"I believe that I have found, if not original sin, at least vegetable total depravity in my garden." Charles Dudley Warner, "What I Know about Gardening: Third Week," 1870 Wearing long sleeves in public is easier than the alternative. People take one look at my arm and gasp, "What happened?!" Ha! There's nothing but herbs… Continue reading Search-and-destroy mission
"Together, we can make a difference ... one little dress at a time." Rachel O'Neill, head of Little Dresses for Africa, despair-defying firebrand If you have a lovely pillowcase, a summer afternoon and minimal sewing skills, you have the right stuff to make a difference in one little girl's life. That's all it takes to… Continue reading Little dress, better world
“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.” Mother Teresa, misery-fighting fire brand It is the kind of thing mid-life women daydream about when they are cleaning sinks or making tacos or trying to meet a work deadline, but I know I will probably never buy a house in… Continue reading Living in a page turner
“Joy is the infallible sign of the presence of God.” Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, French philosopher, Jesuit priest, paleontologist David Brooks, esteemed New York Times columnist, wrote recently about the futility of seeking happiness rather than welcoming joy. In Our Daily Bread, so did David Roper, esteemed faith writer. Daisies, a sure sign of the… Continue reading All out of happy? Try joy!
"Where there is hatred, let me sow love. Where there is injury, pardon." St. Francis of Assisi The first time I saw an article of clothing rise from the dead, I was a college student. It was a biking sweater owned by my roommate's European boyfriend. "I know you can fix it," he pleaded in… Continue reading Coming apart at the seams