Beauty Entering Winter

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The snow was yet thin on the lawn, and the gusts of wind kept birds from flight. Even the feeder remained unattended. I watched the squalls swirl past my windows. The cloud breaks to the west allowed the sun’s light to tint the falling snow. Outside the winter-white storm turned a delicate coral. The hermitage [Read More...]

Impenetrability and Stagnant Love

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The morning was dense with fog—the kind of fog so thick you can taste it when you breathe. Even stepping off the porch would be an act of faith. I would be lost between the car and the door. Rather than go into the unknown—well, to the mail box—I went back to my rooms. This [Read More...]

Seeds of Wisdom from Saints and Curious Sinners

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It’s one of my procrastination techniques. I need to get blog posts written before I get a project back from my editor that’ll need all my attention. Instead, I’m rummaging. It began innocently enough. The little cubbies of my desk were stuffed, layered with dust and tiny paper tabs from spiral notebooks that looked like [Read More...]

Quandary of Self Loathing

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In Luke 10:27 a young lawyer answers Jesus with a statement that has convicted me throughout adulthood: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” The loving heart, soul, mind and body [Read More...]

In the Shadow of Birds

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I did not see the migrating birds as they flew past, nor did I hear their calls. What I did see was fifty, maybe a hundred, small darting shadows cross over the lawn and my arms. Suddenly I felt heavy in the shadow of birds and my heart longed for home. Where I live is [Read More...]

Mouse in the House

It’s turning cold outside, and with it comes that scratching sound that distracts me from my prayers. They’re running up the chimney wall and across the ceiling. With any luck the rodents will run under the bathroom sink and into the cheese-filled trap. I’m conflicted. I really hate having to kill mice. They are funny [Read More...]

Graces from Gleditsia

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It was one of those perfect fall days when the clear cerulean sky contrasted the vivid reds and yellows of the maples, poplars, and the honey locust in my yard. Settling into this house in 1988 one of the first things I did on the property, after removing all the trash and debris, was add [Read More...]

Uprooted and Reorienting Fear

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The word “transplant,” both verb and noun, is from Late Latin, transplantare, trans-“across” + plantare “to plant”. It means to move from one place and place to another…remove, uproot, reorient, shift. We gardeners do this often for the health of the plant, for better balance in the landscape, or to open up space for other [Read More...]

Thanks all. The Sabbatical is Over.

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After three weeks away from social media, and limited on-line work, I feel refreshed and ready to write. A special thank you goes out to the people that kept my blog going while I was retreating. Marty Rymarz, an oblate brother and upcoming writer, was kind enough to write two main posts, A Walk through [Read More...]

Feast day of St. Therese of Lisieux, the Little Flower

On this first day of October, as we take our daily walk through the prayer garden, it seems so very appropriate that the Saint of the day is St. Therese of Lisieux. A Carmelite nun, St. Therese is, of course, lovingly known as the “Little Flower” and is the patron saint of florists. As someone [Read More...]


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