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I'll admit to something autobiographical that I find both disturbing and appealing: I always feel like drinking after going to confession. Okay, not right after I go, but later that evening, I'm usually in a joyful mood that calls for a handful of drinks. It's actually a big temptation that I have to watch carefully. I mean, I don't want to be the dufus who goes back and says, "My last confession was 18 [mumbling, barely audible] hours ago. . . ".

I assume I'm not unique. If you have this enticing link between the sacred and debauched AND you live in northern Ohio, here's a great attraction: Shrine and Brewery, just feet away from each other. Maria Stein Shrine and Moeller Brew Barn.