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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Announcing the Winners

Posted by on Sep 29, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Announcing the Winners

Drumroll please…

The winners for the Super Girls and Halos giveaways are right here!!!

Brenna  won the Wonder Woman plush doll! How fun! @shellysmas

and…Heather Renshaw won the Original Wonder Woman t-shirt @realcatholicmom! Thank you to the Nerdy Catholic Tees company for the awesome shirt!

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seeking the sun

Posted by on Apr 9, 2017 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

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My husband recently observed that I’ve taken to gardening after decades of killing every houseplant in sight, mostly because they were out of sight, and thus, out of mind. I quipped that I didn’t need to keep three children alive and could focus on the plants now.

I admit this is a most relaxing and enjoyable way to spend a morning. And the bonus is that I get pretty flowers and luscious fruit.

I’m not necessarily doing it for the health benefits. I mean, I don’t really do much exercise — but lugging around bags of potting soil might have some benefits, no?

I’m really taken by how the flowers seek the sun. I knew this, but to see it in practice is pretty cool. I’ve even managed to resuscitate an orchid. It is slowly wrapping it’s stem around the stake. Fun!


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a monday prayer

Posted by on Feb 6, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on a monday prayer

St. Francis of Assisi

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daring to follow the path

Posted by on Dec 27, 2016 in Uncategorized, Weekly Photo Challenge | Comments Off on daring to follow the path

This week’s photo challenge, path, takes me down an unusual path — crossing the man-made causeway at the Brough of Birsay in the Orkney Islands. It was an exercise in patience, as we had to get a list of the tides and schedule our visit around low tide. It was worth the wait. We couldn’t get enough of the history of places such as this…I feel like traveling through Scotland the way we did, staying in places for several days at a time, gave us a taste of the present day, and a yearning to learn more of the past.

We often think of our lives as filled with paths — choices taking us down unique adventures looking toward the future. This vacation was both, as John and I made new memories for ourselves as we went down paths to the past that shaped the future. That’s a lot of time travel there. 🙂

Here’s some more from our visit:

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on this Solemnity of the Annunciation…

Posted by on Apr 4, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on on this Solemnity of the Annunciation…


I was going to inundate you with a million stained glass window pictures I’ve taken over the years. But then I thought better of it. Then again, I might change this to a slide show later.

It’s an important day, after all. This picture, taken on a wintery visit to the Boston area a few years ago is a favorite because of the teal colors. It shows the angel Gabriel appearing to Mary with the message that she will bear the Son of God.

In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary. And coming to her, he said, “Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you.” But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High,* and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father, and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” But Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?” And the angel said to her in reply, “The holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God. And behold, Elizabeth, your relative, has also conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren; for nothing will be impossible for God.” Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her. Luke 1:26-38

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