Archive for December 2017

I don’t want to be dramatic, but I think I could have died this week

Wednesday morning started with a simple sore throat. By 8pm, I was in bed all achy with chills and a fever of 100.8. By Thursday, I could barely wake up and couldn’t eat or drink anything. I told my mom and daughter that I just needed to sleep it off to get better. I set... Read more »

Can you think of the favorite gift you gave or received?

With Hanukkah, St. Nicholas Day and St. Lucia Day over, and Kwanza and Christmas still to come, gifts are on my mind. My mother actually mentioned that it would be interesting to know what people feel have been the best gift they have received this year and in the past. As I thought about my favorite... Read more »

A Simple Joy

I wrote this piece about 20 years ago when I had dreams of being a writer. I had young children at the time and little time for anything, let alone write a book. I have more time now, but this story reminds me why I write. I write to put my thoughts down on paper... Read more »

Calm, tranquil, quiet, still, peace

I have been thinking a lot about peace and what that really means this week. It is not just repressing my feelings and avoiding confrontations. It is expressing my beliefs, and standing up for what I believe in. One of my favorite songs at church has always been “Let There Be Peace On Earth”, always wishing that... Read more »

Do you have the music in you?

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Oh, to have been a musician. Like many others, I have always loved music, and been quite impressed with other people’s ability to play instruments and to sing. When I was 13, I even took guitar lessons, but I could never quite get the hang of it, so I gave up. I do think that... Read more »

What is Advent?

Advent wreaths, advent candles and advent calendars…I grew up catholic surrounded by these items, but I never really understood what they were for. Is it a way to get a treat each day in December? Or just another Christmas decoration? Or simply a countdown to Santa’s arrival? Advent is defined as the arrival of a notable... Read more »