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Valentines Day: from martyrdom and booze

Valentines Day is romance in a heart-shaped candy box.  Our annual day of love is a huge leap from its historical origins: drunken Roman fertility rites and Christian martyrdom. How did lace-edged Valentine cards evolve from orgies and a beheading or two?  One might ask how did St. Patrick come to be synonymous with green […]

Sexual Assault: Shine the Light

Sexual assault awareness and the #metoo movement release millions from the clutches of fear.  Speaking out heals the shame not of the sufferer’s making, yet endured in silence for far too long.  Now survivors are heard and supported, two vital elements to healing. Who would have dreamed there were so many? In October 2017 #metoo […]

Powerful Women Reflections Cards: a coach in your back pocket

Women jimmy together time for family, work and friends like jigsaw puzzle pieces. It’s a lonely challenge and sometimes spirits sag. Now self-motivation can be sparked by Powerful Women Reflections Cards, designed by Nicole Perry of Plymouth, who is the radio host of Powerful Women Revealed on WATD, 95.9 (www.powerfulwomenrevealed.com). It’s not about predictions, it’s […]

The Catholic Church and financial transparency: VOTF rates dioceses nationally

Sunday collections and annual appeals: How transparent is your Catholic diocese or archdiocese Do they post audited financial statements on their websites? How are cash donations protected from theft? Recent survey results make me feel as insecure as a basket of $20 bills in an empty room. The national survey by Voice of the Faithful […]

Memorial Day: Elephants in the Cemetery

On Memorial Day, an elephant and her calf are shaded by trees as ducks and geese waddle by the pond at Milton Cemetery.  The life-size topiaries are covered in ivy, and the symbolism of their deep family bonds and long memories are the reasons for their art installation in this place of remembrance.  Elephants never […]