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Sharing Our Struggles

I didn’t want to go Mass this weekend. In the spirit of full disclosure, I did not go to Mass last weekend. … more

Casting Light on Darkness

Woe to the shepherds who mislead and scatter the flock of my pasture, says the Lord…You have scattered my sheep and driven them away. You have not cared for them, but I will take care to punish … more

Knowing When to Say When, In Pottery and Life

Last Wednesday night, as I was getting ready to head out to my fourth pottery class, I felt tired, uninspired and, quite frankly, ready to grab any excuse to skip class. But, after waiting several … more

Feet First in a Journey to God

If eyes are the windows to the soul, I think feet may be the doorway to all understanding. That revelation came to me recently when I was in the front pew of my parish church in upstate New York. I … more

Rome Moments

When we returned from a weeklong family trip to Rome, several friends asked me to name the one monumental moment from the trip, the standout thing that made the visit. Was it seeing our son, Noah, … more

‘A Lesson to Love in Spite of It All’

A few weeks ago, I took my daughter, Olivia, to see a production of “Les Miserables” in a beautiful old theater not far from our home. The show had been a favorite of mine back in the 1980s, when … more

Seeking Easter’s Hope Amid Lenten Sorrows

I stood in the upstairs hallway of our home recently, hugging my 12-year-old daughter, who was finally expressing outwardly the fears that must have been churning inside her for a day or so in the … more

Seek the Divine in Daily Moments

I am not in the regular rotation when it comes to walking our rescue dog, Jake, especially at night. Dennis and Olivia handle most of the dog-walking duties in our household. But one recent Saturday … more

Resolving to Evolve With the Spirit

We were debating the merits of the latest Taylor Swift album with our teenage daughter one Saturday morning recently, when the conversation morphed into a larger discussion on the way people in … more

We Are One

We live in a divided world, where our differences are driving a wedge between us, creating an ever-widening chasm that threatens to cut us off from each other completely. Or so it seems. When we … more

Saying Thank You

Tis the season to give thanks, but what if we change things up a bit this time around? It could be a gratitude throw down of epic proportions, if we all make an effort. We already know that counting … more

‘For Those Who Are in the Process of Dying…’

I was recently sitting in a log-cabin chapel on a beautiful lake in the lower Adirondack Mountains when the woman next to me offered a prayer intention during Mass: “For all those in the process of … more

A Dose of Spiritual Medicine From a Wise Trappist Monk

The past few months have been quite a spiritual roller-coaster for me due to an experience in early summer that pushed me past the breaking point. I couldn’t even bring myself to attend Sunday … more

Sometimes Our Kids Know What’s Best

Dennis and I were sitting around the kitchen table one morning talking with our son, Noah, who is home from college for the summer and working full time for the Diocese of Albany. Although he lives … more

Taking a Vacation From Technology

I was scrolling through my Facebook feed this week when a headline made me pause—and click: “I almost let my journalism job destroy my marriage. Don’t make the same mistake,” it read. … more

Art and Life

When I was young, I bought into the notion that I was not good at art, that we were not good at art, as if it were possible to classify an entire gene pool as bad at any particular thing. But the … more

Blessings in the Middle of It All

One recent Saturday, my oldest and dearest friend posted on Facebook that she was at the hospital waiting to get a blood transfusion—her second in about a week’s time—to try to restore some of … more

Grace Notes From a Far-off Friend

I’ve been in desperate need of some grace these days. So much so, that I pulled a tarnished silver necklace bearing the word “GRACE” out of my jewelry box and looked up a DIY silver … more

‘Shining Like the Sun’

I was standing in the dressing room of Lord & Taylor recently, waiting outside a closed stall door as Olivia tried on dress after dress in the elusive search for the perfect prom attire. As I … more

Wisdom’s ‘Slow Burn’

Every once in a while, something happens that gives me pause and makes me take note of the ways I am aging. I attempt to open a bottle of apple juice and find myself struggling to budge the screw cap … more
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