Category Archives: religion


Last night I went to the 50th Anniversary event for The Collegeville Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research at Saint John’s Abbey. It made me think about the Benedictine virtue of Stability. The room was full of wonderful people, many of whom … Continue reading

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Poetry Month

I’ve been writing a lot of poems lately. went over to a static site, so there is no more posting “new stories” there. I have moved with a lot of other Cowbird writers over to You can find … Continue reading

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The Arrival of Christ: What Kind of Gift Is This?

I wrote this during the second week in Advent and sent it to a few Catholic publications, hoping to get it on one of their blogs. Now Christmas is almost over– Epiphany is today if you go by the “old” liturgical calendar … Continue reading

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Arrival (review)

SPOILER ALERT! I’m gonna tell you pretty much everything that happens in this film. Thanksgiving weekend is a good time for movies, old and new. We saw Arrival two weeks ago, when it opened, and I started a review, but it was too early … Continue reading

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It’s certainly human nature, when much is out of one’s control, to become superstitious. Facing cancer, I’m surprised and also not surprised by my level of superstition– or maybe closer to what Joan Didion calls “magical thinking.” For example, a … Continue reading

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Acts of Mercy

Some people who know me and the blog know that for about 2 1/2 years I’ve been writing to someone on death row in North Carolina. There is a Sister who is a Benedictine Oblate with Saint John’s Abbey, where … Continue reading

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Ways to Pray for Healing

The poem about carrying images and other prayers is ready to share. I posted it on Cowbird, which is a lovely platform for poetry with multiple images. To read it, go here: I am so grateful for people who have … Continue reading

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“The Prayers of All Good People Are Good”

I used to teach Willa Cather’s My Antonia quite often when I taught English at community colleges. It is still one of my favorite books. The one line that has stayed with me all these years is one said by Jim Burden’s … Continue reading

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Second Sunday of Lent

I went to Mass today with surprisingly little trepidation. I was ready for the hugs and even the one friend who was teary. I was ready to listen to the Scriptures. And I knew the first reading, Genesis 15, at … Continue reading

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“Habits” interview on A Nun’s Life

This interview is almost two years old, but I didn’t realize it was available as a podcast. I had so much fun doing this interview with Sister Julie Viera and Sister Maxine Kollasch. For those who would like to hear … Continue reading

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