Hospice care: When life’s end draws near

hospice care, statue of woman kissing forehead of deceased

It’s so hard to believe that June 27, 2020, will be the ninth anniversary of my father’s death. My dad  endured great suffering in the final years of his life. I typically am not one to ask favors of God although I did so concerning my dad. I prayed that God would grant me the [ keep reading ]

The Best Chicken Salad Ever

I love chicken salad. It’s a dish I avoided when I was younger and much pickier, and I am so sad for my younger self who missed out on this delight. The disadvantage with this meal is that it’s not always the healthiest option. It’s normally made with mayonnaise, which means it can be loaded [ keep reading ]

I Left Social Media for a Month

Social media is so integrated into our lives these days that it is almost impossible to get away. People use it as a primary vehicle for inviting friends to social events. If you’re not online, you may miss out on chances to cultivate friendships. Or at least, that was what I thought. When I use [ keep reading ]

Chaperone tips you’ll want to keep in mind

chaperone, group of hikers

Do you have teenagers in your household? If so, do you often act as a chaperone on field trips or pilgrimages? I just spent a weekend (as I do every year) with more than 1,000 teenagers at Mount Saint Mary’s College and Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland. As always, I had a great time. Since I’ve [ keep reading ]

Lent and fasting: What are you giving up?

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I have to smile when people tell me they have “discovered” fasting. Like it was ever lost? Fasting is an ancient practice dating back to Moses or perhaps earlier. It is nothing new. Many people practice it regularly for their spiritual health more than their physical health. In fact, fasting is on the minds of [ keep reading ]

Bad habits: Are yours in the top 10?

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It’s your constant companion, greatest helper or heaviest burden. It will push you onward or drag you down to failure, and is at your command. It’s easily managed — you must merely be firm with it. After a few repetitions, it comes automatically. It is the servant of all great people; and alas, of all [ keep reading ]

In Defense of Valentine’s Day

For most of my twenties, I was miserably single. Despite having a few boyfriends during those years, I think I only celebrated about two Valentine’s Days as part of a couple. (Until I started dating my husband, anyway.) I remember spending several February 14th’s deliberately dressed in black, sometimes with no makeup, grouchy and rude [ keep reading ]

I hear the Queen has a senior royal job opening

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Dear Queen Elizabeth II, I respectfully apply for the senior royal job recently vacated at your company. I believe you will find that I meet and exceed the qualifications for the position. In fact, I feel confident that I can competently handle the work of both open positions, Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Qualifications The [ keep reading ]

Joy stealers: Don’t let them drag you down

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Pretend you have an electronic meter strapped to your body that registers your level of joy at any given moment. With 10 being supremely joyful and one being the opposite extreme, where would your meter be right now? Do people describe you as a joyful person? Did you used to be but are not at [ keep reading ]

Causes of debt that might apply to you

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It’s 2020 now. How is your financial situation? I know, I know — we’re not supposed to ask such questions. I never really understood why it’s inappropriate to discuss finances in a personal way. What is it that we don’t want others to know? Do you worry that a forthright discussion will destroy the facade? [ keep reading ]

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