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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Carry on
Feb08

Carry on

Blogger’s note: I wrote this blog post a few days ago, then almost immediately second-guessed it. I didn’t want to post something that felt false and within just a few hours of writing it, I had spun out of this moment of clarity and back to a darker, foggier side of my brain. It’s been several days of enormous suckitude since. Yesterday, a friend posted this video for me as a show of support. The lyrics of the whole...

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Duck and cover!
Jul02

Duck and cover!

Image source: Wikipedia. Copyright 1997, Hollywood Pictures. There have been three times in my life when I was under crushing stress for such an extended period of time that when it was over, I truly had no idea what to do with myself. The first time ended in medication and therapy. The next two times, I have been much better equipped to deal with it. I’m sure everyone knows what this is like on a small scale, if not on the...

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‘V’ulnerability
Apr25

‘V’ulnerability

“Vulnerability is kind of the core of shame and fear and our struggle for worthiness, but it appears it is also the birthplace of joy, of creativity, of belonging, of love.” — Brené Brown A few years ago, when I was starting a process of rebuilding my life, I started having the oddest encounters with people. I should tell you that I was not merely rebuilding my life, I was trying to figure out what my life was. I was lost,...

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‘M’ommy!
Apr15

‘M’ommy!

Mom and me in 2008. I love my mom. She is a little insane, but I love her. I find something out about her all of the time. I think, too, as we both get older, I see more and more of her adult personality, as I revert less often to the “child” when I’m with her. I realized recently she is a very creative person when she proposed a funny solution to a weird problem and it totally worked. It occurred to me she is always...

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