Category: On Life and Writing

Comfort Ye – Handel’s Messiah

 December 1, 2022

One of my holiday traditions is to listen to Handel’s Messiah at the beginning of Advent. I’ve been doing this since high school when my brother gave me a vinyl recording of it. It combines two of my favorite things: exquisite music and the words of the prophet Isaiah. This year as I listened, I […]

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Thankful for the Little Things!

 November 24, 2022

When I was raising my children, it was the little things that drove me to distraction. The attempt to come up with semi-nutritious meals three times a day, seven days a week. Making sure my children had clean clothes to wear (though whether they matched or not was another thing). Taking care of sick children […]

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Surrounded by Mountains – Mountain Home, Idaho

 October 26, 2022

“I lift my eyes to the mountains,” has been my prayer over the past few weeks as I’ve been surrounded by mountains in Mountain Home, Idaho. Each morning I enjoyed looking at the mountains in the distance as I walked, praying those words, as well as reflecting on the words, “As the mountains surround Jerusalem, […]

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Popes I’ve Known

 August 23, 2022

Let me begin by saying, no, I’ve yet to meet any pope. However, as a life-long Catholic and one in ministry in the church throughout my adult life, I am acquainted with the popes of my generation, as well as previous generations. As a Catholic, I’m aware that popes, even though they live far away […]

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When Body and Spirit Go in Opposite Directions

 August 5, 2022

We are bodily spirits. I’ve often read of the need for the body and spirit to align. We are told we need to listen to our bodies as well as our spirit. But what do you do when your body and spirit go in opposite directions? The Spirit is Willing … I don’t want to […]

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What Would I Do If I Didn’t Read?

 June 7, 2022

I’m on the elliptical at Planet Fitness chatting with a new friend. When she asked me what I did, I told her I was a writer. To which she replied, “Oh, I don’t read.” I thought to myself, “Is that possible? How could someone not read?” Now let me clarify. This is not someone who […]

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Waiting for God

 May 31, 2022

Mom stood there, holding onto her walker, agitated, afraid, lost, unwilling to sit down. “Sit down, Mom. We’re fixing snacks,” I tell her but she doesn’t sit down. “Where am I?” she repeats. When I try to explain, she keeps saying, “I don’t understand.” I tell her, “We’re at Vista,” Mom’s retirement community. However it […]

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The Vagaries of Spring in Michigan

 May 11, 2022

I’ve lived in Michigan all my life. I’m well aware of the vagaries of spring in Michigan. And yet, every spring I struggle just the same. The calendar says spring starts March 20. We all know the lie in this. There is still snow yet to fall, even a late March or early April snowstorm. […]

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What are the Benefits of Writing a Spiritual Journal?

 April 29, 2022

Writing a journal is generally recognized as a helpful, healing, process. This can take many forms from a daily diary, a dream journal, a gratitude journal, a travel journal or an artistic journal. However, what is the difference between these journals and a spiritual journal? And what are the benefits of writing a spiritual journal? […]

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Who Was Worse? Judas or Pilate?

 April 8, 2022

This Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week. Christians throughout the world will be remembering the last days of Jesus’s life, leading to his death and resurrection. These are high holy days for the Christian community as we retell the old, old, stories which include a vast array of characters. Stories need villains to make […]

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