What a Grateful Dead song and a dog named after one of their songs taught me about living my faith

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Lyricist Robert Hunter penned profound poetry – “once in a while you get shown the light in the strangest of places if you look at it right” —  in the Grateful Dead song “Scarlet Begonias,” which first appeared 50 years ago this week on the 1974 release “From The Mars Hotel.”

The entire ballad is fantastic. However, this particular melodious insight resonates with me on my journey as a Catholic. On that long, strange trip and just as the tune counsels, I often learn transcendent truths in the strangest of places and from the unlikeliest of teachers. 

No lesson has been more strangely-timed, and no instructor more unlikely, than Sugaree, my mini-Bernedoodle. Deadheads, who don’t include my father, will note she’s named after another Dead song, but my dog and my dad do share one

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