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The Side of the House

The Side of the House is a blog by Robert Kloska. He has no delusion that his blog is any good. He also realizes that the Side of the House violates lots of best practices in blogging. But he's not trying to be a professional blogger. Rather, he's just sharing his sincere thoughts. Your comments, encouragement, and differing points of view are welcome. This blog is simply an extension of what actually occurs on the side of the Kloska house in South Bend, Indiana. You are most welcome here! House rules: 1) You must be a person of goodwill; and 2) You must try be friendly and polite to everyone. In person, Robert is usually known as "BK", "Bobby", or "Bob." Nobody really calls him Robert despite the fact that he really likes that name. ;)

Don’t Feel Sorry For Me: There Are Some Real Benefits to Suffering (Part 1 of 2)

Human suffering has many potential benefits to those who are aware and ready to receive these truths. I'm ready.

25 Years Strong: How Did We Do It?

People sometimes tell us that we are "inspirational" because we haven't lost our faith and our marriage is still together. That seems like a pretty low bar to me. Nevertheless, here's how we've done it.

Suffering, Freedom & Love

Suffering, freedom, and love are inextricably connected.

First Chastised, then Comforted by Our Lady Herself

A few Fridays ago I was feeling especially discouraged. I realize that I am not alone in thinking that life often seems to present challenge after challenge after challenge. I think many of us feel that way. But on this... Continue Reading →

An Update on My Health

For those who want to know, here's what's going on.

What Would Life Be Like if You Were Truly a Faithful Christian?

When asked which is the first and the greatest of all the commandments, Jesus replied, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength." Mk... Continue Reading →

It’s Sunday and I’m Not Going to Mass

I feel confident that in this particular situation, this is the right way for our family to “Love thy neighbor as thyself.”

How Not to Schedule Something

Here's a quick life hack for how and how not to schedule something.

Revealed to the Childlike – Hidden from the Wise

On this feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, let us remember the words of her Son.

A Husband’s Prayer

Marriage can be really difficult. Here's a prayer that you husbands can pray to make things better.

5 Phrases Which Reveal That You’re Not Dependable

By changing the way you say things, you can change the way you think and act. You CAN be more dependable!

5 More Thoughts About Goals

A follow-up with additional thoughts about goals and goal setting.

Do You Set Annual Goals? If Not, Why Not?

Goal setting is one of the most exciting things I do. Goals motivate me and get me out of bed in the morning. Here is my approach to annual goals.

A Christmas Poem for Children

Explains the Christmas story in a short rhyme that is fun for kids to read aloud.

The Blessing of Cancer

Podcast: A 20 minute conversation about cancer, Notre Dame football, and God. Hope you enjoy it.

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