Gutsy & Inspiring

When Mental Illness Affects the Family

Whenever a suicide strikes a community, everyone is shaken. And yes, the news of the suicide of Rick Warren’s twenty-seven-year-old son, Matthew, was also very tragic. Rick Warren is a famed Evangelical Christian pastor, a popular speaker, and the celebrated...

Yes! Celebrate Easter Monday!

Being self employed can get tricky. Creating boundaries in your days becomes particularly challenging, especially when you love what you do! I have gone through bouts of no work and too much work. Then there are the periods of disorientation because the Good Lord was...

Learning to Weep

I can still remember the day—it was pouring rain. Water was dripping from my hood and the guy I was speaking with, who was equally soaked, moved with me under a roof overhang.  I had just met this student on a university campus where he revealed profound suffering: he...

Church Ladies: Warriors Not Wimps

There was a terrible fire at the parish.  Most of the church was damaged or destroyed.  I went to Adoration (held in the gym of the school) the next morning in the frigid cold, wondering what I would find. I shouldn’t have wondered at all… there they were,...

Enduring His Wife’s Addiction

Shuffling through the mail, Brad Kremmer pulled out several envelopes from credit card companies and ripped them open. His muscles tightened as he skimmed over the new balances. “She’s lied again,” Brad realized. His wife, Jennifer, had promised to stop gambling at...

10 Ways to Make the New Year New

There is an old saying that goes something like this, “If you keep doing what you have always been doing, you are always going to get what you’ve got.”  Do you think it’s true? Do you think you have to resolve to do something radically...

The Perfect Proposal

I spent years dreaming of the perfect proposal.  My favourite consisted of me walking through the hauntingly beautiful woods with my soon-to-be fiancé – he, leading me down a pathway of candles (you don’t worry about fire hazards when your planning your...

Love Your Husband: Starting Now

A wonderful gift idea for my dearest friends . . . YOU! My son is always telling me “Spend your widow card, Mom!” Truly there are some times your friends will just have to listen to you – so I guess I am spending my Widow Card right now. This is a...

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