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It's time to smile

It's time to smile A few months ago, anew task was added to my job that required me to leave the familiar confines of my department to go to another area of the factory to gather material. As an introvert, I am never particularly comfortable with changes that involve interaction with people with whom I am not familia...
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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Asparagus with icing

Asparagus with icing We made a June trip to South Carolina to celebrate a grandson’s fifth birthday.  We love visiting there; and our grandson, Gus, is a smart, funny and entertaining little boy!  Of course, all of our grandchildren are special; but because I don’t get to see Gus as often, I reall...
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Thursday, August 23, 2018

Praying with St. Teresa of Avila

Praying with St. Teresa of Avila As a lifelong artist who enters a zone of peace and silence while doing art, I love to see others enter this same peace and learn to use it in their prayer lives.  As God has become the center of my life, my heart has become less and less restless; and art has been a big contributor to the jou...
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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Wheat, weeds and the harvest

On the day that I decided to sit down and write this column, the Gospel for the weekday Mass was Matthew 13:24-30. It is the story of the man who sowed good seed in a field; but as he slept, an enemy came along and sowed weeds in with the wheat.  When the man’s slaves saw that weeds were...
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Thursday, August 09, 2018

The Wild Boars

The Wild Boars Have you ever had one of these moments when you were amazed by what you were seeing?  I had this experience just recently as I looked at my phone late one night and saw 12 boys and one adult calmly seated in the depths of a cavern peering into a camera.  It was so exciting, so unexpected...
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Thursday, August 02, 2018

Encountering Christ in our communities

“As I have done for you, you should also do” ( John 13:15). The scripture passage above finds its way to us during Lent as we hear Jesus’ commands to the 12 apostles during the Last Supper. Discipleship demands participation – ongoing communication with our God through the W...
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Thursday, July 26, 2018

The only house that matters

The only house that matters One hot, muggy summer evening not long ago, I bounded out the front door to retrieve our daily newspaper. As the full-glass storm door closed behind me I heard an odd flopping noise. I turned to see what was wrong with the door and, to my horror, saw a 3-foot snake dangling from the top of the door...
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Thursday, July 19, 2018

A tent, rain and s'mores

A tent, rain and s'mores I am a “girly girl.” I like nail polish, smelling nice, clean clothes and the comfort of being inside.  So I find it quite amusing that God asked me to do ministry in a summer camp for a few years and then brought an amazing, big-time camper into my life, who I eventually married.&...
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Thursday, July 12, 2018

In pursuit of wisdom

I have spent a lot of my life in reflection. In fact, one of my favorite quotes is from Socrates: “… an unexamined life is not worth living.” Reflection is something that was developed in me early as a child, and I think I came by it honestly. Literally, one of my mom’s cons...
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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Are you looking forward to the inspection?

“The reason a lot of people do not recognize opportunity is because it usually goes around wearing overalls, looking like hard work.” –Thomas Edison   This quote from Thomas Edison caught my attention because, it seems to me, it is not often that hard work is thought of as an...
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Thursday, June 21, 2018