Lifestyles

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 […]

Love and Service: All in the Proper Order

Love and Service: All in the Proper Order

This is my latest Concerning Women column in the Catholic Free Press. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * In Matthew 22, Jesus gave the two great commandments: “Love the Lord our God with all your heart and with all […]

Guest post by The Holy Rover: Part Two on Hildegard von Bingen: The Hildegard Trail

Guest post by The Holy Rover: Part Two on Hildegard von Bingen: The Hildegard Trail

Last week I presented Lori Erickson’s post on Hildegard von Bingen. As The Holy Rover, Lori and her husband Bob travel the world and visit places of spiritual significance. She has done a series on her visit to Bingen, Germany and writes with eloquence about this extraordinary woman. Here is a portion of part two […]

A follow-up to my post on healing: sometimes it means admitting you’re wrong (aka “It’s the shoes, stupid!”)

A follow-up to my post on healing: sometimes it means admitting you’re wrong (aka “It’s the shoes, stupid!”)

In a previous post about healing, I wrote that it takes a partnership between ourselves and God to experience healing. It also requires admitting when you’re wrong. Case in point: my longstanding battle with sore feet, aching legs and a consistent backache. I started walking at lunchtime a couple of years ago, just after I […]

Who are your teachers and what “study guides” do you have?

Who are your teachers and what “study guides” do you have?

This is what I read today in Generous Faith Stories to Inspire Abundant Living, a lovely book by Sr. Bridget Haase, OSU. You remember Sr. Bridget. She’s the one I wrote about recently who is speaking at the Gather Us In 2013 women’s conference taking place on November 2. (see previous post). She’s the one […]

How I run away from home … for lunch! The secret gardens of Wellesley College

How I run away from home … for lunch! The secret gardens of Wellesley College

Sometimes you just want to run away from home. It’s not that home’s so bad. In fact, home is great! But the warm autumn weather beckons, tinged with a crisp breeze, and it carries you away to beautiful places. In my quest to get to the local CVS during lunch to pick up a pound […]

A car crash, a hospital visit, a visit with my mother … just another day

A car crash, a hospital visit, a visit with my mother … just another day

A left turn onto a busy street. A car barreling towards me. A frantic beep of the horn. The crash into my door. My body slamming backwards and lurching forward. A guttural cry and the sound of rapid breaths. That was how my Tuesday began. I was nearing the office and took the left turn […]

Check out this mammoth bug! Can someone identify it for me?

Check out this mammoth bug! Can someone identify it for me?

Is this a cicada? He is quite impressive. The details on the wings especially are truly amazing … This is how big he was in comparison to my hand: So, is this a cicada? I don’t think it’s a June bug … would love to know! Click to Tweet & Share: Check out this mammoth […]

Yentl dared to dream and now, so do I

Yentl dared to dream and now, so do I

Note: This is a post I wrote nearly a year ago, right after I started this blog. It talks about dreams, and I am happy to report that some of them are already coming true. It is especially sweet for me to read this and know I have been moving forward, confident of what I […]

Terrorism at the Boston Marathon: connections, reflections, evil and good

Terrorism at the Boston Marathon: connections, reflections, evil and good

Note: I am keeping this post free of images. I want the words to tell the story. The last five days have been utterly surreal. As a lifelong resident of Massachusetts now living in the central part of the state, our family has roots that go back to the Governor Winthrop fleet in 1630 when […]

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