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www.upcatholic.org THE U.P. CATHOLIC February 5, 2016 13 PHOTO COURTESY OF FATHER MARQUETTE CATHOLIC SCHOOL Pre-kindergarten students at Father Marquette Catholic School in Marquette performed a live nativity play just before Christmas for the school and their parents. This has been an annual event for the pre-kindergarten class for over a decade. Please be generous to the collection for The U.P. Catholic Newspaper if it is taken up in your parish on February 13-14th. Your donation helps your parish pay its portion of the subscription cost for the diocesan newspaper, which is mailed to all registered Catholic households. If your parish does not take up this collection, you can still contribute by placing your donation in an envelope marked The U.P. Catholic Newspaper" and dropping it in your parish collection basket or at your parish office. FEBRUARY IS CATHOLIC PRESS MONTH! Upper Peninsula Travelers Presents MACKINAC ISLAND 5 Days, 4 Nights - June 6 - 10, 2016 - $549 Price includes: Transportation, Lodging, many meals, a cruise through the Soo Locks, Point Iroquois Lighthouse, ferryboat to Mackinac Island, Tour the island by horse drawn carriage, Arch Rock, Lilac Lane, Grand Buffet at the Grand Hotel, Tour Mackinaw City, Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, Mackinaw Crossings, Colonial Michilimackinac-1700's era village and more. For information & Reservations contact Sheila Heikkinen (906) 524-7003 or shebob123@charter.net Upper Peninsula Travelers Presents WASHINGTON, D.C. - OUR NATION'S CAPITAL 10 Days, 9 Nights - May 11 - 20, 2016 - $945 Price includes: Transportation, Lodging, many meals, Smithsonian Air & Space museum, Guided tours of US Capital, the White House, the National Archives, Embassy Row, Georgetown, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, Tomb of the Unknown, Kennedy Graves, Iwo Jima Memorial, George Washington's Mount Vernon, Baltimore Inner Harbor, Gettysburg National Park, Flight 93 Memorial, Rutherford B. Hayes Museum and much more. For information & Reservations contact Sheila Heikkinen (906) 524-7003 or shebob123@charter.net Father Marquette presents living Nativity PHOTO COURTESY OF FATHER MARQUETTE CATHOLIC SCHOOL W hen Vickie and I lived in Mem- phis, sometimes wed hop in the car and head toward the Inter- state for a weekend getaway. Our destination was often decided by Vickie answering my question, Do you want to go left or right? Going left would mean a trip to Nashville. Right would take us to Mississippi. We usually hung a left. Some people are planners. We are explorers. A couple years ago we were searching for a hotel room near Buffalo, NY. One of the travel apps on my phone found us a room for $65 at a large hotel, so we decided to give it a shot. When we checked into our room we were surprised to find a spiral staircase in the entertaining area leading to the bedroom upstairs. It was a sweet suite. Oh yeah, pictures of us lounging about like rock stars were soon posted to social media. Last year we drove into San Francisco during a visit to my dad, stepmother and stepbrother, John and Rosie Fee and Matt Woore, who live in the area. We had half a plan and nearly an idea. Vickie wanted to find the apartment of Dashiell Hammett who wrote The Maltese Falcon and the apartment building used in the Bogey and Bacall movie Dark Passage. After finding and photographing those locales, our idea was to head south, maybe to Half Moon Bay. While driving through horrendous traffic we ended up in the lanes to cross the Golden Gate Bridge. Rather than fight it, we headed north to Napa instead. Vickie noted that Alfred Hitch- cock filmed The Birds in Bodega Bay, which was only an hour or so farther on, so thats where we went the next day. And in Bodega Bay we learned that the famous schoolhouse from the movie was actually in nearby Bodega, so we went there, too. Vickie gleefully snagged an autographed picture of Tippi Hedren from the Bodega Country Store. Has every trip been a spectacular success? No, there have been times we had to drive an extra hour (or two) to find a room, or spend an extra $50 because nothing else was left. How- ever, we dont focus on that and become afraid. We let our experiences help us become better travelers. We focus on the great finds and memories weve made and have learned from both our successes and failures. Theres a saying, Its not the destination, but the journey that matters. Having logged more than half my lifes jour- ney, Im learning that while the journey counts, our final, eternal destination is what ultimately matters. The past is in the rearview mirror. Its only a memory that can inform my decisions and make me a better traveler. My call is to live in the now and remember the destination is down the road whichever road I choose. Some are planners, we're explorers HERE AM I John Fee

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