Peace Garden Mama II

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   Apr 23

writing wednesdays: in the bowels of the ho-do

Just when you think you know your city, turns out there’s so much more you don’t know. And sometimes, it takes descending the bowels of some of the city’s most interesting offerings to learn what the eye did not catch the first go-around. Here’s a hint of what had evaded my eye in other visits [...]

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   Apr 21

meaningful mondays: broken tradition, happy soul

I broke with tradition Holy Saturday night. It was a very last-minute decision, but I missed our Easter egg coloring in order to attend the three-hour Easter Vigil Mass with our oldest daughter. Miss “O” had been sent on a mission. Extra-credit points in religion class for going to this meaningful but long-into-the-night event. She’d [...]

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   Mar 03

meaningful mondays: feeling the loss in a friend’s leaving

I tried putting on a brave face. I knew it wouldn’t help her a titch if I let the real feelings pop to the surface. So I focused on the positives: that by moving to another city far away, my friend would become a blessing to others. It’s true, of course. She will. But I [...]

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   Mar 01

sunny saturdays: 7 for 7 – mother teresa’s seven

Saturdays aren’t my usual posting days, but I wanted to finish strong in my “7 posts in 7 days” challenge by Jen at Conversion Diary. Which meant I had to come up with a theme like I have for my regular posting days. I didn’t want to leave Saturday out. After much pondering in my [...]

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   Feb 28

faith & family fridays: ‘prayer becomes the day itself’

The other day a friend from Canada sent our Catholic writers’ group a link for an article about a book,  “Atchison Blue: A Search for Silence, and a Living Faith.” This isn’t a review because I haven’t yet picked up the book — though I very much hope to soon. Maybe another Lenten read? I [...]

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   Feb 27

thoughtful thursdays: 7 for 7 – a pocketful of change and a root beeer

Thursdays don’t generally get much attention on my blog, but this week is special. It’s “7 for 7″ – seven posts in seven days. It’s all in preparation for what will be mostly silence here for the 40 days of Lent. This week is my indulgence of words, you might say, as I explain here. [...]

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   Feb 26

writing wednesdays: how to keep from bursting

Want to know how to keep from bursting? Don’t hold your breath any longer – but don’t burst either. Just head over to Peace Garden Writer for the secret hint. PGM

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   Feb 25

treasure tuesdays: 7 for 7 – tears and more tears

Today was all about tears.  It started when, midday, I sat on my bed, closed my eyes, and started talking to God. My prayer quickly became a pouring forth of many things I’ve been holding in my heart — some worried things but mostly things for which I am deeply grateful. It doesn’t take much [...]

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   Feb 24

meaningful mondays: 7 for 7 – my own mardi gras

When I read Jennifer Fulwiler’s challenge on doing a “7 for 7″ blog venture (seven posts in seven days), I thought, yeah, that’s the last thing I need — more obligations added to my already wildly spotted week! But then I began to think a little differently about it. And what I came to realize [...]

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   Feb 21

faith & family fridays: once caught, we are his

When I was a little girl, my father used to take me fishing at Crandle Lake — a little spot of water in northeast Montana several miles out from where we lived. This has to be one of my favorite photos from those years. It says as much about what isn’t obvious than what is; [...]

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