Need an answered prayer?

JMJ Do you have a prayer request? A special need?  Well, I spent all night placing a live webcam to Lourdes, France on my website, including a little mailbox to their prayer request email.  All kinds of weird computer problems kept cropping up, and I kept offering them up as a prayer, which did help to keep me from being annoyed.  Then... This morning I got an email from a friend who told me that today is OUR LADY OF LOURDES FEAST DAY!  Wow.  I had no idea!  That is just so cool... ...more

Choice, Conscience, and Christmas

For the past several years, I've reflected during the Christmas season on what The Annunciation says about women, self-determination, and pregnancy. I've read the story many times - basically an angel comes to Mary to tell her that God chose her to give birth to His son, then the angel gives her some time to think about it, and Mary agrees to do it. There's nothing in there about anyone being forced to give birth to a child that she did not plan for. What's beautiful about the story is that Mary voluntarily says yes, risking serious social ostracizing and other problems. ...more

Pumpkin Spice Latte & Frugalista Chic

Ahh... the holidays are upon us... Images of sugar plums dancing in our heads while dreaming if Santa Claus will be providing us with treats (or a big fat lump of coal) under our Christmas trees. Who am I kidding?! That is what I want.. those images on the books I read to my son at bedtime. ...more

I love the holiday drinks. I splurge on Starbucks too. That is actually one of my favorite ...more

My Crazy-Funny, Chaotic and Challenging Caregiving Life

  Does Your Mom Embarrass You? ...more

The Charter for Compassion - can it help change the world?

In February of 2008, Karen Armstrong made a very big wish. It came true this month. Her wish was to assemble the thoughts from people around the world and to have global religious leaders develop a "Charter For Compassion" that would inspire action and change. ...more

You are very kind. I appreciate your telling me that you like what you read. It really does ...more

Video Competition Bytes Back for the Hungry

 We reached a historic high this year, albeit an unwelcome one: for the first time ever, over a billion people will be chronically hungry.“More than a billion people don’t know where their next meal will come from, and things are getting worse, not better,” said Nancy Roman, Director of Communications, Public Policy and Private Partnerships at the World Food Programme.And while the number of hungry people has reached 1 billion, the number of people at risk from climate and weather-related disasters has increased to 2.6 billion . ...more

Musing of an Optimist in Freefall

I am an optimist ... perpetually looking at the bright side, believing things will work out, seeing the glass as half full.  So, perhaps this cockeyed optimist missed all the signs.  I didn't see "stuff" coming. In the last six months I've separated from husband of 25 years lost my job handled my mother's medical care, finances, et al after her stroke and m.i. in December Change that I did see coming: ...more

I've been thinking quite a bit about the disconnect between the age I am and the age I think ...more

Straight But Not Narrow

OnePinky sister, Sara, recently wrote this testimony in honor of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month and I wanted to share it with you all: I like to say that I’m straight, but not narrow. I’m married to a man, but I can appreciate the curves of a woman just as much as I can the broad torso of a man. I might have a crush on Will Smith—but I’ve also had a little thing going for Rosario Dawson for a while (yes, Seven Pounds just made my entire year). ...more

Notes On A Sandal: What Religious Prop 8 Supporters Are Saying After Tuesday's Decision

Because it's always interesting to witness the "hate the sin; love the sinner" crowd revel in their own waste with their conservative friends, I thought I'd post some responses to yesterday's California Supreme Court ruling to continue the ban on same-sex marriage in that state:  Continue Reading:  ...more

Dating Episode #0: My Elbow Was a Delicious Cake

We went around the circle in grieving group. What happened in your life this week? I was all a-giggle. “I BOUGHT PERFUME! Here smell this!” I oozed manically, extending my cleavage to Viv. I’d never bought a perfume before. Sure, I used to wear sandalwood or musk oil, smearing it through my hair before martial arts class. But I’d always been skeptical that the marketplace could come up with a fragrance that really suited me, me, me, and it seemed that every perfume I tried smelled like my Grandma, mostly half-rotten lilies, at least on me. ...more