Assisi, Remembered

Two of my colleagues are leaving in a few days to participate in the Franciscan Pilgrimage Program to Rome and Assisi. It’s been four years since I had my own pilgrimage, and the experience has never left me. Shot from one of the caves where Francis sought quiet and solitude. I can remember, as our...

Saint of the Day: St. Marguerite Bourgeoys

From our popular Saint of the Day feature! “God closes a door and then opens a window,” people sometimes say when dealing with their own disappointment or someone else’s. That was certainly true in Marguerite’s case. Children from European as well as Native American backgrounds in seventeenth-century...

I’ll Miss You, ‘Winona Ryder’

As my friends and closest colleagues know, I call my television “Winona Ryder.” There’s a story behind that: I received this beauty for my 20th birthday. When it was first hooked up to my cable, I made a beeline for HBO, via remote, to find one of my favorite movies playing: Reality Bites. It’s...

Clean Wisely

I’m a clean freak. There, I said it. I buy hand sanitizer in bulk, I’m usually within arm’s reach of disinfecting wipes, and I have a deep fondness for color-safe bleach. I spend this excruciating flu season, or as I call it, “the dark days,” wishing I were in a Hazmat suit. Friends and family have...

Sleepless in Cincinnati

Thank God I have mild insomnia. Seems a strange thing for which to be thankful, right? But I am. Though I do what I can to keep the insomnia at bay, sooner or later there will come a night when sleep isn’t just elusive—it’s non-existent. And I’m grateful. It’s when I can be my most productive and,...

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