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Memories … and then … Encountering the complex Native American spirituality at Mesa Verde

This is a reblog of one of my favorite sites, The Holy Rover blog by Lori Erikson. When I saw that her latest post was about Mesa Verde, I experienced a wave of nostalgia that made me smile. I saw this fascinating place when I was about nine but did not get out of it […]

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Patience pays off – an encounter with a green heron

Yesterday’s kayak trip took place just down the street at Eckblaw Landing. Here you can take a trip down the Quinsigamond River. I’ve done this trip several times and don’t usually see all that much in the way of birds because the MA Turnpike runs right over the river. Still, sometimes you really hit the […]

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Accidental art: the joy of random photography

I am really digging photography. These days if all you have is a cheap camera, patience and a mindfulness for opportunity, you can come up with some pretty cool pictures. I am a total amateur when it comes to taking pictures. I have no idea how I get some of the results I get. Taking […]

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Breathing new life into the familiar – the beautiful John 3:16

Today’s Gospel is profound and beautiful but we may miss the meaning because we have heard it so many times in the past. That old adage, “Familiarity breeds contempt” certainly plays out here. You may have even let your mind drift as I read it to you, just as my mind drifted when I read […]

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Living with deliberate intent: lessons from a loss and a blessing

Yesterday reminded me of how suddenly life can end. Rich and I attended the funeral of his cousin Donna who was killed suddenly in a car crash. Gone, just like that. She had just returned to Minnesota from Connecticut, having spent the weekend with her parents. Her mother was brought home from rehab after several weeks away; Donna […]

Alternative Lifestyles

Finding the mystic in me

Finding the mystic in me

Today I started reading a book entitled The Naked Now by Richard Rohr. I originally planned on reading it because a group I belong to, the Commission of Women of the Diocese of Worcester, chose this book as the one they wished to study this year. A dear friend of mine, a deacon in the […]

American History

Clash of civilizations, loss of heritage, courage to change: Review of “Flight of the Sparrow” by Amy Belding Brown

Clash of civilizations, loss of heritage, courage to change: Review of “Flight of the Sparrow” by Amy Belding Brown

Note: I love historical fiction and when Amy Belding Brown asked me to review her latest book, I jumped at the chance. Her last book, Mr. Emerson’s Wife had been a game-changing book for me. I couldn’t wait to read Flight of the Sparrow given my deep interest in spiritual matters, a lifelong residency in Massachusetts […]

Art

A gift from my sister: It’s never too late to live your passion

A gift from my sister: It’s never too late to live your passion

My older sister is a wonderful painter so I commissioned her to paint the Be As One bridge. Isn’t it beautiful? My sister has ties to this bridge just as I do. She wrote the following on her website: “The Wellesley College Bridge is iconic to me as is Wellesley College.  My family and I […]

artistic excellence

Writing lessons. Creative lessons. Living lessons from St. Paul.

Writing lessons. Creative lessons. Living lessons from St. Paul.

I love St. Paul. And I am a woman. Yes, I am fully aware of the famous passages in which he instructs wives to be “submissive to their husbands” and how they are not to speak in public. I believe these passages need to studied carefully for their true meaning for nothing is ever as […]

Barnes & Noble Nook

A room of one’s own: what if your “room” could be portable?

A room of one’s own: what if your “room” could be portable?

What happens when you get the urge to create? Do you retreat to a music studio to write a song? Do you go to your specially designated study to write? Do you paint your latest masterpiece in a light-filled studio? Do you shut the door when you enter your room? Why do secret hideaway places […]

Be As One

Reconsidering the purpose of my Be As One blog: from Me to You

Reconsidering the purpose of my Be As One blog: from Me to You

Eighteen months ago I started Be As One with the idea of chronicling my life in my attempt to pull all the various pieces together and live as a whole and integrated person. It has occurred to me that I used a flawed approach. As a result what I see is a random collection of […]

Books

A Louisa May Alcott Christmas: “The Little Red Purse”

A Louisa May Alcott Christmas: “The Little Red Purse”

Originally posted on Louisa May Alcott is My Passion:
From the Christmas Tales and Stories collection (Laura Ciolkowski, editor) comes a sweet, albeit typical offering from Louisa May Alcott known as “The Little Red Purse.” Even though the essence of the story is very familiar (rich little girl learns how good it is to give…

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May 18 Gospel reflection: Stepping outside of our pain

May 18 Gospel reflection: Stepping outside of our pain

  Today I have the honor of conducting my first communion service with the lovely residents of The Highlands in Westboro, MA. I used to be afraid to be with the elderly. Perhaps it reminded me too much of my own mortality which I was not ready to think about. Since my mother died 4 years […]

brothers and sisters

Who are your teachers and what “study guides” do you have?

