Stark-Style Gratitude

As the air cuts through my coat with a chill, I breathe, then cough the growing thickness. It is heavy with snow. The wind whips the powdery snow circling my imagination. For that is the only place it could be. It does not look a lot like Christmas here in

To Work or Stay-at-Home: Supporting those who pursue a middle way

Previously published in the column, “Here’s to the Good Life!” from the Hughson Chronicle & Denair Dispatch Caught up in the waves on links on the world wide web I encountered an insightful article on the “Cult of Domesticity” by Daniel Stewart, known more to me as the husband of

Layers of Thanks

From the superficial to the depth, there are more layers of thanks than meet the eye. Acknowledgement I teach my children to say, “thank you.” The understanding is, you give me something, I respond in thanks. At its most basic level, we express our thanks acknowledging the words or actions

What Community Thanksgiving Dinner Prep Can Do for You

“All of California is burning,” she said. As I write this, we are on the second “red flag warning,” the second roll of PG&E blackouts that in this area in October affect us but little. There is an impeachment inquiry. New revelations every day. Far away, confusing, conflicting and alarming

Our Halloween Plan this Season

Previously published in the weekly column, “Here’s to the Good Life” in the Hughson Chronicle & Denair Dispatch The autumnal festivities are quickly approaching Hughson’s Truck-or-Treat event at Lebright Fields on Halloween night, the Trunk-or-Treat generally held at the Assemblies of God Church, the Harvest Festival at the Church of

Saints and Heroes – A review of Dorothy Day: The World Will Be Saved by Beauty

Is Dorothy Day a saint? “Dorothy Day: The World Will be Saved by Beauty: An Intimate Portrait of my Grandmother” is the story of an influential woman told by her granddaughter. Kate Hennessey explores not only the biographical details but considers the controversy over how Day is presented historically to the

The Rigors of Rigoletto (and other arts)

Previously published as part of “Here’s to the Good Life!” a weekly column in the Hughson Chronicle & Denair Dispatch. On October 25 and 27, Opera Modesto will present the Guiseppe Verdi’s masterpiece Rigoletto to enthusiastic Gallo Center audiences. Like many classic operas, the tragic story centers around a licentious

The Column Continues

Previously published in the Hughson Chronicle & Denair Dispatch …as such, this piece refers specifically to my time reporting for the newspaper and my column, Here’s to the Good Life! The day begins at 6:00 a.m. with my toddler singing “Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer.” Some mornings I hide my

The Casey Family’s Love of Fall Traditions

I spend a good deal of time discussing the importance of savoring the moment, the season. There no greater time than Autumn for this in my family. We create environment, educational activities, food favorites, family festivities, and add our own Catholic spin by accessing the old traditions. Environment Full of

Let Autumn Pull You Outdoors

The Pull of Autumn It is difficult to resist the pull of Autumn. I am susceptible to advertising and September marks the month when I acknowledge, after a few shopping trips, that to save my wallet I had better avoid stores until January. I still strive to experience each season

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