Granny’s and Southern Gospel, Two of My Favorite Things…

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... When I think of my Granny, eternal rest grant her, I remember a woman who rarely spoke, laughed a lot, and was always humming. She taught me the necessity of slowing down long enough to let the sun warm your skin. She also showed me life was full of simple pleasures to be enjoyed right now. This very moment. Things like the cold sweetness of a glass of tea, the scent of honeysuckle blowing in on a warm breeze, the rustle and wave of wild grass, and the haunting stir of good Southern … [Read more...]

13 Year Old Falconer Hunts With Golden Eagle…

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... I love birds. I always have. They're funny little creatures that God gifted with flight. I imagine they're one of His favorite creations. To me they represent total detachment from the world. Birds possess a freedom we'll never attain until death -- a complete dependency on God to care for their needs. Matthew 6:26 "Look at the birds in the sky; they do not sow or reap, they gather nothing into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them." That and they can fly. Flying's pretty cool. … [Read more...]

Worry, Worms, and Religion…

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... There is nothing I won't worry about. I worry about finances, the future, and my family. At the end of every needless worry is the reminder that it's all utterly pointless and completely unnecessary. There is nothing I've ever fretted about that hasn't eventually been resolved. No matter how bleak things look or how out of my control the situation may become, my anxiety has never improved the matter. Never, ever, not even once. When I was a little girl, my grandfather and … [Read more...]

Release the hounds…

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... Holy smokes. I'm back and what an amazing weekend. I got tons of stuff to write about. In the meantime -- Dogs shaking their heads in slow-mo. Because, why not. Source. … [Read more...]

Because I Was In The Mood For Something Pretty…

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... and no other reason. The sun is out, the weather is warming up and the world's awash in color. And it put me in a mood. Konstantin Korovin, By the Window … [Read more...]

How Hardcore Catholics Get Around…

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... So I saw this picture of Lionel Richie* on facebook which made me think of the opening scene in La Dolce Vita and then I remembered, the Holy Family is my co-pilot on long road trips. Driving around with a rosary on your rear view mirror is so passĂ©. *Not really Lionel Richie … [Read more...]

Warm and Fuzzy Overload…

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Do you ever have moments where the truth of something just smacks you in the face? I woke up this morning shocked I was a Catholic. Absolutely shocked I tell ya. Weird how it hit me today. I've been an official card carrying papist since 2005. This shouldn't be a new revelation. Yet there it was... my first thought upon rising this morning was - in all seriousness - "Holy sh*t! I'm Catholic!" I mean really! I'm Catholic. That's huge! There was a time in my heathen life that never in a … [Read more...]

cause of my joy…

The Return of the Prodigal Son (1773) by Pompeo Batoni

... 33 is the new black according to this highly reliable and scientific poll. Yes, I read trivial, news items. One time I even followed a link about Katy Perry's hair. I'm so ashamed. So the age 33 is supposed to be the magic number, the age when most people feel the happiest. I can see that, I suppose. Your 30's mark the end of those awkward trying to figure yourself out years. I'm guessing you are just thrilled to be done with it. Granted my 20's were fun, but an empty kind of fun that … [Read more...]


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