“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.”
“I hate to turn on the news!” “It’s all bad.” “I’m off Facebook” “I can’t watch.” You’ve heard it all, and regardless of your political stance, you agree. The randomness of the catastrophes, the ugliness of the hate, and the stench of blame are disheartening. Most of us are offended by … Continue reading Feeling embattled? Calling all warriors.
True belonging is an instinctual need and is one of life’s sweetest pleasures. Where do you belong? Is it your hometown, your neighborhood, your parish? Did you belong to the popular group in high school? Or perhaps you were on the winning team that one glorious season in childhood? Maybe your sense of belonging came … Continue reading True Belonging or True to Yourself?
It was the first morning in weeks that the humidity had lifted bringing precious breathing space. On the screened porch, still in my pajamas, I stole a moment of the crispness in the air, but that was it. There was too much to get done. After the morning rush and an hour of volunteering, I … Continue reading A Weekday Lesson
Independence has energy and promise. It’s beyond rebellion. It is a feeling of motion toward an unclear, but undeniable, adventure.
Once again, I listened as an anguished mom of four complained about the schedule of her 12-year-old son’s travel baseball team. The game was two hours away on a Sunday, which was also her 8-year-old daughter’s birthday. She dared not state her frustration in front of her son but quickly took advantage of my empathy. … Continue reading Travel Team Tirade & Tips