Brave Where You Are

A prop from an EQAT action pressuring PNC For those of you who have been around here awhile, you may have noticed that I skipped the July issue of this newsletter. That wasn’t so much a conscious choice as the result of burying my mind in the book I’m working on, while having [...]

2020-02-06T13:32:05+00:00August 15th, 2019|Uncategorized|

One thing I’ve learned about protest

It’s been a challenging time for those who value compassion and inclusion. If you're distraught, I understand. On Facebook, I've seen people name coping mechanisms, including: exercise, mac and cheese, time on the beach, therapy, and protest. I suspect others are coping by staying off Facebook altogether, maybe turning to community or prayer. I think all of those [...]

2019-01-29T17:55:33+00:00June 29th, 2018|Uncategorized|

What Do We Remember?

I once heard of a study that compared how people from the United States and people from Japan remembered two key events of World War II: the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the bombing of Hiroshima. Not surprisingly, the two groups remembered history differently. The Americans studied knew much more about Pearl Harbor and felt [...]

2019-01-29T17:55:34+00:00September 11th, 2011|Uncategorized|

Long Story Short

I haven’t posted in nearly two months, partly because I’m still in the waiting and trusting phase that I wrote about last post. Here’s a little update. We thought our short sale deal was approved, and so we started packing. We got approved for a mortgage and told our kids to pack their books and [...]

2019-01-29T17:55:34+00:00August 14th, 2011|Uncategorized|


Google image from my grandfather's birthplace in IrelandFor years my husband and I felt that we’d like a bigger house and garden, but we pushed those feelings aside in the name of simplicity and loyalty to our neighbors, whom we love. But this spring several things happened that shifted our assumptions. First, our neighbors had [...]

2019-01-29T17:55:34+00:00June 29th, 2011|Uncategorized|

Family Secrets

Tomorrow will be the sixth Mother’s Day that involves visiting my mother’s grave, rather than cooking for her. It comes at a time when I’ve been thinking about my ancestors, her family in particular, and boy have I got some questions. I had always wanted to learn more about my roots, so when a little [...]

2019-01-29T17:55:34+00:00May 7th, 2011|Uncategorized|

Me and My Middle Class Taxes

I tried to post a long comment in response to Liz's comment on my last blog post as well as her spouse Jeanne's blog post that referenced it, but putting several links in a comment did not go well, so I'll just make this a new post. I agree with what I understand to be Jeanne [...]

2019-01-29T17:55:45+00:00March 1st, 2011|Uncategorized|

Fallow Period for the Blog

I’ve been posting less frequently, as faithful readers may have noticed. It’s connected to my last post about clearing space, which I’m still trying to do. The papers are finally graded, and though there are always little things that need doing, I’m trying to make inner nurture the priority this month, if not this season. [...]

2019-01-29T17:55:46+00:00November 3rd, 2010|Uncategorized|

Taking in the Good

I’ve been hit with a cold and with a pile of high school applications for my eighth grade daughter, so it’s going to be short this week (though I do have a blog post on the Huffington Post today, if you want to check that out). I’ve been listening to a series on “integral spirituality” called [...]

2019-01-29T17:55:46+00:00October 8th, 2010|Uncategorized|
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