Dear Susan, As you have experienced, our house is divided into two separate kingdoms: Upper and Lower Slobovia. Lower Slobovia I can handle. It comprises the rooms I am in the most: my bedroom, the kitchen, dining room, laundry room, living room, my husband’s office (caution: there be monsters here). Upper Slobovia you enter at… Continue reading Facing the Upper Room(s)
Dear Anne, Last weekend I was riding home from a bridge tournament with my friend Megan when her twenty-something daughter called, in the throes of an anxiety attack and needing to talk with her mom. After Megan hung up, another mom who was with us said her daughter struggled with anxiety, too. That got us… Continue reading Social ME-dia: Finding Balance in a Self-Absorbed (Online) World
Dear Susan, The list of what I am allowed to eat includes dandelions, mustard greens, and seaweed. No, I am not grazing through my neighborhood or on a survivalist course. I was visiting my cousin, Debbie, over spring break and she convinced me to join her in a two-week detox while we were eating sweet… Continue reading A Lenten Detox
Dear Anne, A little more than a week ago, I was sitting in the Philadelphia airport during the first of two nor-easter’s we were hit with in the course of seven days. The arrivals and departures board listed cancellation after cancellation, but our flight to South Carolina was miraculously still On Time. Hubby and I… Continue reading I’m Leaving–On a Jet Plane?
Dear Susan, The lights went down, the strum of a guitar reverberated throughout the place. The girls in front of me sighed, closed their eyes, and raised their hand in the air in worshipful manner. Was I at the worship portion of yet another Lenten retreat? No, ma’am. It was Garth Brooks opening the Houston… Continue reading Friends in Low Places
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 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”