Family Life

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 […]

No longer a daughter but blessed to be a mother – Happy Mother’s Day

No longer a daughter but blessed to be a mother – Happy Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day has been problematic since my mother died. I am sure other daughters who have known a close with their mothers experience that special tinge of melancholy that greets this day. We are no longer daughters. But we are still mothers even if we don’t have children of our own. There are “children” in […]

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 […]

Book Review: Everyday Holiness: Blunt, Funny and Poignant – “Do Bad Guys Wear Socks?” by M. Regina Cram

Book Review: Everyday Holiness: Blunt, Funny and Poignant – “Do Bad Guys Wear Socks?” by M. Regina Cram

Recently I posted a review for my monthly column on Catholicmom.com  that was a sheer pleasure to write. For years I have longed for my lifelong friend from high school to write a book. Overcoming many odds (some of which you will find out about in the following review), Reg has finally done it, assembling […]

A day of many goodbyes

A day of many goodbyes

Today marks a day of many goodbyes. One is a goodbye and good luck to new friends that I met just a few short weeks ago. Six furry friends who gathered around them a community of thousands, wishing them well. Cared for by a man and his son, who bring laughter, comfort and meaning to […]

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 […]

Favorite toys, family memories, blessings remembered … what did you get for Christmas?

Favorite toys, family memories, blessings remembered … what did you get for Christmas?

I loved Christmas as a kid. Like all kids I’d be up half the night, listening to the activity down in the living room where my dad would be putting together a bicycle or building some other contraption. He’d sometimes ring the jingle bells that hung on our front door because he knew my sister, […]

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