Day: March 14, 2016

“Dear Pope Francis” by Pope Francis, in conversation with Antonio Spadaro, S.J.

“Dear Pope Francis” by Pope Francis, in conversation with Antonio Spadaro, S.J.; Tom McGrath, Project Managing Editor c.2016, Loyola Press $18.95 / higher in Canada 72 pages BOOK REVIEW by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER Getting something in the mail is a lot of fun, isn’t it? What was the last thing you got from the mailman?  Maybe a birthday card with money. Maybe you got a postcard from Grandma or a package from your Auntie. Getting mail is a nice surprise, even for Pope Francis. He receives letters from all over the world, as you’ll see in “Dear Pope Francis.” Imagine being the guy who brings mail to Pope Francis. That’s what Antonio Spadaro did one day: on a “hot August afternoon,” he took thirty letters written by children from all over the world, and gave them to the Pope. Then Spadaro waited for answers, which he knew the Pope was eager to give. “…these are tough questions!” the Pope said. Even so, he knew just what to say. Pope Francis loves children, and he likes to talk with them and see their drawings. He remembers how it was when he was young: he liked to dance the tango, he liked soccer, and he recalls what it’s like when people you love argue. Don’t argue, he says. “That will be good for everyone.” In his answers to the letters, the Pope...

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Dieker stays as chamber leader, for now

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes And the new executive director of the Keizer Chamber of Commerce is… Actually, it’s still Christine Dieker for now. Dieker announced during the monthly chamber luncheon on Tuesday at Keizer Quality Suites a person was offered the position, but was retained by her current boss. “You get me for another couple of months, maybe three,” Dieker said. “I want to thank you for the wonderful experience. The executive director that was decided upon got an offer she couldn’t refuse from her current employer, so we are restarting the process.” Dieker and Bob Zielinski, president of the Keizer Chamber Board of Directors, both declined to name finalists when asked after the luncheon. Zielinski gave the same story as Dieker. “We made our decision,” Zielinski said. “She had accepted our offer and she walked into her boss’s office to resign. Her company wanted to keep her and made her an offer that made her decide to stay. We are starting over.” Dieker said there were 20 applicants the first time around, with eight or nine of those people getting interviews. There were two finalists decided upon, with one getting the offer. “She was a great person, but she got a better offer where she was. She’s a real asset for them,” Dieker said. The executive director job has been reposted on the chamber website at...

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