lotta lotta

Lotta strawberries Lotta roses Lotta spinach Lotta harvesters!      As it is harvest time for our winter and early spring garden this year, I am taken with how much I have worked, toiled, and labored over the past decades.  For the first time in my life, I have a strong sense that it is…

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dream

     Such a magnificent dream–a week ago but still feels an hour old.      A group of saints, priests and bishops were mingling with me here in TX.  We were laughing, toasting and having a ball, enjoying being together.     One of them said, “Sure is better to be here in Irving than…

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lows and highs

  The low point of the past 3 days: throwing my back out and being in constant, horrible pain that over the counter pain killers don’t even touch.    The high point of the past three days: being able to offer it up for people I love, and being grateful for the pain since, by…

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Spending a Day in a John Denver Song

     We had ridden across the west Texan desert and into the desert of southern New Mexico.  There it is flat and arid, except for a small mountain range, poking up in the middle of nowhere.  It is a mountainous, alpine forest, reminiscent of Colorado.  The mountain range is like a drop of ink,…

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Outta Gas

     Hobbling to the car to leave for our vacation, Mary looked like all of us felt: drained and driving on fumes.      So running out of gas in the middle of nowhere in East Texas was a perfect indication of where we all are!      I was driving while Ron was…

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Mary’s Toe

     Mary broke her toe!  She was rummaging through our mittens basket, packing for our Spring Break trip to New Mexico, when a trailer hitch fell onto her toe and crushed it.  I’ve never heard her cry so loudly.  It was an almost unbearable sound.  In seconds I was holding her.  Ron ran in…

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In the Eve of Life

     Ron has been asked to write a chapter on Augustine’s Christology for a major book soon to come out on Augustine.  It is a very hard topic, with no definitive piece on it.  Ron has thus been invited to write that definitive piece, and has been working around the clock for weeks on…

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A Small Act of Love

     Ron took the girls to Alvin (a huge act of love), and I got to have a day with Jake.  I was tired, and really wanted to just sleep.  But then, my next best idea was to go to the nursery to look at spring plants.  Jake is quite a gardener, and had…

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happiness

     I am working on a document on happiness.  It is such a complex subject!  How do we become happy–truly happy?  What battles do we allow ourselves to lose, in order to win the war?     One main point is not to confuse “happiness” with “greatness” if greatness means “great in some respect.”  …

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