The news just broke a couple of hours ago, but already I'm ready to be done with the news. The paparazzi will only make it worse, because what good does the endless coverage do? He's gone. It's tragic, and horribly sad. Robin Williams was one of my favorite actors. Back in the days of Mork and Mindy, my best friend and I would tune in … [Read more...]
Post Memorial Day Musings
On What it Means to be Truly Free ~ To the dad in the check-out line at Rainbow Foods. You are why I'm writing this. ~ I really love Memorial Day. Yes, it's the start of a long overdue summer, but it's the flags & the grave markers that really get me. My life...your life...the freedom we have and take for granted... Just take a … [Read more...]
Our Dads, our Paths, our Faith, our Hope
Today is my father George's birthday. Will you pause and say a Hail Mary for him? I'll wait. Also? If you're not Catholic, you don't have to say a Hail Mary.☺ I just chose that prayer because of its ending line: Pray for us now and at the hour of our death. My dad and mom are 89. Every day with them is a gift. And really, none of us … [Read more...]
Nine years ago today, my beautiful 19-year-old niece was killed in a car accident. She was on her way home from visiting my mom in the hospital, where the whole family had gathered after Grandma's quadruple bypass. We feared that we would lose my mom. Instead, God called home our little Kellee. Could you spare a prayer for both her and my … [Read more...]
Who am I kidding, anyway? I'm just an ordinary mom with a stupid little blog. And Philip Seymour Hoffman was just an actor. * * * There are voices in our heads—more so in the artistic types, perhaps—that constantly try to define who we are by comparing us to what we are not. We look for love and seek affirmation constantly; we overeat, get … [Read more...]
Where were you?
This post was originally published on September 11, 2009. Has it really been eight eleven years? I remember September 11, 2001 as if it were… …well, as if it were the horribly infamous day that it was. The morning dawned bright and sunny here in Minnesota. I went for a walk while the rest of my family slept, and brought home a caterpillar to … [Read more...]
Where were you?
Part IIWhere were you on the 10th Anniversary of 9/11?If you weren’t with your family, I hope you were with friends.Friends can be very much a part of our family, don’t you think?They’re the family members that we choose. ; )We were here on the 10th Anniversary of 9/11, “here” being the Cathedral of St. Paul. We were there for a couple of reasons: … [Read more...]
Where were you?
This post was originally published on September 11, 2009. Has it really been eight ten years? I remember September 11, 2001 as if it were… …well, as if it were the horribly inauspicious day that it was. The morning dawned bright and sunny here in Minnesota. I went for a walk while the rest of my family slept, and brought home a caterpillar to … [Read more...]
In Praise of the Priesthood
I am not going to get technical about what’s going on in the news right now. I will say this and only this: I think the attacks are unjustified at best and at worst, diabolical.So there. That is my non-technical opinion.I owe my faith to the Catholic Church and, in particular, to the hard work and good example of a great many priests. I owe my … [Read more...]
Memories of Ellie
“A dog doesn’t care if you’re rich or poor, educated or illiterate, clever or dull. Give him your heart and he will give you his.”-- Marley and MeIt’s hard to believe that just one short week ago today, our Golden Retriever was still alive.Better not to think about it…and yet, think about it I do.Memories of Ellie are everywhere.Anthony & … [Read more...]