The Italian Lilac


My great-grandparents emigrated from Italy not long after they were married; my great-grandmother had a three month old son wrapped against her chest and the oldest girl was still in nappies. Another war had broken out in their homeland, and she had known nothing but fighting since her own childhood in the late 1850’s. They [Read More...]

Thursday’s Prayer for Priests


Pope Francis’ Prayer to Mary Mother of the silence that preserves the mystery of God, deliver us from the idolatry of the present, to which those who forget are condemned. Purify the eyes of pastors with the balm of memory: that we might return to the freshness of the beginning, for a praying and penitent [Read More...]

Equus Passage 5/28

Art by Claire Stoner, 2004.

Who bends a knee where violets grow a hundred secret things shall know. ~Rachel Field God gave us the things of the earth to gladden our hearts, that through His creation we may draw closer to Him and, for a moment, restore the peace of Paradise.   (Art by Claire Stoner, 2004)   (Why Equus Passage) [Read More...]

A Sactifying Glance

It was a late spring afternoon, one of those kind of days when big clouds moved across crisp blue skies, allowing sunlight and shade to waltz around the gardens. I walked down the drive to the front lawn with my white five-gallon plastic pail in hand. I was picking up pine cones and tree litter [Read More...]

Thursday’s Prayer for Priests


Dear Lord, Hear my prayer for your priests in my life. I pray that they will persevere in their calling in the face of ridicule and hate for the sins of their brothers. I pray that they find strength in you in a world that devalues the purpose of their work, and often sees them [Read More...]

Equus Passage, May 21

Love is a direction and not the state of the soul. ~Simone Weil The experience of being loved and in loving draws me forward, into the world, into God. It restores peace and quites turmoil. Love is the direction that returns me to the heart of who I am.   (Why Equus Passage…)   [Read more...]

Browsing your Backyard (Edible Landscaping): Practical Gardening Series

Fresh produce from the garden is one of the simplest delights of summer. What’s not to like about wiping off and biting into a tomato, cucumber or sugar snap peas still warm from the sun! Many of us do not have a yard large enough for a vegetable patch or do not have the time [Read More...]

Thursday’s Prayer for Priests

Prayer to Saint Joseph for a Particular Priest Saint Joseph, I present to you this day Father (N.), priest of Jesus Christ, and beg you to be to him advocate and defender, counselor and friend. Open your heart to him as you opened your home to the Virgin Mother in her hour of need. Protect [Read More...]

Art Exhibit and My Prose

If you’re in Lansing, Michigan, my writing is part of: The 2nd Annual Spring Group Art Exhibition “For Everything There is a Season” A Juried exhibition May 15-September 12, 2013 Artist’s Reception: June 2, 2013 4:00 pm (703 E. Main St., DeWitt, MI 48820, call 517-669-8321 for additional information)     [Read more...]

Equus Passage

Equus: a horse, a beast used for carrying or pulling loads. Passage: a slow, cadenced trot executed with great elevation of the feet and characterized by a moment of suspension before the feet strike the ground. Yeah…a moment before the feet strike the ground, a brief second of suspension in the continuation of a walk. [Read More...]