Adults are a different story. We have issues. We were told that emotional struggles are a sign of weakness. We were told that the mind holds dark, shameful secrets.
A moment becomes momentous when kids go to college. We feel it in our bones.
I was never a morning person. In fact, the earlier I am expected to rise, the worse my dread of the morning becomes. The summer of 1982 was especially rough. Having just finished high school, I got a job at a collection agency stuffing envelopes every weekday in downtown Chicago. This meant that I would … Continue reading RISE AND SHINE
Jerry Seinfeld made the observation that there really is no such thing as “Fun for the whole family.” Either the kids are having fun, and the parents are miserable, or the parents are having fun, and the kids are miserable.
It’s not fair. It was a brutal, challenging winter, and now, it’s a chilly, erratic spring. Today’s warm air left me longing for more. A warmth infused with sunshine. I imagine a late morning in July when the birds have quieted down; everything is sun-soaked, and the green lawns and trees are lush. Remember that … Continue reading Uncertainty
“Whenever a man does a thoroughly stupid thing, it is always from the noblest motives.” ― Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray I love a parade, and every March, I can’t help but feel a certain pride in my Irish heritage. It is celebrated everywhere, and if you think about it, there is much to … Continue reading The Mixed Blessings of St. Patrick’s Day
“It probably takes many years of monastic practice to equal the spiritual growth generated by one sleepless night with a sick child.”