They’re NOT Resolutions, They’re GOALS


It’s Lisa Hendey’s fault. I was all set to just take the high road on resolutions (or not, as the case may be) or maybe just discern a word like I did a few years ago (I’m still on the same word, mind you…) But then Lisa had to write a post that not only […]

A Bit of Daybooking


Outside my window: It’s dark, because it’s night. Waaaaay past my bedtime, in fact. Usually I have a “no computer” rule after dinner, but that’s been sliding in the last few months and today’s been full. I just finished this great book and I can’t wind down just yet, so here I am. Around the […]

Listen Up

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A Mary Moment Monday post My one-word resolution this year is LISTEN. For someone with a lot to say and a lot of words waiting  to be used, there’s a certain amount of challenge. Listen does not mean “observe.” It does not equal half of my attention, while I’m doing three other things. It doesn’t […]

Mama’s Voice


Part of the Mary Moment Monday series I hear the bathroom door open, followed by the sound of a baby wailing. “Work your magic, Mama,” my husband says. He sounds pretty calm, but I remember when he first did this, six years ago, with our oldest daughter. I was taking my first shower in 36 […]


My latest column at, “Failed Resolutions,” is more serious than what I’m sharing here today, which is a list updated from a post I did back on the brink of 2008. Subtitled “Things You Won’t Hear Me Saying This Year” “Coffee? Never drink the stuff.” “Um, no, we don’t have any Chips Ahoy or […]

Gearing Up for Another Year


Source The last week of the year always does something to me. My to-do list, already full of things that need done, is suddenly bursting with exciting beginning-of-year tasks: get the new planner rolling, update the finance folders, clear off the desk and put away this year’s stuff. It’s still Christmas, and the kids wake […]

Finding Peace This Year

I started thinking about a one word resolution for the year when I read Rachel Balducci’s recent post at Faith & Family Live, and then, hearing Lisa Hendey and Rachel talk more about it in this week’s Faith & Family Livecast, I found myself suddenly sure that this was something I needed to do. I […]

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