Alternative Lifestyles

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 […]

Join our new book club discussion beginning Sunday, May 18 on a New York Times bestseller

Join our new book club discussion beginning Sunday, May 18 on a New York Times bestseller

Have you been reading this book and saying to yourself, “This is such a great book and I’m dying to talk about it with someone!” ? Well, we may have just the thing for you! Catholicmom.com is forming a virtual book club to discuss, chapter by chapter. Fr. James Martin, SJ’s bestselling new book, Jesus: […]

Spring Migration Mini Fall-Out! Exotic songbirds in my own backyard

Spring Migration Mini Fall-Out! Exotic songbirds in my own backyard

For the past 26 years I have lived in central Massachusetts. A bird watcher, I have sought in vain to find that “sweet spot” where the spring migrants congregate. I need not search any longer: I live in that sweet spot! Two years ago, across the street from my house, I experienced what experienced birders […]

My unexpected miracle healing (part three): healing inside and out

My unexpected miracle healing (part three): healing inside and out

When I walked out of Holy Family church that Sunday after having my throat blessed (see previous post), I had no idea what to expect. Over the past four years I had come to accept that my loss of voice was permanent. That loss became a part of who I am. Yet the blessing moved […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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