Planting Seeds

The late day Irish sun slowly descended behind the gray misty sky. Our large group had dwindled to four steadfast souls willing to take the full day tour despite the rainy afternoon weather. As the mini-bus ascended the hill where the Victorian Gardens lay, we peeked through the grand stone entrance to gaze upon the brilliant,… Continue reading Planting Seeds

Courageous Faith

Growing up with Irish step dancing daughters, I have always understood that December 26, St. Stephen’s Day, was a special holiday reserved for Irish dancing and traditions. I really didn’t understand the true meaning of the day but our afternoon excursion to a little village pub was about to change all that. This afternoon we… Continue reading Courageous Faith

Find the Joy

“I’m at peace…and I’ve become very quiet.” It’s stunning to realize that a 17-year-old boy who was being held prisoner by the Nazis during WWII, wrote these words in a letter home to his parents, one day before his execution. Our pastor shared this story in his weekend homily, causing me to think deeply about… Continue reading Find the Joy

JetBlue Stranger

Chatting with the mature, lovely woman on my JetBlue flight Friday morning was a welcome change from the events in the media over the past few days. As soon as I sat down in the aisle seat, we began talking about everything from our mutual affection for our parents to our common desire to help… Continue reading JetBlue Stranger

Do I Matter?

Sitting in the hot afternoon sun of a late August day I was pleasantly greeted by my tired, yet excited son. He jumped into the car after his freshman orientation exclaiming “It was good.” I asked him about the overnight, the activities and the new kids. All questions received an affirmative answer followed by “Oh… Continue reading Do I Matter?