Book 7 Teaser–Does “the dogma live loudly within you”?

Last week Senator Diane Feinstein tried to shame a judicial nominee, Amy Barrett, law a professor at Notre Dame and a Catholic mother of seven children, for her religiosity. Feinstein said, “the dogma lives loudly within you.” It was meant as an accusation for Barrett's devotion to her religion. But I can’t imagine great praise … Continue reading Book 7 Teaser–Does “the dogma live loudly within you”?

Don’t care what the world thinks: 7 steps in the pursuit of peace!

In a quest for a more peaceful existence (I really wish I could live in the world of Books 5 and 6 of my series), I’ve been eliminating that which causes undue stress. No, I’m not abandoning my house or nine children, but I’ve been thinking about my dad, how he was the most calm, … Continue reading Don’t care what the world thinks: 7 steps in the pursuit of peace!

How a Pepperidge Farms cake revealed that everyone is obedient to something, if they realize it or not

My friend “Sally” has a brother who openly belittles her for being “blindly obedient” to her religion. Privately, Sally struggles to think more charitably of “John” who she thinks is a jerk. One summer their parents invited Sally’s family and John’s family to share their condo at the beach. They agreed until they found out—too … Continue reading How a Pepperidge Farms cake revealed that everyone is obedient to something, if they realize it or not

Why there will be different answers to these questions, and why that’s ok

Each of my writing classes was subjected to the following experiment. I’d divide the students into three groups, have all of them close their eyes, then, one group at a time, they’d open their eyes to read three words on the board. The first group would read this: After they closed their eyes, I’d erase … Continue reading Why there will be different answers to these questions, and why that’s ok