Category: Reviews

Oak Valley Youth Garden Breaks Ground in Ripon

Previously published in the Hughson Chronicle-Denair Dispatch, April 2, 2019   Oak Valley Youth Garden broke ground at their new location Saturday, March 23, behind Studio Joy in Ripon. In 2016, Sarah Darpinian spotted a photo posted on Instagram by Liz Schuiling of a lush, fairy-looking, garden in Washington State.

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February is Black History Month. At its conception in the 1920s, it was seen as an opportunity for African-Americans to learn and value the cultural and historical traditions of the African-American community existing in a broader community. Treasuring tradition and providing a historical narrative gives strength to a particular culture.

HopeWriters Writing Prompts Continued…

Jan 19: Brainstorm – There are writers who plan extensively before they put words to a page. There are writers who sit down and let it pour out. In medio stat viritus, we learn from Aristotle, in the middle lies virtue. I lie in bed, stare at the mirror that

Discover the Possibilities

Previously published in the Hughson Chronicle-Denair Dispatch   In college, I grew antsy during my husband’s orchestral performances. I watched the conductor perform, but preferred those mediums in which my eyes found a place to rest. With a substandard back and longer than usual legs, I found most theater chairs,

HopeWriters Writing Prompt Recap

I have never participated in a writing challenge before, but this simple short-term challenge from Hope Writers seems the perfect opportunity.     Below are my responses, shared daily on Facebook (for the most part) during the challenge.       Jan 14: Word – Do I own the words

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

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