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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 […]

Accidental art: the joy of random photography

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 […]

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

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

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 […]

Spring finally arrives in New England! A virtual kayak trip for city dwellers

Spring finally arrives in New England! A virtual kayak trip for city dwellers

Many of you around the country endured a harsh winter (especially you in the Midwest). Endless snow. Frigid temperatures. Dreary dark and shortened days. Our winter here in New England was long and hard and spring has been slow to come. But finally, Spring is here! Some of you nature lovers are lucky enough to live […]

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