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podcast fun talking Super Girls and Halos

Posted by on Dec 5, 2017 in fun | 0 comments

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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talking Saints and Heroes across blogs

Posted by on Nov 9, 2017 in fun, Uncategorized | 1 comment

We’re talking SuperGirl Saints

I’m beyond thrilled to share with you the response to the question being by writers and readers participating in a blog tour for Super Girls and Halos: My Companions on the Quest for Truth, Justice, and Heroic Virtue.

Who is the SuperGirl Saint in your life? And what virtue has she helped you with?

My Saint SuperGirl is St Clare.  In the book, I feature her in the section on Justice — discussing the importance of giving God his due: our worship and praise. Like St Clare, I want to offer my praise and worship unconditionally and with great trust.

I’d love to know your answer to that question! Join us as we explore the virtues in those heroes we look up to in the movies (are you going to see Justice League and The Last Jedi?).

And don’t forget to click on these links to read what others are saying. You might like to take to social media and share #SuperGirlsandHalos.

 

 

 

Nov. 8  Interview with Author, Maria M. Johnson – Reconciled To You
Nov. 9 Blog Tour Stop #2 – Monica McConkey at Equipping Catholic Families
Nov. 10  Blog Tour Stop #3 – Chasing Time and Drinking Wine
Nov. 11 (Happy Veteran’s Day) Blog Tour Stop #4 – Catholic Door
Nov. 12 Blog Tour Stop #5 – Julia Harrell
Nov. 13 Blog Tour Stop #6 – The Pearl of Great Price
Nov. 14 Blog Tour Stop #7 – Training Happy Hearts
Nov. 15 Blog Tour Stop #8 – Strengthen My Heart
Nov. 16th Blog Tour Stop #9 – The Lemke Lodge
Nov. 17 Blog Tour Stop #10 – Life in Every Limb
Nov. 18t Blog Tour Stop #11 – Hail Marry
Nov. 19 Blog Tour Stop #12 – Not So Formulaic
Nov. 20 Blog Tour Stop #13 – Green Catholic Burrow
Nov. 21 Blog Tour Stop #14 – Beautiful Camouflage
Nov. 22 Blog Tour Stop #15 – Sew Many Wild Things

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critters in my back yard

Posted by on Aug 14, 2017 in fun | Comments Off on critters in my back yard

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.

 

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3 things I love today

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

  • rain

  • sun

  • air conditioning. on high.

how about you?

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Wonder Woman and the power of love

Posted by on Jun 4, 2017 in fun, reviews | 3 comments

When Snapchat knows what I want

When my husband suggested we catch the midnight showing of Wonder Woman last Thursday night, the drowsy-I-am-ready-for-PJs feeling left in a flash. I’ve been looking forward to this film most of my life even though I didn’t know it.

The film delighted the 10 year-old inside me that still comes out to play every once in a while, but it resonated so richly with me as an adult. There are a number of reasons for this, one of which is the release of my book, Super Girls and Halos in a couple of months, where I dedicate the first chapter to my love/hate relationship with Wonder Woman.

It took me thirty years to gain a deep appreciation for this strong heroine. I always thought she fell short of her potential. I blamed the writers and the illustrators, and even blamed society for its expectations. What a blame game. I look at her now with a different lens, a vision part maturity and part faith and see a reflection of myself. I certainly fall short of my potential. It’s powerful that a fictional character can produce that kind of introspection in a person. In me.

But that’s why so many of these hero stories today resonate with people, whether it’s in the Star Trek universe or the Star Wars universe. Whether you are a hardcore Marvel fan, or stand by DC Comics.

I’m sure the last thing William Marston had on his mind when creating Wonder Wonder was an incidental catechism lesson. He wanted a character that was the embodiment of love. Wonder Woman, in her 70 years of adventures, actively pursues the corporal works of mercy! As Christians we know the embodiment of Love is the Incarnation, Jesus Christ. Nevertheless, Marston gave us a character that models how we should treat others, with love and dignity.

Wonder Woman, like so many of the epic superhero stories popular in film today, bring big themes to the big screen. There’s a reason why archetypes speak to us, and it lies in the human condition. Part of that condition is the struggle between good and evil that we see played out across the board in these hero journeys.

Wonder Woman is no different. And yet, she’s completely different. She leads with love, and it’s unique enough in this genre to get attention. I won’t give away spoilers, but throughout the film we see how her desire to lead with love, to do the right thing, saves souls, whether it’s a community in danger of annihilation or a companion’s sense of self-worth. She is both brutal in her justice and tender in her mercy.

I am delighted by the excellent writing, the spectacular cinematography, the amazing special effects, and the portrayal of a modern Wonder Woman who is everywoman. I mean, if every woman had a lasso of truth and bracelets of power. But we don’t need those because we have love empowering us. It is who we are as women. We are courageous, warm, strong, sacrificial, giving, sensitive, and badass.

The world doesn’t need what women have, it needs what women are.

St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein)

Our battlefield is in the lives we lead, within our families, in the workplace, out in the world as we move through the demands of our vocations, whatever they may be. How much could we accomplish? How much could we change for others as well as ourselves if we follow Love?

 

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Peep Wars

Posted by on Apr 16, 2017 in fun | Comments Off on Peep Wars

Nothing says Easter afternoon after Mass and lunch, like a good Peep War.

Mostly because I enjoy blowing them up in the microwave.

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