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By Rebecca Teti


Saturday: Open Forum

(Join each day’s Coffee Talk discussion: Mon: Parenting; Tues: Open Forum; Wed: NFP; Thu: Marriage; Fri: Education; Sat/Sun: Changing Roles)

This is the Open Forum Coffee Talk. That means ... anything goes. Ask a question, make a suggestion, share a story, offer some advice -- the floor is yours!

Rebecca Teti

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  • Since traffic will be light for Good Friday & Holy Saturday, let's start the weekend Open Forum a little early. Best wishes for a solemn and fruitful Triduum and a Blessed Easter to all our readers and your families!

    Posted on Mar 29th, 2013 at 6:24 AM by Rebecca Teti

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