Who are your teachers and what “study guides” do you have?

This is what I read today in Generous Faith Stories to Inspire Abundant Living, a lovely book by Sr. Bridget Haase, OSU. You remember Sr. Bridget. She’s the one I wrote about recently who is speaking at the Gather Us In 2013 women’s conference taking place on November 2. (see previous post). She’s the one […]

care fo the poor

A recovering political junkie eyes a new direction

A recovering political junkie eyes a new direction

I am a recovering political junkie. Having my own office I am can listen to whatever I wish. I’ve always enjoyed talk radio because it keeps my mind engaged (whereas music unplugs me). My husband introduced it to me back in the days when I was home with small children; it became the adult conversation […]

Catholicmom.com

Join our new book club discussion beginning Sunday, May 18 on a New York Times bestseller

Join our new book club discussion beginning Sunday, May 18 on a New York Times bestseller

Have you been reading this book and saying to yourself, “This is such a great book and I’m dying to talk about it with someone!” ? Well, we may have just the thing for you! Catholicmom.com is forming a virtual book club to discuss, chapter by chapter. Fr. James Martin, SJ’s bestselling new book, Jesus: […]

Christian Music

Do you like to pray the rosary? Beautiful and prayerful music accompanied by a meditation guide available

Do you like to pray the rosary? Beautiful and prayerful music accompanied by a meditation guide available

I don’t normally use this blog to promote my music so directly but since one of my products was accepted for two print catalogs, I wanted to let you know. I am pleased to announced that the Mary, Queen of Peace Meditation Guide & Sung Rosary is now available in the print catalogs of The […]

Christian music

Original music to inspire you in your spiritual life

Original music to inspire you in your spiritual life

Music has been a very important part of my life. Although I can no longer sing as I used to, I can share my music with you through the CDs I recorded over the years. Teach Me to Love is my first CD, recorded back in 200o, meant to inspire you in your daily spiritual […]

Christmas

Merry Christmas from Be As One!

Merry Christmas from Be As One!

Click to Tweet & Share: Merry Christmas from Be As One! http://wp.me/p2D9hg-zy Would you like to learn along with Susan how to live your life in single flow? Send an email to susanwbailey@gmail.com to subscribe, and never miss a post! Follow Susan on Facebook and Twitter Listen to Susan’s music Read Susan’s blog, Louisa May […]

Church music

Thankful for simple gifts

Thankful for simple gifts

This is a teaser to my monthly column on Catholicmom.com. Some of the most wonderful gifts from God come in the form of whispers. They are the small gifts. The gifts for a particular moment, not to be grasped at, but merely accepted. And if the taker is alert and awake, the heart will swell […]

community

Gather Us In 2013 women’s conference a big success!

Gather Us In 2013 women’s conference a big success!

After two years of work by a small group of dedicated volunteers known as the Commission for Women of the Diocese of Worcester, MA, our biennial women’s conference, Gather Us In 2013 took place this past Saturday, November 2, and was a huge success! Over 350 women gathered on a beautiful autumn day at the […]

Connections

Learning life lessons from those fiesty hummingbirds

Learning life lessons from those fiesty hummingbirds

I loved this post that my husband sent me yesterday! It is written by author Anne Strieber, well known for her thrillers An Invisible Woman and Little Town Lies. She is married to Whitley Strieber,  best known for his horror novels The Wolfen and The Hunger and for Communion, a non-fiction account of his perceived experiences […]

consolation and transformation

My unexpected miracle healing (part three): healing inside and out

My unexpected miracle healing (part three): healing inside and out

When I walked out of Holy Family church that Sunday after having my throat blessed (see previous post), I had no idea what to expect. Over the past four years I had come to accept that my loss of voice was permanent. That loss became a part of who I am. Yet the blessing moved […]

Daktari TV Show Fan Site

The story of Africa, U.S.A. and its proprietors, animal trainer Ralph Helfer and Daktari producer Ivan Tors

The story of Africa, U.S.A. and its proprietors, animal trainer Ralph Helfer and Daktari producer Ivan Tors

Originally posted on Daktari TV Show:
My thanks to Walter, a longtime Daktari fan from the Netherlands, for sharing this fascinating article about just what Africa, U.S.A. was all about. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *…

