relationships · women

Hey La, Hey La, My Boyfriend’s Back: The Case for Boyfriend Jesus

Dear Susan, Yesterday, Ted and I set an appointment to speak with each other. Yes, it’s gotten that extreme. With a husband who travels frequently, spends the majority of his day on conference calls, and whose voicemail is always full, it can sometimes be hard to get a little face time with the one you… Continue reading Hey La, Hey La, My Boyfriend’s Back: The Case for Boyfriend Jesus

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”

Friendship · Lenten practices · retreat · women

Retreats Gone “Wild”

Dear Susan, I have determined that God must be speaking to us through Lin Manuel Miranda. You wrote a moving piece on forgiveness, based on his blockbuster musical, Hamilton.  At a retreat I attended this past weekend, the afternoon led off with a talk referencing “Satisfied,” based on a song from the same show.   I… Continue reading Retreats Gone “Wild”

Christmas · women

Let it ‘No, Let it ‘No, Let it ‘No!–Finding Jesus Amid the Tinsel and Bows

Dear Anne, I’m feeling a little guilty this Christmas. For the first time since the kids were born, I’m not sending out photo Christmas cards. It’s been a long time since my boys were cute little things posing in Christmas sweaters for the annual card picture, but through the years I’ve managed to keep up… Continue reading Let it ‘No, Let it ‘No, Let it ‘No!–Finding Jesus Amid the Tinsel and Bows

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

Faith · humor · women

Truths Universally Acknowledged – Jane Austen’s Prayers and Prejudices

Dear Susan, “Oh no, dear Lord, not again.” My husband has walked into our bedroom at an inconvenient time. Colin Firth, in his dripping wet shirt, is heading towards Pemberly and Elizabeth Bennet in the BBC’s 1995 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. When we first married, Ted had never heard of Pride and Prejudice. Now… Continue reading Truths Universally Acknowledged – Jane Austen’s Prayers and Prejudices