Blog

What I Read in February

What I Read in February

I managed to read eight books in February, so still above my goal. Two Kinds of Truth by Michael Connelly Once again, Harry Bosch is too damn decent for words. He's been more or less kicked out of the LAPD so he's working cold cases in another jurisdiction for free...

read more
What I Read in January

What I Read in January

Twelve Books! This is five books over my new monthly foal and almost a record. A trip to the used book store, a sudden desire to re-read a favorite childhood series, and extra time available due to the holidays made this feat possible. The Fifth Witness by Michael...

read more
Ten Great Reads from 2023

Ten Great Reads from 2023

In both 2022 and 2021 when I started these monthly book posts, I read 76 books. In 2023, I read 103! I have a feeling I neglected other areas of my life to read that much. I had set a reading goal of six books per month. Although I missed that goal two times, I...

read more
12 in 2023: A Year in Pictures

12 in 2023: A Year in Pictures

Welcome to my yearly roundup of my favorite/best/most meaningful photos from the year gone by, something I've been doing for over ten years now.  I'll explain my rationale for choosing each photo as we go. I hope you enjoy seeing them as much as I enjoyed choosing...

read more
What I Read in December

What I Read in December

Eight books this month--not bad with Christmas in the mix! I finished my Patricia Cornwell re-read when I received her latest for Christmas and I will recap those below. She has another book due out in October but I will content myself with maybe re-reading just her...

read more
On the Feast of Stephen

On the Feast of Stephen

This was my last post for the Diocesan.com Inspire Daily feature of the MyParish app.  I appreciated the opportunity but ultimately had to cut back on some commitments because life is hard, y'all.  You can find all my Inspire Daily posts here. Yesterday was a joyful...

read more
What I Read in November

What I Read in November

I read 11 books this month but I was rather single-minded in my choices so this will be a short review! As I did last time I will sum up some thought on the TEN Patricia Cornwell books I re-read after I list them all. Predator by Patricia Cornwell Book of the Dead by...

read more
What Dreams May Come

What Dreams May Come

Modern dream interpretation is based on psychology and our understanding of the unconscious mind. If I were going to take a shot at interpreting Nebuchadnezzar’s dream as Daniel does in today’s first reading, I would suggest that he fears the loss of his power, that...

read more
What I Read in October

What I Read in October

FIFTEEN BOOKS! Now that indeed is a record and demands an explanation. I learned last month that Patricia Cornwell would be releasing a new book in November. So I thought it would be fun to re-read all her books in order. Yes, I own them (many soot-stained) and yes...

read more
Spirit-Led Sabbath

Spirit-Led Sabbath

When I was a little girl I read all the Little House on the Prairie books over and over. I remember being deeply impressed by the rules for Sabbath behavior back in those days. Not only was nonessential work forbidden, any sort of fun was too. Children who resisted...

read more
Preparing the Way

Preparing the Way

God delights in us because He loves us. We do not need to do anything to earn His love—in fact, there is nothing we COULD do to earn it. But how can we thank him? How can we praise Him? How can we share this gift of love with others? Read the rest at the link below or...

read more
What I Read in August

What I Read in August

This month's nine-book total is brought to you courtesy of a trip to McKay's to pick up quick reads from my favorite authors and an extended trip to Nashville to drop my baby off for her first year at Belmont University! Original Sin by JT Dwyer This is the second...

read more
A Life Ruled by Fear

A Life Ruled by Fear

I first encountered the story of the Passion of St. John the Baptist in the Bible I received from my godparents when I made my First Holy Communion.  I sometimes think I am remembering wrong because the horrifying picture of his head on a platter seems like an image...

read more
What I Read in July

What I Read in July

I exceeded my goal for July, partly because the reads I chose were quicker and partly because I had a weekend "away" (that means alone in a hotel downtown) which gave me some extra time! Blink and We'll Miss It by Ginny Kochis This is a YA novel, the author's first,...

read more
Promises To Keep

Promises To Keep

I like to think that Martha and Mary are modeling different spiritualities, both equally valid: Mary is contemplative, Martha is active, but both are faithful. Both believe in Jesus as the fulfillment of God’s covenant. Read the rest at the link below or on your...

read more
What I Read in June

What I Read in June

This has not been the summer I had hoped it would be. It's been busy and stressful instead of relaxing, which is why I only have five books to share for June. Pleading Guilty by Scott Turow I hate to say it but I really did not care for this book. Especially I hated...

