Tag: Blogging from A to Z

Blessed is the Quiet

I turned the monitor off Sunday morning not knowing it would be the last time. For three and a half years I have slept with one ear open, listening to the monitor, learning the sounds of the different creaks of the hospital bed in… Continue Reading “Blessed is the Quiet”

Blessed are the P’s

Blessed are the Painters of pictures for their work brings joy to others. Blessed are the Painters of chicken coops for they beautify the world, or at least a tiny piece of it. Blessed are the Preservers of the Past;¬†blessed are those who Push… Continue Reading “Blessed are the P’s”

S is for Show

Do not think that you can show your love for Christ by hating those who seem to be His enemies on earth. Thomas Merton, New Seeds of Contemplation

P is for Possibilities

You do not need to know precisely what is happening or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment and to embrace them with courage, faith, and hope. Thomas Merton, Conjectures… Continue Reading “P is for Possibilities”

O is for Obligations

The monk does not exist for the sake of obligation; the obligation exists for the sake of the monk. Duties and obligations are merely the signposts which point out the road to some ultimate end in which our whole nature and its capacities are… Continue Reading “O is for Obligations”

Z is for Zaengle

Recently I found this photograph from 1982 of three of my sisters-in-law standing in front of my parents’ house. Judging by their attire, the girls must have stopped by the house after a soccer game. Bud and I were in Syracuse, so they stopped… Continue Reading “Z is for Zaengle”

Y is for Young

In March 2011, I wrote the following post. ¬†It’s a sweet story — and a reminder. I took it out of storage and dusted it off for today. A number of years ago, I was able to accompany my father on his trip to… Continue Reading “Y is for Young”

X is for Xerox (and other copying methods)

I always blamed my mother for the abundance of paper in our house. She saved articles from the newspaper, newsletters, and magazines that interested her. Booklets, pamphlets, stapled-together packets of paper from church meetings, Cooperative Extension, the Red Cross and various volunteer activities filled… Continue Reading “X is for Xerox (and other copying methods)”

W is for Work

“Compulsive” — That’s the word my father used to describe himself when I asked him about the detailed lists he kept of his expenses and his earnings. “My parents didn’t have much money, you know, but it was important to them that I go… Continue Reading “W is for Work”

V is for Vague and Vivid

Last night at dinner I asked my father to tell me the turtle story again. I had been a little surprised that my sister had never heard the story and wanted to make sure that I hadn’t imagined the whole thing. “Do you remember… Continue Reading “V is for Vague and Vivid”