When the Garden is Good

Gardening came with home-owning. Growing flowers came as therapy. A flower is a piece of art. A bouquet is a collection of art pieces, arranged to showcase the beauty of the feature star. With our new home came new possibilities. It was difficult to keep the sprinklers running without their getting clogged. Perennial, drought-tolerant plantsContinue reading “When the Garden is Good”


One more Flannery O’Connor column before my thoughts turn back to “The Golden Bowl” by Henry James. For book club, we carefully navigated the waters of Flannery O’Connor’s short story “Revelation.” Lacking the violence of other stories, the story works better for group reading. The main character Mrs. Ruby Turpin spends the majority of theContinue reading “Revelation”

The Shock and Value of Flannery O’Connor

Works by Flannery O’Connor are not difficult to read in the way that works by Russian authors or Henry James are difficult to read. They are difficult to read in that O’Connor held that because midcentury men and women had seen incredible things, they were harder to impress and wake up out of the doldrumsContinue reading “The Shock and Value of Flannery O’Connor”

Feel like your failing? There’s a point to that asking if you are.

It all begins with the question, not the assumption. The assumption lowers us, locks us in, and stagnates us. The question, though painful at times, opens us up. Had I not been questioning myself this month, would I have noticed how surrounded by gifts I am?

Draw Back to the Garden

Motherhood is work. And work is play Until the demands of my duty Fill the hours of the day Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear of every funeralContinue reading “Draw Back to the Garden”

Spring Gift Guide – Father’s Day Gift Guide

Join us May 1 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for The Loreto Market While you shop for yourself, your home, for Mother’s Day, check Father’s Day gifts off your shopping list after a visit to the Loreto Market. While many of our vendors feature lovely items with feminine appeal, we haven’t forgotten our fathersContinue reading “Spring Gift Guide – Father’s Day Gift Guide”

Spring Gift Guide – Gift Guide for Liturgical Living

The Loreto Market takes place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 1. If you’re in the Central Valley of California this is the perfect opportunity to support your local Catholic community and the artists, makers and entrepreneurs who are part of it. Liturgical Living is the mode du jour these days, especially asContinue reading “Spring Gift Guide – Gift Guide for Liturgical Living”