Tag: love

“Good Grace” by Hillsong United

You know when you hear a song and all the hairs stand up on your head? This one. Maybe it’s because I am feeling grateful beyond words that my friend and her family escaped disaster last week when their home caught fire. Maybe too, at the love they have been shown since. God is good. People are good. Life is good. Still. Somebody needs … Read More “Good Grace” by Hillsong United

All the Devils are Here

The idea of Satan used to be unpalatable to me. He felt mythological, fairy tale-ish. A way to scare children. But that was when I wasn’t such a good listener. Since I have tried to let God be the Alpha Dog in my life, the existence of dynamic evil is something I can’t ignore. At the risk of sounding all Jonathan Edwards, I need … Read More All the Devils are Here

Every Day is Valentine’s Day

If you and I are friends on Facebook or if you follow me on Instagram, you are more than familiar with my #everydayisvalentinesday hashtag.  You see, one day, when I least expected it, love happened. Tory and I first met in 1987, when I started junior high.  A few years later, we became closer friends during my freshman year, his junior year.  We were … Read More Every Day is Valentine’s Day

River Rule

Last week, I went on a retreat. I can’t tell you much about it because of the River Rule, which is the very coolest thing ever. So I’m going to tell you about the River Rule itself instead. There’s a village on the banks of the Zambezi river where (the story goes) once a year all the women of the village get into boats … Read More River Rule

Election Day

  Here we are. I voted and you voted and lots and lots of people have voted. Democracy has run its course. But I kind of feel like the teenager who crashed the car and then tried to cover up the big dent in the fender. It’s an exercise in futility. We can’t hide the damage. And we did it. We let it get … Read More Election Day

It’s What We Need

I don’t know what to say and I am not alone. There are only so many ways to write “Love each other” before we all start sounding like a Beatles songs, after they started doing the hallucinogenics. So instead, I want to show you something. In the Catholic church, we use a lectionary for the readings at church. The lectionary is a book that … Read More It’s What We Need

Living in the Digital Age

These past few weeks have been filled with nostalgia and dust. Lots of dust. At the age of 93, my Grandma Betty has moved into an assisted living home. Her health is touch and go, her eyesight is bad, and sometimes, she just can’t remember to eat. For us grandkids, this is devastating. Grandma Betty has lived in the same house since the 1950s. … Read More Living in the Digital Age

No Excuse for Relative Pronouns

I read a post the other day about the North Carolina transgender bathroom bill. A mom in the comments said she stood in support of the bill because her young girls shouldn’t have to see THAT. And after she took a solid challenge from other readers, she signed off by saying that we are really screwing our kids up and IT is sad. THAT … Read More No Excuse for Relative Pronouns

Put the “Be Jesus” Back

Lenten reading can be hard on your soul. It challenges and convicts. It parks your heart in the shadow of the Cross and makes you look up. I have never been good at looking up. I don’t want to see. I tell myself it is enough to know. Everything I read tells me that I’m wrong. My suffering has not been enough, although it … Read More Put the “Be Jesus” Back

Comfort Food – Lasagna

Every once in a while, I do something quite genius.  And this summer,  I had a genius moment.  I decided to cook lasagna, the same recipe I’ve used for years from Emeril Lagasse, which calls for ⅓ lb. ground beef, ⅓ lb. ground pork, and ⅓ lb. ground veal.  The store I shopped at only sold ground veal in 1 lb. packages.  So, in … Read More Comfort Food – Lasagna

Men

Last Sunday, my dear, sweet, wonderful husband was putting up the Christmas lights outside. Gabriel was helping him, which at the moment meant entertaining Annie who decided that she also wanted to “help”. They had the wiggle car scooter out and were riding it down our sidewalk, which has a bit of an incline. And my husband looked at them riding down the sidewalk … Read More Men

The Pieces of My Heart

Yesterday our pastor, Father Mike, came to talk to the adult formation class. He was supposed to have a list of questions to answer, but he left it at home. So instead, he asked “Does anyone have anything they want to ask?” One of the dads said “Sure” and opened up the can of gay marriage. At which point, most people screwed themselves down … Read More The Pieces of My Heart

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