Peace Garden Mama II

A garden blend of family, faith and following the muse

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   Sep 22

meaningful mondays: last-minute family love

Mom had sounded the alert last week: my Aunt Jeannine and Uncle Bob would be coming through North Dakota from Texas in the coming days. When it comes to extended family, in my mind, everything gets set aside. The older I get, the more precious family becomes. And since losing our father, my sister and [...]

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   Sep 19

faith & family fridays: the kiss of Jesus

I came to the Adoration chapel empty, confused, hurting, worried, spent. I came hoping that God would have something for me. “Dear Lord, please speak to me. I need to hear you tonight,” I said. This past summer has been the summer from Hades, and brought me and my mother heart near the brink. Just [...]

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   Sep 17

writing wednesdays: a place to curl up

Where do you curl up to write or read? Here’s where Flannery O’Connor used to take refuge. Toward the end, when her world became very small, this was it, and she wrote some of her richest writings in this little spot. There’s more today on Peace Garden Writer!

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   Sep 15

meaningful mondays: the day i became a christian

For years, ever since my children were small, I’ve been making a big deal of their baptism anniversaries. To me, this day equaled and even exceeded the importance of their actual birthday. And so we celebrate with pie of their choice, a special meal and the lighting of their baptismal candle. Because this wasn’t a [...]

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   Sep 08

meaningful mondays: teresa, joan and beauty

The ironic confluence was nearly impossible to miss. Just a day after Joan Rivers passed away on September 4, we celebrated the birthday anniversary of another woman who has made an impression on the world, Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta. They were both in their 80s when they died, just six years apart in ages [...]

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   Sep 05

faith & family fridays: duped!

As a mother of teenagers, more often than not these days I feel like I’ve been duped. So this past Sunday, when the Scripture was read from Jeremiah 20:7-9, I was drawn to it like a fruit fly to a juicy, freckled banana: “You duped me, O Lord, and I let myself be duped.”  (Ouch. [...]

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   Sep 03

writing wednesdays: words from 1968

It’s been 46 years since my mama cut out this little square of newspaper and pressed it into my very first “scrapbook.” All these words in our lives help tell our story. This was the “once upon a time” in mine. My brief pondering on the topic is over here today on Peace Garden Writer. [...]

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   Sep 01

meaningful mondays: kiss from God (reunion with a friend)

I’ve known Christina for several years now, but it’s only been recently that I’ve been in her physical presence and gotten to know her in the flesh. Christina was the driving force behind our writers’ adventure in the Deep South this past summer. I gave an account of those travels earlier here while they were [...]

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   Aug 29

faith & family fridays: the anointing

Today, I received an anointing from my priest. Here’s what happened. We walked into the healing room in our church. Father pointed out the beautiful painting of St. Raphael above a chair with soft cushions. St. Raphael was, in the painting, extending his hands in a loving and beautiful manner. (Unfortunately, no photos of dear [...]

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   Aug 27

writing wednesdays: when life gets messy…

Maybe clean it up, maybe embrace it. What do you think? I’m delving into the messy today on Peace Garden Writer. Care to jump in the dirt pile with me, plunge into the chaos, smear a little spaghetti sauce on the face? Alright then, let’s go!

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