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On being mindful

On being mindful   The first time that I heard the term “mindfulness” I also heard the word “bubbles.” Mindfulness means having an intentional focus on the present moment. The person who was explaining mindfulness to me suggested that I could learn this practice by doing something as si...
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Monday, January 26, 2015

Kelly Schaefer: Fractured but not broken

Kelly Schaefer: Fractured but not broken   Most of the people in Jasper know Kelly (Craig) Schaefer’s story by heart. In July of 1999, she was a college sophomore at Indiana University, spending a family vacation in Colorado, when a drunk driver hit the vehicle she was riding in. When she awoke in the hospital, her mother told...
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Monday, January 12, 2015

It really was a very good day

It really was a very good day   I was recently flying the friendly skies from Evansville to Chicago on my way to Phoenix. It was an easy flight, and midway the flight attendant announced the gate numbers for our connecting flights. I had a leisurely layover, and about 30 minutes before my flight was scheduled to depart, I...
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Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Longest Night

The Longest Night Sometimes, despite the tinsel and the carols, despite the fragrant wreaths and the twinkling lights, it’s hard to be festive in December.   As Catholics we all know the story of the Nativity. We know about Joseph and Mary making the arduous trip to Bethlehem, and the arrival of our King...
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Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Watching the stars past and present

Watching the stars past and present   A long time ago when I was a young girl, my dad would invite me to go outside after the dishes were done and it was dark. We would sit in the backyard on our lawn chairs and look up at the stars together. On those warm summer nights, he would talk a little about the constellations above us,...
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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Spiritual and religious

Spiritual and religious   There’s a mantra that’s been around for quite a while, and many people connect with it:  “I’m spiritual, but I’m not religious.” What does that mean? When I think of the term “spiritual,” I think of a one-on-one intimacy with the Divine. B...
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Monday, November 03, 2014

Seeking mercy and forgiveness

Seeking mercy and forgiveness   Sometimes it’s good to make a really big mistake. Not because of the pain that it causes others, but because of the incomparable mercy and forgiveness that can follow. We get so complacent, sleep-walking through our lives, thinking we are doing okay. And if we see ourselves as living o...
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Monday, October 13, 2014

Loving ALL of God's creatures

Loving ALL of God's creatures   Well, it happened again. My husband and I have two wonderful dogs, which we rescued from somewhere else. One is a beautiful cinnamon-colored Golden Retriever. She’s really lovely with her flowing locks, and she kind of knows it. Our other dog is an Australian Cattle dog. That dog is sm...
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Monday, September 29, 2014

Searching for a grateful heart

Searching for a grateful heart   It’s been a very full two weeks. We’ve had many visitors and many wonderful moments in my home. There were three adult children including a pregnant daughter-in-law, three very young grandchildren, three dogs — two are ours and one was a visitor — and we were coordina...
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Monday, September 15, 2014

Are we more alike than different?

Are we more alike than different?   We are waiting on a grandchild named Moses, and he’s coming at the end of October. Late one evening recently, his mom and dad arrived from North Carolina clutching photos from his ultrasound. Both parents-to-be were still in awe at seeing his head of hair on a high-tech television moni...
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Monday, September 08, 2014