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Six months ago today, my mom died.  In the succeeding days and weeks, I have….

wept
smiled
sighed
laughed
knitted
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shared time with friends and family
plugged away at work
decided to and then moved into an apartment
spent too much money
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visited my dying father
and said goodbye to him
made very unwise choices
tried to organize my thoughts and feelings
and failed
made some wise choices

knitted some more
tried to organize
Jessa_and_carrotsmy stuff and really failed
sifted, sorted and tossed lots of Mom’s stuff
put a mobile home on the market
waited
wept some more
prayed
celebrated Jubilee with my community
slept too much
thought I was "better"
got worse

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taught myself to crochet

celebrated the birthdays of my Mom’s first two
granddaughters

talked to lots of peopleRosa
avoided a few
agonized over my failings
grown out my bangs
prayed some more
tried to balance my checkbook
watched a television and some movies
spent time with my sisters in community
not blogged much
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traveled and slept in an airport
become a more integrated person
a better friend
and a worse one
and continued to explore the way the world works with my mom not in it.
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Blessings on the Feast of St. Dominic.

from Timothy Radcliffe:

From the beginning Dominic gathered together a family of preachers, men and
women, lay and religious, contemplatives and preachers who took to the road. We
can see inscriptions in S Sabina which talk of the Dominican Family which go
back to the beginning. It has always been part of who we are. But now we claim
that something new is happening. All over the world, sisters and lay Dominicans
are claiming their identity as preachers.

. . . .

The friendship that Jesus offers is wide and open. He welcomes in everyone. He
gets impatient when the disciples try to stop someone preaching because they do
not belong to the group of the disciples. He does not shut doors but bursts
through them. Let us embody that big hearted friendship. Let us be a sign of
that welcome, so that we may all be at ease in Dominic’s Family and know that we
belong. May Dominic liberate us from the fear that locks the doors.


God of Truth you gave your church a new light in the life and preaching of our Father Dominic.
Give us the help we need to support our preaching by holy and simple
lives. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives
and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, God, forever and ever. Amen.

From my family to yours, whoever you are.  Peace and Friendship.

this girl came into the world 30 years ago today and made me an aunt…. and I’m so glad.

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Happy Birthday, Shorty!

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