Family Foodie

I love making food for my family. Whether preparing a stew, roasting a chicken, flipping pancakes or frying an egg, I find time in my kitchen a reward and not a chore. My husband and my son come quickly whenever breakfast, lunch or dinner are served! I would describe myself as a “family foodie”...

The Greatest Gift of All

When my daughter Monica turned 16 earlier this month, I thought long and hard about the best way to make her “sweet 16” a special occasion. I thought about hosting a surprise birthday party for her, or a family dinner, or giving her a special, memorable gift. The only problem with having a family...

Thanksgiving: Four Generations at Mass

Mass last Sunday was pretty extraordinary for a number of reasons.  It just wasn’t the 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, but it was the beginning of Catholic Schools’ Week, the Sacrament of Baptism, and a 60th Wedding Anniversary celebration all wrapped up into the 11:00am Mass at St. James of the...

Who Me? Angry?

I’ll never forget my response a few years back during a conversation with my spiritual director.  He said “You’re mad as heck about something and I don’t know what it is.”  Excuse me?  Anger?  Me??? I’m the mild-mannered one, the one who laughs things off.  I’m not angry—or am I? Those...

Have You Ever Been Fightin’ Mad?

I don’t consider myself an angry person. I doubt that many (if any) people who know me well would describe me as angry. Why then, would I read a book about practical solutions for conquering anger? Do you ever get mad? I do. It doesn’t define me or describe my personality, but there are times when I...

Christmas Every Day

There’s so much hype and hurry as we prepare to celebrate Christmas, yet I’ve already seen a Christmas tree out on the curb. It’s as if taking down the tree and putting away the decorations can’t be done quickly enough for some people. This Christmas season (yes, we celebrate the...

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