Dear David and Ellie, Thanks to the combined efforts of weather, Philadelphia air traffic control and United Airlines, we almost missed your wedding. As we sat, stranded on the tarmac at PHL for the better part of five hours, our plans changed from “Well, if we shower and change at the hotel quickly, we might… Continue reading Get Me to the Church on Time–An Open Letter to My Newlywed Friends (From an Old Married Lady)
Dear Susan, I think if God loves me at least as much as I love our dogs, I am in good shape. As you know, we gave our female yellow lab mix the name Scout, thinking it was a nice, sturdy, unisex name for our son’s dog. What we got instead was a canine Gwyneth… Continue reading Beloved … and Chews On: What Our Rescue Dog Taught Us About God’s Love
Dear Susan, “That was a true work of art.” So said my 12-year-old son, doing a 180 on the new movie, Wonder Woman. He had been reluctantly dragged along with the family to see the best blockbuster of the summer, but Gal Gadot and the power of love transformed him. As they can transform… Continue reading Wonder Woman’s Work is Never Done
There are lots of things to love about being Catholic–the Eucharist, the holy traditions and the sheer beauty of her buildings and ceremonies. But one thing that I really love about my Catholic faith is that it often makes me chuckle. While the Church was birthed by Christ, it was men, with all their… Continue reading From Sour-Faced Saints, Deliver Us! Why the Church Makes Me Smile.
Dear Anne, In 1983 I read Robert Penn Warren’s All the King’s Men in Mr. Taylor’s AP English class, a novel that still remains one of my favorites (probably because the narrator, Jack Burden, is a frustrated historian). There is a chapter in which Jack drives from Louisiana to California, reflecting on all the “selves”… Continue reading A Reunion of Friends–and of Selves
Dear Susan, We didn’t get Sluggo, our dusty brown mini-van, for me or for the kids. We got it because, after mom’s 6th stroke, she couldn’t step up high enough to get into my old car when I ferried her to our house and various doctors’ appointments. I remember the moment I broke it to… Continue reading On Humility and the Mini-Van
Dear Anne, Pentecost is my favorite Catholic feast day. Not an obvious choice, perhaps, what with Christmas and Easter in there taking up all the attention. Yes, Christmas is wonderful, with the decorations and presents and overblown expectations (did I say that?) but you know who does all that shopping and decorating, right? I’m always… Continue reading Pentecost–The Most Wonderful Time of the Year?