Ignatian Spirituality Inspiration Prayer Uncategorized

Happy Thanksgiving


Thank you, Father, for having created us and given us to each other in the human family. Thank you for being with us in all our joys and sorrows, for your comfort in our sadness, your companionship in our loneliness. Thank you for yesterday, today, tomorrow and for the whole of our lives. Thank you for friends, for health and for grace. May we live this and every day conscious of all that has been given to us. Amen

May God bless you and your family, today and always!




Coming Out Of The Fog

Over the last few weeks, I have been feeling like a fog is lifting around me.

I’ve been thinking more clearly, feeling better, and have had a lot more energy. My prayer life has been really good too.

I can’t really say why this hazy feeling is lifting from me, but I’m just glad that it is.  It guess it came on slowly sometime during the fall, which is always a very busy time for me.  There was lots going on, and plenty of stress added to the mix.  


Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween!

I hope you have a safe one!  I’m venturing out with one of my friends and his children.  It should be fun…

In the Christian tradition, tomorrow is All Saint’s Day.  This holy day is a chance to remember and honor the many saints who have gone before us, who fought the good fight and stood firm.  If there ever was a time that we needed people like them, it would be now.  Are you game?




Inspiration Personal Development Uncategorized

Something New, Part II

So, the Life Coach from Tony Robbins thought that I would make a great Life Coach.  Of course, she also wanted to sell me several months worth of coaching through them.

Throughout the next several days, I couldn’t stop thinking about Life Coaching.  I went to the library, did web searches, and talked to some of my friends and those I’ve mentored over the years.  I got the thumbs up over and over.  So many people told me that they thought it would be a perfect fit for me, since I’ve already been more or less doing life coaching for several years.  


Make It A Good Day

Yesterday, a little girl I know missed her last day of school 🙁 Diagnosis: chickenpox and poison ivy.  How could one person be so lucky?

When her mom told me the news, I knew there would be some drama surrounding the fact that she wouldn’t be able to say goodbye to her teacher and friends.  So, I jumped in the car and picked up some flowers for her.


Happy Endings

Last night, I accomplished one of goals for this year.  I finished up teaching my little group of fourth graders, and I have to say it was one of the best experiences I’ve had in quite awhile.  I miss them already.

There were certainly some characters in my class, and throughout the year their personalities were evident.  Every one of them got me laughing at some time during our eight months together.  Last night, it seemed like half of them wanted to tell me a joke.  Fourth grade jokes run the gambit.  Some were quite funny and clean as could be, others pretty racy and not the best.


Tomato Florentine Soup

The other day, I noticed that my local grocery store had cheese tortellini on sale at half price.  Maybe they were hoping they’d be a popular item during Lent, but got stuck with excess stock.

Lately, I’ve been looking around for some simple recipes for some of the young people who follow Making All Things New and are getting ready for life on their own.  Tomato Florentine Soup fits the bill.  Easy and nutritious, the short list of ingredients will also keep the costs to a minimum.  Cooking it in a crock pot makes it ideal for those with busy schedules.

If you’re wondering what makes it Florentine, it’s the addition of spinach.  Legend has it that Catherine de Medici introduced spinach to the French Court.  To honor her Italian roots, she dubbed anything containing spinach, a la Florentine. 🙂


On Gratitude II

In my first post on gratitude, I asked you to reflect upon all the gifts we have been given, and how important it is to strive to live a life of gratitude.  We are so blessed, and yet most of the time we go about our lives focusing on what we don’t have, rather than on what we do have.

Today, I want to put a different spin on it.  I want us to take a look at ingratitude, not only in our own lives, but also in the lives of those around us.  

Main Course Soup On Saturday Soups and Stews Uncategorized Vegan Vegetarian

Black Bean Soup

This post is the first of what will be a weekly series entitled Soup on Saturday. Every Saturday, I’m going to post a soup/stew/chili recipe for you to try out.

Since it’s snowing here today, I was looking for something hearty.  If you use this recipe, please post a comment and let us know how it turned out. Enjoy!

Black Bean Soup

1 cup dried black beans, soaked overnight in cold water

1 1/2 tb olive oil

2 red onions, diced

1 red pepper, diced fine

1 green pepper, diced fine

2 celery stalks, chopped

3 garlic cloves, minced

2 bay leaves

2 tsp oregano

4 cups low sodium vegetable stock

2 tb tomato paste

3/4 cup corn kernels (I used Trader Joe’s Roasted Corn)

salt and pepper to taste

Rinse soaked beans under cold water, drain and set aside.

Heat the oil in a large, heavy sauce pan on medium.  Add onion and cook for 6-7 minutes, or until soft.

Add peppers, celery and garlic and cook for another four minutes.

Stir in black beans, bay leaves, stock, tomato paste and oregano, along with two cups water.  Simmer, partially covered, for about 30 minutes, then add corn and cook for another 15 minutes or until beans are tender.

Remove bay leaves from soup, stir to taste, and serve.

Recipe serves six.  Prep time 30 minutes.  Cooking time 1 hour.


Happy New Year

What better way to start a new year than with a fresh, updated look 🙂  I hope the stylistic/editorial changes taking place on Making All Things New will help you navigate around the site a bit easier.

Please bear with me as I do some additional updating over this long weekend.  I’m still new at this, and from what I can see all my subscribers might get some additional email notices as I make changes.  So far, I haven’t been able to figure out how to avoid this, but I promise there won’t be too many.

Thanks to everyone who reads this blog on a regular basis 🙂

I hope it’s a beautiful day wherever you are, and that the New Year will be filled with health, positive transformations, and peace.