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I'm a novelist, retreat director, creative mentor, and a woman intent on generating courageous wisdom, love both whole and holy, and beauty that does not fade.
Interests: cooking., various forms of writing, walking around the city, watching films of all sorts, reading (of course)
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For the few of you still kind enough to check in and see if I'm posting--I do apologize for letting go of this part of my life. Just got edged out by other responsibilities. However, please know that during the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2012 at Wisdom Tree
It's always good to have a song, to discover a song and learn it by heart, to sing it to yourself when you want to feel the air spinning inside you and marvelous phrases lifting out of yourself and beyond . . . Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2012 at Wisdom Tree
Today, we begin the 40-day march toward resurrection. Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2012 at Wisdom Tree
How effective can hands-off love really be? When must a parent or parent-figure stake a claim and hang on? When is it—if ever—appropriate to make demands? Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2012 at Wisdom Tree
Aren't we made for desire, for longings fulfilled and unfufilled? Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2012 at Wisdom Tree
A person really should reach some sort of minimum age requirement before having to learn perseverance. Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2012 at Wisdom Tree
Thanks to friends Tom McGrath and Paul Campbell, I've a glorious video for you. Enjoy! Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2012 at Wisdom Tree
In truth, I still fear my desires. I fear to know what I really need out of life. I fear to acknowledge what I long for. And although you would think that as we grow older we would get better at contentment, it seems that longing deepens and that the soul's interior cries grow more insistent. Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2012 at Wisdom Tree
There's wear and tear involved in simply existing on this planet, even more if you dare to love people and the rest of creation, even more if you work hard and nurture creativity. All of that work and love and creativity walk around in one body, a body that never rests. It keeps breathing and circulating blood. It keeps healing itself. It keeps performing the same motions and functions, thousands of hours on end, with no break, ever. Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2012 at Wisdom Tree
I like to think that, before the great angel pronounced and the Holy Spirit overwhelmed, the girl Mary had a moment—or perhaps years— of revelatory and incidental wonders, Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2011 at Wisdom Tree
After the first of the year, I will make certain this blog is connected to the blog I write for at Loyola Press. For now, take a look at today's post: Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2011 at Wisdom Tree
Whatever personal narrative we are chattering about today, it must defer to the Story. And there is a sequence. We must pull our thoughts around the Memories, recite the acts of God. We must listen and wait for our cue to jump in with a phrase or a silence. Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2011 at Wisdom Tree
It's almost Christmas again, which is horrible timing but a very good thing. If we didn't have holy days on a recurring schedule, think of how often we would postpone them or skip them altogether. An illness in the family, or loss of job, or broken relationship, or death in the family, or general depression and stress--these disruptions would constantly nudge the holy days out of the way so that we could give all our energy to dealing with trouble. Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2011 at Wisdom Tree
But a friend of mine, author and spiritual director Margaret Silf, points out that the earth itself is a living organism, and without earthquakes, tsunamis, and other "natural disasters" this globe would be inert and not alive. Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2011 at Wisdom Tree
Please click on this link for Tobias Winright's article about cluster bombs. Thank you, Tobias, for grappling with this discomforting subject. Thank you, Commonweal Magazine, for offering this article for free online. Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2011 at Wisdom Tree
Here's a video of friend and author Jo Kadlecek talking about passion. Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2011 at Wisdom Tree
Youre so kind, Julie. Thank you. You gave my soul a lift, truly. Sent on the Sprint® Now Network from my BlackBerry®
Toggle Commented Apr 5, 2011 on Lent #7 If Only at Wisdom Tree
If only we were wealthy enough to travel the world and have our spiritual epiphanies in lovelier locations . . . Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2011 at Wisdom Tree
On this day in 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2011 at Wisdom Tree
March 25, 1911, in New York City, 145 factory workers died because of sweatshop working conditions, including locked doors to prevent employee theft. A fires broke out, and those who weren't burned alive fell to their deaths by jumping out of windows. Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2011 at Wisdom Tree
Have had this music in my head the past two days, and could remember only that it was used in a crucial and tragic scene of the movie Platoon. Upon searching YouTube, found this video that I think is so fitting for what is happening in Japan, Libya, Afghanistan . . . Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2011 at Wisdom Tree
I prayed this weekend by listening to Bach's St. Matthew's Passion. By listening I mean I sat in one place, undisturbed, with translation of the German in front of me and sank into the words and music. What a gift. Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2011 at Wisdom Tree
May the words of the great poem Rumi accompany you in this season of quieting the heart and looking for signals of Divine Presence: Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2011 at Wisdom Tree
Posted Mar 10, 2011 at Wisdom Tree
My goal for Lent this year is good repentance. That could take various forms. I begin, this Ash Wednesday, with one of my favorite videos/artists. This is not easy to watch, but it shouldn't be. Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2011 at Wisdom Tree