Posts in category "spirituality"

When "The Good News" and "The Bad News" are one and the same

When "The Good News" and "The Bad News" are one and the same
The Good News: when I travel out west to spend a few days with friends, that scary, sharp ‘n stabby insanity that I manage – aggressively – on a daily basis gradually subsides and I am, once again, an even-keeled woman. What a gift to know it doesn’t have to be that way! The Bad... Read more »

Doesn't God talk to everyone through Hallmark Channel movies?

Doesn't God talk to everyone through Hallmark Channel movies?
For me, turning on a random Hallmark Movie Channel is much like randomly opening an ancient spiritual tome and reading from the middle of the page: I’m always given some sage spiritual advice that is relevant to my current situation. It’s freak-ehhh. On tonight’s Hallmark Channel movie, Andrew McCarthy was a cowboy-hat-wearing recluse who lived on... Read more »

There's no such thing as 'just another ultrasound'

There's no such thing as 'just another ultrasound'
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What is the 2nd question you would ask God after you die?

What is the 2nd question you would ask God after you die?
If the Little Golden Book version of eternal life turns out to be true, and we wait in line at a set of pearly gates before entering a land of cotton candy clouds and eternal free cable, I think we can all agree that the first question we would ask God is: Why pediatric cancer?... Read more »

How a $3 sewing kit restored my faith in humanity

How a $3 sewing kit restored my faith in humanity
I don’t know if it’s because of the heat …or the political ascent of the Orange Shithead …or a wonky side effect of my new meds …or a mid-life crisis… or some combination of all of the above BUT: lately life has been a bit of a slog. Even so, the only thing more annoying... Read more »

How to have a broken heart and still be a good parent

How to have a broken heart and still be a good parent
The world has broken my heart, It’s not been just one thing that has taken me out. It’s been a long slow burn of suck. To  deflect accountability for his own shame and self-loathing, a closeted gay man adopted the mask of a “radical extremist” and slaughtered 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando.... Read more »
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Why I hate Misericordia Candy Days

Why I hate Misericordia Candy Days
What? How can anyone hate Misericordia Candy Days: two days in April when thousands of guardians and volunteers show up at major intersections across Chicago seeking small donations for Misericordia, a widely respected agency on the north side that provides residential, social, and medical services to hundreds of adults with intellectual and physical disabilities. What’s to... Read more »

If I were to die tomorrow, here is what I know right now

Sometimes words invade my head like a catchy tune – and the only way to exorcise them is to sing them out loud. And for two days now, a single, tuneless phrase has played itself over and over in my mind: “If I were to die, tomorrow, here is what I know right now…” I know,... Read more »

"Big Magic" - Haters be damned, Elizabeth Gilbert's book is the bomb

"Big Magic" - Haters be damned, Elizabeth Gilbert's book is the bomb
I wouldn’t call this post a book review of Elizabeth Gilbert’s newest release, Big Magic – Creative Living Beyond Fear. I’m simply here to testify – to say “Amen,” and “Hallelujah.” This book doesn’t break any new ground in the self-help genre. It doesn’t even say everything in the best way I’ve ever heard it... Read more »
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Batshit Crazy? Here are ten tips for a more manageable life.

Batshit Crazy? Here are ten tips for a more manageable life.
In today’s world, there is a surplus of kid-glove terms available to describe challenging minds. My “go-to” DSM-V code is: 314.00: Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Predominantly Inattentive Type I’m grateful for that Google-friendly term, for it suggests I actually belong to the throng. But deep down I know I’m really just Batshit Crazy. And it’s not the... Read more »