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Lent, fasting and Facebook

February 23, 2016

If God were trying to tell me something, would I know? If God were reassuring me or challenging me, would I notice? I ask for the grace to be free of my own preoccupations and be open to what God is saying to me. – From the Sacred Space meditations We are into the second week of Lent, and I am fasting from Facebook and commenting on social media. Every…

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Snow bird, fly away home

February 11, 2016

When we first thought about retirement, I envisioned living on a golf course in South Carolina. We took golf vacations to Myrtle Beach, Kiawah Island and Jekyll Island. We actually watched golf on TV. We probably visited North and South Carolina 10 times. That’s where we saw ourselves. A few things happened since then. Sue was never really into golf. I intentionally gave up golf, even though I enjoy…

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Snow and crumpets

January 25, 2016

When you travel to a place like Pike Place Market in Seattle, you morph into a foodie if you weren’t one already.  Not only is there the famous fish market where they gleefully torment tourists and toss huge fish around, there are the smaller famous places like Ellenos Real Greek Yogurt, Pike Place Chowder, Storyville Coffee and The Crumpet Shop. Yes, crumpets. We had thought of them as a…

Health and fitness Learning Lee Ann

Strumming away Alzheimer’s

January 20, 2016

The last time I saw my mom, she didn’t know who I was.  I flew to Texas to visit her because the end was near, and she was more interested in watching “NCIS”  than in chatting with her daughter during what I knew would be the final visit. In her nursing home room, there was a yellow sticky on a wall with the word “Delaware” written on it. Before she had totally forgotten…

Learning Lee Ann

The Bible as inspired art

January 1, 2016

One of my chronic New Year’s resolutions inevitably has to do with the Bible and reading more of it. If you live in Delaware, one of your resolutions should be to visit the Saint John’s Bible exhibit at the Biggs Museum of American Art in Dover. In Dover through March 27, it is this breathtaking mixture of calligraphy, dazzling gold-leaf illuminations, inspirational images, Benedictine theology, worship, love for the Word…

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2015 recap: Buying a car online

November 27, 2015

As a shopper who wears her feelings on her sleeve, car dealers can see me coming a mile up the highway. However, thanks to the internet and its arm’s length anonymity, the playing field has leveled a bit – even for me, who has been known to jump up and down on the showroom floor. It does take some research, travel and the ability to withstand a barrage of emails and phone…