‘A’ new blog
Apr01

‘A’ new blog

Has it been a year already?!?!? Oh, yeah, I crack myself up. Sorry, folks. I disappeared on ya. And it wasn’t really a good thing, either. You can see in my few posts from last year, things were in a downward spiral. I had to take a break … from almost everything. It was a long haul. But I am better now. A lot better. Not pretend better. Not “faking it” better. Not waiting-for-it-to-get-better better. Just...

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Seven years
Mar17

Seven years

With my daughter, just after shestarted kindergarten. As of today, I’m a seven-year survivor of cancer. Lucky number seven. Luck of the Irish. Oh, sure, I recurred after five years and three months, but I am still here. And that is no small thing. Seven years ago at this time, I was completely terrified that I wouldn’t see my daughter start kindergarten. I did get to see her start kindergarten, and first grade, second...

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I wish I’d known Harry
Mar16

I wish I’d known Harry

My very first real job – after my high school career of tying tomatoes on a farm and making wreaths for a pittance for the farmer’s daughter’s not-so-thriving interior decorating business – was as an obituary writer for the local paper. It was a dream job for a journalism major who had only one college-level journalism class under her belt! The entry-level job was a way to learn AP Style and get acquainted with...

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If I had myself a monkey
Mar05

If I had myself a monkey

Slightly out of focus and too red from being burned to death by the flash, but, trust me, it will have to do. “Never work with animals or children.” – W.C. Fields Last week, my 11-year-old dropped a new word on me that had me running for the Urban Dictionary. As is often the case with my very communicative kid, my brain was tuned only into the keywords of the conversation. My mom brain has that scanner thing you know...

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Roller coasters
Feb28

Roller coasters

Moo.Photo from the Indiana State Fair newsroom photos on Flickr. I love the Indiana State Fair. I love the crazy fried foods the vendors provide, even though I generally take one bite and pass it off to someone else or trash the rest because my old, gall-bladder-deprived body can’t handle the fat. I love the animals. There is nothing better than looking into the deep brown eyes of a gorgeous Jersey cow and saying thanks for the...

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Good, scary stuff
Feb23

Good, scary stuff

Aphrodite startled, also known as Lely’s Venus.Photo by Fr. Lawrence Lew, O.P. Used undera Creative Commons license. I’m going to delve into something here that is really hard for me to share. In fact, as I write this opening paragraph, I’m not sure if this post will ever see the light of the internet. I’m writing it, though, for a few reasons. First, I am going to write daily. It’s an important intention...

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