Monday, October 2, 2017

Sometimes God really does give you more than you can handle

My latest at Our Sunday Visitor Newsweekly.

An excerpt focusing on not helping others:
Coupled with this, making it even easier to zip along on our merry way — as if we needed to make it easier for ourselves — is another far-less-than-helpful catchphrase: “pull yourself up by your bootstraps."
Never mind that it’s unclear where that little chestnut originated or how one is supposed to pull oneself up by bootstraps, those leather loops on the backs or sides of some boots.
Instead, consider this: Did you ties your shoes today? (Now, now, no smart-alecky remarks about how you’re wearing slip-ons. What are you, a middle schooler?) 
Yes, you tied your shoes. And how did you learn to do that? Someone taught you. Patiently, probably. That someone didn’t look down on you (literally as well as figuratively) and say: “God never gives you more than you can handle. Have a nice day!”
 And one more:
The crosses we or others have to bear are meant to be shared. The God of love doesn’t want any of us to have to go it alone.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Types A and B: He created them

My latest at Our Sunday Visitor Newsweekly, with the subhead: Advice for married couples with opposite personality types.

And includes a sidebar that points out:
"It’s good to keep in mind that what makes your family of origin colorfully eccentric, unique and original can seem to your spouse to be further proof that it’s ... well ... just plain weird. 
"And both of you are right."
(And features a l-e-e-e-e-e-e-tle bit about playing Michigan Rummy with... well, let's not name names.)

Monday, April 24, 2017

Figuring Out God's Will for You, Right Here, Right Now

My latest at Our Sunday Visitor Newsweekly on playing the cards God dealt you.

"At first glance it can seem Jesus left us zero wiggle room when it comes to our doing God’s will. But that’s not so...."

You can read more here.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Freelancing Not Freeloading

Sorry, but, yeah, you still have to make some money . . . somehow. (Almost all freelance writers do.)
Just keep writing. (And earning some "outside" dough along the way.)

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The Challenges of Being a Writer's Child

Even if they can explain what you do, how can they handle why you do it? (When, so often, you're not sure yourself.)
Just keep writing. (And be kind to you kids.)

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Mother Cabrini: America's First Saint Was an Immigrant

Who became a citizen in Seattle!

My latest article in Our Sunday Visitor Newsweekly.
Mother Cabrini: an immigrant who shows us the way

"Nearly 100 years after her death, the saint shows how we as a Church and nation should care for those coming to our country."

Monday, February 27, 2017

A Writer's Siblings

It's not always easy having a brother or sister who's a writer.
Just keep writing. (And don't get excited if family members don't get excited about what you've written.)

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The Strange World of Self-Promotion

Book-signing events can be... well... less than ideal.
Just keep writing. (And pushing what you've written.)

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Parenting: The Never-Ending Adventure

"Student loans and steady income? Oh, Daddy! I'm going to write best sellers."
Just keep writing. (And be gentle to the old folks.)

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Fatima: A Celebration 100 Years in the Making

"Pope St. John Paul II, patron of party planners.
"No, that’s not any sort of official title, but it certainly fits. And it’s a good one to keep in mind in 2017 as the world marks the 100th anniversary of Our Lady’s visit to three young children in Fatima, Portugal."

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Revenge of the Novelist

The pen is mightier than a lot of things. Including schoolmate bullies.

Just keep writing. (And do your best to avoid lawsuits.)

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Living with a Living Language

"And don't get me started on spelling and grammar in texts!" says the defender of proper English.
Just keep writing. (RU alright with that?)

Friday, January 20, 2017

7 Ways to Say 'Thanks' to God

My latest at Our Sunday Visitor Newsweekly.
I should have posted this sooner. So much for my "less procrastinating" resolution for 2017.
7 Ways to Say 'Thanks' to God

A Writer's Child

It's not always easy growing up with a parent who's a writer.
Just keep writing. (And be patient with the little ones.)

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Teachers Can Be So Demanding

It's always something.
Just keep writing. (And thank a teacher that you know how to.)