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Margaret Barry Settlement House
I am a perennial optimist
I Am Becoming the Me I Was Born To BeAs I journey through this part of my life I have discovered my next mountain. The key is to be the me I want to be in the world, as my gift back to God.
- To give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul
- Thankful for my husband
- Here we are: Thanksgiving’s coming
- Where were you when our President died?
- Soup: Sweet Potato and some veggies n fruit etcs
- Are you at the edge of a cliff?
- Are you worried?
- Lessons: when and where
- Strength for my journey is always within reach
- The latest news: a math movement
- Which people feed your spirit? What nourishes you?
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Today many of us will be rushing about. I wanted to share a poem with you today. I hope you like it! Youth ~ by Samuel Ullman Youth is not a time of life–it is a state of mind. It … Continue reading
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving day. At last. We shall pause, to give thanks. Despite the shopping rush, the chaos of consumerism and more, we WILL give thanks. We will. My little family will have a lovely time together. I am really, … Continue reading
As we zoom towards Thanksgiving Day, I find myself grateful for so much. I am thankful for my loved ones. I am thankful for my home, my job, my life. I am thankful for my students. “I thank Thee for … Continue reading
When I am going through difficulties, I sometimes feel down-hearted. It just wears me down sometimes. But my saying of “believe anyway” needs to be applied, especially during those times. So I muster on. I admit, sometimes I almost literally … Continue reading
“Don’t tell God how Big your storm is, tell the Storm how Big your God is” Indeed, God is bigger than any of our storms. Love overcomes all. That is not to say that God, or love, or those who … Continue reading
How do I gain strength for the journey of life? Sometimes, quite honestly, I just about collapse. That happens when I rely solely on my own strength, wits, or whatever. Strength for the journey can mostly be gained from those … Continue reading
I am pasting an old post in today. I was re-reading some of my past posts, and thought that this fit for today. I hope that your day is lovely. Remember, whether it is just another day on your list … Continue reading
I tell my students that all of their school subjects are connected. Just because each one is taught in a different room does not mean they are truly separate. Events in our lives and stages of our lives can seem … Continue reading
Are you suffering, have bad things happened? Are you afraid? Genesis 50:19-21 might help you.[ “But Joseph replied to them, ‘Have no fear. Can I take the place of God? Even though you meant harm to me, God meant it … Continue reading
Ralph Waldo Emerson [oh I know, don't you just love him?] said “A day is a miniature eternity”. The problem is it is so miniature. Of course when I focus on how short a day is and how much I … Continue reading
Sometimes life smiles upon you in a very special way. When I was in college, I met my friend Harvey. She goes by Mary these days, but back then she preferred to be called Harvey. To say she is funny, … Continue reading
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law”. [Galatians 5:22-23]. Rather than stress or be distressed about why the discussions are not as Galatians states I … Continue reading
Casting your bread upon the waters. What does that make you think of? If you are in a literal mood, perhaps it makes you think of feeding the ducks with day old bread. Gosh, when you do that, the ducks … Continue reading
I ran this post last year, and am re-running it today ~ with the year updated, of course. My friend Pete (who served in the Navy) says this: “Take this from 9/11, and the sacrifice of so many on that … Continue reading
Paul “Never let evil talk pass your lips; say only the good things men need to hear, things that will really help them. Do nothing that will sadden the Holy Spirit with whom you were sealed against the day of redemption. … Continue reading
Forgive the re-run on my part. I wrote this about one of my favorite Bible verses. I just want to share it again. Sometimes I awaken worried. Perhaps I had a bad dream; perhaps my things to do list has … Continue reading
We create impressions and memories by how we live our lives. How do you hope to be remembered? Perhaps I am thinking about that today, because of the multiple “reunions” I have attended lately. You know how those things go. … Continue reading
‘Tis September, and the summer days are fleeing. It has been a summer that renewed me in unexpected ways. A few months ago, I was going through a really difficult time. My little boat was going through some torrential times, … Continue reading
I love living in the southwest. You see, having spent most of my life in other places, it came as a surprise to me that I would love the desert the say that I do. I tend to bloom where … Continue reading
In light of the fact that I have been renewing friendships and reuniting with cousins off and on over the past few months, I realize once again how we are the wind beneath each others’ wings. We reach out and … Continue reading
My friend Linda is fighting cancer, once again. No, she isn’t just fighting it, she is determined to give it a knock-out, all the time prevailing with joy, laughter, and optimism. She inspires all who know her, with her zest … Continue reading
My magical weekend continued on Sunday. I went to Mass and brunch with some dear, dear old friends (Andi and Jerry). We have been friends since my freshman year of college. For a brief, magical time we ended up in … Continue reading
Do you have an actual bucket list? Do you have some cherished dreams that would be oh so lovely if they could really come true? I do not have an actual written bucket list. But there are definitely special hopes … Continue reading
Are there things that you “just know” in your heart of hearts? For instance, even if you are in the depths of despair do you somehow know that you are not alone; that you are loved? I eventually remember that … Continue reading
Some days I say what can I do? I’m just one woman. There are days, let’s face it, when I feel pretty weak. I’m normally pretty confident, but there are times when I feel anything but confident! How can I … Continue reading
“Many times a day I realize how much my own life is built on the labours of my fellowmen, and how earnestly I must exert myself in order to give in return as much as I have received.” – Albert Einstein … Continue reading