Alternative Lifestyles

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 […]

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 […]

Step by Step

Step by Step

The temperature outside was 10 degrees with a wind chill of -11. And I still went out for  my lunch time walk. When I returned, the office manager and real estate agent on duty applauded. I felt like applauding myself. Never in a million years did I think I would ever find myself walking in […]

Finding the mystic in me

Finding the mystic in me

Today I started reading a book entitled The Naked Now by Richard Rohr. I originally planned on reading it because a group I belong to, the Commission of Women of the Diocese of Worcester, chose this book as the one they wished to study this year. A dear friend of mine, a deacon in the […]

True unity that brings all things together

True unity that brings all things together

Unity in the Heart of God “Love unites all, whether created or uncreated …” This is the beginning of a short meditation by noted spiritual writer (and my favorite), Henri Nouwen. You can read the rest here. This short passage utterly sums up the purpose of this blog, and my life. How about you? What […]

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