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The Catholic Spelunker for January 2020

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Can you believe it is already 2020?

In 2010, I had a 7-month-old. Now I have a 10-year-old. By 2030, he will probably be in college. Yikes.

Every New Year is a chance for a new beginning – and people like new beginnings. But this new beginning feels special because it’s also the start of a new decade. It’s a time to look forward, plan, dream and imagine what God could have in store.

Here are a few things I’m excited about for the future:

Something new to read

The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company by Bob Iger.
I can’t wait to read this book. A few snapshots why:

• Iger took over during some of the darkest days in Disney history.
• He was committed to four principles he believes are necessary for true leadership: optimism, courage, decisiveness and fairness.
• The company is nearly five times more valuable today than it was when Iger took over.
• The Walt Disney Company now owns Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm and 21st Century Fox.
• Oh, and he went toe-to-toe with Steve Jobs. I can’t wait to hear those stories.


A new way to do your iPhone

I have a love-hate relationship with technology. When it is helpful, I feel like it increases the quality of my life by 10 percent. When it is difficult, I feel like it decreases my quality of life by 90 percent. And I’m constantly worried about the effect it is having on my physical, social and emotional well-being.

Enter, “How to Configure Your iPhone to Work for You, Not Against You,” a 75-minute read on Medium.com by Coach Tony, designed to help you have a more productive, focused and healthy relationship with your phone. This is a complete step-by-step guide, with tips like:

• Hide social media slot machines
• Be strategic about your wallpaper
• Add content restrictions
• How to organize your apps
• And more. . . in fact, there are 45 total tips.

These tips are designed to improve your quality of life. Let’s make our relationship with technology the healthiest it has ever been. To learn more, click here

A new way to get your news

While you should always get your archdiocesan news from The Catholic Telegraph, we recognize that there is a need for secular national and world news beyond our scope of coverage.

Just this week I discovered Disrn.com. Their motto: brief, smart, faithful.

The news is short and concise, intelligent and purposeful, and presented with honesty and integrity.

It’s not a “Catholic” site, per se, but it is founded by two strong and practicing Catholics, and the name is pronounced “discern,” so you know you’re getting news from a source that loves the Church.

Here’s to a great 2020, and beyond! Cheers to new things, and God’s blessings on you and yours for the next decade!


The Catholic Spelunker. noun.
1. a column specializing in curious exploration of fun stuff and Catholic geekery
2. a source of helpful tools and resources for living a great life
3. a bunch of stuff that Dominick Albano thinks is cool

By Dominick Albano


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