected flower arrangements and cute stuffed animals that have arrived at our door these last 48 hours. A few thoughts on the early days of new motherhood, fourth time […]
December 10, 2012 By Matthew Hennessey
My mother is gone now, but I still have that guitar. I remember how happy it made her to give it to me.
November 29, 2012 By Ursula Reel Hennessey
How could a mom work to prevent this kind of mess for their future teens? Is there a way?
November 29, 2012 By Matthew Hennessey
In the strange case of the competing Down syndrome booklets, it all comes down to abortion.
November 18, 2012 By Ursula Reel Hennessey
An artistic college acquaintance of mine is hitting the big stage with an awesome idea. If I had $380 lying around, I’d buy one of her minimal, bright, and winsome paintings of my ideal bookshelf.
November 18, 2012 By Matthew Hennessey
Our true fate is not in the hands of Connecticut Light & Power. Even if the lights go out, we have to remember to keep the faith.
November 15, 2012 By Matthew Hennessey
Policies are negotiable. Rights are not. If you characterize your rival’s policies as violations of other people’s rights, you can write your own political future.