Dreams

Yentl dared to dream and now, so do I

Yentl dared to dream and now, so do I

Note: This is a post I wrote nearly a year ago, right after I started this blog. It talks about dreams, and I am happy to report that some of them are already coming true. It is especially sweet for me to read this and know I have been moving forward, confident of what I […]

Emmylou Harris

Seeing Linda Ronstadt at her book signing for “Simple Dreams” in Brookline, MA

Seeing Linda Ronstadt at her book signing for “Simple Dreams” in Brookline, MA

Joni Mitchell taught me to write songs and Linda Ronstadt taught me how to sing. I emulated her voice although I never had the sustained power she had. Ronstadt has now lost her voice due to Parkinson’s and has penned a musical memoir called Simple Dreams, presenting her amazing 45 year career as a singer. […]

Family

My daughter Meredith’s graduation day

My daughter Meredith’s graduation day

You’ve seen my son, now may I introduce you to my daughter? This is Meredith, and she just graduated from Framingham State University with a BS in Business Administration. She is an incredibly dedicated, tenacious hard worker, having taken nearly a full course load each semester while working 30 hours a week at Bed, Bath […]

Family Life

A passion for birding brings joy in the midst of darkness (and unlocks a powerful memory)

A passion for birding brings joy in the midst of darkness (and unlocks a powerful memory)

I am a lifelong bird watcher. My mother was passionate about it and got my New York City-raisedfather hooked on it too. They used to take elder hostel trips to sanctuaries to watch bird migrations. Their favorite was a trip to the Audubon sanctuary on Hog Island in Maine with the “rock stars” of the […]

Forgiveness

Mercy for the merciless – a guest column by my good friend, M. Regina Cram

Mercy for the merciless – a guest column by my good friend,  M. Regina Cram

I have known M. Regina Cram since high school. Her family is like my second family. The same is true for my husband. He came to know Reg first while I was friendly with her older sister Ginny first. We have all been through a lot of weddings, funerals, tragedies and births together. And all […]

Gardening

This year’s garden with a twist – a perennial that will never die!

This year’s garden with a twist – a perennial that will never die!

Let me begin by saying I do not have a green thumb. I gave up planting perennials and having them die on me. I gave up planting anything exotic; it was a death sentence for them too. And to think my mother was a biologist at Wellesley College! That gene sure passed me over. However, I […]

God reveals Himself in the natural world

God weaves His tales through the natural world

God weaves His tales through the natural world

I believe in God. And I can see evidence of His existence and care for humanity, told through the stories He has left for me to find. The more I immerse myself in God, the more these stories come to life. I’d like to show you what I saw yesterday during my lunchtime walk. It’s […]

Good Friday

Good Friday reflections in video and song

Good Friday reflections in video and song

On this Good Friday I wanted to offer several short video reflections as we pause and think about the meaning of this holy day and the glorious Easter to come. This first video takes a little over 5 minutes to view. It follows the Stations of the Cross using the Jesus Prayer as the reflection: […]

Gratitude

Step by Step

Step by Step

The temperature outside was 10 degrees with a wind chill of -11. And I still went out for  my lunch time walk. When I returned, the office manager and real estate agent on duty applauded. I felt like applauding myself. Never in a million years did I think I would ever find myself walking in […]

Healing

Healing versus a cure: There is definitely a difference!

Healing versus a cure: There is definitely a difference!

I believe in healing. Not a just a cure but a healing. Doctors provide cures; that’s their job. They note your symptoms, attempt a diagnosis and then offer treatment. It can all be rather clinical and impersonal. I don’t blame doctors; they are not trained to be counselors (though a treatment of the whole person […]

Health

Opening my eyes to winter

Opening my eyes to winter

I used to hate the winter. The cold (and the subsequent heavy clothes). The darkness. The snow. The ice. The silence. And how difficult it can be to get around. I used to hate winter. Until I read The Outermost House by Henry Beston. For now I will just elude to it because I am […]

Insects

Another bug to identify – take a guess!

Another bug to identify – take a guess!

Anyone care to identify this insect? This was submitted by a reader in Northern Wisconsin, at the entrance to her father-in-law’s garage: My son who loves insects, was able to identify it so I know what it is … do you? Take a guess! Click to Tweet & Share: Another bug to identify – take […]

Kayaking

Close encounters of the Bird kind

Close encounters of the Bird kind

Kayaking is such a great way to sneak up on birds! Here’s a couple I was able to capture in a picture. The setting is Mill Pond in Westborough, MA. This place never disappoints! Click to Tweet & Share: Close encounters of the Bird kind http://wp.me/p2D9hg-ag Would you like to learn along with Susan how […]

Lifestyles

True unity that brings all things together

True unity that brings all things together

Unity in the Heart of God “Love unites all, whether created or uncreated …” This is the beginning of a short meditation by noted spiritual writer (and my favorite), Henri Nouwen. You can read the rest here. This short passage utterly sums up the purpose of this blog, and my life. How about you? What […]

Love

There’s nothing better at Christmas than “It’s a Wonderful Life,” especially if it’s your story!

