Mad for…Rex

The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul. -Johann Sebastian Bach Day 14 of 365 Meet Rex Rund. Conspicuously faithful and hugely talented, Rex is the Director… Read More

Mad for…Katie

Day 7 of 365 Meet Katie Conway.  I’ve chosen to post this stunning photo of her, because I want to still be on speaking terms with her.  My other choice was a snapshot from a weekend we once spent together with a… Read More

Kooky Aunt Helen

In loving memory of my peculiar, imprudent, silly and utterly amazing great aunt Helen Lammers… Allow me to introduce you to my Aunt Helen. To merely describe her as a colorful figure in my childhood would do her a tragic disservice. Aunt… Read More

Too Much to Lose

Author’s note: I was asked by a friend who is a recent convert to the faith to share my take on the Catholic Church in all her messiness. I’m just one Jesus girl who loves the Lord and who cannot imagine life… Read More

Be Like Will.

Ummm…Drew?  Did I hear the doorbell ring at 11:30 last night? Yeah, Mom.  You did.   All you need to know is that Oby is an amazing friend!  I gotta go!! Ok, then.  Have a great day, D! The above conversation was one… Read More

A Nation Gone Under?

When my oldest son was about four years old, another little guy in his preschool class spilled his snack and juice all over Nick’s lap.  The sweet teacher in this lovely Episcopal school was not too impressed when he screamed a four… Read More

I’m Not a Project

“Of myself, O Lord, I am not able to entertain a good thought.”  — Mother Angelica I’m a big fan of Mother Angelica.  If you’ve never heard of her, try Google.  She was a very accomplished woman, but what I liked about… Read More

If you think I’m bad with God…

If you think I’m bad with God, imagine me without him. – Evelyn Waugh FOR THE BRAVE ONLY:  MY LENTEN MANIFESTO The durges of the day hung in my head. These 40 days of Lent, O Lord, with you we fast and… Read More

Pollyanna Week

A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds.  A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love. –St. Basil the Great  When my son was 10, he and… Read More

An Open Letter to my Catholic Friends…

Dear Friends, I’m going to be honest. Humor eludes me today. At the grocery store this morning, I overheard half of a conversation that bothered me. “I know Ann, I gotta go because I am at the grocery now, but I don’t… Read More