If I had a hammer… I’d beat myself with it for not doing more…

I’d like to say it’s compassion fatigue, or burnout over spreading myself too thin. But my languishing recently has been from a feeling of futility and hopelessness. It wasn’t an abundance of compassion sent outwards into the world that wore me out. It was the absorption of an abundance of suffering without the ability toContinue reading “If I had a hammer… I’d beat myself with it for not doing more…”

Closer to Fine: Three years of self-employment and Father Clay’s Path of Freedom

I celebrated three years in my freelance business last month. It’s been an amazing experience to find clients, do work for them, collect actual money from them, and then get repeat business and referrals. I NEVER dreamed of self-employment and assumed I’d always be an employee. I bought into the idea that the only wayContinue reading “Closer to Fine: Three years of self-employment and Father Clay’s Path of Freedom”

Lessons in love from feminist icons

bell hooks died yesterday. She was a pioneering Black feminist and pushed the conversation on women’s rights to include Black women’s rights. I can’t think about bell hooks without thinking about Sister Nancy Hynes and the other Sisters in the English Department a the College of St. Benedict. I’ve often said I learned feminism fromContinue reading “Lessons in love from feminist icons”

Mother Teresa or Janis Joplin? Quite a spectrum

We had a lovely Thanksgiving weekend – reunited with people and traditions we missed so much last year. We ate a lot of turkey, lasagna, pie, fudge, quiche, cake and charcuterie. We played games and played with cousins and walked the dog. I reveled in things I’d been missing, and I worried about things IContinue reading “Mother Teresa or Janis Joplin? Quite a spectrum”

Spirituality, Eros and the Great Resignation

Today I have no meetings, and tasks are expanding to fill the vast swaths of empty time. Which means I’m scrolling through LinkedIn a lot. Which means I’m seeing lots of stories of people leaving their jobs, lamenting or celebrating the Great Resignation, posting new job openings on their teams. I have calls this weekContinue reading “Spirituality, Eros and the Great Resignation”

World Peace Day: Peace is an inside job

Today is World Peace Day. It’s a breather after an intense couple of weeks. We marked the 20th anniversary of 9/11, which for me meant revisiting the darkness of that day and explaining our presence and departure from Afghanistan to our kids. These are dark times for Haitians and other refugees at the southern border.Continue reading “World Peace Day: Peace is an inside job”

With love to Father Clay, on the anniversary of his passing

Here’s a picture of Father Clay at Will’s baptism in 2008. (He baptized Anna in 2011, too!) We’re thinking of him today, on the one-year anniversary of his death. Today marks the one-year anniversary of Father Clay’s death. We prayed for him in church yesterday, and took a moment to feel thankful for having hadContinue reading “With love to Father Clay, on the anniversary of his passing”

Serenity Prayer for parents of unvaccinated kiddos

When the pandemic started, my husband was the nervous one. He bought masks first, he sanitized the groceries. He didn’t want the kids to play outside with their friends. He watched the case numbers and the death numbers rise every day. I walked beside him with a “Wait, what?” expression and tried to understand theContinue reading “Serenity Prayer for parents of unvaccinated kiddos”

Holy is any place where it is safe to tell your story

Tonight I hit the big time: telling my spirituality story on a Facebook Live stream! I’ve been working on this talk for months, and it’s full of things that have hurt me, things that have touched me, and things that have saved me. The first thing I noticed at St. Stan’s was the highly visibleContinue reading “Holy is any place where it is safe to tell your story”

God is Love is God

Last week I took this little love blog out onto the open Internet. I was searching for an audience, so I put $25 down on Facebook and targeted people who liked Yoga to try to build a following. (I was guessing, mostly because I don’t know how to segment and target you, dear readers.) IContinue reading “God is Love is God”