read more
By Their Fruits

By Their Fruits

“By their fruits you will know them,” we read in the Gospel.  “ . . .[E]very good tree bears good fruit, and a rotten tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a rotten tree bear good fruit.” Is a faith nurtured primarily by media slanted in one...

read more
What I Read in May

What I Read in May

May was a mostly easy reading month. We took a trip to the local used book store and I grabbed a few books from my favorite authors. As you may know by now, I enjoy thrillers that I don't want to put down and can read in a day or two. Motive by Jonathan Kellerman...

read more
A Tale of Three Evangelists

A Tale of Three Evangelists

I have mentioned before that my favorite Gospel stories involve Peter, my favorite saint. I love Peter because he is relatable. He is human and makes mistakes, some bigger than others. Yet Jesus chose him to lead the Church, because of his great faith. That gives me...

read more
What I Read in April

What I Read in April

Oh, dear. How embarrassing. Can you believe I only read THREE books in April? Emma by Jane Austen I'd never read this although Lorelei had been begging me to for years. Then I found out that Haley Stewart was running a Jane Austen book club, so now I will be reading...

read more
Hearing God’s Voice

Hearing God’s Voice

In the stories of Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, Noah, Abraham, Esau and Jacob, Moses and others God was always talking to His people. Right out loud! I was fascinated. Why did God talk to them? I wondered. When did He stop talking to people? And especially, why...

read more
What I Read in March

What I Read in March

As I mentioned in my last post, I am writing this months after I read these books (but editing the publishing dates), and I find myself surprised at how well I was keeping to my goal. Probably the fact that Spring Break fell in March accounts for my having had enough...

read more
Hope in the Desert

Hope in the Desert

He tells them he will be leaving, and he says no one can follow him. To those who had left everything to follow him already, and who loved him, those statements would surely have occasioned great distress. And then he adds that not only can they not follow, but rather...

read more
What I Read in February

What I Read in February

It's been (and remains) a very busy year. A lot has fallen by the wayside, especially my blogging. I am writing this in July (although I am editing the publishing date to keep things neat), where I am currently ensconced in a downtown hotel attempting to catch up....

read more
What I Read in January

What I Read in January

SIXTEEN BOOKS! Is that even possible? What on earth have I NOT been doing so that I could spend that time reading? There was a time in my life where I routinely read a book every day or two. But that's been a long time ago. Granted, January is always a great month for...

read more
A Cloud of Witnesses

A Cloud of Witnesses

I first encountered St. John Bosco as a second- or third-grader, in one of the old Catholic readers that even then were going out of fashion. We read that he used juggling and acrobatic feats as a way to attract the attention of street children so that he could share...

read more
What I Read in November

What I Read in November

I am back on track this month with seven books read--though a couple of them were pretty quick reads. I can't wait to dive into all the books I expect to get for Christmas! First up is Black Beauty by Anna Sewell. I picked up this copy at a flea market. It's the very...

read more
Let Us Go Rejoicing

Let Us Go Rejoicing

Weeks are long and weekends are short. Life is hard and we are so busy, so tired. Catching up on household chores, sleeping in, trying to have a little fun with family or friends—for many of us there is so much we want to do or need to do that a weekend never seems...

read more
Let’s Talk about Thanksgiving

Let’s Talk about Thanksgiving

You know the story of the first Thanksgiving. You probably acted it out in school--maybe more than once--complete with Pilgrim hats and feathered headdresses. It is immortalized on your serving plates, your seasonal decorations, and your holiday sale catalogs....

read more
What I Read in October

What I Read in October

Remember how sulky I was last month about having only read three books? Well, I made up for it this month! A major reason for this is that my daughter and I went to a Friends of the Library book sale and I bought so many books at rock bottom prices that I needed a...

read more
Our Patient Father

Our Patient Father

People love to make fun of the songs we sang at church in the early 1970s, but I was a little girl then and I remember many of them fondly. Today’s Gospel took me back to that time instantly, to the refrain of a  song written by Medical Mission Sister Miriam Therese...

read more
What I Read in September

What I Read in September

Y'all, I am so late with this post that I missed the linkup! But I'm  posting anyway because I want to remember what books I read and I am sure you were all waiting breathlessly to read about them. 😉 And the reason I am late is SO LAME. My post was erased, and I...

read more
In the Sight of the Angels

In the Sight of the Angels

I remain a parishioner at the church where I was baptized 55 years ago, meaning I have spent well over 2,000 Sunday mornings there. As a child, my mind and my eyes tended to wander, and the stained glass windows provided both entertainment and enlightenment, as they...

