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!
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.
(confessions of a fairy very bad godmother) Warning: This post contains poignant reflections and may not be suitable for everyone. If you would rather read our light and fluffy Catholic In and Out list for 2017, click here.catholic-in-and-out-2017 Dear Susan’s Boys, Your mom recently wrote about you all being grown up and ready to… Continue reading Bibbidi, Bobbidi, Boys.
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
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
Dear Susan, This year, we were treated to the “sexiest Olympics opening ceremony ever,” according to Gisele Bundchen, Brazil native and supermodel. Not only was Gisele part of the opening but she promised “lots of nearly naked women doing the samba.” Perhaps no hosting city has summed up the dual physical and spiritual nature of… Continue reading Fruits of the Olympic Spirit
Dear Anne, What could possibly be better than being Catholic? Why, being an American Catholic, of course! In the spirit of Independence Day, I offer you some, ahem, “important” moments in Catholic American history. 1649: The Maryland Toleration Act is passed. Contrary to popular belief, this act mandated religious freedom for Catholics in the colony, not… Continue reading And With Your Spirit–of ’76