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Open Book: Gerard Manley Hopkins’ “Pied Beauty”

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“Glory be to God for dappled things”…so begins Hopkins’ sublime and thoughtful ode to the types of things most poets avoid — the imperfect, the strange, the ordinary. Where can we find God in those things about ourselves that we’d […]

Open Book: The Singer by Calvin Miller

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What a lovely read Calvin Miller’s “classic retelling of a cosmic conflict” is on a cool fall evening!  Lori Strawn and Alice Shelton look forward to sharing some thoughts on this “Troubadour singing a love song to his Lord”.  We hope […]

Open Book: Thomas Merton’s “Life and Holiness”

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How does a person become holy in our modern world? Thomas Merton, one of the Catholic Church’s greatest modern thinkers, has answers that might surprise you! Join Lori Strawn and Alice Shelton as they discuss holiness in married life, how […]

Open Book: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

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Women in red.  Custody of the eyes. Public hangings. Angry mobs let loose to kick and pummel a guilty rapist. Sound like shades of “A Scarlet Letter”?   Join Lori Strawn and Alice Shelton this week on Open Book  as they discuss […]

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Living Life Outside the Box
Contributed by Susan Good, Visit Gramma Good at www.grammagood.com I believe in living my life outside the box. I know many women of all ages don’t feel as I do and live inside the box their entire lives. Life inside the box means you’re content to live a routine life. You do not have the d

posted 5:03:30pm Mar. 07, 2014 | read full post »

Is There a Future for Religion?
Written By Susan Diamond, Publisher of Prayables, an online spiritual community for people of all faiths. Is There a Future for Religion? If I hear one more self-righteous matron bitch and moan about the religious morals of young people today, I'm going to smash someone's head. That's not very C

posted 10:27:07pm Feb. 19, 2014 | read full post »

Happy Life: 10 Tips & Observations from Gramma Good’s Mother
Contributed by Susan Good Visit Gramma Good at www.grammagood.com I call my mom at least once a day. Today we talked about buying a scrabble app for her computer. Ninety- two years old and my mother is going to play scrabble on her Mac! How fabulous is this mother of mine! I would normall

posted 11:28:18am Feb. 11, 2014 | read full post »


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