A Garden of Earthly Delights

The arrival of spring means beginning my gardening efforts in earnest. And none pleases me more than the renewed maintenance of the compost box. This sturdy soldier stands guard over its precious cargo of high-grade compost — nectar for the gardens in their quest to grow and flourish. I’ve had...

All These Questions

I remember reading about a time when Mother Teresa, now Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, was asked a peculiar question from a writer. The writer asked her how, among all of these people (the poor who were gathered around her at that time), can she take it slow, dealing with one person at a time, seemingly...

The Gifts of Motherhood

Spring is finally making its appearance in New England—it’s lovely to see the trees budding a little more each day, the grass becoming greener, and early spring flowers blossoming after a long, gray winter. And Mother’s Day is right around the corner! Both my mother and my mother-in-law are no...

What would Francis blog?

Yes, it’s a rhetorical question. I’m pretty sure Francis would have been too busy living to blog! But it’s also a larger question of how the spirit of Francis fits with the world of blogging. I’ve learned through hard experience not to get sucked into the maelstrom of most of the...

‘God Bless You’

No, I didn’t sneeze. I just helped an elderly woman who was much (much) shorter than I am put her bag into an overhead bin on an airplane. “God bless you,” she said to me in thanks. She didn’t say it quietly, or loudly for that matter, but she said it like she meant it. I heard her, and I’m sure...

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