Thursday, April 28, 2016
Saturday, April 23, 2016
The three young men and three beautiful young ladies wanted to go together. One of them had the idea to meet at this beautiful private garden belonging to Mrs. Whaley (and now I must get the book!). Don't the young ladies rival the flowers?
Ahem ... this whole prom preparation is a first for all of us! Neither Michael or I ever went, nor were we friends with anybody who did (we sound like such misfits and you'd be right in thinking so). But I wouldn't have minded dressing up to go dancing in a garden like this. It has a few private areas for stealing a kiss :) How do I know? Grin.
The kids are actually dancing at the USS Yorktown, docked at Patriot's Point. I wonder whether they'll also get a chance to tour it. We'd gone a couple of years back and I posted a few pictures here.
Thursday, April 21, 2016
Meditation on the Samaritan woman in John's Gospel:
Fri Mass – Homily
Saturday, April 16, 2016
I was so impressed with both the students and faculty. Michael has already fallen in love with the town but it's a good decade before we can even think about retiring. I'm in awe of Tom Monaghan who had this great vision, putting Christ first and center. The oratory is a masterpiece; I could've spent all night there. The open steel-lattice work is an engineering feat. I love how the crucifix makes two shadows; as I was contemplating, the organist began to play When I Survey the Wondrous Cross. I love these sorts of coincidences. I wish I had decent pictures of the front of the church depicting the Annunciation -- take a look here.
There is also a Mother Teresa Museum in town, I believe the only one outside of Calcutta. I loved seeing the letters she wrote in her beautiful handwriting to the current president of AMU. Imagine Mother Teresa needing a lawyer! But it's her sari that moved me most of all. Threadbare, her mending visible. It reminded me so much of my mother. I imagine those two chatting it up in heaven, smiling down upon us, praying for us.
Thursday, April 14, 2016
What am I doing reading a mid-life crisis book? My friend, Kristy Dominiak wrote it, that's why! It's not the typical thing I read, but I was surprised to find myself swept up in a tale that could happen to anybody. A general dissatisfaction with "is there all there is?" along with the desire of having some excitement in a marriage led Kristy deeper into discovering who she really is.
We met four years ago because both our daughters were in Mr. Z’s 5th grade class together and became friends. I still remember the first time I went to their home, and heard the story of how they acquired it. Kristy told me she was writing a book about their journey. That night I didn’t want to leave … I was enjoying myself thoroughly out on their back porch, rocking gently on the swing-bed. And today we complete the conversation that started more than four years ago. She has published The Shaken Snow Globe
and life as a published author is busy with speaking engagements! So I am grateful Kristy took the time to write to me.
Thank YOU, Kristy for taking the time to write such thoughtful and beautiful answers to my questions. I pray that Shaken Snow Globe will find its readers and give them hope and courage and joy.
You can learn more about Kristy at her website.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
I am so proud of these kids from Team 4243! They are a young team but with the help of their amazing teacher, Mrs. Pickett, and the Boeing mentors, these kids are learning about making robots to specification. Each year, the team gets better and better, even as they add new kids. These are the results from the Palmetto Regional Competition: ranked 27 out of 90+ teams. Not shabby at all. I hope to watch these kids play in the finals one year.
I remember the first year Max started -- he was in 9th grade and overwhelmed at all the things he had to think about. He started on the programming team because that's what Michael helped with, but realized he didn't like it much. Next year, he made a quantum leap working on mechanical side. Now, in 11th grade, he is one of the older and more experienced kids and I see how easily he takes responsibility. From the beginning he has enjoyed photography and moviemaking, so do take a look at his latest from the competition: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=spkcsSmzeoM&feature=em-share_video_user He's been staying up much too late editing the video clips. And of course, when I sell my novels, I'm going to have him make a trailer for them :) He's read my contemporary YA and already has ideas for the cover! Fire will be involved.
Monday, April 4, 2016
Saturday, April 2, 2016
The children were very attentive and loved counting the eggs and chicks. I had brought some Ukrainian pysanky designs for coloring and several children busied themselves with it. I now have a box of well-sharpened colored pencils for my own coloring :) After the children were gone, I signed stock. Gosh, I just love this writing life.