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Keeping it Old School in Elementary School – Advice for the Older Parent

Dear Susan, As you wrote so eloquently last week, it can be hard to cope with Empty Nest Syndrome. Amen to that! For the last couple of weeks, my Facebook newsfeed has looked like a Lifetime movie, with emotional moms and dads bidding bittersweet farewells to their college-bound offspring. The parents are all my age… Continue reading Keeping it Old School in Elementary School – Advice for the Older Parent

Catholic · Motherhood

Oh, The Places You’ll Go! Dorm Room or Empty Nest?

  Dear Anne, It’s that time of the year again.  Drive any highway and you will see minivans and family SUV’s loaded up with XL twin sheets, mini refrigerators and free-flowing maternal angst.  Yes, it’s time for college freshmen to head to school.  I’ve done that trip three times, our nest getting a little emptier and… Continue reading Oh, The Places You’ll Go! Dorm Room or Empty Nest?

Catholic · Catholic youth · humor

Acting Like A Child: Adult Lessons From My Kids’ Vacation Bible School

Dear Susan, “Is helium flammable?” Thoughts of the Hindenburg leap to mind, but a quick Google search tells me that the zeppelin used hydrogen and that helium is not flammable. Still, these are probably not the words you want to hear as you are dropping your little darlings off for a day of spiritual growth… Continue reading Acting Like A Child: Adult Lessons From My Kids’ Vacation Bible School

Catholic · humor

A Bottle of Red, A Bottle of White . . . Or the Wedding Bell Blues?

  Dear Anne, “They have no more wine.”  I was glad to read that Pope Francis finds Mary’s words at the wedding in Cana as distressing as I do–no wine on a Friday night is trauma enough for me, much less at a wedding.  “But imagine finishing a wedding party drinking tea — it would… Continue reading A Bottle of Red, A Bottle of White . . . Or the Wedding Bell Blues?

Catholic · Cool Catholic women

Smells and Belles: Examining Catholic Women’s Roles in the Church

Dear Susan, I know you remember my story about when my mother was working U2 surveillance in the CIA’s guided missile program during the Cold War.  She was often the only female in her department. Every night, one person would stay late to put confidential documents in the Burn Bag for destruction. When it was… Continue reading Smells and Belles: Examining Catholic Women’s Roles in the Church