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The news media is ramping up for wall-to-wall coverage of Pope Francis’ visit to the United States, and it’s hard not to miss all the stories and pictures of preparations. But if you cannot be a physical pilgrim, visiting the […]

resisted the recent spate of “Christmas in July” store and on-line promotions, but there is no doubt that time is flying by and it will soon be holiday season. We each probably have more than one person on our holiday […]

During these very hot days of August, I decided to try something different to keep myself sun-protected, but a bit cooler than when I wear wigs under my broad-brimmed hats. I purchased a long and sheer scarf, folded it into […]

f you have just been diagnosed with a serious chronic illness, or if you have been living with one for a long time, I just want to take time out to just say something, sister-to-sister:  Please do not be angry […]

The clouds in the sky. A flash of lightning. A baby’s giggle. A “common” cold. When you see or hear these things, do you disect them scientifically? Or, do you wonder? What are the things in your life that you […]

It might not seem as if we have many choices when our priority is to stave off flares, infections, and other consequences of living with a chronic illness. But there are some things over which we have control, and one […]

When our pain is severe, it can be difficult to sleep. Even if we’re able to doze, we often awaken with pain, and those wee hours can stretch onward, bringing more anxiety and, yes, more pain. But some of that […]

Complete your outdoor tasks, and arrange your work in the field; afterward you can establish your house. Proverbs 24: 27 Very few of us probably work in a field these days. But there’s a resonance for us in the verses […]

No, it’s not a typo. I know that the book and movie are called, “Far from the Madding Crowd.” But this post is about us and groups – when we find ourselves in a crowd and it’s maddening for us […]

More than once, I’ve heard of people to whom doctors have delivered a dire prognosis – “You have 6 months to live.”  “You have, maybe, a year.” “You have, at most, three years – the last of which will be […]