Hobby Lobby is Right

With the very recent Supreme Court ruling on the Hobby Lobby case has come an uproar, an outrage over the result.  But these folks are in an uproar in large part over misinformation.  All the outcry, Facebooks posts, and news stories are screaming loud and long that Hobby Lobby has refused to pay for any and all female contraception.  Untrue....more
Contraception choices belong to a woman and her doctor. Period. No one can impose his/her ...more

This Ramadan, I'm Fasting With My Muslim Boyfriend

We "met" on Twitter, but we MET during Ramadan....more
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Excommunicated from the Mormon Church for Women's Advocacy: My Daughter, Kate Kelly

On Monday, I sat in a state of quiet panic waiting for the news I feared most, dreading the ringing of my phone. And then it came: My daughter, Kate Kelly, was excommunicated from the Mormon church for “conduct contrary to the laws and order of the church” after publicly advocating for the ordination of Mormon women to the church’s priesthood. The life was sucked out of the room. I sat in stunned silence—speechless and immobile....more
Wow, how loving and inclusive of you, Brooke. Your response totally makes me want to go back to ...more

I have not forgotten my purpose here!

It has been a long time since I posted last. I know and I apologize to you my readers - and I am almost ready to be back here full time. I had a lot on my plate all at once. Several projects that needed to be completed and God told me not to take on another thing until I had cleaned my plate. I still have two more things to finish before I can return on a full time basis here. Due to the size of the projects I have help and am looking forward to having my plate cleaned off in the next week or so....more

I have not forgotten my purpose here!

It has been a long time since I posted last. I know and I apologize to you my readers - and I am almost ready to be back here full time. I had a lot on my plate all at once. Several projects that needed to be completed and God told me not to take on another thing until I had cleaned my plate. I still have two more things to finish before I can return on a full time basis here. Due to the size of the projects I have help and am looking forward to having my plate cleaned off in the next week or so....more

Jungle Living In Thailand (What I Learned When I Gave Up Running Water)

In the summer of 2005, I packed my bags and boarded a 747 bound for Bangkok. At the tender age of 20, I signed up to spend a summer in Thailand, teaching English among the Kui people of Northeast Thailand.What I learned went far beyond the teeming streets of Bangkok and touristy beaches of Phuket — it was a lesson truly realized only when I abandoned my perception of comfort and fully embraced my new home. In a nutshell, it was soul-shaping.Here are a few of the lessons I learned from my time living in Thailand’s Sisakaet Province....more

Either You Trust Him Or You Don't: Still Finding The New Normal

The weeping seems to be under control for the moment, but I can feel it lurking just under the surface, ready to smack me around if I don't keep vigilant. Actually, I have not wept since last Sunday, and that was because of communion. Communion makes me weep in gratitude for the sacrifice He made for me, so I can't blame loneliness for that....more

Last Message from Baltimore

My last Friday Message from Baltimore ..  ...more

The Effect of Blessing an Unborn Infant

I call on all parents to bless and nurture their unborn children and then their infants and children by praying scripture, Catholic blessings, or by speaking words of life right to their spirits. Fact: An unborn child hears and reacts emotionally not only to his mother but also to the people and activity around him....more

Not Your Parents' Rhythm Method

I'm late to the party, but thought I should do my bit to promote NFP Awareness Week.If you aren't Catholic (and in a sad commentary on lots of things, maybe even if you are) you may have no idea what NFP even is.  The doctor I went to see right after I was married didn't.  Of course, that's been a while back, so maybe the situation has improved....more

Is It Righteous Indignation or Feminist Virtues?

A women’s intuition is a powerful thing, I’m convinced that it’s a gift we’re born with. Some of us are more in tune with it than others but nevertheless all women have this innate ability of knowing when something just doesn’t quite add up.“Who would like to give the closing prayer?” Sister Abbie would ask us. She was my first Sunday school teacher and very well liked among the kids because she had the best snacks. We were a motley crew of elementary and middle school aged students, southern, all from different socio-economical backgrounds....more

Humanly Spiritual Beings, Unite!

Ok, so I'll admit that on a daily basis, I'm confused. Confused because every day I wake up with some question in my mind about what's real and what's not between the world we see, and the world we don't.These questions used to wear me out, but I've finally come to accept them as a pseudo-normal part of my life, like running out of cell phone minutes or waking up with tired feet. It is what it is....more

Why I Stopped Making Plans

Maybe it comes from all those beautiful summers as a child where both days and nights seemed endless,but every summer since my first was born, I seem to be under some unbroken illusion that I will finally have the time to complete those projects I've been meaning to get to all year long... You'd think I'd learn after nearly a decade, but ever the optimist within holds onto the hope that big things will happen each summer!! What I'm really starting to realize now is that they are happening......more