Dear Susan, The list of what I am allowed to eat includes dandelions, mustard greens, and seaweed. No, I am not grazing through my neighborhood or on a survivalist course. I was visiting my cousin, Debbie, over spring break and she convinced me to join her in a two-week detox while we were eating sweet… Continue reading A Lenten Detox
Dear Anne, A little more than a week ago, I was sitting in the Philadelphia airport during the first of two nor-easter’s we were hit with in the course of seven days. The arrivals and departures board listed cancellation after cancellation, but our flight to South Carolina was miraculously still On Time. Hubby and I… Continue reading I’m Leaving–On a Jet Plane?
Dear Susan, The lights went down, the strum of a guitar reverberated throughout the place. The girls in front of me sighed, closed their eyes, and raised their hand in the air in worshipful manner. Was I at the worship portion of yet another Lenten retreat? No, ma’am. It was Garth Brooks opening the Houston… Continue reading Friends in Low Places
Dear Anne, “You really got a lot of ashes!” I was sitting at the bridge table on Ash Wednesday and the older lady (let’s call her Nancy) I was about to play against seemed unduly concerned about my forehead. I smiled at her but didn’t say anything, not quite sure how to respond. After… Continue reading Thoughts and Prayers–About “Thoughts and Prayers”
Dear Susan, I have determined that God must be speaking to us through Lin Manuel Miranda. You wrote a moving piece on forgiveness, based on his blockbuster musical, Hamilton. At a retreat I attended this past weekend, the afternoon led off with a talk referencing “Satisfied,” based on a song from the same show. I… Continue reading Retreats Gone “Wild”
Dear Anne, While you were actively pursuing Swedish Death Cleaning, I had cleaning thrust upon me this week, with a side of humiliation. The other day, the furniture repair guy came and took my kitchen cabinet doors and drawer fronts to be refinished. What was I thinking when I decided this would be a good… Continue reading Cleanliness Is Next To Godliness? That Must Be Why My House is a Mess
Dear Susan, Forget actual dollars and any sense. Right now, we are in the thick of what Fast Company has termed “The Unicorn Economy”. I see it at home, as gold glitter cascades from my living room table across the rug and smears of color are all over my kitchen counters, looking like, well, a… Continue reading A Unicorn Lent & The Rainbow Connection