A Lenten Lesson from Traffic Court

On a cold, winter Saturday morning I drove around a curve and was hit smack in the eyes by the very bright sunrise.  I struggled to adjust to the light and saw that the upcoming light was green so I thought I was good to go.  What I failed to notice in the blinding sun was the car stopped at the green...

A golden run

The 2014 Winter Olympics are ending this week. Even though I’ve watched relatively few of the events, it’s been comforting to know that we’re in a moment of time when our connectivity with the rest of the world is highlighted for 10 days or so, through relatively peaceful means. The...

“Merry Christmas!”- What are we afraid of?

The entrance foyer in the local grocery store is small, with just enough room for people to get by as they go in and out. Yet, along the wall, a gentleman sits next to his red kettle, out of the way, but impossible not to notice as you walk by.  It’s that time of the year… on street corners, store...

What Makes a Good Marriage?

My little sister gets married in exactly one week from today. In between feeling equal parts old and stressed (due to my role as Matron of Honor), I’ve been reflecting on what I could say to her as she enters this new stage in her life. One of my favorite books is by Dr. Ray Guarendi—Marriage: Small...

A Franciscan’s Franciscan

I’m a fire-breathing skeptic when it comes to Marian apparitions, statues, or pictures that weep or bleed, or holy people who seem too sentimentally holy to be believed. But there’s something genuine, I think, in the Capuchin Franciscan Solanus Casey, who died in 1957. Maybe I like him because he grew up...

Buy Local

That beautiful bowl of strawberries in the photo at left is why I won’t buy strawberries at any other time of year. I bought this quart at a local farm last week; it was surprising, because by late July strawberries are usually long gone. But it was a cold, wet spring, which doesn’t bode well for...

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