Peace Garden Mama II

A garden blend of family, faith and following the muse

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   Jan 28

writing wednesdays: glue with a side of smile

Yep, she’s our glue alright. The woman who helped make the journey of a book possible. So who is this sparkling creature who, though glue, is anything but sticky? You’ll have to go here to see!

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   Jan 26

meaningful mondays: march for life 2015 surprise

I’m still recovering from the March for Life 2015 trip, and what a trip it was!     This post is going to be visual heavy, but I have to share at least some of it verbally. There was so much more than the March but I’ll focus on that only today. First off, the [...]

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   Jan 19

meaningful mondays: DC bound…again!

I wasn’t sure I had it in me to do this trip again. Fifty hours on a bus, squished for a large amount of that time in the fetal position, with hundreds of zeal-filled teenagers. Last time around, I didn’t know what I was getting myself into. And then my father died just weeks before, [...]

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   Jan 16

faith & family fridays: an artist’s quest to sketch for life

A couple months back, while serving as a fill-in host for Real Presence Radio, I had a chance to interview local artist Karen Bakke about an upcoming adventure. Karen has been making a visual account of her world since her earliest years, when a teacher noticed her artistic talent and encouraged her to pursue art [...]

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   Jan 14

writing wednesdays: words, glorious words!

Words have the potential to bring life or death. I know that sounds rather dramatic, but it’s true. These are three of the first words that have come in regarding an early reading of a project on which I’ve been working for nearly three years: Exciting huh? Life-giving, right? I share more of these great, [...]

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   Jan 12

meaningful mondays: the best gift from my father

I changed my cover photo on Facebook this past week, pulling down the beautiful Christmas scene that showed Jesus in the manger as a light on a dark night, and replacing it with this: Notice the hands, especially, my daughters tiny fingers grasping my father’s large hand, and her soft cheeks contrasting Dad’s older skin, [...]

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   Jan 09

faith & family fridays: why are priests so happy?

This is old news, from a study done several years ago — 2011 — but I remember reading about it and I’ve thought about it a lot in the ensuing years — the finding that priests are among some of the happiest folks around. Father Tim and Baby Beth, June 11, 2000 The results struck [...]

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   Jan 07

writing wednesdays: this onion won’t make you cry

I’m grabbing an onion to help tell a tale today; the tale of a book about to be launched. It won’t burn your eyes, I promise! But you have to follow the scent over to Peace Garden Writer to get the skin-ee.  

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   Jan 05

meaningful mondays: a sister’s fidelity

Just before the clock struck midnight New Year’s Eve, I received a notice on Facebook of an urgent prayer request from Bismarck. We were just about to clink our champagne glasses of sparkling grape juice here at home when, after checking the time on my phone, I read that a young woman — whose path [...]

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   Jan 02

faith & family fridays: a leftover bone to pick (or throw or just chew on): do pets go to heaven?

This one kept coming onto my horizon towards the end of 2014, but it never get the attention I wanted to give it, so I thought I’d throw a bone to it now. The topic is whether pets go to heaven. Traditionally, the Catholic Church has said, in nutshell, not likely. There’s a reason for [...]

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