Turn in the Nest

We have been entertained by watching the red-tailed hawks that have built a nest in one of the large pine trees in the yard. They get a little louder and more vocal every day. I know the couple takes turns sitting in the nest and flying around. Sometimes they are hunting and bring back tidbits […]

New Meaning to Sign of the Cross

Today a friend shared with me what she thinks about when she makes the sign of the cross to pray. When she marks her forehead and then her heart, she thinks about how God came down to us as Jesus. Then, when she marks each shoulder, she remembers that we are then sent out to […]

Beautiful Hope

I received some mail today from my thoughtful cousin. The package included an issue of Strength & Grace Devotional by Guideposts and a copy of Matthew Kelly’s book, “Beautiful Hope”. Matthew Kelly has a way of speaking and writing in a way that is meaningful, relevant, understandable, and simple. I opened the book and started […]

Last Bible Class

I signed up for my Biblical School class 4 years ago, not really knowing if I would even be able to complete the first year. After 4 years, tonight was my last class. I learned so much and my faith grew as I feel closer to God than when I started. Honestly, part of the […]

Visions of Children

Today was First Communion at Mass. The priest spoke of the innocence of children. He said the children at their age are still open and connected to the spiritual realm. He suggested that when babies and infants smile in their sleep, they are seeing angels. He also said that when the children want to tell […]

How To Walk

I read a quote today that touched my heart: “When we walk like we are rushing, we print anxiety and sorrow on the earth. We have to walk in a way that we only print peace and serenity on the earth. Be aware of the contact between your feet and the earth. Walk as if […]

Vastness of Prayer

Before I go to bed, I try to do an examination of conscience. Tonight I prayed the Penitential Act or Confiteor: I confess to almighty Godand to you, my brothers and sisters,that I have greatly sinned,in my thoughts and in my words,in what I have done andin what I have failed to do;through my fault, […]

Back at the Cabin

We have been closely watching the information about the fire near the cabin. Yesterday it was over 60% contained and it seemed that they were making good progress. Today the fire was over 80% contained and the threat to the cabin was now minimal. The evacuations were lifted and they were allowing people to go […]

Common Moms

I took my mom to her primary care physician today for a basic check. There was a new nurse there who got us all ready for the doctor. For some reason, whenever anyone addresses my mom, they put the title “Miss” in front of her name. I guess it just flows well. The people who […]

Fire Season

It’s fire season here, unfortunately. Last week four fires started on the same day. One of them was near our cabin – close enough that the community was in pre-evacuation. My brother was staying there, but he packed up some important things and came here. I got together with some friends tonight and everyone was […]