There’s nothing better at Christmas than “It’s a Wonderful Life,”  especially if it’s your story!

Last night I had a lot of cooking to do for a dinner party and kept myself company watching “It’s a Wonderful Life” on YouTube. This truly is a Christmas classic and I got all choked up at the end when the town turned out to help George Bailey. I was flooded with strong memories […]

Music

Someone old, something new … dusting off the music in my life

Someone old, something new … dusting off the music in my life

I took a trip back in time yesterday. I had the nerve to walk into Radio Shack and ask to buy a cassette tape player. Yeah, it made me feel old (and I eventually bought it at Walmart because it was half the price) but I am so glad I bought it. Not only can […]

Nature

The thrill of birding: the game, the competition, the beauty and the art

The thrill of birding: the game, the competition, the beauty and the art

My brother-in-law (the same one who gave me the Daktari DVDs) has lately been sending me spectacular images of birds from his friend Matthew Faughnan. I enjoyed these pictures so much that I wanted to share them with you (see below for gallery). West Coast, East Coast Since I am an East-Coaster, these birds from […]

Noodles, Taco, Hank, Cosmo, Ramon, Spooky, Venus and Loki

Sisters, sisters …

Sisters, sisters …

Kitty Clubbers! One of you (Rose Marie W, thanks!) sent me the perfect picture of the Sisters Spooky and Venus: I couldn’t resist. I had to post this video, one of my favorite songs, one my best friend and I used to sing together.  From “White Christmas” I present Rosemary Clooney and Vera Ellen singing […]

Original Writing

Pictures, kitties and toys to fuel the imagination

Pictures, kitties and toys to fuel the imagination

What happens when technology leaves you with an unexpected gift? You grab it and go! This morning my two cats, Jenny and Rameses, started playing with toys that my mother-in-law had put in our Christmas stocking for them. Tootsie’s toys never fail to please! I watched as they inspected the toys, taking pictures with my […]

Politics

Love your enemies? Even today?

Love your enemies? Even today?

I am seriously looking for answers to a question. First, a little background. In the Catholic lectionary, today’s Gospel from Luke chapter 6 reads as follows: Jesus said to his disciples: “To you who hear I say, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those […]

Prayer

A special way to give alms this Lenten season, one woman at a time

A special way to give alms this Lenten season, one woman at a time

The season of Lent is a tradition in Christianity offering a time to turn back to God (also known as repentance). Once viewed from a strictly negative perspective (guilt over sins, giving up chocolate or some other treat during the 40 days before Easter), the very perception of Lent is being transformed into a great […]

Ripley's Kittens

“Peter” Parker, Spider Cat! (from the adventures of Ripley’s Kittens)

“Peter” Parker, Spider Cat! (from the adventures of Ripley’s Kittens)

“I gotta get outta here!” The black, grey and brown four week old tabby surveyed every rung of the white cage, eyeing the top tier with eager anticipation. “Mama goes up there all the time! I wanna see!” “Cheeerupp!” Mama Ripley flopped down on her side. It was time for a visit the milk bar. […]

Spiritual Journey

Recommendation for a Spiritual Virtual Book Club

Recommendation for a Spiritual Virtual Book Club

I belong to a wonderful group of women from the Diocese of Worcester, Massachusetts known as the Commission for Women of the Diocese of Worcester. Established in 1989 by Bishop Timothy J. Harrington, the following mission statement of the commission explains its goals: “The Commission for Women shall serve as an advisory board to the […]

Tweets of the Week

Tweets of the Week (September 5, 2012)

Tweets of the Week (September 5, 2012)

Here are some great links and tweets I found this past week: From the Post Bulletin @PB_News Moonlight kayaking – I want to do this! – Post Bulletin http://www.postbulletin.com/news/stories/display.php?id=1507175 From Patheos.com @Patheos I am so blessed to have two outstanding spiritual friends – Spiritual Direction vs. Spiritual Friend http://shar.es/7V9RA From the Seattle Times @seattletimes Here’s […]

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