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Mark Azzara

Mark Azzara

Mark Azzara spent 45 years in print journalism, most of them with the Waterbury Republican in Connecticut, where he was a features writer with a special focus on religion at the time of his retirement. He also worked for newspapers in New Haven and Danbury, Conn. At the latter paper, while sports editor, he won a national first-place writing award on college baseball. Azzara also has served as the only admissions recruiter for a small Catholic college in Connecticut and wrote a self-published book on spirituality, “And So Are You.” He is active in his church and a non-denominational prayer community and facilitates two Christian study groups for men. Azzara grew up in southern California, graduating from Cal Sate Los Angeles. He holds a master’s degree from the University of Connecticut.

A Christian response to the carnage at Charlie Hebdo

As I sit at my keyboard, just days after the massacre at the Paris newspaper Charlie Hebdo, I remember the great advice given by my first editor, the late John Dennis of the long-gone twice-weekly Southeast News in Downey, Calif.: “Never write an editorial with boxing gloves on.”

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Giving the gift of yourself at Christmas

For most of the preceding week my table was covered with boxes of blank Christmas cards, return-address labels, books of stamps, address lists, envelope stickers, a variety of pens, piles of incoming mail (including many unopened Christmas cards) and other assorted detritus.

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