"Do you have a light?" she asked, sitting down next to me on the concrete ledge, wanting to share the narrow piece of shade in today's bright, hot 103-degree weather. "I don't," I said, and then, feeling like I had to have a reason for not having matches or a lighter, I added, "I don't… Continue reading Schooled by the bus stop lady
The great thing about riding the bus is having no distractions, and thus, plenty of time to think. This is also the problem with riding the bus: Having plenty of time to think. If you're prone to rumination like me, sometimes thinking isn't the best idea. But every so often, I decide to put down… Continue reading What you learn on the bus
This is how unconscious I am about the eating of food: It is Ash Wednesday, a day of fasting for Catholics, a fact I reminded myself of multiple times this morning when packing to head home from the conference I was at. I've also reminded myself that my 40-day sacrifice centers around giving up certain… Continue reading The power of food
Pope Francis is not the first pope to speak of the Church's preferential option for the poor. Neither is he the first to criticize unbridled capitalism or critique harshly the belief in trickle-down economics. But his actions toward the poor and disenfranchised make Church teaching about the least of these much, much harder to ignore.… Continue reading Who is in your stable?
The entire country, it seems, spent the past few days running roughshod over Thanksgiving in a mad dash toward shopping and decorating for Christmas. Life was focused on all things consumer. Or at least that's how it seemed to me and a handful of "What about Thanksgiving?" people. I love Christmas as much as the… Continue reading Advent Girl
I was late going to my birthday brunch on Jan. 8 last year because my youngest daughter wanted to play me some songs on her guitar. Because of that, I hopped in my car about 30 minutes late to meet friends at the just-opened Beyond Bread at the corner of Ina and Oracle roads. I… Continue reading Gabrielle Giffords: An example for all of us
For the past few years I've made a list of four things I'd like to attempt in the New Year and in each of those three years I've only made it to incorporating two of those things. That's a 50-percent batting average (or whatever the appropriate sports metaphor and/or statistic would be), but I suppose… Continue reading 12 New Year’s resolutions