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A Type of Portraiture

Last Thursday, as I was driving around in D.C., I was listening to The Diane Rehm Show on WAMU. It was a rebroadcast of an interview she conducted with E.L. Doctorow (one of my favorite writers) who had recently died. The subject was Doctorow’s book, “Homer and Langley.” Doctorow’s book […]

What Brings You to Your Desk?

This was an interesting question posted to the writer John Updike by John Freeman, an interviewer on PBS’s Blank by Blank. This interview with Updike, who found a way to write with four small children running in and out all day long, intrigued me. I, too, have four small children […]

A Fourth of July Block Party

How was your Fourth of July? What did you all do? Traditionally, we go to a fun neighborhood block party that includes the usual cookout, outdoor games for the kids, and a parade. It rained cats and dogs all morning, but thankfully, the sun came out right before noon! Our […]

Happy Founder’s Day

Eighty years ago today, AA was founded. You can read about it, here. Also, here. I’m lucky to have found AA. It works for me. AA isn’t for everyone; there are also no guarantees when you come into the program. But somehow, I have found that it works for me […]

Get Me to the Nunnery!

Tomorrow, I have a field trip planned to the Daughters of Charity Provincial Archives, and I cannot wait! Why is this such a big deal? Well, other than the fact I love Sisters — I grew up in fear and awe of them, in a good way — this is […]

The Wisdom to Just Shut Up

This is courtesy of Fr. James Martin, S.J. The original post can be found here. A New Serenity Prayer God, grant me the serenity to accept the people I cannot change, which is pretty much everyone, since I’m clearly not you, God. At least not the last time I checked. […]

He Just Went to Sleep

Notice the date. In sum, here’s what happened, 97 years ago. Emmett was hospitalized at Pensacola Hospital for almost a week prior to his death; he went through a few days of harrowing delirium tremens (and was likely strapped down during the time). It wasn’t a regular hospital room; Pensacola […]

Doing the Next Right Thing

Remember the post last week where I accidentally outed myself as a recovering alcoholic during Mass? Well, I’ve had another program-related outing. It is a follow-up about the experience I had with my children’s Sunday school teacher, and it just goes to show you: This program works.   Back in […]