November 12th, 2015

A Mother’s Liturgy of the Hours

I grew up with a dad who prays the Liturgy of the Hours, and as a result, the Church’s daily pockets of prayer have always held a special attraction for me. Perhaps when I am an older woman, I will live the kind of life conducive to praying the Divine Office, but for now, my own version will have to do.


Alone on the couch with a prayer

Continue reading >>

October 26th, 2015

Sanitized Childhood

I read a Curious George book to my children a few weeks ago. It was a library copy – one of the very old ones, wrapped in protective plastic with decades-old, handwritten due dates inside the front cover.

The story was typical H. A. Rey fare. The man with the yellow hat was exasperatingly clueless while George was up to no good with a family of ducks in the

Continue reading >>

October 15th, 2015

But what if you don’t feel like Wonder Woman?

After receiving my first newsletter last week, a reader sent me the following:

Your message was spot on about Wonder Woman, but sometimes I forget to do some of these things and get frustrated. I had my 7th baby in January of this year and ever since, I feel more like Horriblewoman, forgetting things, feeling overwhelmed, wanting to sign up to help out at moms groups, but winding up not

Continue reading >>

October 11th, 2011

Saving Grace

My Gold Mine post below, and people’s responses to it, have reminded me of this blog post I wrote back in 2005, about all the precious “stuff” my mother-in-law saved from Dan’s childhood. So here I am, re-posting, and remembering Dolores …

We had a quiet Thanksgiving, home on our own yesterday. Just the nine of us. Just as we had planned. With all the busy-ness of our day to

Continue reading >>

November 21st, 2009

So Let’s Start Giving

I have had “We Are the World” running through my head all day. Don’t ask me why. Maybe I heard it somewhere or maybe I caught a glimpse of a man wearing a bandana on his head all Bruce Springstein-like and my brain got the subliminal message to sing about “saving our own lives.”

I don’t know.

Finally, this afternoon I got annoyed with this particular ear worm and got

Continue reading >>

September 24th, 2009


When we were at the store today, Daniel noticed a mark on my arm.

“What happened?” he asked.

“Oh, I burned myself,” I told him. “I accidentally touched my arm to the hot cookie sheet when I was baking yesterday. It looks funny, but it really doesn’t hurt anymore.”

Daniel studied the spot and then touched it, ever so gently with the tips of his fingertips. In his soft touch

Continue reading >>

January 22nd, 2009

Small Successes

Come on over to Faith and Family Live! today to learn about new, weekly exercise in positive encouragement for mothers.

November 24th, 2008

A Fable

A hawk swooped into the hen house, narrowed her eyes at a small brown hen she found sitting in a nest box, and held her feathered head high.

“I’ve been across the world,” the hawk sniffed. “I’ve seen miles of ocean brimming with bounties of fish. I’ve seen tropical islands where bright-feathered birds sing and play. I’ve seen the world. Don’t you want to see something more than the dingy

Continue reading >>