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I have two beautiful dogwoods in my backyard (no, this isn’t them), and this fall the leaves turned a wonderful butterscotch color.  Just gorgeous.

Well, as each day rolled into the next, I kept saying to myself that I had to go out and take some photos to share with you. 

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31 Days With St. Ignatius


Each July, Loyola Press offers a daily post on some aspect of Ignatian Spirituality, which as you may know, is near and dear to my heart.  Last year, I was a bit delayed in getting the word out, but not this year…

I hope you’ll check out their site, not only today, but every day leading to Ignatius’ Feast day, which is July 31st.  I think you’ll be glad you did!

🙂 Happy July 🙂



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Almost July


Boy, time flies.  I’m sorry for the long delay between posts.  The past month has been, how shall I say it… trying.

My classes were great this year, and after staying down at Catholic University for three weeks, I came home to a lot of catch up, both for my job and for my yard.

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What Are You Tending?

Happy May Day!  The picture above and the guest post below are from Spirit Daily, a website I visit often.  Given my recent posts about my own garden, I thought the post does a great job of taking garden imagery and adapting it for spiritual insights. I hope you’ll think the same.

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What a Week

Wow, I’m really glad its Friday.  It has been a whopper of a week, and I’m glad to be able to relax a bit.

Earlier this evening, I was laughing with a good friend about the fact that I keep holding on to unviewed Netflix dvds for so long that I’m having to return them unseen so I won’t get charged.   I’m hoping things slow down in the not too distant future.  In the meantime, I guess this is what my life will be like until the end of the year. 

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Change Is In The Air

The temperature here in my neck of the woods is supposed to drop below freezing for the first time this fall, and this change marks the beginning of a series of changes leading to winter.

If you pay attention, you can sense that things are different.  Subtle at first, before we know it everything will be different.  

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Getting Things Together

Do you ever feel like you’ve lost your bearings and have the sense that you’re not where you want/need to be?

I’m busier than ever, with lots of great things going on in my life, but lately I’ve been neglecting my diet and exercise schedule, and my body is telling me that it’s time to pay attention.

Just the other day, a kid in my neighborhood who belongs to my church mentioned “I haven’t been seeing you out walking lately.”  Guilty as charged.

The thing that struck me is that I realized how long it’s been.  So long in fact, that people have noticed.  Ouch.

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31 Days With St. Ignatius

I’m really excited about something I learned earlier today.  The folks at Loyola Press are getting ready to celebrate the Feast of St. Ignatius on July 31st, and they want us to join them. 

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Moving Forward

Well, I am finally recovered from my three weeks of intensive doctoral studies at Catholic University.

I’ve had three or four days to reflect upon the many experiences, and to say it was a powerful time for me would be an understatement.

There is much fodder for this blog, so trust that you’ll be reading about my adventures over the next several weeks.  Suffice it to say that my studies have given me a fresh outlook on a lot of things.  

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Garden Rest

On Friday, I dragged myself home from my first week at Catholic University.  Let me just say they don’t mess around there.  Doctoral studies are hard, much more than I anticipated.

That being said, it’s also a joy to be back in a great learning environment.  There’s a lot to do, and a lot to learn.  Somehow, I have to put it all together, but I think I’ll pull it off.

When I got home last night, I was too tired to work in my garden.  But this morning, I was out there bright an early.