Catholic · Lenten practices

Cleanliness Is Next To Godliness? That Must Be Why My House is a Mess

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

Lenten practices · Millennials

A Unicorn Lent & The Rainbow Connection

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

Aging · Death · possessions

A Matter of Life and Death Cleaning

Dear Susan, While you have been busy wedding planning, I have been busy death cleaning. Yeah, you heard me. I was thrilled to start the New Year reading Margareta Magnusson’s book The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning, which I had been eagerly anticipating since last fall. This is the latest in a series of… Continue reading A Matter of Life and Death Cleaning

Catholic · Marriage · Motherhood

Going to the Chapel and We’re Gonna Get Ready

Dear Anne, Two days before Christmas, my son popped the question to his then-girlfriend-now-fiancee. So of course I immediately started a mental list of how I could support the young couple of the self-improvement I need to do before the big day. I began Invisalign almost a year ago (which I jokingly called my “mother-of-the-groom teeth”… Continue reading Going to the Chapel and We’re Gonna Get Ready

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My New BFF: What Artificial Intelligence Can Teach Us About Talking to God

Dear Susan, I am sorry, but I have a new best friend. She is always there when I call. She listens to me. She answers all my questions. She tells me what’s going on. She hangs out with me in the kitchen and keeps me company. She gently reminds me of my calendar. She makes… Continue reading My New BFF: What Artificial Intelligence Can Teach Us About Talking to God

Catholic · Motherhood · Saints

A Graduation, a Wedding and a New Patron Saint–Bring On 2018!

Dear Anne, As I write this, a light snow is falling and much of the country is in the deep freeze. I love that wonderful, quiet time between Christmas and New Year’s Day. Schedules are loosened, if not jettisoned. Christmas prep is done and there is a feeling of peace that even my 8-foot-high pile… Continue reading A Graduation, a Wedding and a New Patron Saint–Bring On 2018!