Monthly Archives: May 2018

Praying the Litany of Social Media

I love keeping up with friends and relatives near and far on social media, and being informed and inspired by the things they share. This morning, picking up my phone after my morning prayer time, I was inspired.  What if, … Continue reading

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Lagom: The Swedish Art of Temperance

Over the past few years, our family has been exploring my husband’s Swedish roots. We’ve mastered making Swedish meatballs and the pantry is always stocked with lingonberry jam from IKEA. We’ve tried to incorporate Swedish traditions into our family celebrations, … Continue reading

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The Blood of Horses and Men

“What he loved in horses was what he loved in men, the blood and the heat of the blood that ran them. All his reverence and all his fondness and all the leanings of his life were for the ardent-hearted … Continue reading

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More Tankers than Takers

As I was getting my hair cut in the basement it all came to me. I wish I would have thought of that before my meeting. Sharing it with a brother priest was nice during the haircut, but I wish … Continue reading

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Women of Faith

Even as I was boarding the plane in New York, I still didn’t have a clear picture of what I was supposed to do. I knew it was a Catholic radio station reaching tens of thousands of listeners with the … Continue reading

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Julia Child, Five-Alarm Chicken, and the Humility to Be Just Ok

I am not a good cook. Raw meat makes me squeamish and I panic when there are too many things boiling and steaming and sizzling on the stove all at once. I lack the gift and skill to know how … Continue reading

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The MET Gala and the Indelible Mark on our Souls

Considering how volatile opinions are about the MET Gala the other night and the fact that I’m Canadian, putting my own opinion out here publicly the morning after the night before either means I am sleep deprived by the demands … Continue reading

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The Art of Modern Man

I’ve never understood modern art. Last week when we were visiting the MET, one brother leaned toward me and whispered, “It looks like a waste of good paint.” What could I say to that? But while somewhere staring quizzically, I … Continue reading

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May and the Unravelling of Biblical Proportions

Ah, May. The month that valiantly holds all of the events, deadlines, celebrations, exams, and stress that every other month has shaken off in order to maintain life at a sane pace 11 months a year. Even December doesn’t come … Continue reading

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Rose of Lima, Patron Saint of Working Moms, Stressed-Out Parents and Chaotic Households

I was really excited a few years back when I got St. Rose of Lima as my patron saint. I didn’t know much about her, but most of the images I found of her were lovely: she was usually portrayed … Continue reading

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