Dear Anne, Dave and I sat there in stunned silence along with the rest of the congregation. It was last weekend after Saturday Mass and we had just been told that a priest in residence at our parish was accused of a sexual impropriety, a priest with whom we had shared meals, a priest we… Continue reading Keeping the Faith
Dear Anne, You know I don’t engage in conversation with my seat mates on planes, and honestly, I believe that chitchatting your way across the country behind me should be a capital offense. (God made noise-cancelling ear buds for a reason.) But something about the burly man who sat next to me on a recent… Continue reading Amazing Grace at 35,000 Feet
Dear Susan, Having just finished Year Two of Living Bipolar-ly, I was pleased to see that I had tapped into a full-on trend. First, in the fall of 2017, the young royals made a splash on World Mental Health day (and as we all know, the Duchess of Cambridge can do no wrong). Then, in… Continue reading The Diva, the Doctor, and Me
Dear Anne, Last week I was in one of the most beautiful places in the world, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. But instead of days filled with hiking, I spent a good chunk of my time there in a windowless, concrete-floored room the size of an airplane hanger, surrounded by enough bridge players to… Continue reading From Ashes to Ashes–To New Life
Dear Anne, Did you hear God cancelled spring up here? Winter doesn’t want to end–honestly, it feels more like January the 83rd than early April. We’ve had four snowy nor-easters in four weeks, days and days of cold rain and a lingering grey malaise even the groundhog didn’t forecast. The daffodils that should have bloomed… Continue reading We Are an Easter People–Even When it’s Snowing?
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”
Dear Anne, Sunday morning my family and I attended one of my favorite events of the year, the Canine Classic, a dog race held annually at our club. Yes, we stand outside in January to cheer on dogs. (And drink bloodies, of course. We aren’t animals.) Started more than 30 years ago as a bet… Continue reading All Dogs Go to Heaven