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3 things to do on a rainy day

Posted by on Jan 8, 2018 in good for the soul | 3 comments

  1. Look out the window longingly. Sometimes I like to embrace the melancholy.
  2. Snuggle up in a warm blanket and a good book. Nobody’s feelings will get hurt if it’s just a prop for a nap.
  3. Drink copious amounts of delicious hot tea. And by tea, I mean, whatever you want, even that whisky you reserve for emergencies.
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Photo of the week: Growth

Posted by on Jan 4, 2018 in Weekly Photo Challenge | 2 comments


This week’s photo challenge is a little food for thought: growth. These lemons grew in our yard. We planted a Meyer lemon tree last year, and delighted in the blooms and little green baby lemons in spring and summer. Today, I picked the last of the lemons on the little tree. They are delightful – sweet and tart-but-not-too-tart. They are perfect to squeeze on homemade beignets (try it!) and grilled fish. Yum!

Meyer lemons are filled with goodness! Isn’t that something to strive for? Goodness? It’s the perfect time of year to ponder how we are working on our growth in all aspects of our person, especially our quest for the good. I haven’t really set out any resolutions this year, but I am on a continuing path to grow in faith.

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in with the new in 2018

Posted by on Jan 1, 2018 in good for the soul | Comments Off on in with the new in 2018

It’s a new year, and while I’ve given up on expressing resolutions these past years, it’s kind of a no-brainer that I re-examine my habits as they pertain to my health. We’ll see if it’s just bloggy lip service, but the truth is, I’m not particularly interested in being a Klingon.

That means I need to pursue some healthy LIVING, right? I’m in.

While I’m thinking about getting all healthy even though I’m in a bathrobe and lying in a recliner (I’m recovering from some surgery), I’ve had some time to examine other areas that need improvement, too. I need to foster a creative environment for myself, and I need to work on my spiritual growth as well.

It’s a tall order. Or maybe not. Maybe, I just need to do it.

Happy 2018. I hope our year is filled with health, hope, and faith.


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out with the old at the end of 2017

Posted by on Dec 31, 2017 in personal | Comments Off on out with the old at the end of 2017

Out with the old reached new heights for me when twenty minutes into The Last Jedi I got up and left the movie to cruise around the lobby to “walk off some indigestion.” I blamed The Last French Fry, never mind that prior to that mouthful of fries I ingested a whole Big Mac in about three bites.


Oh don’t judge me. You know Big Macs are smaller than ever. But I digress.

Back to the indigestion. It was getting worse, but I went back to my seat. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a position that brought me any comfort. It was opening night for the new Star Wars and I was creating a disturbance in the Force because I couldn’t sit still. I took one for the team and told John I’d wait in the car.

I thought maybe stretching out in the seat would help. He thought maybe I’d lost my mind if I thought he’d leave me writhing in pain in the car while he watched a movie. I think I managed a whimper of assent when he googled the closest emergency room.

Look y’all. I’ve had babies with nothing more than some crushed ice and a few we’ll-placed expletives. I’ve ruined my ankles by spraining them in the first half of a basketball game and starting the second half with a makeshift cast of surgical tape. I just had TWO root canals and giggled my way through it with little more than nitrous oxide and a shot or two.

I thought I was dying, and maybe I was. My gallbladder was trying to explode. When the surgeon finished and came out to talk to my husband, he mentioned gangrene.

Sooo…I’m saying goodbye to 2017 with a smile. A grateful smile, and not just because I’m recovering nicely.

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2017 was filled with some great fun and many blessings! We became regulars at church bingo. Yes, it’s true. I reconnected with a childhood friend in the early part of the year. We enjoyed many, many sunrises from our porch. Dear friends took us out in their boat and changed our perspective a bit. I had the pleasure of returning to Cuba a second time, this time to lead a professional retreat for lay ministers. We celebrated John’s 60th birthday with family and friends, and my second book with Ave Maria Press was published in the fall! Have you read it? Get Super Girls and Halos: My Companions on the Quest for Truth, Justice, and Heroic Virtue!

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podcast fun talking Super Girls and Halos

Posted by on Dec 5, 2017 in fun | Comments Off on podcast fun talking Super Girls and Halos

So grateful for my friend Lisa Hendey and this fun interview as she launches her podcast, Lisa Hendey and Friends. We had a delightful time — a charming way to share about My book, Super Girls and Halos! I hope you enjoy and follow Lisa’s new adventure!

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