Caroline Rock

Caroline Rock

Caroline lives in Maryland with her husband, Boris the cat and Harpo the dog. She loves finger painting and reading books with her six grandkids, and she takes long walks to think about all the other things she should be doing. Her writing has appeared in St. Anthony Messenger magazine and Catholic Digest.

You have the right to unfriend whomever you want

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Maybe it’s because I’ve lived over 50 years, or maybe it’s because I’m not Kylie Jenner. But Facebook unfriending is not really a big deal to me. I have known people who completely cut off their real-life relationships with me after I removed them from my Facebook friends list. It’s nothing personal. I may be [ keep reading ]

Why do my children have so much anxiety?

anxiety, woman holding paper smile

I remember very little of the 1990s. Throughout most of the decade, I was giving birth and raising babies. So it was a bleary time, to say the least. I had my own anxiety about being a good parent and feared I would mess up my kids. As much as we could, my husband and [ keep reading ]

The Wounded Warrior Project

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I have a black throw that I keep in the back of my car. I use it for such events as little league games, impromptu trips to the park or to cover the upholstery when the dog is in the car. It is a blanket I received when I signed up to make monthly donations [ keep reading ]

Fashion trends for 2020 may look familiar

My mom in her day was always on top of fashion trends despite barely having two nickels to rub together. This was because she rarely got rid of clothes. Instead, she tucked them in the back of her closet, a firm believer that yesterday’s fashions would come around again. She was usually right. I have [ keep reading ]

Alexa, change my life

Alexa, echo dot with eyes and mouth

My husband got me an Amazon Dot for Christmas. I didn’t know what an Amazon Dot was. “You know,” he explained. “Alexa.” The little disk sat on the ledge in the dining room for less than an hour before I had it set up and ready to go. I had seen the commercials where people [ keep reading ]

Hoping to be more organized in 2020?

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How many nights a week do you crawl into bed exhausted from spinning your tires and feeling like you could have accomplished so much more if you could be more organized, if only you had more time? Of course, everyone has the same number of hours in a day. You might be surprised to realize [ keep reading ]

The myth of the 27 Club

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Selena Gomez, Cardi B, Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas and dozens others have at least one thing in common: they were born in 1992. This means that they are at or nearing the age of 27. While this may not seem like as great a milestone as 21 or even 40, to a celebrity, [ keep reading ]

Ironing clothes is a thing of the past

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Apparently, millennials are not buying irons. This means they are either wearing their clothes as is or their parents are ironing clothes for them. I have nothing against millennials. I delivered three of them. And I taught each and every one of them how to handle an iron, especially my son. A lost skill? When [ keep reading ]

Saint Joseph can teach us important lessons

St. Joseph, white statue near church

The foster father of Jesus is a man of mystery. Saint Joseph does not speak a single word in the Bible, and over the centuries many have speculated about what the holy man might have been thinking. Perhaps this Advent and Christmas, we can spend some time meditating on Saint Joseph. We may learn something [ keep reading ]

Bible verses on my grandfather’s knee

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My grandfather was a self-appointed Baptist preacher who had little more than a third grade education. Practically illiterate, Papaw derived his theology mostly from Bible verses he had memorized and from the texts of many well-beloved hymns. Unfortunately, this often meant he used Scripture verses out of context and not always in a kind way. [ keep reading ]

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