read more
What I Read in August

What I Read in August

August was NOT a reading month, y'all. Among other things (and aren't there always other things?), Lorelei started her Senior year of high school, William started his fifth semester of college, and we moved my father across town. Lorelei now has a 7 a.m. class (AP...

read more
Seeking Humility

Seeking Humility

In a world obsessed with social media, many of us judge our worth by how often our posts are liked or shared by others, hoping to go viral, obsessively checking our phones throughout the day when we think we have shared something exceptionally profound or amusing....

read more
What I Read in July

What I Read in July

I finished my sixth book with just a day to spare and made my six book goal for July. You would think I would have an easier time meeting my goals in the summer but that has not seemed to be the case. Master of Middle-Earth by Paul H. Kocher I picked this up on...

read more
Potter and Clay

Potter and Clay

Abba, Abba Father. You are the potter; we are the clay, the Work of Your hands . . . That is the beginning of a song I remember singing often at morning Mass when I was an 8th grader in parochial school. You probably recall the hymnal; it was ubiquitous in the early...

read more
What Are Your Idols?

What Are Your Idols?

We may not be worshipping golden statues or sacrificing people to Baal nowadays, but don’t we let attractive worldly things come between us and God? Perhaps it’s money, or power, or romance, or status, or even being right instead of being kind. You alone know what...

read more
My Favorite Reads of 2021

My Favorite Reads of 2021

Since I had a reading goal for the entirety of 2021, I thought it would be fun to do a round up post of the top ten books out of the 76 books I finished.  For the most part, I am excluding old favorites which I re-read from the list. The inclusion of a book on this...

read more
What I Read in April

What I Read in April

Did I meet my reading goal? Yes, I did! Tiny Hot Dogs by Mary Giulani This is a memoir by a Georgetown alumna who wanted to be a star and ended up as caterer to the stars instead. It's a fun read that unexpectedly turns serious near the end, and it's interspersed with...

read more
Heavenly Treasures

Heavenly Treasures

Basil the Great once said: “When someone steals another’s clothes, we call them a thief. Should we not give the same name to one who could clothe the naked and does not? The bread in your cupboard belongs to the hungry; the coat unused in your closet belongs to the...

read more
What I Read in January

What I Read in January

What with Christmas Break and snow days and Covid cancellations and William's semester starting midway through the month, I had another fruitful reading month! The Grey King by Susan Cooper I continued reading this series that I began re-reading in December. This one...

read more
God’s Mysterious Mercy

God’s Mysterious Mercy

“With many such parables he spoke the word to them as they were able to understand it. Without parables he did not speak to them, but to his own disciples he explained everything in private” (Mark 4:33-34). When I read these words from today’s Gospel, I found myself...

read more
What I Read in December

What I Read in December

I think the week between Christmas and New Year's is my favorite. I got so many books for Christmas and I've had so much time to read. But I met my goal for the month long before Christmas, believe it or not--mostly because I read almost exclusively fiction! The Death...

read more
Jesus, Sun of Justice

Jesus, Sun of Justice

We all long for justice. Children are born with this innate desire—they are obsessed with fairness until their parents tell them enough times that the world is not fair.  Well, it is a fallen world so that is unfortunately true. But I have never said this to my own...

read more
When the Bad Guys Win

When the Bad Guys Win

Today’s First Reading is really satisfying, isn’t it? Imagine King Antiochus, secure in the power of his army, head full of dreams of silver and gold. He is so certain of victory that when things don’t go his way, he is dismayed. In today’s slang, we might say he is...

read more
What I Read in October

What I Read in October

I made up for last month's failure to meet my five-book-a-month goal by reading eight books this month, thanks to multiple book clubs. Think Like a Rocket Scientist by Ozan Varol This is a perfectly fine book, which I read for one of my Georgetown book clubs. It just...

read more
Let Your Light Shine

Let Your Light Shine

Today’s Gospel Acclamation exhorts us to let our light shine, and in the Gospel Jesus reminds us not to place that light under a bushel. At the end of their exile, the Israelites could not hide the light of their faith and their appreciation of the good things God had...

read more
What I Read in August

What I Read in August

I met my goal in August and have some great reads to share. Piranesi by Susanna Clarke I read this for the Fountain of Carrots book club. It's absolutely delightful. I already am wanting to re-read it so I can unpack new layers of meaning. I loved it so much that I...

