early morning serenity

Posted by on Nov 30, 2017 in Weekly Photo Challenge | Comments Off on early morning serenity


I love watching the fisherman do their work in the serene silence of a foggy morning. They dropped their nets and drifted for a little while, long enough for a pod of pelicans to draw near. There’s a huge brown pelican nesting area near us, so when I spy the occasional small squadron of white pelicans I bring out the camera in hopes of getting a picture or two. Unfortunately, today was very foggy, and although the water was calm, and conditions were lovely (minus the fog), the lighting was not great. Still, I got a few good shots — all unfiltered and short of a little cropping, untouched. I hope the white pelicans hang around for a while!

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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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5 things I learned at a women’s conference

Posted by on Oct 24, 2017 in formidable women, good for the soul | 2 comments

5 things I learned at a women’s conference

I spent the weekend with some extraordinary women at the first EVER national WINE: Women In the New Evangelization conference in Pennsylvania. The day was filled with music, liturgy, speakers, and of course, a diverse group of women. The conference was held at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestachowa. Beautiful.

So here’s what I learned:

  1. Smiles are the best ice-breakers.
  2. We need each other.
  3. God loves us.
  4. Mary is our Mama and…
  5. You’re never too old for a pajama party.


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Virtue, Charity, and Other Pursuits

Posted by on Oct 14, 2017 in good for the soul | 2 comments

Virtue, Charity, and Other Pursuits

The Objective

I aspire to a life of virtue. I want to be holy.

I know what I need to do; the problem is that I don’t always act on what I know.

Most of the time I operate in fits and starts. I buy a new moisturizer that promises the fountain of youth, and I use it for three days and remember to use it again when I take a too-close selfie.

A great swell of enthusiasm takes me to daily Mass several days in a row, only to sleep in on the fifth day and miss the goal of going all week. I lose track of a novena somewhere along the fourth or fifth day. My mind wanders to a to-do list during a homily.

I often think there’s no way I could possibly tackle the Works of Mercy if I can’t even get through a homily. And no, it isn’t the priest’s fault (most of the time).

A recent visit with a dear friend blessed me with some great conversations about a number of things, including our pursuit of virtuous lives. We came to the conclusion that we need to work at it, need to approach it with love, and need to take baby steps for successes. We need to move with our hearts:  charity for others, and for ourselves, too.

We came to that conclusion pretty easily. I mean, that when we got to the conclusion, it felt right. And then I remembered this:

That’s my friend in the video — and I wrote the script. LOL, no wonder we came to such a brilliant conclusion.

The Plan

Every morning I wash my face, moisturize, and put on my halo-in-training nice and straight. It usually slips by the time I get to the kitchen for coffee if the dog is underfoot and I step on him. I say my prayers and spend a little time journaling. It often leads me to do a little reading about the saints.

I read a lot and write a lot, kind of like Flannery O’Connor — to figure out what I think. So why do I write so much about the saints? Because sometimes I see a little bit of myself in them, the struggles they have, and their yearning for Christ. I really do want to be holy.

And why do I keep moisturizing if the crow’s feet have sprouted into yards?

The simple answer is hope. I hope I can keep the dry spots and blemishes at bay.

I hope I grow in virtue. I put my hope in the Lord. In my salvation. In my ability to get better each day, even if it’s just keeping the halo on straight through that first cup of coffee.

Know what helps? Frequent reception of the sacraments — go to Mass. Go to Confession. Rinse. Repeat.

And moisturize!

Some Fun Stuff

Listen to Jennifer’s insights on Adventures in Imperfect Living

Watch the other episodes of That Catholic Show

And tell me, do you think the Super Girl on the cover of my book looks like Jennifer’s Super Girl in the video?



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Scale: Big and Small

Posted by on Oct 12, 2017 in Weekly Photo Challenge | Comments Off on Scale: Big and Small

Lying on the pier and looking at the sky from this perspective gave it a new scale. I feel huge in contrast with the sky, which looks tiny from this angle.

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