Did the Devil Make Him Do It?

Satan gets too much credit Marc and I saw “The Rite” last weekend. Curiosity and dread surfaced as we bought our tickets. Curiosity, because this movie was based on the experience of an actual exorcist priest, Fr. Gary Thomas, in Matt Baglio’s book “The Rite” (the audiobook is available here)....

Love and the Two-Dollar Orchid

The sign read $2.00, tagging a collection of plants on the floral shop floor as practically worthless. Tucked behind a disheveled palm and a kalanchoe was a black pot holding a very spindly-looking plant. Although the wrap was gone, the plant leaves still surrounded the the bare stem and the small bamboo...

Instructions for the New Year: Eat, Pray, Love and say Lord’s Prayer

“When you leave a place … Let go” Driving back from Wooster, Ohio I was distressed and so out of sorts I couldn’t enjoy the ride or the time alone with my husband, Marc. I’m exhausted from all the demands of Christmas and expectations that surround family during the holidays. I’m the...

Wait for the Light

Walking the dog during the early winter mornings, I’m aware of the lingering darkness and the dawn arriving more slowly each morning. If I didn’t know from experience that this was simply the course of a season, I could feel a real anxiety that the light would continue to fade each morning with nothing...

The Trickle-down Effect

As I was reading Linda Hirshman’s column “Culture” in the October 25, 2010, issue of Newsweek,  I was struck by the comments made by actor Willie Repoley and playwright Tony Kushner regarding the play Angels in America.  According to the article, Repoley says the “play taught him the power of...