Our daughter's graduation: What I learned from the Lutherans

This is the entrance to the church.  I learned that the church doesn't have to be ornate to be reverent.  The starkness added to a peaceful atmosphere.  I've been in minimalist Catholic churches, but for some reason, this seemed different.  We were the only ones in the chapel at the time.
Our daughter graduated from college.  Her father and I are so proud of her!  She’s overcome quite a bit to get there, but she persevered and she didn’t quit.  Her hard work paid off and we were thrilled to watch her “walk.” Our daughter graduated from a Lutheran college.  She had attended a secular college,... Read more »

Honor Your Inner Monk

The app shows you how many days you consistently pray.  With the short prayers, it's easy to spend a minute or two wherever you are to say the prayer.
Honor Your Inner Monk is an app I came across recently.  What I like best about it, is that the prayers are short and to the point.  In a sentence or two, the prayer is thoughtful, helpful and practical.  Most importantly, I find that the prayer sticks with me throughout the day. Too busy to... Read more »

Pope Francis' favorite painting, Chagall's White Crucifixion, returns to The Art Institute of Chicago

<a href="http://www.artic.edu/exhibition/chagall-homecoming">Chagall Homecoming</a> in Gallery 395 of the Modern Wing at The Art Institute of Chicago
Pope Francis’ favorite painting, Chagall’s White Crucifixion, returns to The Art Institute of Chicago.  I learned all this through social media so I planned my visit to the museum. Chagall is known for his use of color, but the White Crucifixion is nearly devoid of color.  Small areas of the painting have some color, but... Read more »
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Coloring the Van Gogh bedroom

I purchased this coloring book at The Art Institute of Chicago.  However you can purchase similar books at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
After attending the exhibit of Van Gogh’s Bedrooms at The Art Institute of Chicago, I’ve become a bit obsessed with the museum itself and Van Gogh’s works.  As a life-long Chicago resident, the exhibit prompted me to become a member of the museum and I’m so glad I did! My new obsession brought me to... Read more »

Signs of Catholicism in the Thorne Miniature Rooms at The Art Institute

A little bit about the gallery:  The 68 Thorne Miniature Rooms enable one to glimpse elements of European interiors from the late 13th century to the 1930s and American furnishings from the 17th century to the 1930s. Painstakingly constructed on a scale of one inch to one foot, these fascinating models were conceived by Mrs. James Ward Thorne of Chicago and constructed between 1932 and 1940 by master craftsmen according to her specifications. - From The Art Institute's web site
Not too long ago, I wrote about how I found God in Van Gogh’s bedrooms at The Art Institute.  My friend and I had such a good time that we planned another visit.  This time we went to see the Thorne Miniature Rooms.  These beautiful little rooms had us searching for the tiniest details.  Sometimes we... Read more »

The Curmudgeon of all Saints: Saint Polycarp

The Curmudgeon of all Saints:  Saint Polycarp
I wrote this four years ago on St. Polycarp’s feast day.  Learning about the saints is learning the history of our faith and church.  When you’re feeling a bit cranky, you can tell people you’re just following in the footsteps of this early saint. Polycarp (155? or 166?) is the curmudgeon of all the saints.... Read more »
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I found God in Van Gogh's Bedrooms

The explanation of the three different bedrooms as you enter the exhibit.
I made a trip to The Art Institute of Chicago to see the Van Gogh’s Bedrooms exhibit.  The exhibit runs through May 10, 2016.  I know the phrase “must see” is overused, but this really is a one of a kind exhibit that is being done only in Chicago, so it really is a “must see.” I wasn’t... Read more »

Lunar New Year 2016 at St. Therese Chinese Catholic Church

Many Chinese businesses and private residents have lions guarding the entranceway.
Lunar New Year 2016 at St. Therese Chinese Catholic Church was celebrated on Sunday, February 21.  This is the Year of the Monkey. This year the celebration was special.  Archbishop Cupich was one of the celebrants.  He has a great sense of humor and seemed to enjoy himself throughout the celebration. If you’ve never been... Read more »

Where should we live when we retire?

Where should we live when we retire?
My husband and I are planning our retirement. We’ve talked about our expenses and how we’ll manage our money. The main topic is where should we live when we retire? I’ve looked at lists and articles about the best places to retire, but as I read the statistics to him, I find myself wondering, “Would... Read more »
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Facebook Memories: On This Day

This was in my memories as my first profile picture for my blog in November, 2010. It's also when I joined Facebook.
I’m sure whenever you log into Facebook, you’ve noticed the Facebook Memories: On This Day.  It can either be seen through a friend’s sharing of their memories or there’s a tab on the left of your newsfeed under “Apps” that you can click on and see your own. Sometimes I wonder what’s in other peoples’... Read more »