Clearing Mind and House During the Pandemic

“The greatest need of our time is to clean out the enormous mass of mental and emotional rubbish that clutters our mind.”   Thomas Merton As the worry and fear of the coronavirus continues lapping towards our doors and lintels, the above quote from Thomas Merton, well-known author and contemplative monk who lived at Gethsemane Monastery… Continue reading Clearing Mind and House During the Pandemic

Siblings: A Guest Entry

We continue our blog series on siblings.This one is by my colleague, Mary D.  Sometimes when both parents have died, and adult siblings are scattered around the country, family relationships can wane. My colleague, Mary D. often talks warmly and fondly of her relationships with her siblings who live in differing states. Here is Mary’… Continue reading Siblings: A Guest Entry

Family Relationships: Birth Order

“Mom, where’s my photo album?” Kevin Leman, author of The Birth Order Book, written originally in the 1980s and revised in the 1990s, maintains that our birth order has significant influence in shaping our personality. There is much observable truth in Leman’s claims. However, there are always, always exceptions. In my own family of origin, the first-born was not… Continue reading Family Relationships: Birth Order