The Truly Poor Among UsA (Us All)

My mother handed me a story to read, a short one she said, from her church bulletin in response to a discussion we were having about life in the USA today.  Being in a hurry, I didn’t want to sit and read an article, especially one from the St. Brendan Parish Bulletin of all things, but she said it was important to understand what being poor…

Just One Hug a Day

Please take time to watch this video, profiled on MSN. Tim’s Place A childhood friend of mine posted this video on Facebook with the caption “Be Still My Heart” 🙂  I could not resist. You see, Tim has Downs Syndrome.  More importantly, Tim owns a restaurant in Alburquerque New Mexico, and it is a popular gathering place for the locals.  Being in the restaurant business has…

Yes America, There Really Are Good People!

“A few weeks ago, a 93-year-old WWII vet in Fort Wayne collapsed from fatigue while clearing snow from his driveway. After this week’s heavy snow, four firemen who had come to the man’s aid returned to his home — to shovel his driveway.”  (courtesy of Facebook) Yes, there are great men and women in our country.  Yes, there are great men and women who care…

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…

With thanks, from my yogi

Now is what you choose There was a time when you thought you could change the world. You were right, and you still are. There was a time when you knew that life was filled with limitless possibilities. It still is, and so are you. Perhaps you’re dismayed that so much time has passed without much noticeable progress. Yet the longer you’ve waited to move…

Loving Our Neighbor… in an Election Year…OMG!

There are times in one’s life when a particular title will tickle your funny bone, and the one the USCCB put out about loving one’s neighbor in an Election Year caused me to chuckle out loud.  It is easy to love a neighbor who agrees with you 100% of the time, but what about the neighbor who disagrees with your vision of OUR country 50%…

Four Degrees

I am reminded once again how close we are to each other…in fact, we are in removed from each other by only four degrees of separation. How else do you explain meeting a man (a very nice man)  who a. Grew up in New Jersey with the man…. b. My niece, who grew up in Michigan, married this weekend in Bay Harbor c. Who now teaches…

Become involved in the discussion so you can understand what is at stake

A United States Federal Judge has ruled against seven states in their lawsuit to block the contraceptive coverage mandate ordered by an unelected government worker – Kathleen Sibelius.  Appointed by President Obama, and not elected by the people, this woman is unilaterally dismantling the religious freedoms our founding fathers fought so hard for in their quest to establish a country where no government can tell a…