In our weekly columnists mailbag, Erin Grace, Matthew Hansen and Michael Kelly answer reader questions about past columns. Want to get your two-bits' worth in? Send an email to email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
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Matthew Hansen visited St. Cecilia Cathedral for the first time and wrote about his experience on Easter Sunday. The column generated two dozen emails, mostly from Omahans and ex-Omahans still stunned by the cathedral's timeless beauty, and at least one person who took issue with Hansen's writing style:
To Matthew: Enjoyed it very much, but I thought you overdid it in the first three paragraphs. High point/Low Point, “Skid to a stop.” Love 'em though---keep 'em coming.
From: Jace Anderson, Springfield
To Jace: HOW DARE YOU. I have never, ever overdone anything, ever. Ever. Take my reaction to this email: I am currently responding to you in between intermittent bouts of sobbing. I also just spent 10 minutes punching my cubicle wall.
In any event, this email is the worst thing in recorded human history, worse than the Seven Years War and the Irish Potato Famine combined.
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One reader was particularly interested in Michael Kelly's column about Creighton's move to the Big East.
This is a belated thank you for the great column you wrote on the front page of Sunday, March 17. I am sorry that we did not connect while you were preparing that column, but I told my colleagues at Creighton that you have this great ability to get me to talk and that I need to stay clear of you until the official announcement of our invitation to the Big East.
Despite being scooped by the The World-Herald, I could not have been more pleased by the coverage and the newspaper's editorial.
Timothy R. Lannon, S.J.
President, Creighton University
I had a good laugh at your note -- which implied that I can get you to say more for publication than you want to say. Good one. In any case, I knew there was little chance of reaching you on that Saturday but I had to make the effort. My favorite quote from all the articles was your later comment that it was a great week: “The Pope is Jesuit, Creighton is in the Big East and we play Duke on Sunday.”
Sorry that “Duke on Sunday” didn't turn out like we all hoped, but what a great season. Congratulations on all your work in moving your alma mater to the new Big East.
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Erin Grace's column on an Omaha woman with a unique history caused readers to send their own experiences with the Pine Ridge Reservation and prompted this letter:
This morning I read the article you wrote about Laura Galligo Brewer. What an inspiration Mrs. Brewer is in perseverance. My great-grandmother, who I am told was Native American, was born in 1857 in Illinois. Due to the stigma of being Native American, no family stories were carried forward, so consequently my Native American heritage is one facet of who I am that I know nothing about.
How fortunate for the Brewer family to have such a strong women to anchor their family and to think she has lived for over 100 years! If you would, please send my heartfelt congratulations to Laura Galligo Brewer and her family on this celebration of 100 years.
I agree the Brewer family is fortunate with matriarch Laura. She is a fascinating woman and I feel honored and lucky to have gotten some time with her. I'm not a genealogist, but maybe yours is a cold case that can be cracked. Readers, any suggestions for where Anita can go to learn more?