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Good Vibrations: Saintly Advice for Dry Spells   

  Dear Susan, I knew my check-up had taken a strange turn when my doctor wrote down the name of a personal device on a prescription pad, while giving me a knowing look and assuring me, “It’s made in Denmark.” “Oh, Denmark,” I repeated, unsure of how we ended up on this particular topic. Maybe… Continue reading Good Vibrations: Saintly Advice for Dry Spells   

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Lions and Tigers and …Charisms? Oh My!

Dear Susan, The cow was one of the worst gifts I ever got. In a departure from his usual Scrooge-like behavior, my boss at the time decided to give his staff Christmas gifts of little Cow Parade statuettes that depicted characters from the Wizard of Oz.  One of the assistants got a Glinda the Good… Continue reading Lions and Tigers and …Charisms? Oh My!

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Exercising The Fruits of The Holy Spirit.  And My Thighs, Too.  

Dear Anne, On a blustery December Saturday, I found myself in the Ukrainian American Hall in Philadelphia, in something akin to the yoga warrior pose, praying the rosary (and praying I didn’t fall over). No, I hadn’t stumbled into an ashram run by a band of 60’s throwback nuns, I was practicing SoulCore, a beautiful combination of exercise and… Continue reading Exercising The Fruits of The Holy Spirit.  And My Thighs, Too.  

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Smoky Mountain Memories

Dear Anne, I was surprised by my tears. There I was Tuesday morning at the hairdresser, covering the grey just getting a trim and scrolling through the news to bide the time. What—Gatlinburg was on fire?  My twitter feed showed me glowing orange images and videos shot by evacuees, the wall of flames right at the side of the road, and even in… Continue reading Smoky Mountain Memories

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Keeping it Old School in Elementary School – Advice for the Older Parent

Dear Susan, As you wrote so eloquently last week, it can be hard to cope with Empty Nest Syndrome. Amen to that! For the last couple of weeks, my Facebook newsfeed has looked like a Lifetime movie, with emotional moms and dads bidding bittersweet farewells to their college-bound offspring. The parents are all my age… Continue reading Keeping it Old School in Elementary School – Advice for the Older Parent