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The highs and lows of engagement
It's hard to believe that on Jan. 27 we will celebrate one year of being engaged. More ...
Sunday, January 20, 2019
The showman who saved thousands of babies
If you were a woman who gave birth to a premature baby weighing between two and three pounds during the early 1900s, your best odds of saving your child’s life weren’t by taking it to a hospital. More ...
Sunday, January 20, 2019
Blind football player transcends the game
Toward the end of college football’s regular season, the Walter Camp Foundation announced that blind long-snapper Jake Olson (that’s right, he’s blind) was the recipient of their 2018 Award of Perseverance. More ...
Thursday, January 17, 2019
Taking anger by the horns
Wherever we look, anger is on the rise and is calling for a deeper look at its anatomy. More ...
Thursday, January 17, 2019
May Sister Wendy Beckett rest in peace
May Sister Wendy Beckett rest in peaceNo community should botch its deaths. The renowned anthropologist, Mircea Eliade, suggested this and its truth applies to communities at every level. More ...
Monday, January 14, 2019
Suffering as a new year begins
The new year always comes with a feeling of sadness for times past. One thinks of conversations we should have had with loved ones now gone, of times we should have been more grateful, work we could have done better, time we could have used more wisely, acted more nobly. Time lost is gone forever. More ...
Monday, January 14, 2019
How to walk the talk
Do you wish you had a manual to change the world? Did you know there is an app for young people to "change ourselves with the Gospel first, and then our closest surroundings, and finally the whole world"? More ...
Friday, January 11, 2019
Patching the holes in my bucket list
Standing for 12-plus hours in the cold and driving rain to experience a less-than-one-minute moment isn't exactly my idea of a good time, but on New Year's Eve, hundreds of thousands seemed to think that the pain was worth the "gain" to be able to say, "I was in Times Square as the ball dropped." More ...
Wednesday, January 9, 2019
The song that saved a life
It’s rare that a song literally saves a life, but that was the case with actress/singer Jen Lilley’s debut single “King of Hearts.”  More ...
Wednesday, January 9, 2019
A peaceful 2019 to you
No matter where we look, peace is a rare commodity. How then can the new year be more peaceful? More ...
Monday, January 7, 2019
Ten pockets of prayer for the new year
January dawns, fresh and clean. The beginning of a new year. More ...
Thursday, January 3, 2019
My top 10 books in spirituality for 2018
This year I will restrict myself to focusing only on books that deal explicitly with spirituality, notwithstanding some very fine novels and books on social commentary that I read this year. More ...
Thursday, January 3, 2019
It's OK to start 2019 with you
I’ve always appreciated the notion of self-care in an Oprah Winfrey, hot-baths-and-expensive-chocolates kind of way.  More ...
Monday, December 31, 2018
An idea for a New Year's resolution
One of the best ways to be faithful to the Lord is to take him at his word: “Be not afraid.” More ...
Monday, December 31, 2018
A hopeful journey for 2019
Returning to Ordinary Time each January, after the Christmas season, can be a bit of a letdown. More ...
Thursday, December 27, 2018
A new St. Nicholas to gather us to hearth and home
Every Christmas, we tell our children the legend of St. Nicholas, who put gold coins in the stockings of three poor young women who were unable to get married without a proper dowry. It seems like this simple act of charity is lost on them though as they tear into the candy, gum and toys that fill their own stockings. More ...
Monday, December 24, 2018
You can count on me

My husband and I raised three kids in Alaska. It was a great place to live, but it was a long way from our families in the Midwest and on the East Coast. So when Christmas rolled around, we started out attempting the "I'll be home for Christmas" thing.

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Monday, December 24, 2018
Engagement: One long advent
Much like Advent, engagement is supposed to be a time of joyful anticipation and preparation. "Supposed to" is the operative phrase More ...
Friday, December 21, 2018



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