Sunday, May 15, 2016


I think it's good to have a routine...
I do have a new one and that is plugging in these lovely flowers that create a warm atmosphere in the room and a soft light in the evenings. This was a gift time from the Friends of the Center. The royalties  from my book sales are given to them and they are grateful. I am too!

Monday, February 29, 2016

Monday, January 18, 2016

Dana Andrews:

Dana Andrews was a guest speaker at a conference I attended in Williston, ND years ago. It was my pleasure to meet him. Just sharing a positive memory!

Friday, January 15, 2016


Did you take a break today?
Sit quietly and breathe deeply?
Clear your mind of "stuff"?
Talk to God with praise?  And...
Did I remember "thanksgiving?"
Well, the day isn't over and it can be done anytime and any place!
You're still in luck!

Count your blessings.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Advent: HOPE

Today is the feast of St. Juan Diego. Pray for us... For our many needs. Amen.
The circle of life

Monday, October 26, 2015

Where is God:

Sometimes I need a reminder of God's presence and today these big stone feet in the front seat of my car brought me that comfort!  I know God is everywhere and that HE loves me and my family. 
Footsteps in the sand...
So glad for the times HE has carried me!

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Motherhood and Loss:

Mothers bear a deep sorrow when something happens to one of their children. I am fascinated by so many different ways that God works in our lives. If you are not a Christian then what I say won't matter to you. I am so blessed first to be a Catholic and second to live in the United States of America and have a church family.

Celeste always wore this necklace and you will see it around her neck in pictures and in the videos she posted. On the day she was killed in a single vehicle accident on the way home from school, on Friday  afternoon...she wasn't wearing it. So, where was it?? The hunt began as stories of love emerged about Celeste. It was finally found and given to her mother. 
The family and friend's grief remains palpable as the flowers wilt on the many beautiful bouquets of fresh flowers. 

The 20 minute rule has always been most helpful to someone who has lost many loved ones. Beyond that period of time you take your energy to normalize your day and again, if you must repeat your 20 minutes , it's okay. Just do not become so consumed you are unable to function. This is also meant for dads and brothers and uncles and grandparents too. 

When I look at mamas hand here. I know that Celeste is now being held in the hand of God! She remains in our prayers. She will be remembered in daily Masses and in her memory a young man will become a seminarian. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace, amen. I wish sweet Celeste knew how much she was loved. 💔

Help let the children know they are precious and loved.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015


A death in the family;
For all those who have been praying for us, thank you. 
Celeste was a beautiful child of God, taken back by the Author of our life, our glorious Creator, and Lover of our souls. Now she is among the Communion of Saints. Rest in peace, sweet one.
From your Great Auntie!

Friday, July 31, 2015

Planned Parenthood:

It is a privilege to carry a child  in utero...
A child is a gift from God
All of us are special
God knows every hair on our head
He formed us . He is our Creator.

  It is horrific to see the videos of tiny arms, legs and parts
Being sorted out on a tray to be salvaged 
And sold 
Even worse is the denial of this being a heinous crime!
There is more concern of a lion being
Shot  than The murder of babies and more.

I don't want my tax dollars to pay for abortions.
I do not believe in taking life because
I believe in respect for life at all ages and stages.

This is my faith. 
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and Earth,
And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord who was 
Conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary,
Suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried...

 St.Girard, patron Saint of mothers,
Pray for us
Mothers protect your children

Sunday, July 26, 2015


We have an awesome God and "awesome" should be reserved only for Him! He made heaven and earth and the beautiful things in it. Everything God does for us, He does for the love of us.

This bird is beautiful, noisy, and attracting all sorts of attention in Moss Landing this morning.

He waits for his master to come back and he squawks to let everyone know it!

We were given voices for a reason. Do you use it? Do you? I am squawking about childhood sexual abuse! I am plain disgusted. I want to live in a place where it no longer exists. Would you help me by talking about prevention and reporting with your children? It's your new job!

Thank you from the child of a senseless crime. You changed their world.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Why You Stay Involved With Survivors:

I was asked this question at a meeting. 
It didn't take long to come up with the answer. 
After watching the movie, Boyhood Shadows,
I learned how this crime impacted you...
Never leaves you ...even tho you spoke up. 

Please continue to speak up and help us stop sexual abuse.
Do not become discouraged!
We will work to make it stop and we need you!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

One Reminder of Loving Myself:

I was looking at a list today of 121 ways to love yourself.
 They were suggestions of what else to do between meals...
Ever eat out of boredom?
Ever eat because it smelled good
Or looked good and you weren't even hungry?
How about eating because other people are doing it
and/or it sounds like a good idea?
There are many reasons we gain weight.
Are you healthy?
There are different kinds of health...
Mental, emotional, spiritual, psycho, social...

I don't draw but I think it would be fun to learn or color again. 
It is always fun to color with children 
And it provides another great opportunity to visit. 

So, this picture reminded me of loving myself. 

Sunday, June 7, 2015


Where do you actually hang out? I  have always spent a lot of time in my car with my job in the field of Public Health Nursing. 
(I am distracted right now because my dog is snoring so loud! )
I choose the very closest Starbucks from my house. There are four of them in the vicinity. I am reminded of the popular sitcom, Cheers, because they call out my name as I come in the door. 
(It's too quiet...have to check and see if my dog is still breathing.)
I see the same people on most days if I stick to the same time. Have also had fun conversations and laughs and listened to toe taping music. There's the artist who sets up and paints, the computer geek,  the crossword puzzle guy and students - usually an off duty barista.
On the bulletin board I am allowed to place my card for my book because it supports a non-profit, I appreciate being able to do that. So, this is my thank you to them and I have permission to post this picture. ❤️

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Mothers Day:

Thank you for my children, God! I did the best I could to protect them and it wasn't good enough. I will be forever sorry. 
     Now there is more information available thru social media and the news. I encourage every mother ... If you see something, say something! Believe your child and stand by their side. 
     This is my public service announcement! If you want to know more about how something horrible could actually happen then read my memoir. It will open your eyes. Then...You won't have any questions.
     Order it on Amazon...

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Tuesday, April 28, 2015


If You Suspect Abuse 
or Need Help Now,
Call 1.888.PREVENT 
or 1-800-4-A-CHILD

Saturday, April 25, 2015


Where do you go to find that space that we all need? First we have to quiet the mind, and that can happen anyplace if you are trained to do so. For me, I can do that in my parked car in the sun! But, to walk into a church...the scene is set!
You are welcome to walk into any Catholic Church in the world and pray...
What is that? Just talk to God. He is waiting for you. Peace be with you.