ACTON — He always picks up some Entenmann’s or whatever pastries happen to be on sale. Jim Flanagan, coordinator of youth ministries, sets them out in a back office at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church, in a space like an old rec room. Worn carpet. Hand-me-down sofas piled with mismatched pillows.The kids roll in, a few at a time, trying to make sense of another suicide. They want to talk. Or they just don’t want to be alone. Related Links Share your story: How have you been affected by suicide? Secrets of a Lost Girl Suicide rates rise sharply across the US, new report shows They pray for their lost friend, for another family near mad with grief, for those who struggle, for any who are loved and yet still feel alone.This is their ritual, now achingly familiar.Flanagan opened the room after Megan took her life, in 2016.And then after Matthew took his, just after school started that fall.And Sid, off in college in Minnesota.And Thomas, a classmate of … [Read more...] about In Acton and Boxborough, a communion of sorrow
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Bob Wojnowski The Detroit News Published 1:51 PM EST Dec 4, 2018 Detroit — Be relieved or celebratory if you wish. Be skeptical of his motives and intentions, too. Just be careful assuming this is the end — for Ohio State as a super-power or Urban Meyer as a coach. Meyer is retiring from Ohio State after the Rose Bowl, and suddenly there’s a gaping hole in college football and the Big Ten, and the task seemingly just got easier for others, including Jim Harbaugh. That’s the theory, at least. The reality is, the Buckeyes are losing one of the game’s all-time greats, and it’s a huge blow for them. But be cautious assuming it’s an immediate boon for the Wolverines, or the Spartans, or the Nittany Lions, or any other would-be reign-taker. The Buckeyes have been rocked before by scandal and sudden departures, and for most of the past half-century, they haven’t slipped from the elite. The pressure is back on blast for Harbaugh, 10-2 … [Read more...] about Does Urban Meyer’s departure open door for Jim Harbaugh, others?