Category: The Good Life

Take on the possibilities

When good possibilities seem endless, how do we discern what choices to make? How can we approach these periods of joy and hustle? I sat on the patio looking out over my year. Instead of the dead grass and growing weeds, my eyes focused on the three folding tables covered

Two Virtues I Need a Time of Slow Growth

I grew so much much during our time of crisis. Now back at home, I find myself struggling. Two virtues are needed for this slow growth in the little way: patience and labor.

To the Man Who Wants to Be An Island

John Donne wrote, “No man is an island entire of itself; every man / is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.”     This means we are all part of a community of persons, nested in society. We do not stand alone, like a remote island

The Feminine Genius in Art at Blessed is She

On a rainy May afternoon I ducked out of the drizzle through the double glass doors of the Mistlin Art Gallery in the city’s historic downtown to join an intimate gathering of local opera lovers. Patrons gathered around mezzo-soprano Nikola Printz, artist, performer, and remarkable stage presence for a solo

Libraries for the Common Good

There is a hot debate in my aunt’s town far away from my own where one woman has argued they ought to clear the way in the library for more digital services because “there are too many books…people no longer read…this is the technological age.”     It was a

Choosing the Small

Journey in Love: A Catholic Mother’s Prayers after Prenatal Diagnosis is now available online at Our Sunday Visitor.     With my first book published and another on the way, there is cause to celebrate. Yet I cannot help asking myself, where do I go from here? That same question

The Hidden Cost of Luxery

  Some days, the days at home with the kids grow long. I turn to Facebook for mental stimulation and personal connection. A woman posted a series of photos in support of babywearing: the art of holding a child hands-free by a type of sling or carrier. Around the world

When you see that guy at the gas station

A young man with pale skin and scraggly hair walked the lines of the gas station. Approaching me, but standing halfway behind the pump, he quietly offered to wash my windows. Alone, I looked in his eyes and said, equally quietly, “no, thank you.” Maybe with my husband, I would

Should This Column Change Your Life?

  Previously published at the Hughson Chronicle & Denair Dispatch.   I was grateful this morning to wake and find a comment on a piece I wrote a while back titled, “Are You a Caregiver Burning Out?” The column itself meant a lot to me as it was the fruit

You are Not Who You Think You Are

You are so much more   Previously published in the Hughson Chronicle-Denair Dispatch   Upon a Google search, Wikipedia stated “One’s self-concept (also called self-construction, self-identity, self-perspective or self-structure) is a collection of beliefs about oneself. Generally, self-concept embodies the answer to ‘Who am I?’.” In my self-concept, I look

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