Hands and Mary

The Promise of Mary Star of the Sea

When my first child was a wee little thing, grasping at other people’s fingers, I took quite a few pictures of her hands. So maybe I’ve been intrigued by hands at some level for many years. There’s no doubt that my interest in Mary combined with my interest in hands for my latest piece at […]

Spending Lent with Mary

spending lent with mary

A few years ago, my Lent began in an unfamiliar house, face-to-face with a woman who was living my nightmare. On Epiphany that year, my sister-in-law faced a horror I still can’t imagine, one that topped her list of sorrows and that changed my prayer life forever. When her husband, my brother-in-law, died suddenly and […]

Camp Songs and Mary and Joy


I’m transported back to a time full of cafeteria food and camp songs.  It’s a rowdy group of kids, led by a song leader, singing about joy down in their hearts.  The air’s full of summertime: a week of swimming, crafts, canoeing, exploring, singing. I grew up the daughter of a camp manager.  For me, […]

God’s in My Gadgets; Mary’s in My Advent

finding god in my gadgets

Did someone just say the A-word? And was it me? (I have a book all about that, as a matter of fact.) As it turns out, Advent’s on my mind: If you’re like me, you find yourself, so often, at the beginning of Advent with a glassy stare and a list that’s longer than Santa’s.  […]

Mother of All Saints


Hearing that my children resemble my husband warms my heart.  My desire for my children is that they turn out like my husband.  It’s not that I think I’m such a bad person, but that I have such admiration and respect for him.  When I was wavering and unsure of myself, at what I think […]

On the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary

our lady with rosary

I love the story of Our Lady of the Rosary. I love the rosary. No surprise, then, that I’m over at Catholic Exchange today with some of both. As a new member of the Catholic Church, there were many “secret handshakes” that baffled me.  There were a lot of questions I didn’t even know I […]

This Week: Books and Bulletins and Mary


If nothing else, this proves to me that I did more than just twiddle my thumbs this week… My writing elsewhere this week: If you enjoyed my interview with Lino earlier this week, you might be interested in two other new releases that made me smile (I talk about Saint too): 3 New Books That Will […]

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