Two Dyers, Hundreds of Dead Babies, and Money

Two Dyers, over 100 yrs apart – both making money off of dead babies. Coincidence? You be the judge. Amelia Dyer – a notorious baby farmer , hung for her crimes in 1896 for murdering infants in her care in London England; although hung for the murder of one, she is believed to have murdered over 400 infants during a twenty year period.  The good citizens of Victorian…

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…

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…

Remember the Holocaust…

Today and tomorrow, until sundown, we are asked to remember the Holocaust. Do we remember the souls lost forever? Do we recall the inhumane torture and suffering of all captured, imprisoned, separated from loved ones? Do we remember the propaganda used to dehumanize our fellow human beings? Do we remember the lack of compassion, the desire to not become involved ‘in their war’? Do we…

Interesting commentary, by Andrea Levy

I came across a particular article by a local writer, with an accompanying illustration that spoke volumes about the current atmosphere in Washington DC these days. Regardless of political persuasion, we all can find common ground with opponents…the question is, do we have the desire to find the common ground. Thanks to Andrea Levy Plain Dealer writer for allowing me to reprint her essay. I…

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…

Tuesday’s Temptations

Everyone has some character flaw they need to work on, and since Lent is the perfect time for attempting correction, on every TUES. of Lent remember this acronym:   “Try To Understand Everyone’s Side. Left/Right, Conservative/Liberal, Wife/Husband, Parent/Child, Parent/teen, Man/Woman … take the time to truly listen when a person may disagree with something you believe.  Only then can we engage them in a conversation. You do not have to agree…

First Friday of Lent: Happy Birthday Irene!

Woke up this morning with a severe headache, in all likelihood caused by the myriad of problems I know I have to face today.  So, at 5:30 A.M. decided to just get up and face the day.  Sipping on that first cup of coffee and contemplating on this First Friday of Lent I felt these words run through my entire body:”I am always with you”. These…

We Wait, We Trust, We Believe.

We wait, we trust, we believe…those words were the prelude to an Advent Prayer Service for Women which I attended three weeks ago.  At the time, they were a powerful reminder to slow down during the hectic weeks leading up to Christmas.  I thought those six words would prompt me to spend time each day and ponder the mystery of the Nativity. And I felt…