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Advent & Childhood Memories

We are well into Advent  and I’m flooded with memories of childhood and growing up in a devout Polish immigrant home. My family’s life revolved around Toronto’s St. Stanislaus Kostka Church at Queen and Bathurst. I would be there several times a week for catechism...

9 Spiritual Christmas Questions

My husband and I have delivered corporate training programs internationally - oftentimes addressing corporate and personal blindspots. As external consultants to many corporations, we help clients see what they sometimes can't see because they are in the thick of it....

The Root and the Shoot

Something happens to a writer who leaves the utopia of freelance writing and exchanges it for a year in the Chicago Loop. My apartment was two blocks from Temple Shalom, the epicenter of the Jewish neighborhood of Chicago. I felt our Jewish roots every day when I...

A skewed view of stay-at-home motherhood

There I was, bleary-eyed after another night of round-the-clock feedings and struggling to balance the morning's newspaper on my lap as I nursed two squirming infants, when I read the latest rap on stay-at-home mothers. It came courtesy of a new U.S. Census Bureau...

Top Ten Table Manners

Good table manners aren’t just about making your mother happy. Whether we care to acknowledge it or not, how we eat is an outward sign of our inner personality and character. By teaching table manners early and often, they’ll become second nature. Has your family...

The Gift of Faith: A gift for my daughters

Advent marks a new beginning for the Church. A new calendar year. A new season of awaiting the birth of our Saviour. With all of the hustle and bustle of Christmas preparations, there is the inevitable attention to gifts and what will Santa bring this year. My...

Don’t Miss Grace Filled November

When fall arrives I often think about how important it is to reflect on significance of November. At the beginning of November we celebrate All Saints Day and All Souls Day and Remembrance Day follows soon thereafter. These three days remind Catholics to be united in...

New Traditions are Hard to Start

By the time my husband John and I were married four years we had two children. One thing we struggled with over the years was merging our different backgrounds to create our own family traditions. For instance, how to celebrate a birthday. I have my own ideas about...

7 Tips for a New School Year

Fall is coming.  School has already started for some and is still to begin for others.  Often times fall can be a major source of stress, especially for moms.  New activities starting, homework, car pools, religious education, and on and on.  So what’s a busy family...

Frugal Fitness the YouTube Way

So many people assume you need an expensive gym membership, a personal trainer, and $200 Nike’s to be succesful at fitness. And of course those do work for some people, but they aren’t necessary at all. If the financial aspect of fitness is preventing you from getting...

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