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NATURAL LIVING

What I did on my Summer Vacation

Day One: It's technically the night before vacation. I'm home from work and starting the process of packing. It takes another work day, seven and a half hours, to prepare. Seriously. We are not on the road until 10:30 at night. And we need two cars to pack all...

And they call this fun?

I have an odd relationship with the beach. I've never lived more then five minutes from the water. Growing up, the Long Island Sound was a mere half-mile away and as a teen, I made the brief walk with friends as often as possible. I never really thought abou...

Breaking: The She-Hulk lives

My son once asked me, "If you could be any super hero, who would it be?" Without hesitation, I answered, "She Hulk." And I've never wished for that alter-ego more then I did yesterday, during the ghastly culmination of a hellish week. I totally envisioned my...
LIFE ON PURPOSE

True beauty comes from within: Life on Purpose

MaryAngela, my second daughter, was joyful and excited about life from the womb. She too was a feminine beauty...

Faith, love and family, grown like the flowers of the...

My husband and I were married on July 12, 28 years ago. To this day, the blue hue on the sides of the road, em...

God knows our deepest needs

This spring, I led worship for a few retreats of men and women. Leading worship for a groups like these means ...
IN THE KITCHEN

In the Kitchen: A visit with Julia Child

This past week I felt the need to get my hands dirty in the kitchen. Throw all the delicacy and perfection of putting together a meal out the window. I kept having thoughts of braising and simmering. Fingers began twitching a...
GARDENING

Put the garden to bed and dream of spring

The leaves on the dogwood tree in our yard have turned a magnificent burgundy. Frosts have arrived. The chickens have started to molt. The leaves are changing color and have...

Garlic-planting time in the garden

Gardening season is winding down for most. The harvest is slowing a bit, except for some cold weather crops. There is still plenty of winter squash, hearty greens like kale...
BIBLE STUDY

How are you REALLY doing?

"How Are You REALLY Doing?" A Christmas Message Text: Proverbs 14:13 "Even in laughter the heart may be in pain, and the end of joy may be grief." How...

Bible study: James 2:14-26

  “Talk is cheap— show me!” Text: James 2:14-26 14 What use is it, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has no works? Can [a]that faith...

Bible study: Romans 11:1-6

Grace Alone, Faith Alone, Christ AlonePart 3: Text: Romans 11: 1-6 “In the same way then, there has also come to be at the present time a remnant according to...
BITS AND PIECES

When one door closes, another opens: Learning to let go

Have you ever felt like you were straddling two worlds? Not in an extraterrestrial sense, but where one chapter of your life is finished and you are staring at a blank screen trying to write a new chapter. In modern jargon it’s called transitioning. ...

Yearning for a simpler time

Have you ever yearned for the good old days? I’m not talking about taking personal inventory, that’s a subjective question. On our journey through life we get to where we are by our actions and reactions—and if we don’t like the road we are on, th...

Learning to accept that 'it is as it is'

As far back as I can remember I loved the written word. As young child, when mom and dad announced “lights out,” I was the kid who covertly read by flashlight under the covers. I started writing stories when I was in kindergarten and according to Mo...

'Andare a vivere la tua passione': Living Dad's advice

Wow wee!!! I feel like a teenager (sans the pony tail) and here’s why: I have a brand new car — and not just any run-of-the- mill car. It’s a hot sporty model with a turbo engine. In the aftermath of my husband Frank’s death a year ago, I figure...
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