From the Columbia Icefields

A couple of weeks ago near Jasper, Canada I stood on the Athabasca Glacier at the only proven triple continental divide. At this point the water feeds the streams that eventually flow into the Artic, the Atlantic and the Pacific oceans. What a moment to be at that source and…

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Never talk to strangers!

I like to watch Ted Talks. Once in a while one really inspires me. Today I watched Kio Stark talk about “Why you should talk to strangers.” Of course, everything I’d ever learned was about NOT talking to strangers. What would happen to the world community if strangers started up…

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Physics

The other day I read a physics book — one of those that are supposed to explain atomic mysteries to laymen. I read about quarks, loop quantum gravity, and statistical mechanics. Apparently, space curves. Time, which also curves, is an illusion depending on heat and probability. Electrons only exist when…

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What’s on your bumper?

One day last week, as I came to a stop behind a car waiting at a red light, my attention was drawn to the bumper stickers on the car in front of me. There were two bumper stickers! Within a matter of seconds I thought to myself, this person in…

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A piece of peace

I just returned from a short visit to Chicago. Every time I am there I go for a visit to the Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation (PBMR). Two of our Sisters work at PBMR. It was founded by the Missionaries of the Precious Blood in the Back of the Yards…

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Humming along

As I’ve said before, I love morning! I live in what I consider a fairly active urban area, at the intersection of two major highways. Close enough for convenience to most anywhere I need or want to go, yet far enough away to not be annoyed by their presence. I…

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Trouble

On the first day of school I had a run-in with one of my fifth graders. I thought, “Oh, Tony is going to be trouble.” And he was. By the end of September I was at my wits end. Collapsing into a teachers’ lounge chair I sighed, “Somebody tell me…

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Our new home

Today I attended the dedication of the new church in the parish where I had ministered for seven years. It was great to see so many people with whom I had worked over those years at such an exciting celebration. The church was packed. There was an excitement that was…

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Walking on water

There’s one in every crowd. The Apostles are peering through the dark at the person (hallucination? demon? ghost?) walking toward them over the water. Peter decides to resolve the debate by getting out of the boat! “Lord, if it is you …” Then, teetering on a wave, he panics: What…

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Rooted!

On a recent visit with family in Florida, I decided to take a picture of a beautiful Norfolk Pine that stands proudly in their back yard. This tree, four years ago, was part of a Christmas gift I gave my sister and brother-in-law. At that time it resided in a…

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