Dear Susan, I never really understood guardian angels. To be honest, the whole angel concept is the hardest idea for me to get behind in our faith. The realm of supernatural creatures is more Buffy the Vampire Slayer than organized religion. It was no help when my son and I were studying them last year.… Continue reading What’s In a (Guardian Angel) Name?
Dear Susan, One of the highlights of my years in Hoboken was the practice of some of my (usually older) neighbors to embrace their Christmas displays as year-round decor. It was not uncommon back then to see snowmen glow molds and plastic poinsettias stuck in planters as we headed out to see Fourth of July… Continue reading The January Rentrée
Dear Susan, Here is what passed for convivial holiday conversation at our house this year: “Are they from Mexico?” “No.” “Are they expired?” “No.” “OK, then. I’ll take a few.” Forget the present exchange on Christmas Eve; my husband and I exchanged antibiotics, as he turned the corner on his bronchitis while I began my… Continue reading Three Wise Men and a Lunar Module
Dear Susan, Recently overheard in the Kennedy living room: “Who is that long-haired hippie?” “Is it ZZ Top?” “No, the beard’s not quite right.” “It’s the Oak Ridge Boys. They’ve been traveling around with their suits for the last few weeks in case the President passed.” Not your usual holiday party chit chat, huh? By… Continue reading All the Best, Mr. President
Dear Susan, We need a little Christmas – NOW! While I know you had a great 2018, I also know the rest of us are more than ready to see the year end. For us, the year had a rocky start, and the avalanches just kept coming. It is no wonder then, that I joined… Continue reading We Need a Little Christmas in the Neighborhood
Dear Susan, As we approached the wedding venue, Ted whispered, “Just so you know, we’re sitting on the groom’s side.” I snorted in response; we were attending our first same-sex union. It was all the groom’s side. This led to a plethora of other questions: would both grooms walk down the aisle (they did), would… Continue reading The Bridegrooms Cometh
Dear Susan, Liam woke himself up this Sunday from his standard Homily Nap saying, “I know this one!” To say this is unusually engaged behavior from our son during Mass is an understatement, so even I paid attention. The priest was talking about the internet equality meme showing a series of skeletons saying “Underneath… Continue reading A Bare Bones Season