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Fascination

Fascination The year that I graduated from the eighth grade, my mom wasn’t doing very well. Her mind was fractured by mental-health problems, and I begged my Aunt Sally to let me come and visit for the summer. I still remember how she paused at my request, and then said, “You can come, but you have...
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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Giving God the glory

Giving God the glory Since I retired about 21 months ago, I’ve been having a lot of fun. One of the first things I did was join an exercise class for seniors. I love my classmates, and I have come to admire them for their energy and their spunk. They certainly aren’t going gently into that good night. I tur...
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Thursday, October 19, 2017

The God of Power and Glory

The God of Power and Glory A dear friend and I were talking recently, and she said, “All of my life I’ve prayed to the God of Power.” We sat in silence for a moment, and then she continued, “The God who had the power to answer all of my prayers.” Again, silence. We looked at each other, and then...
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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Mother Mary

Mother Mary I thought my day was going to be filled with worry about the sudden decline of my 14-year-old dog. And then I heard the siren. I live in the city, so the sounds of sirens usually don’t disrupt my day. This one was different. It stopped at the house next door, and we soon realized that death h...
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Thursday, August 17, 2017

The elderly women of the Church

The elderly women of the Church It had been a year, and so we gathered to pray and remember a life well lived. The four of us sat at the kitchen table, which was filled with pastries and fruit and white votive candles. The widow was quiet as we began our prayer service. We started by remembering her husband, his life and his goo...
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Thursday, July 20, 2017

I'll never get over it

I'll never get over it I think I’ve been doing it all wrong. Have you ever had someone tell you a horrible story about betrayal or abandonment? Have you had someone share a memory about duplicity or treachery or disloyalty? Have they talked about severe abuse or neglect? And at the end did they say “I’l...
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Thursday, June 29, 2017

The name Mary

The name Mary When I was a small girl, it was a burden to have the name Mary Ann. I was named after my paternal grandmother and my maternal great-grandmother, and I struggled under the weight of such an adult name. I preferred the nickname “Mamie” which my dad used or “Mamie Ann” which my...
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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Painting and Patience

Painting and Patience About six months ago, when I was attending a birthday party for my grandson, I started talking to a young woman who is quite an accomplished artist. I was asking her questions about her work when my son Michael walked up, put his arm around my shoulder, and said, “My mom does watercolors.R...
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Thursday, April 20, 2017

The family language

The family language She’s a lovely young woman teaching kindergartners now, but 25 years ago she was a delightful toddler sitting in the back seat of the family sedan. When she was asked where she would like to go for dinner, she answered in her precious little voice, “Let’s just see where the car ta...
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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

His favorite

His favorite Years ago, Erma Bombeck wrote a column explaining to her three children why each one of them was her favorite. She told her oldest child that “I’ve always love you best” because “you were the first miracle . . .  the fulfillment of young love, the promise of our infinit...
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Thursday, February 23, 2017