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Resisting the slide of fatalism: dealing with all the bad news

Resisting the slide of fatalism: dealing with all the bad news

I am a news junkie. It’s an addiction and no addiction is ever good. Right now that addiction is seriously interfering with work that I must get done. It’s not just the time wasted surfing the internet and listening to the radio. It’s what all this bad news is doing to my head and my […]

The Critter Room Memory Book Volume One is nearly ready! How much should the book cost? Answer this poll …

The Critter Room Memory Book Volume One is nearly ready! How much should the book cost? Answer this poll …

The Critter Room Memory Book Volume One is nearly ready! All we need to do is to set the price. Designed as a scrapbook for all of us who have wanted to just pull out a book and look at wonderful pictures of kittens we’ve loved, The Critter Room Memory Book Volume One features these […]

Be As One makes it into print! Now available monthly in the Catholic Free Press

Be As One makes it into print! Now available monthly in the Catholic Free Press

Be As One is now in print! Beginning this month, I will be writing a monthly column for the Catholic Free Press, the official newspaper of the Diocese of Worcester, Massachusetts (previously I had written columns in the Catholic Free Press for the Commission for Women of the Diocese of Worcester). The column is called “Be […]

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

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 […]

Patience pays off – an encounter with a green heron

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 […]

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 […]

Who are we trying to please and why? A reflection on Matthew 6

Who are we trying to please and why? A reflection on Matthew 6

Note: this is my monthly Gospel reflection on Catholicmom.com which ran on June 18. Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18 “All the world’s is a stage.” Shakespeare’s famous line reveals the inner longing of each and every human being: to be noticed, to be loved. Even those of us who swear we are shy, who claim we long […]

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