A Monday Kind of Metamorphosis-Part 6

Part 6 It was a Monday. It was a week ago that hospice called to say that Mom had passed. When the family gathered in her hospice room, I couldn’t help but feel that the role Mom played as the keeper of the family had been handed to me. Before she had passed, she had...Read More

A Monday Kind of Metamorphosis- Part 5

It was a Monday.  Allie’s caterpillars had gone into full chrysalis mode. The once live, moving, growing creatures were now still. If one didn’t know better, you might think the caterpillars were dead. Their outer bodies had become a protective shell, while inside...Read More

A Monday Kind of Metamorphosis-Part 4

Part 4 It was a Monday. Mom had her surgery last Monday. The surgery was supposed to take 4-6 hours. Dr. P said he would give us an update in about 2 hours. So we went to the cafeteria to get something to eat, thinking we had plenty of time. While eating my phone rang...Read More

A Monday Kind of Metamorphosis- Part 3

It was a Monday.  Allison’s caterpillars were very large and fat now. We’ve had them for about a week and they have grown so much. We noticed that instead of just wandering around the bottom of the cup where the food is, they are starting to make their way to the top...Read More

A Monday Kind of Metamorphosis- Part 2

Part 2 It was a Wednesday.  Allison’s caterpillars came in the mail yesterday; five little larva, not more than a few centimeters when they arrived, they have already grown to a full inch. Those caterpillars eat like little piggies! Allison enjoys checking their cup...Read More


Grief. It feels like a big, hairy, beast Has moved in with me. It is constantly nipping at my heels And won’t leave me alone. I tried being patient with it. It kept nipping. The constant nipping made me angry. And I raged against it. It kept nipping. I was busy with...Read More

The Great Stag

I was only six years old, but I still remember how the fear gripped me as the fire spread, the tears I shed as his mother died, and laughing out loud as I met Thumper and Flower. The Disney classic movie “Bambi” was an emotionally powerful movie for a young child. So...Read More

The Promise

The sun seemed to kiss her face and shoulders as she walked along the street.  With her bronzed skin and long blonde hair parted straight down the middle, she looked like any other 15 year old in 1974. What made her different was the fact that she had been “on her...Read More

Dancing With My Father

He suggested I dance.  After meeting with my new spiritual director, he said I mentioned the word “struggle” thirteen times in my conversation with him. So instead of struggling to follow the Lord’s will for me, he suggested that I dance. I have to admit, the vision...Read More