The Changes We Can Make Amid COVID-19

Throughout the public sector non-essential operations have been suspended during this health emergency. The libraries have canceled programming and are open only for the pick-up and drop-off of books. Public schools are now closed. Religious and private schools are closed. Most public religious services are suspended. And while cancellation after

Coronavirus

Have you gone down the rabbit hole of news information lately? For weeks, I kept abreast of the news, tired already of election news, an open ear to the Coronavirus situation in China. Then it ballooned and has now been declared a pandemic. A length clip from Last Week Tonight

I’m Taking a Cultural Stand

A bit of history My father tells me he used to dance the polka with his mother in the kitchen. Growing up, if we ever drank tea, it was green tea without milk or sugar. And no parish dinner was quite so important as the Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner.

Perspective is Everything During Lent

The high this week is forecast to be 78. What would be cool in the summer, this will be a record high for February in the Central Valley. It will feel warm, but what would a Minnesotan say, especially this month? Perspective. As I write this, Ash Wednesday begins the

The Decision You Make Today

It starts with a word. It starts with a look. It starts with an intention. It starts with a moment in which we pause to think, what is going on here? The postpartum season is a whirlwind of biological, psychological and social transitions. It is a magnifier of the things

Keep this in Mind when Managing the Postpartum Transition

In the four temperaments, an ancient theory of personality, the choleric is generally the absurdly active one. One challenge after another, the moment things develop some rhythm I find myself engaging in some new enterprise. There is something about the thrill of adjustment. Like the fear that grips the roller-coaster

Share the Love

Inspired by It’s Good To Be Here: A Disabled Woman’s Reflections on the Sacred Wonder of Being Human by Christina Chase, published by Sophia Institute Press, December 2019. It’s that time of year again. The quiet time between Christmas and spring, the time when online bloggers lament the long winter

Why Little League?

During my 7th grade year, I joined the track team, embracing the daring-do of the long and triple jump. It was my first foray into the world of sports beyond the usual Physical Education requirements. As a child I spent my time climbing trees, throwing a tennis ball against the

Five Family Rules for Happy TV Watching

It started with Christmas movies in Advent. They almost all anticipate the holiday to come. Christmas in Connecticut, Santa Claus is coming to Town, Miracle on 34th Street, A Muppet’s Christmas Carol. Then we were hit with violent colds, putting some kids to bed with fevers, stocking up on honey

What a nine-year-old thinks of the opera

The rain came down steadily as we rushed out to the van, ready to pick up her friend and arrive in time to park and walk to the historic State Theater in Modesto for an event combining two great loves of mine: opera and literature. Though I dared not hand

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