Jumping into the Deep End

It is summer. And summers when I was growing up meant time at Green Tree, a local community pool. My recollection of what that pool actually looked like is a little fuzzy. Oddly enough, however, I sometimes dream about that pool. My dream image may not be totally accurate because Green Tree is gigantic in […]

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Wonder and Faith

“Faith is not fearful of reason.” —Pope Francis, in On Faith Every morning, I walk my son through the hallway of my school on his way to kindergarten next door. And often somewhere along the journey, he discovers a new machine that fascinates him. One morning, it was the printer. “Mom, what’s this white machine?” he […]

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Joy in the Lord

As a couple of lone parents settled in to watch their children’s swim lesson through the glass and perhaps catch up on social media, I sat down nearby with one of my four-year-old twins to wait for one brother’s lesson to end and his to begin. “Mommy, what’s that? There’s a white pole near the […]

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Educator’s Examen

Another one of my hats is as an educator. I was sitting in my office last Friday after the halls were finally quiet, and I thought a lot about how I had shown up or not shown up for students or fellow colleagues during the week. I asked myself some questions, and I thought those […]

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The Examen

Tonight I returned home after a retreat away from my family for a few days. As I picked up my boys from school, I tried my best to put my full attention on each of them. It was easy because I had missed them. But after many traditional work days, my attention can be fragmented. […]

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Why I write

When I was a senior in high school, I took a creative writing course. All semester, I crafted stories on paper and turned them in and then waited with trepidation for my grade. As each one came back with comments and suggestions and quite a bit of the infamous “red marks,”  I was repeatedly heartbroken […]

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