The Interloper

Recently, while surveying our flower beds, I came across a most unusual plant. It was tucked in the corner where last year, in late autumn, delicate lavender-pink, fall-blooming crocuses bloomed. I couldn’t quite imagine what had been deposited there that would produce such a top-heavy, ungainly plant. So, I did…

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Spring Anima Christi

(Apologies and gratitude to St. Ignatius of Loyola who included the original Anima Christi prayer as part of his Spiritual Exercises and which was the inspiration for this reflection.)   Dogwood flowers dance on the fingertips of branches at the touch of a breeze. Each mandala blossom turned skyward gazes…

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Moonlight Madness

The other night, or rather very early morning, I awoke in my turning and my eye caught a bright sliver of light cutting across my blanket. Because it enters my room differently, I knew it wasn’t the motion-sensor security light outside my window that the wind or an occasional deer…

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May 10: Mother’s Day

This Mother’s Day falls on my great-aunt’s birthday. Ella Dolan was “Auntie” to my mother’s generation and later to mine. Never married, she nursed my sickly grandmother and kept house for the family. She was the one who cooked Sunday dinner for the whole clan; made sure that, on someone’s…

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