Archive | April, 2007

RIP Mstislav Rostropovich

When I lived in Dallas immediately after I graduated from college, I spent a couple of years working for a group of psychologists. They were all great people and it was a very good company to work for. One of the doctors had been a concert flautist before she changed direction and to become a […]

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Weekend in Maine

This week my sister-in-law, Francesca, had a birthday and so the family headed up to Maine to celebrate. We were only gone one night. We left early Saturday morning and returned last night. It was a fun trip. We had a picnic by the lake, went to mass at the cathedral in Portland (oh the […]

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Prayer Request

For my cousin, Brandon, and his wife, Mary. I just learned that they have had a second miscarriage. They’ve only been married a couple of years and have really been hoping to start a family right away. I know this must be a very difficult time for them.

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The Bride Violated

Adoro te Devote hits the nail on the head with this great post about the Church as Bride. Here’s a selection: The Church has always been feminine in nature; from the music, the trappings, the contemplation and mysticism, the beauty and serenity in architecture and in liturgical practice. Amazingly, men have also been drawn into […]

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Nature Study with Bella

Daddy has just left and Bella is crying inconsolably. So I scoop her up and head out the front door. Immediately she calms down and begins to look around her. She loves being out of doors. I put her down on the sidewalk and she stoops to investigate some dry leaves. She takes a few […]

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Prayer Request

Forwarded to me by my dad, who is a secular Carmelite, from one of his sisters in Carmel: My family in Carmel, I humbly ask for prayers for my son, Justin, and daughter-in law, Cristina.  They suffered a miscarriage yesterday. Cris was 10 weeks along.  May God bring them comfort and peace. In Jesus’ name, […]

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Spring Cleaning

What is it about simply rearranging the furniture that can make a space that felt cramped, stale, unlivable suddenly feel open, alive, welcoming? After a long winter and dreary, rainy spring, the living room was feeling like a prison. First I vacuumed and straightened it up and that made it a little better. Then, we […]

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Another Poem about a Daughter

I just found this poem, Interstate Highway and can’t stop reading and re-reading it. These lines especially: we not yet thinking a child though impossibly guessing her features             the feathery, minutely combed lashes the tiny perfect nails, though not yet     the many later trees at Christmas. And […]

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Poetry Friday

Father’s Song  by Gregory Orr Yesterday, against admonishment, my daughter balanced on the couch back, fell and cut her mouth. Because I saw it happen I knew she was not hurt, and yet a child’s blood so red it stops a father’s heart. My daughter cried her tears; I held some ice against her lip. […]

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