Catholic · Rosary

At Last I See the Light – of the Luminous Mysteries

  Dear Susan,   When I went away for school one year, I was amazed to find that an entirely new city had sprung up while I was gone. Lo and behold, an entire section of Arlington, VA had been re-developed as “Pentagon City,” complete with a new mall bearing the same name. What had… Continue reading At Last I See the Light – of the Luminous Mysteries

Identity

Highly-Sensitive…Saintliness?

Dear Susan, Since we first started dating, Ted told me I should be surrounded in bubble wrap because I was so sensitive.  It turns out that I am an HSP, or Highly Sensitive Person. I was amazed to find recently that you are NOT highly sensitive.  In fact, counter to your natural, high-scoring, test-taking abilities,… Continue reading Highly-Sensitive…Saintliness?

Interfaith · Mary · pilgrimage · Rosary

Theology by Ted: A Pilgrimage to Guadalupe

Dear Susan, Did you know that some people, i.e., my husband, think that aliens played a big role in the spread of Christianity? Ted’s version of the faith includes influences from his childhood viewing of “2001: A Space Odyssey,” and his proximity to NASA in his formative years. Sadly, when you missed the Our Lady… Continue reading Theology by Ted: A Pilgrimage to Guadalupe

Marriage · sacrarments · weddings

Your People Shall be My People: Naomi and Ruth Speak to Susan and Alex

Dear Alex and Susan, When a bride is born, so is a mother-in-law. My daughter and I have been closely watching your transformations from boyfriend’s mother and girlfriend to mother-in-law and wife.  It is because of this that I blame the two of you for the list of recordings on my TV. It is full… Continue reading Your People Shall be My People: Naomi and Ruth Speak to Susan and Alex

Christian books · self-care

Coming Clean: Exploring the “Girl Wash Your Face” Phenomenon

Dear Susan, Where were you the night of August 2? I know you were probably doing something related to the wedding (next week!).  However, if you were like a good number of American women, you would have been watching the documentary “Rachel Hollis: Made for More.” Haven’t heard of Rachel? I recently climbed out from… Continue reading Coming Clean: Exploring the “Girl Wash Your Face” Phenomenon

Aging · anxiety

Buying Into the Life Lessons of Back to School Shopping

Dear Susan, Despite the heat, and long, gorgeous hours of sunshine, summer is in its last phase here. Swim team has been over for weeks, the herons in the rookery around the corner have departed until next nesting season, and we are back-to-school shopping in earnest. Between her father, her grandmother, and me, Ashby spent… Continue reading Buying Into the Life Lessons of Back to School Shopping