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Maria’s Musings & Advice: Baseball Buddha

By on Jul 6, 2017 in Maria's Blog | 0 comments

To field a ground ball must be considered a generous act… This bit of wisdom, gleaned from baseball, is from Chad Harbach’s The Art of Fielding, a novel which features a ballplayer’s bible by the same name. The main character, Henry Skrimshander, is a college shortstop, whose weather-beaten copy of “The Art of Fielding” is his most...

Maria’s Musings & Advice: Blue January

By on Jan 13, 2017 in Advent and Christmas, Advice | 4 comments

Dear Maria, I discovered this year that the holidays make me sad. I’m sad when they’re over, but this year I felt sad while there were going on, too. There were times I wished they were over. Now that they are, I don’t feel any better. Signed, Blue Christmas, Blue January Dear Blue, I get it. The holidays are a melancholy time for...

Maria’s Musings & Advice: Mom’s confounding Christmas morn

By on Jan 5, 2017 in Advent and Christmas, Advice, Moms | 6 comments

Dear Maria, For Christmas, my husband and I gave our teenage daughter a very nice gift. It was an iPad, something lots of people her age would like, or at least I thought. She opened the package, pulled the plastic cover off the screen, and then shoved it back in the box without even turning it on. She seemed angry about it. I was...

Maria’s Musings & Advice: No divas, please

By on Dec 22, 2016 in Advent and Christmas, Advice, Moms | 2 comments

Mary, Jesus’ mother and I, we kinda have this thing. I was born on one of her feast days, and my parents named me “Maria Regina.” Over the years, I’ve come to know and appreciate Mary as an intercessor, as a friend, and as a fellow mom. There’s a gospel passage in which a woman in a crowd following Jesus says, “Blessed is your...

Maria’s Musings & Advice: Can’t Stand the Whining

By on Dec 15, 2016 in Advent and Christmas, Advice | 2 comments

Dear Maria, I read through some of your past columns, and can’t stand the whining. People are petty. They should be grateful that their kids are healthy, or that they have a job, or that their biggest problem is a neighbor’s barking dog. With all the troubles in the world, some people just need to get over it. Am I right? Signed,...

Maria’s Musings & Advice: Sustenance for The Holidays

By on Nov 25, 2016 in Advent and Christmas, Advice, Everyday Inspired, Movie Musings, Music Musings, The Creative Life | 0 comments

Dear Maria, I write a weekly advice column on my blog. It’s published on Thursdays, and on Fridays it goes out to my readers via email and on social media. This week, I missed my deadline because of Thanksgiving and other work commitments. Have I blown it with my readers? Do you think they will forgive me? Signed, Thinking They’re...