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Motherhood The way the mother’s fingers lift and squish her breast to help the baby latch. The way the baby’s hand clutches his mother’s finger as he nurses. The way the baby’s eye looks up, trustingly, at his mother’s face. The way the mother looks down at him, tender and absorbed, meeting his eye. The […]

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I was very resistant to wearing a mask. I don’t like the feeling– I’m asthmatic and anxious. I can’t breath. Last time I had to wear a mask at the doctor, I almost had a panic attack. I had to take it off. But even before our town’s health department made it a local ordinance […]

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Camping In

This past weekend we had our first really warm days. It finally feels like spring– absolutely glorious. Even better, it was the first Saturday in ages when Dom didn’t have any work to do, no board meetings, no conference calls, nothing. First order of the day was getting our garden beds into shape. Our old […]

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The post-Easter let-down

Every year I feel guilty about how my fervor slacks during Easter Week. After the frenetic week of preparation and emotional intensity and the liturgical marathon of the Triduum and the social whirlwind of Easter itself, I deflate. I want to celebrate Easter joy with a prayer that is as intense, as filled with joy […]

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Quarantine: Holy Week Edition

(I didn’t post this last week, but it was written last Wednesday.) It’s hard to believe, looking back at my blog archives, that on March 9 my biggest concern was getting to Mass after the time change. How everything has changed. I’m still going out for groceries once a week and Dom and I have […]

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Watch and Pray

Tonight we watched two strange Holy Thursday Masses. The Pope’s Mass in an empty St Peter’s basilica played on my laptop while I made dinner, the computer resting next to my tray of hot cross buns. There was no washing of feet. No Eucharistic procession to the altar of repose. It was solemn and starkly […]

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Reading Shakespeare’s Sonnets in Quarantine

Sir Patrick Stewart has embarked on a spontaneous project to read through Shakespeare’s sonnets— so far one of my favorite instances of the outflowing of creativity that is whiling away the time in this season of plague/quarantine/social distancing.* And… to my shame, I’ve never actually sat down and read the sonnets. I know a few […]

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Nesting Herons

Today was partly cloudy and warmer, temperatures in the mid to high 50s — and we’re expecting more rain starting tonight and heading into next week– so I decided to take the house-bound kids on a nature hike that I’d been wanting to take for a few weeks. The merit badge counselor working with Bella […]

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