Category: Reviews

Daily Prompts to Kick Start Your Writing Year

What is the first thing you let go of when time seems short? I have not yet found the time and space to write and think without a deadline. In an email, I explained, “I start to feel disconnected from my heart and my thoughts grow disorganized when I do

December Reads

In December, I set high ambitions, but my reading was light. Instead, I managed to pray the Office of Readings nearly every day. Having not had a regular habit for some time now, it was a success. In December I read     Tremendous Trifles by G. K. Chesterton –

Christmas Reading List (plus November’s Reading)

In November I read,     The Catholic All Year Compendium by Kendra Tierney – a fantastic resource I cannot wait to revisit with each new liturgical season. Implementing ideas goes well so far, in our own style, fulfilling the point of the book. (I received a copy from the

We Can Grieve Together While Grieving Differently

Previously published in the Hughson Chronicle & Denair Dispatch A Review of Grieving Together: A Couple’s Journey Through Miscarriage by Laura Kelly Fanucci and Franco David Fanucci Grief. The five stages of grief are shock, bargaining, anger, depression and acceptance. The four tasks of grief are accepting the reality of

Meet Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha

In honor of Native American Heritage Month and a reminder of the power of Christian unity, please allow me to introduce you to Kateri.     Written and presented to the Young Ladies Institute, Antoinette #193, a Catholic Women’s Organization   Called the “Lily of the Mohawks”, and the “Genevieve

Regaining Focus: A Review of Deep Work by Cal Newport

Previously Published in the Hughson Chronicle-Denair Dispatch   It’s hard to focus. I sit down to begin our homeschool day with one child. The washing machine cycle finishes and beeps until I attend to it. The littlest one needs a diaper change. I hang the clothes on the clothesline, sit

Build Community One Party at a Time: A Review of Building the Benedict Option

Previously published in the Hughson Chronicle-Denair Dispatch   In August, “Building the Benedict Option: A Guide to Gathering Two or Three in His Name” by Leah Libresco was released by Ignatius Press. In 163 pages, Libresco takes the reader through her vision, experience and practical tips for making the Benedict

Five Essential Books for When Your Baby is in the Hospital

When your baby is ill, the world seems to stop. Sitting one that hospital couch, as he lay sleeping in the hospital crib, I stared out the hospital window at other hospital parents in the hospital yard, eating their meal because we were not supposed to eat in the Pediatric

Meet Joan of Arc…and Mark Twain

By the time Mark Twain died, he was anti-Catholic and anti-French, yet he still referred to “The Recollections of Joan of Arc” as his best and favorite work. It was the work he claimed to have researched the most, using the transcripts from the trial of Joan of Arc and

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