dear tommy...Santa is real...

and so today i had the "talk" i've been dreading for years. my 9 year old asked me if Santa was real. my heart sunk. just like when he asked me last year about the tooth fairy. and the Easter bunny before that. we tell our kids to tell the truth and then we lie to them. we are not good parents. but the truth is, we tell these stories because we are good parents. at least we're trying to be. and we want our kids to grow up with a sense of wonder and surprise and joy. ...more

written down in stone

i was looking through the paper last week and i came across an obituary of a woman the same age as me. i don't read obituaries all the time, especially if i don't know the person, but for some reason i was drawn to this one. and as i read through the words they had written about her, it made me think about my own life and what it would have said if that obituary had been mine.  maybe it's the fact that i'm getting older....more

the Catholic freak...the Jesus freak

you might think i'm a freak because i'm Catholic.and you'd be right.i am a freak.a Jesus freak.that's right. i'm Catholic AND i believe in Jesus.i say it like that because a couple of years ago someone assumed i didn't. she had been told that Catholics don't worship Jesus. that we don't believe in Him....more

from bullied to bold - teaching my sons to stand up for those who can't stand up for themselves

 i was bullied in high school. not the big time stuff you hear about in the news but enough that it made me never forget it. and enough that i knew i would never stand for it again. in my life or in the life of anyone i know....more