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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...

Maria’s Musings & Advice: Thanksgiving, Holiday Stress, and Dealing with People You Don’t Get

By on Nov 17, 2016 in Advent and Christmas, Advice, Everyday Inspired | 2 comments

In The Year of Living Biblically, author AJ Jacobs gained many insights during the year he sought to “follow the Bible as literally as possible.” AJ created some personal commandments as a result of his experiment. The first: Thou Shalt Give Thanks. AJ learned the power and importance of “giving thanks for the 100 things that go...