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Of Mondegreens, Miscommunications, and Lonely Starbuck’s Lovers

Dear Susan, In the last few month, my 9-year old discovered Spotify. On any given day, you can find us swerving through the neighborhood, switching the car over to Bluetooth media mode and listening to her channel of choice, some of which have been eye-opening. For instance, I had all my pre-conceptions shattered one day… Continue reading Of Mondegreens, Miscommunications, and Lonely Starbuck’s Lovers

Catholic · Faith · prayer · women

Thoughts and Prayers–About “Thoughts and Prayers”

  Dear Anne, “You really got a lot of ashes!” I was sitting at the bridge table on Ash Wednesday and the older lady (let’s call her Nancy) I was about to play against seemed unduly concerned about my forehead. I smiled at her but didn’t say anything, not quite sure how to respond. After… Continue reading Thoughts and Prayers–About “Thoughts and Prayers”

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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

Cool Catholic women · pilgrimage · Travel · wine · women

It Is Good That We Are Here: The Transfiguring Power of the Road Trip

Dear Susan, What a long, strange trip it’s been. As I write, it is Day 18 of the Great Summer Road Trip. I was actually home for a few hours to drop off kids and pick up a case of wine (fair trade?) but I don’t think that counts. That was just re-fueling. We were… Continue reading It Is Good That We Are Here: The Transfiguring Power of the Road Trip

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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