Posts by

critters in my back yard

Posted by on Aug 14, 2017 in fun | 0 comments

How varied are your works, LORD!

In wisdom you have made them all;

the earth is full of your creatures.

There is the sea, great and wide!

It teems with countless beings,

living things both large and small.

          (Psalm 104:25)


Ever since moving to our little paradise on the Bay of the Holy Spirit, we’ve had all kinds of friendly visitors:


raccoons, jackrabbits, squirrels,
songbirds, hummingbirds, ospreys,
pelicans, herons, box turtles,
frogs, snakes, butterflies,
crabs, catfish, dolphins, rays


and most recently, ALLIGATORS!

I’m holding out for the CHUPACABRA.


Read More

just a super chill Sunday…

Posted by on Aug 13, 2017 in scary | 0 comments


just chillin’ in the shade

…with a super chill gator looking for some shade.

I was up at dawn with my cup of coffee and journal, and spied a piece of driftwood that wasn’t exactly acting like driftwood, so I did the intelligent thing and walked out to investigate. It was the friendly neighborhood gator chilling out in the shade of the dock. He was out for some time just swimming around and doing his thing, so I took a few pictures. I think if you click on the pictures that show his body you can see the ridges on his back. What a cool place to live with such a variety of critters!

Sometimes he’d go out, and then come back in for the shade of the dock. I don’t think he’ll bother trying to come up the riprap, and of course, we left him alone, but it was exciting!

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Read More

3 things I love today

Posted by on Aug 12, 2017 in fun | 2 comments

  • rain

  • sun

  • air conditioning. on high.

how about you?

Read More

St. Clare of Assisi

Posted by on Aug 11, 2017 in courageous saints | 0 comments

Fresco at church of San Damiano, Assisi

I was born in Santa Clara, a city named after St. Clare of Assisi, and baptized in a Franciscan parish. I have great uncles who were Franciscan friars, and a grandmother who was a Third Order Franciscan. Despite this, my interest in the Franciscans never extended past perpetuating the image of St. Francis as Snow White in the garden, surrounded by the little birds and woodland creatures. I am sure that somewhere in my dozen or so years of blogging I have misquoted St. Francis, perpetuating the myth of this (in)famous quotation so often misattributed to him,

Preach the Gospel at all times. Use words if necessary.

That encompassed my entire knowledge of St. Francis of Assisi, and I knew even less about St. Clare of Assisi. It illustrates the rather tepid relationships I’ve had with the Saints throughout my life, and the gentle awakening I’ve had in the last several years that has drawn me into the stories of these holy men and women. The Saints, I must admit, have been extending their hands in friendship for years, and only now am I responding. Better late than never is no real consolation, but writing one book about the saints in my life, and then writing a second one, Super Girls and Halos, that features St. Clare of Assisi, has opened my eyes and my heart to these powerful stories of conversion, faith, and commitment to the Lord.

Behind the accounts of incredible miracles and dramatic martyrdoms exist lives of heroic virtue. This kind of heroism doesn’t require superpowers such as flying or crushing mountains. Instead, it is a quiet strength that trusts in God, and abandons all to his holy will.

In Super Girls and Halos I explore the over-the-top heroics of fictional women, such as Rey from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and explore the virtues in these women. I examine Rey’s character, and acknowledge that her strength and desire for justice in the galaxy are worthy of emulation. And then I examine the same virtue in a Saint, recognizing how grace works through her. Where Rey becomes a ray of light in her fictional universe, I discovered Clare, who was truly such a light in her life.

My favorite account of St. Clare’s trust in the Lord is recorded in the traditional image of her holding a monstrance. In the year 1240, the convent at San Damiano in Assisi and the neighboring village were under attack by Saracen mercenaries. St. Clare, ailing and sick, went to the wall of the convent holding the Blessed Sacrament, beseeching the Lord to protect them. The Saracens retreated, and the sisters and the village were spared that night.

Dear Saint Clare, pray for us, that we may shine the Light of Christ in our corner of the world.

Read More

Elemental: birds by the water

Posted by on Aug 9, 2017 in Weekly Photo Challenge | 2 comments

This week’s photo challenge takes us to earth, wind, fire, and air. My contribution covers two of the elemental challenges, air and water. You might say I capture two birds with one lens.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Read More

Pin It on Pinterest