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Computer Guys

Last week some time, my dad started having trouble getting into his email inbox on his big computer which is named the “Big Mac”. I don’t use Apple products and was of no help at all, though I tried to troubleshoot with the little knowledge I have. Both brothers are out of state, but one […]

Our Different Thanksgiving

We had been thinking, praying, talking, and deciding how to spend Thanksgiving safely this year with the desire to see family – just like every other family in the country. Both my sisters and brother-in-law work from home and have very little contact with other people, so we decided that we could get together pretty […]

Comforting Mass Prayers

A couple of weeks ago, a friend’s husband passed away. He participated in the Parkinson’s exercise class that my mom went to before the pandemic. She remembers him as always having a good attitude and bringing laughter to the class. Once he started having physical problems, they seemed to just increase one after the other, […]

The Coffee Tree

When my sister was a child, she seemed pretty interested in plants. So, my mom bought her a plant cart and accessories for her birthday one year. Little did she realize that she would one day have her own large garden that she cultivates and sells the produce. My sister also worked for Starbucks for […]

Thankful for Setbacks

Today a family member sent a poem that speaks to most of us right now. Thanksgiving may look quite different for many, but being grateful for our perceived “setbacks” is just as important as being grateful for the good times. They are both blessings. Be Thankful-Poet UnknownBe thankful that you don’t already have everything you […]

Smell the Incense

This morning my parents and I headed downstairs for church. I got Mass started on the big screen and lit the candle on our homemade altar. The processional hymn was being sung as I blew out the match and put it in a container. When I looked at the TV, I saw the smoke billowing […]

Generous Friend, Grateful Stranger

I was so happy to visit with a friend today. She told me a story of a man who showed up on her doorstep one afternoon. He looked haggard and worn. He said he had noticed all the leaves in her front yard and offered to clean them up. The man said that his hours […]

Not Comfortable Here

In skimming my emails today, a paragraph from an advertised blog caught my eye: The world is not a very comfortable place right now. Now, it could certainly be worse (although I don’t usually find that reminder too terribly comforting); but it has also definitely been better. To say that the difficulties, tragedies, injustices, and […]

Trotting Turkeys

It was cold at the cabin this morning. Even though the sun was shining brightly, there was a cold breeze blowing. Usually I am out the door early for a walk around the area, but it was too cold for me. After a while however, I got a strong desire to at least step outside […]

Friendly Chickadee

It was another mild day at the cabin today, so I spent much of the day outside. For the past couple of years I have trimmed some evergreen branches to make Christmas wreaths. This year there was no snow, so I hiked around and found a greater variety. It was very serene and quiet except […]