Divine Assignments

    August 9, 2018

    “I swear, I can’t take you anywhere.” My husband Mike broke the silence with his typical, quick-witted comment as we watched our kind and VERY emotional car salesman walk away. Grasping the keys to our new red Mazda 6, I innocently defended myself. “What?  We were JUST talking. That’s all.” Right then, I had these flashbacks of my childhood watching my mom effortlessly interact with others. I admit that back in the day (when it was all about me), I…

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  • Kudos from Heaven

    These days, family milestones can feel like a double-edged sword. On one end, I’m in the zone, smiling and celebrating away with everyone, on the other, I’m struggling, holding back the pain of missing…

    June 20, 2018
  • Pale is the New Tan

    Mom warned me. Even her mother, my Nana, warned me. But I didn’t care, nor did I listen. “Stay out of the sun,” they would say. “Don’t lay out. Always wear your sunscreen, no…

    April 16, 2018
  • Be Patient

    It was supposed to be fun. It was supposed get me away from watching TV all day long. It was  supposed to bring out the creative side in me and it was supposed to be…

    January 28, 2018
  • “Tidy Up”

      “Your room looks like a pigsty. Get in there and clean it up!” As I stood in the midst of my own adult chaotic mess, I couldn’t help but hear the echo of…

    November 30, 2017
  • Epic Fails, Faith, and The H-bomb

    There was so much more to my second grade year than just reading, writing and arithmetic. Back in the seventies, we non-parochial  students who were Catholic had the option to attend weekly after-school Catechism…

    October 8, 2017
  • Faith and a Tube of Lipstick

    Don’t Cry

    “Don’t cry. I’m still here.” I was only twelve years old when those words rolled off my tongue. I didn’t know what else to say, what else to do. It had only been a…

    August 30, 2017