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Pat McMahon


What's the first thing you think of when you hear the word "rituals"?

Tribes in the rainforest painting each other before a goat is sacrificed? Drug-induced, non-stop dancing? Seances?

For me, it's far less exotic.

Rituals, or traditions, are what my kids grew up with and I wouldn't have had it any other way.

I was just reading a few suggestions for family rituals that have real value -- like a regular game night, a weekly date scheduled for Mom and Dad and even when girls can get their ears pierced. Even if they occasionally protest, kids love routines that they can depend upon.

In my house, Christmas would never have happened if we didn't get our tree in the same location and put on the same ornaments, while the same carols were playing. If we had forgotten "The Little Drummer Boy" even once, the baby Jesus would never have been born. And please believe: No matter how old-fashioned it sounds, family dinners should be every night, not just on Thanksgiving.

I'm Pat McMahon.

About the Author

He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talkshows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The McMahon Group" features an unpredictable all-star panel where three people from the community get together and give their thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's where he talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multifaceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.


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