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 […]

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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