Cloudy Skies and Ivy


Iphone photos from the  roads where I walk.            … [Read more...]

Compensating for the Limits of Google Translate

"I've got to be honest with you, sometimes we just sit and look at each other," Pedge said. She was taking me to meet her friend Sehla, a Kurdish refugee from Syria that she sponsors through Catholic Charities.I love hearing Pedge talk about Sehla, her experiences as a refugee, about how she responds to her new American life and their burgeoning friendship. I count on Pedge, maybe too much, to make friends and share them with me, so I'd been asking her to take me to meet her for weeks."I … [Read more...]

Beyond School Spirit: When Love is the Only Reason to Play


My son's last soccer game was this weekend. It's a league of 12-15 year olds who did not start playing soccer at the age of two, or perhaps they did and had little talent for it, or perhaps they're quite good, but get little play on the school team because soccer has become one of the most competitive and populous sports of middle class suburbia.The team plays "academy style," splitting into two groups at the start of each game to compete against each other, half of them donning a yellow … [Read more...]

Wounded Survivors and Invasive Species


So I've been doing the research, the reading, the prayers, the experimental living, and I've come to the conclusion that this is going to be OK if I just live for my kids and my husband and try to make a happy life for them.Sometimes you're thinking about petting the dog, but you know that if you do, you're hands will stink, and you'll get fur all over your clothes, but to heck with it. You might as well go for it, and enjoy the dog, because when he's happy, he's not chewing up your shoes, … [Read more...]

Oh, Eden!

  “You are exactly where you need to be. You chose correctly. There is nothing better than what God has given you: your family, your kids, your home. There is NOTHING better. Your life is Eden, and the Devil loves to make you think there is something more. That’s how he tempted Eve, and how Eve lost paradise.” Photo Essay Here … [Read more...]

“Still You Do Not Know Me?”

One of my boys made his First Communion yesterday, and he tried his suit on duly in advance, got his hair cut and washed the morning of, had his father tie his tie, tacked it with a chalice pin, performed all the motions he'd rehearsed the day before, and afterwards seemed pleased and yet confounded enough to say, "I thought it might be different."As if thunder might crash, or the veil might be lifted, or a great voice from on high would announce, "You have now received the Lord." The … [Read more...]

The Desires of Your Heart


When God gives you the desires of your heart, it's not kosher to complain that the food was slightly less good than anticipated, or that the view from your hotel room could have been better. You don't complain that the kids seem to be doing TOO well without you, or that living in the lap of luxury, with no commitments other than lounging on the beach of the Atlantic in perfect weather, makes you feel restless rather than restful.These things are not done. So I will say that the "bleisure" … [Read more...]