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How I Learned a New Way to Pray

How I Learned a New Way to Pray

Like many Catholics, I am extremely uncomfortable at the thought of extemporaneous praying.  Fortunately, I am married to a former Protestant who excels at it and is happy to preside over any occasions (Thanksgiving, for example) when it seems called for. My husband...

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Iris, Resurrected

Iris, Resurrected

Mima--my maternal grandmother--loved working in her yard.  In my mind's eye I see her kneeling in front of her porch, setting out marigolds and impatiens in the rich black dirt she'd bought at Kmart.  Later she'd move to the bed by the street, where the peonies and...

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A Front Row Seat

A Front Row Seat

I'm blessed to still be a member of the very parish in which I was baptized as an infant.  Most of the past nearly 50 years of Sundays have found me sitting (standing and kneeling) in a pew at Immaculate Conception Church.  And like most Catholics, I'm usually in the...

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Things I Like about ME

Things I Like about ME

Five years ago, I participated in an exercise in which bloggers were challenged to post a list of what they liked about themselves.  The premise was that most women are a lot better at self-criticism than self-praise, that we are always focused on the ways in which we...

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The Lent I Needed

The Lent I Needed

My plans for Lent were modest as such things go, but Ash Wednesday wasn't even over before that old adage: "Man plans, God laughs," came into my head. Y'all, it's hard not to feel you are failing at Lent when you can't even make it to Ash Wednesday Mass to get ashes....

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My Catholic Uniform

My Catholic Uniform

We'd often run errands on the way home from school when I was a little girl.  That meant we'd be spending the afternoon in red plaid jumpers.  And if we got into mischief while our mother was shopping, she'd pull us aside and sternly remind us that we were wearing our...

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Why I Blog

Why I Blog

I thought about having a blog for years before I finally started one.  My first attempt had exactly two entries.  Nothing I thought of saying seemed important enough to share with the internet.  I would stare at my screen, paralyzed, and the words would not come....

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FREE 12×8 Canvas Print: Sponsored

Just jumping off of politics for a minute to offer you a fun deal for Christmas.  Obviously, this is a sponsored post and I will be receiving a free product in exchange for my participation which I will review honestly after I receive it. If you would like to take...

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Good People?

Good People?

My high school French teacher, Sister deLellis, had a favorite saying that popped into my head today: "Tell me who you go with and I'll tell you who you are." For the past year, many of my friends who termed themselves reluctant Trump supporters assured me repeatedly...

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October Is Respect Life Month

October Is Respect Life Month

I decided recently to update and re-release some of my pro-life posts in honor of Respect Life Month.  In order to make them easier for new readers to find, I'm including links to them here. I hope to continue to add to this page so that it will eventually contain one...

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What Labor Day Means to Me

What Labor Day Means to Me

When I was a little girl, Labor Day meant watching Jerry Lewis, waiting to hear our names called out on the telethon for our donation.  It meant fried chicken and deviled eggs and buttermilk ice cream at my cousins' house.  Later it became the day that my cousin and I...

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Blessed are the Merciful

Blessed are the Merciful

I didn't write anything about how awful people were when the little boy fell into the gorilla enclosure.  I didn't say anything about how quick people were to judge the poor parents whose child was killed by the alligator.  What finally put me over the edge were the...

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Lovely Tidbits #2

Lovely Tidbits #2

You'd think I could manage to find a few minutes a week to join in this easy and fun linkup hosted by my friend Cristina or Handmaid Embroidery.  <Sigh> How wrong you would be!  I am finding it more and more difficult to carve out any time to do what I want...

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50 Years:  A Birthday Story

50 Years: A Birthday Story

So I haven't blogged for a long time.  Because birthdays.  Most specifically, this year was my husband's 50th birthday, which he had been anticipating for some time.  We had a special party, and I thought I would share some pictures of the big event. [gallery...

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All I Want for Christmas Is Books, Books, Books

All I Want for Christmas Is Books, Books, Books

Even when I was a little girl who still enjoyed getting toys for Christmas, I also looked forward to receiving books.  Then as a teenager I remember enjoying Christmas night, after all the festivities were finished, finally getting to lie on the sofa to read whichever...

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Advent Memories

Advent Memories

I’m a Catholic school veteran—16 years all told.    I sent my three oldest children to the same parochial grade school I attended.  Catholic schools have Religion class every day along with Math, English, and Social Studies, and that’s great—but what’s even better are...

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Love and Fear

Love and Fear

Unless all your Facebook friends think exactly like you, your newsfeed is probably like mine right now--completely polarized on the issue of admitting Syrian refugees to the United States. On one side are those who believe that terrorists will take advantage of the...

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Giving Thanks in All Circumstances

In the fifth grade, we were assigned to present short plays adapted from books we had read.  My best friend asked me to appear in her scene from Corrie ten Boom's The Hiding Place. Corrie and her family were members of the resistance in Holland during World War I, and...

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Back on the (Literal) Treadmill

Y'all know I've made some serious efforts to get in shape to improve my health over the past couple of years.  And like most people, I've had ups and downs in the journey!  I haven't fallen off the wagon completely, but we haven't walked as often, I've eaten more...

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Home To Me

I'm excited to be participating in the Home to Me blog hop hosted by These Walls.  You can find a link to each participant's blog and the dates they are posting right here. I hope you will follow along!

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My Forever Home

My Forever Home

You can never go home again, but the truth is you can never leave home, so it’s all right. - Maya Angelou  You can't go home again isn't just metaphorical for many people.  The first home I ever knew--the married student housing apartments where I lived with my...

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Autumn Gardening

You may have noticed my more regular posting schedule lately, because it's November and I am once again participating in NaBloPoMo.  That means a post per day.  And it's hard, VERY hard, for me to find the time. So today I'm posting a few pictures, and writing a...

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Birthday Girl

Tomorrow Lorelei, our baby, will turn 11.  True to her birth order, she's very much still the "baby" of the family, although she is surprisingly capable if no one is around to baby her. Lorelei is homeschooled, and thus somewhat sheltered from a culture that pressures...

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My Sunday Photo

This photo is special to me for a couple of reasons.  The icon was a Christmas gift from my daughter.  I suppose it's meant as a Christmas decoration but I love it too much so I keep it out all year.  The candle holder is a new one meant to fit the peacock theme we...

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