read more
What I Read in June

What I Read in June

I did not read as much in June, but I did meet my goal.  Here's the breakdown: Call Down the Hawk is the first of a trilogy that follows the Raven Boys series, which I loved. My adult daughter loves young adult fantasy and I am grateful for the ones she recommends to...

read more
When Charity and Love Prevail

When Charity and Love Prevail

Charity is the theological virtue by which we love God above all things for his own sake, and our neighbor as ourselves for the love of God (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1822). I have a clear memory of myself as a little girl, pondering God and his ways. How could...

read more
What I Read in May

What I Read in May

Y'all, I read TEN books this month! I kicked it off with Anne's House of Dreams. You know, I never realized before how wildly varying in style the Anne books are. In contrast to the primarily epistolary structure of Anne of Windy Poplars and the episodic structure of...

read more
When You Became You: A Scientifically Accurate Celebration of Human Beings

When You Became You: A Scientifically Accurate Celebration of Human Beings

I have an article published in the Spring issue of Celebrate Life Magazine. Brooke and Christiane worked with a New York Times best-selling illustrator for four months, providing guidance and ideas for the illustrations. According to Brooke: “The illustrations truly...

read more
What I Read in April

What I Read in April

April was a month in which I read parts of a lot of books which I will finish and post about NEXT month. I did meet my five book goal for April though! Continuing with my re-read of the Anne of Green Gables series, I read Anne of the Island, in which Anne goes to...

read more
My Pandemic Year

My Pandemic Year

March 2020. It was the beginning of the pandemic--schools had just been shut down. Everything was strange and I was afraid. I had been walking at the park down the street from my house since the beginning of the year--I'd stop on my way to pick up the kids from school...

read more
What I Read in February

What I Read in February

I met my five-books-per-month reading goal for February, plus I read parts of lots of others.  It seems weird to think of reading as something I need to schedule, but thinking of between three and five in the afternoon (when I don't have anything pressing going on)...

read more
A Third Trip to San Francisco

A Third Trip to San Francisco

Exactly one year ago today as I write, I was enjoying my third trip to San Francisco to spend time with my middle son.  In fact, that is also where I was two years ago and three years ago today, give or take a day. This is poignant for more reason than one.  Not only...

read more
What I Read in January

What I Read in January

I set a goal this year to read five books a month.  In truth, I thought it a modest goal, since I used to read that many every week, give or take.  But it was surprisingly challenging, perhaps partly because I am only counting books I finish each month even though I...

read more
Let’s Talk about Free Speech

Let’s Talk about Free Speech

I'm seeing a lot of people online whining, frankly, about free speech and censorship and living in a communist country because President Trump got kicked off Twitter and Parler got shut down and now we'll be next and no doubt they are coming for our guns too. So I...

read more
Word of the Year and Saint of the Year

Word of the Year and Saint of the Year

It's a new year, y'all! And that means the Catholic internet is asking everyone these questions: What is your Word of the Year? Who is your Saint of the Year? If you are new to the concept I know it can sound a little strange--maybe even a little hokey! But over the...

read more
What I Read in December

What I Read in December

I did not read many books in December because Advent/Christmas.  I will be making it up in January for sure! Just before Advent, I heard about The Reed of God on multiple podcasts.  I took that as a sign to add it to my plans for Advent.  It's perfect for the season,...

read more
12 in 2020: A Year in Pictures

12 in 2020: A Year in Pictures

And now for a yearly tradition: recapping the year that just ended by sharing one photo per month.  I try to choose some of my best pictures, but sometimes I have to forgo quality in order to pick one that really captures the flavor of the month, as you will see....

read more
What I Read in November

What I Read in November

Oh, look! Here I am again, being all consistent and posting about what I read in November! Normally our book club reads something scary around Halloween, often something by Stephen King.  The above read (which we discussed outside and distanced around a crackling...

read more
My Catholic Vote

My Catholic Vote

I love voting on Election Day, but wishing to leave nothing to chance in this crazy year, I took advantage of early voting last week.  I marked my paper ballot for Joe Biden, coloring it in very carefully and staring at it for a long time afterward before I scanned...

read more
Dear Reluctant Homeschooler

Dear Reluctant Homeschooler

If you are considering homeschooling this coming semester, not with enthusiasm, but with looming dread, this post is for you. Because a lot of people who have never wanted to homeschool, who looked forward to the departure of their kids on Monday morning, whose kids...

read more
RSS
Follow by Email
Pinterest
Pinterest
fb-share-icon
Instagram