Favorite Books

Is it really all in the details? Wisdom from the story of St. Bernadette Soubirous of Lourdes

Is it really all in the details? Wisdom from the story of St. Bernadette Soubirous of Lourdes

Do those pesky little details really matter? Ask an engineer. A manufacturer. And a surgeon. One detail can make all the difference.  A slip of the knife, a screw in the wrong place can spell danger and disaster. However, surgery performed well and products  built precisely to specs can and do enhance and save lives. […]

The Christmas Story as seen through the eyes of a cat at the manger

The Christmas Story as seen through the eyes of a cat at the manger

from Abigayil, The Story of the Cat at the Manger by Rouben Mamoulian, given to me when I was a child by my favorite aunt (who loved cats as I do) Abigayil lived in the barn where Jesus was born. She was the mother of 5 kittens and in the course of hunting for their […]

It’s all about the “Yes!” A review of “The Grace of Yes” by Lisa M. Hendey

It’s all about the “Yes!” A review of “The Grace of Yes” by Lisa M. Hendey

I have known Lisa Hendey for many years. Her site, Catholicmom.com, hosts over 150 contributors and has won accolades and awards from grateful Catholics around the world. The site is all about the reader, a rarity on the internet today. A vibrant community thrives there as a result. I am honored to be one of […]

Free online writing retreat being offered by Loyola Press author Vinita Hampton Wright

Free online writing retreat being offered by Loyola Press author Vinita Hampton Wright

Whether you are a published author, an aspiring author or someone who just loves writing in your diary or journal, I highly recommend this free week-long writing retreat offered by Vinita Hampton Wright of Loyola Press. You can subscribe to receive the posts in your email by clicking here. Each day you will receive writing […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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