Make it “Theme Thimple”

When little kids lose their front teeth, sometime between 5 to 8 years old, they acquire (for a time) the most adorable lisp. Around that same age, they also develop an appreciation for themed learning opportunities and events. (Put those … Continue reading

The Chaos of Chemotherapy

Looking back once again, to 2008, and the most difficult days of my cancer treatments. Luckily for me, I have a reliable reference for my review. Ever since I was a young mother, my daily activities (as well as those … Continue reading

Thirty-six Years of Adventure

On this day in 1982, I set sail on an Ocean of Blue. It was the beginning of a great venture of discovery on the Great Sea of Life and Love. My first mate was my husband, Ron, and we … Continue reading

Put the Kibosh on Kidney Disease

  Three months ago I found myself face to face with an unnerving diagnosis – CKD, Stage 3. Initially, I didn’t take the news very well. I was scared, upset, and anxious. Then I asked my “prayer warrior” friends to … Continue reading

A Devotional Turnpike Tour

Detroit was calling my name, again. Well…not Detroit, per se, but the earthly resting place of the physical remains of “my” most beloved saint, Blessed Solanus Casey. My husband and I traveled there in May of last year for our 35th wedding … Continue reading

Memories of a Taxing Tax Day

Ten years ago, on April 15, tax day of 2008, I received my first chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer. The treatment plan had already beat me up considerably, with a complicated healing from the lumpectomy, followed by another surgery to … Continue reading

Close Encounters of the Spiritual Kind (Elder Care, Part II)

In my last post, I shared my personal views on elder care. There are many reasons for finding ourselves in this mess. First of all, let’s be honest, a lot of us are just too busy (or, too far away, … Continue reading

Beyond Lullabies (Part 2 of the Family Saga)

In my last post, I rustled up the courage to share the painful truth of my childhood. I prefer not to leave it at that. I want you to know about the perceptible (albeit modest) healing that came to pass … Continue reading

Lightening Bug Lullaby

I grew up in conditions that were….shall we say, less than ideal? There was alcoholism, abuse, and neglect. My parents were two very broken people who came together to form an extremely dysfunctional relationship, and then brought forth children in … Continue reading