She Chooses Life

Life is precious. Despite everything this beautiful baby girl has gone through in her short life…open heart surgery and a severe MRSA-Staph infection to name just a few… she is reaching out for love and life.  She is ready to get on with the business of living. How many of us can say the same thing? This Christmas, reach out for life.  Do not let…

Help Alex…an Amazing Teen

Alex Berube is in need of your help. You don’t have to go anywhere, buy anything, call anyone, or even get up off of your chair.  What you need to do is click-through the link below to read her blog and see what she has been through  these past two years, read her incredible journey, and then click-through to the Vote For Alex page listed.…

We the People Can Do Better

Everyone has a breaking point – just ask the ever-loyal Cleveland Browns fans – who, by the way, I feel could use a tad bit more positive feedback  for their coming 2014-2015 season.  But in regards to the community of citizen-commentators who post to our newspaper, I reached my breaking point.  This week I logged on and viewed the “most comments’ link supplied on their opinion…

Baby Estie

Many people have been kind enough to pray for the Baby Estie in St. Paul, MN based on the email I received from the prayer group, and published on Holding Hands.  As a Catholic writer and mother I know all things are possible through prayers.  When angry, scared, and frustrated – I turn to prayer.  This email scared me. It scared me because I do…

Nine Months Together…Then It Ends

Soon our family will have a new member.  Any day now my god-daughter will give birth, and as a mother of four I know exactly how these last few weeks  feels…especially when it is your first.  She has no idea of what is in store for her, but she is eagerly welcoming the unexpected with open arms. No one knows the sex of the child…although…

Alzheimer Patient’s Request

http://www.viralnova.com/alzheimers-poem/ This brought tears to my eyes, and reminded me once again that when we serve others, their needs come first. Too often we try to force a particular view, action, or thought on others because we feel it will help. This poem reminds us that oftentimes just being there is enough. Sitting quietly, holding a hand, is more important than we will ever know.

Meditation and Prayer

From my perspective I seem to be drawn to three types of articles.  Some are written with the intention of relaying new information; finance, politics, foreign lands…just to mention some of my interests. Others are articles written by people debating or complaining about a particular point of view I hold and expounding on why their way of thinking is best. And then there are the…

Everything is Local

Picking up our paper today, I remembered Tip O’Neil’s favorite saying about politics: “in politics, everything is local”. This is also true of almost everything. One town thirty miles away is in the midst of a teacher’s strike – but it does not affect me. The city of Cleveland is in the midst of trying to mitigate the effects of a police chase which ended…

Silence – a Precursor to Peace.

Driving home from New England yesterday I was once again afforded the opportunity for silence. Silence has always been, for me, an essential ingredient for balance.  I am happy when there is a lack of auditory distraction;  I hear myself think better in silence. For me,  sitting by the window on a sunny day and hearing absolutely nothing is paradise!  No dryer spinning, no furnace…

Polish Traditions Remembered

I have to be honest – being Polish AND Catholic are so intertwined with who I am that when I visited Poland with my sisters and parents in 2008 I was surprised to see churches of other faiths…and I was in my fifties! All the people in my life with Polish ancestry are Catholics; therefore Church traditions were synonymous with Polish traditions. Didn’t matter that…