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Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, Colorado

Colorado. Rocky Mountains. Forests. Farms. Water. The tallest sand dunes in North America. What? No kidding! Sprawling over 330 square miles, sand and sediment from the San Juan and Sangre de Cristo Mountain ranges blew and washed into what was once a huge lake. As the lake filled in, the gusty, year round wind piled […]... Read More

Were You There When the Sun Refused to Shine?

Sometimes a line in a song cuts straight to the heart.  I feel it with the National Anthem (and the rockets’ red glare…), The Celtic Farewell (may holy angels be there at your welcoming, and all the saints who go before you there), and Were You There?  For me it’s verse 4, “were you there […]... Read More

Simplifying Climate Change

I know, it’s Lent.  I should be writing about Ash Wednesday, or penance, or the Pope’s resignation.  I think all that’s pretty well covered in other people’s blogs.  I was reading an article in the January issue of The Catholic Worker about “The Church and Climate Change”.  This started the wheels turning in my head. […]... Read More

Drawn to Life – Our Parish Mission

Leighton Drake original print Where’s “The Happiest Place on Earth”?  As a native SoCal gal, of course I knew the answer to that – Disneyland!  Suddenly, Leighton Drake had my attention, and our parish lenten mission became personal to me.  Having been to Dland dozens of times, not only as a child, but then with […]... Read More

Cultural Diversity

Several recent events have given me cause to be grateful for our cultural diversity here in the United States. Once again, St. Patrick’s day came and went, this year, with more meaning to me.  I had watched the movie  “St. Patrick, The Irish Legend” and subsequently did a little further research on this beloved saint.  I’m […]... Read More

How to Fast

As I ponder fasting, abstinence and “giving up” things for Lent, I am given insight in Friday’s first reading:  Isaiah 58:6-7:  “This, rather, is the fasting that I wish:  releasing those bound unjustly…setting free the oppressed…sharing your bread with the hungry, sheltering the oppressed and the homeless; Clothing the naked when you see them, and […]... Read More

My Baptism Day

On this Friday, during Lent, when I am supposed to be fasting, I look at the calendar and am reminded that today is the anniversary of my baptism into the Catholic faith. Also, incidentally, my half-year birthday. Either way, good enough reason to celebrate. On this day in 1965, my mother, newly widowed, and godparents […]... Read More