Category Archives: Beauty

Pick up the Orange

By Janice Lane Palko Some people receive profound promptings from the Holy Spirit. Me? I get messages like “pick up the orange.” A few weeks ago, I walked into my local grocery store and saw a woman select some oranges … Continue reading

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The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, by Elizabeth Kolbert

Elizabeth Kolbert’s journalistic style offers an exciting and thorough case study of humanity’s impact on life, and the likelihood that human behavior may extinguish all earthly life, including human life. Not one to research in dusty museums, Kolbert meets the … Continue reading

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Life-Changing Love, by Theresa Linden

Theresa Linden weaves three story lines throughout this second volume of her West Brothers trilogy. At the conclusion of volume one—Roland West, Loner—Roland finds a measure of happiness with his new friends, especially Caitlyn. He and she enjoy hanging out … Continue reading

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CWG Book Blast: 8 Notes to a Nobody, by Cynthia T. Toney

This month, the Catholic Writers’ Guild is touring Guildie Cynthia T. Toney’s book, 8 Notes to a Nobody. It has the Catholic Writer’s Guild Seal of Approval.  Anonymous sticky-notes, a scheming bully, and a ruined summer send 14-year-old Wendy down … Continue reading

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Faith on the Edge of a Cliff – Thoughts of a Wyoming Catholic College Student – Episode 3

Last month in my blog series on my journey to Wyoming Catholic College, I explained the purpose and benefit of a Great Books curriculum. This month, I offer a reflection on WCC’s outdoor program—one of the school’s most distinctive and … Continue reading

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Down Right Good, by Karen Kelly Boyce

This story of social media with training wheels follows ten-year-old Angie’s Saturday deliveries of newspapers and baked goods. Each customer along Angie’s route receives her gifts and shares conversations, usually revealing vexing problems. Angie gathers problems at each stop, not … Continue reading

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Faith on the Edge of a Cliff: Thoughts of a Wyoming Catholic College Student – Episode 1

  Introduction He knew a path that wanted walking; He knew a spring that wanted drinking; A thought that wanted further thinking; A love that wanted re-renewing. ~ Robert Frost, from “A Lone Striker” In just two months, I will … Continue reading

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Write it Anyway

There are times when the bracing wisdom of Bl. Teresa of Calcutta is the only thing that will do. I am paraphrasing her advice, as wisdom for writers, because I need it right now! Maybe you do, too. People often … Continue reading

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A Ray of Brightness

One prayer of St. Thomas Aquinas stands out as a perfect preface to intellectual work. Before you study, before you write, before you speak, pray this prayer: Ineffable Creator, Who, from the treasures of Your wisdom, have established three hierarchies … Continue reading

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Member Round-Up

Hey pardner, have you checked out your fellow members’ best blog posts??? Michael Seagriff asks your help to get this great post into church bulletins. Let’s all scurry over and suggest it to our pastors!! Larry Peterson gives a real … Continue reading

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