The Threat of a Listener

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I’m catching on to why its so unsettling to be in the presence of chatty elderly women. Its because I like to do and there is nothing to be done beyond my presence. In my discomfort I default to what is most familiar, silence, and listening. Here is the problem. When you’re dealing with someone who is a good [Read More...]

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Short at One End Coming to Christ

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I’m still trying to find my place as a pray-er among the residents at the women’s care facility. As an introvert and hermit, and with what little social skills I possess, the challenge is large. I had been given a list of names of the women who are Catholic and ambled to each room to [Read More...]

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Wilting in the Bright Light of Annie’s Need

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Exiting my car at the women’s care facility, I saw there were plastic grocery bags sitting atop a picnic table, in the shady end of the lot. Within them were dozens of perennials that had been dug from someone’s garden. The bags were crumpled, the cardboard boxes were warped, and the plants they contained were [Read More...]

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Intimacy Relearned

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A pair of Mourning Doves rested beside the massive zucchini leaves near the bird bath. They cooed, crouching in the warm soil, and rubbing their heads along each others beak and neck. Scratching the soil with their feet they created a shallow divot. They tucked themselves down into the earthen bowl to lay close together, [Read More...]

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An Abrasive Solitude

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One cannot live the life of an anchorite with an expectation of companionship. The journey to draw closer to God often means a journey away from people. To bring Christ into our world is to serve others; to draw closer to God is to leave all behind. It is a paradox. The challenges I face [Read More...]

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ISIS, the Evil Simply Revealed

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No matter how I tried to write about the horrors in the Middle East, words failed me.  Still do. Those who suffered martyrdom as Christians faced the hard truth of evil, and the simple truth of the immediacy of Heaven. This video speaks volumes for those of us who cannot find words. Let us continue our [Read More...]

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Beet Red and Farm Life, Guest Post from Michelle Dawn Jones

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A delightful story from Michelle Dawn Jones, a mother and farmer in Canada. I love beets. Pickled or plain they please me. I like the greens too. My husband professes a dislike for beet greens, a fact which I can’t quite get my head around. This winter, sing the bags upon bags of beet greens [Read More...]

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Revealing of One’s True Self

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Self awareness from a pretty bird: Earlier in the spring I was blessed with two nests of cardinals in my yard. Cardinals are very territorial birds but for some reason these two families shared the space congenially. The two nests of fledglings gave way to a small flock darting about the Locust tree and flowering [Read More...]

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Summit Climbing

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I remembered being light headed and giddy. The man who had brought me to that secluded place held me tight as we leaned against the rocks of an adjoining mountainside. The air tickled my lungs in a way that a city girl—I was from Detroit—rarely experienced. There was a purity and thinness between where we [Read More...]

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Feed Me. Now!

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Mass was at a church that had been reclassified, rather, to use the Bishop’s words, “suppressed” as an Oratory. After a priest created a rift in the faithful the number of parishioners had dropped. The decline in the worshipping community never regained its former attendance.  I sat back and lifted the kneeler having offered the [Read More...]

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