Category Archives: Faith and Prayer

What keeps me going forward.

Reflecting on Lent in Italy at the Aversa Cathedral

“Art used to be made in the name of faith. We made cathedrals, we made stained-glass windows, we made murals.” – Julia Cameron It was Lent when we visited Italy. Perusing through my travel journal on the anniversary of our trip, … Continue reading

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To Sharon, with love, on World Down Syndrome Day #WDSD18

Sharon, if I had some crazy socks, I’d wear them. I promise you, I’ll find some to silly socks to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day. Back in 1970, when my youngest sister was born, the term used to describe her … Continue reading

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Where were the parents?

   “Where were the parents?” is a question that I have read and heard countless times, especially since the victims of Dr. Nassar, the former US Gymnastics team doctor, have taken the stand to face their attacker. The video of … Continue reading

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When your dog dies

When your dog dies… “I could give you some medication for him. It would alleviate some of the pain, but…” I knew when I hugged him that it would be for the last time. Cradled in my oldest son’s arms, … Continue reading

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Autumn, Grief and Season of Change

Life is a season of change… This morning I had the privilege of watching my granddaughters before school started. It was a “late start day,” which used to cause me some angst in the mornings. I know it messes up … Continue reading

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Remembering September 11 – Fifteen years later

Remembering September 11 – Where were you? September 11, 2001. Has it been 15 years already? It doesn’t seem possible. Apparently, it is. Our youngest was in preschool; now, she’s in her second year of college. Our granddaughters are older … Continue reading

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Thanks by accident

“This year, I am going to blog a funny story for Thanksgiving instead of the usual “I am grateful for…” I told my husband. And I got busy typing and editing a memorable family story. To share a funny accident. … Continue reading

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The Day After

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” To this day, especially in times of “disaster,” … Continue reading

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September 11: Finding the Good in the Evil

As I sit here remembering where I was on September 11, 2001, it is hard to even fathom how something so horrific happened in our nation. Like so many others, I replay the awful, tragic events of the day. I … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Memorial Day

“All gave some; some gave all.” It is Memorial Day weekend, a chance to have a reprieve from work, spend time with family, and, hopefully, enjoy some decent weather. But, Memorial Day means so much more. It is the day set aside to honor … Continue reading

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