Lent has got to be one of the most depressing times of the year. Everything is stark. The altar at the Catholic church I attend – Saint Paschal Baylon – is stripped. The large foliage behind the priest’s chair is gone. Instead, it’s off to one side of the church which seems to send the … More Battling the starkness of Lent is a challenge
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Why do you run? I asked myself this question several times while I was running my first 10-mile race on a brisk, spring day along the shores of Lake Erie. When I looked around at the hundreds of people around me, I also wondered what their reasons for running were. If I would have had … More Running in memory of my sister, who is finally at peace
Editor’s Note: This was written two years after my divorce in 2015. I was married in 2008. It was hot and sunny the day I went to pick up my intricate, lace veil for my upcoming wedding. I was sweating when I walked into the bridal shop and a little nervous. It wasn’t the veil … More Learn to sink, swim or snorkel during a divorce
“So you use what you’ve got and you learn to make do. You take the old, you make it new.” — “Jack of All Trades,” Bruce Springsteen *** Think of something you own that would be worth $1 at a garage sale, but is priceless to you. For me, that object is an antique … More What do you treasure?
Every year for Lent, I give up shopping which is one of my favorite activities. Of course, I allow myself to shop for groceries but not for fun things like clothes and household decorations. This year, I wasn’t able to keep my resolution for the entire 40 days. I slipped about three quarters of … More Please use your manners, thank you