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Several friends have thought this movie is about forgiveness, but I don’t think so. Not really. There’s no plot of forgiveness. Philomena never blamed the nuns and the reporter never forgives, rather, the opposite. I puzzled about what this movie is about and a brief video clip of Thomas Merton’s... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2014 at Movies
Mindful Every day I see or I hear something that more or less kills me with delight, that leaves me like a needle in the haystack of light. It is what I was born for— to look, to listen, to lose myself inside this soft world— to instruct myself over... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2014 at Something Wonderful
Mary H. Mele is now following Nick Mele
Aug 10, 2013
Mary H. Mele is now following Sam Crane
Aug 8, 2012
This started as an experiment in October in honor of my grandchildren's first birthday. I was looking for the blessing in every day and indeed: it is there. Life, though, is more complex than that, and the day of light and dark (was it Feb.4th?) brought that home to me,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2012 at Something Wonderful
Yes! there's paint on the walls! After a year of fussing and patches and waiting, we hired painters who came in and in two days - bam! we have color on the walls. This is one of the colors and this is the other color. Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2012 at Something Wonderful
Walking across campus with one of my older students offers a chance to talk about her work with people with dementia. "Just this moment," she says, "that's all we have. We have to live it. That's what these elderly people have taught me." Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2012 at Something Wonderful
My day is rich in them - the early am learning online class, full of returning students, the low level ESL class midday, always exceedingly polite, and the late afternoon intense nursing students. They bless my life with respect, interest and enthusiasm. What a joy! Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2012 at Something Wonderful
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Nick is visiting and he shared this photo of our granddaughter. Happy. Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2012 at Something Wonderful
It's a luxury, really, one common in the modern era, but nonetheless. I was talking with Marie who fell and broke her hip last week. Yesterday her granddaughter (a PA) gave her a shower in the nursing home, the first one in 10 days, and Marie was still glowing with... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2012 at Something Wonderful
In the memoir, Making Toast, there is a line about the way suffering causes one to notice the details. In my effort here to write what's wonderful, I'm noticing how I notice the wonderful even more particularly when the events of the day have been difficult. I thought briefly today... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2012 at Something Wonderful
Went to a presentation by Steve Kerr about e-learning. It was just an hour and about 20 faculty. I enjoyed the intellectual stimulation of thinking about what I am doing in a meta sense, and this sense of excitement which Dr. Kerr generated in thinking creatively about - what next? Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2012 at Something Wonderful
It's the anticipation which is so sweet. I'm sitting down in a few minutes to write love letters to my family. Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2012 at Something Wonderful
I sit in chair facing east toward Mt. Baker in the morning. It is so glorious to sit and watch the light change. Most of the year this change is either happening too early (5 am) or too late (8 am) but at this time of the year, the dawn... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2012 at Something Wonderful
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On Mt. Baker yesterday, Nick held my hand as we walked in the snow, the sun saturating the mountains and that night, at a fiddle concert at the Pickford, Nick holding my hand in the dark. Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2012 at Something Wonderful
Among the benefits of having a dog: a walk along the bay in glorious sunshine despite having no time at all in the agenda to do this. Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2012 at Something Wonderful
What glorious sun we had today! The early rays, slitting through some low pillow-heavy clouds, made fat drops hanging from stiff evergreens glisten and twinkle like snow globes. Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2012 at Something Wonderful
In bed reading; what could be better? Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2012 at Something Wonderful
The trees are just about bare now, and so the abandoned bird nests are more visible. Today I noticed one that had pink plastic ribbons fluttering from it, the ends intricately woven into the nest. I started scanning for nests and saw 3 in the short walk across campus -... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2012 at Something Wonderful
It was donuts. After Mass, just to change up our routine, my husband, my father and I went to Rocket Donuts , where we had great cups of coffee and a plate of donuts - all for under $10 - while we read the New York Times. My friend Brook... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2012 at Something Wonderful
It hailed this morning. I heard it on leaves before I could see it; stood there listening: where is it, what is making those leaves rustle and move like that? Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2012 at Something Wonderful
I'm working this afternoon cleaning my files at school. There's the "How to Get a Job" class I taught 2 winters ago, and cleaning their resumes out right now, tossing their neatly typed hopes on the floor, I note their cramped handwritten drafts, the errors, the languages, the suffering, the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2012 at Something Wonderful
The weather. Cold. Clear. Light. Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2012 at Something Wonderful
I came home from a full day of teaching, paperwork and meetings to find that Nick had had a full day of the very young, the very old and the ill, all in need of his particular attention. I had one of those days he used to have and he... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2012 at Something Wonderful
Is there anything quite as comforting? I had a physically handicapped friend in Malaysia who a couple of times over the years mentioned in passing how he appreciated clean sheets. It was small comment, and yet deepened my own appreciation. Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2012 at Something Wonderful