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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...

Everyday Inspired for the first days of summer

By on Jun 20, 2014 in Everyday Inspired, Moms, Movie Musings | 0 comments

June 21 – Let the machines do the work With the weekend ahead, I’m thankful for the machines in my house that do a lot of work for my family. I think the intention when washers and dryers and dishwashers were invented was to create more leisure time. But, what’s happened in our culture is that we get the machines running and then...

Everyday Inspired May 19-23

By on May 21, 2014 in Everyday Inspired, Great Quotes, Movie Musings, Music Musings | 0 comments

May 19 – Monday plans Today is Monday. I’m slow getting started. My feet hurt and there’s that pan in the kitchen that needs scouring, and there are piles of dirty clothes backing up in the laundry room. Sigh. At an earlier time in my life, I would have looked at all this and just felt tired. I’d be thinking: if I can just...

Mary and May the 4th: Preview Everyday Inspired – May 2014 Now!

By on May 1, 2014 in Everyday Inspired, Moms, Movie Musings | 0 comments

May 1 – May Day May first in the Catholic tradition honors Mary, the mother of Jesus. In the Celtic tradition, this is the celebration of Belrane, the halfway point between the equinox and the summer solstice. Mary’s witness and the coming of spring remind us that there’s life even in the midst of darkness and loss. It’s easy...

For your Valentines, love in a way that shows you’re paying attention

By on Feb 14, 2014 in Everyday Inspired, Maria's Blog, Movie Musings | 0 comments

Happy Valentine’s Day Talk of true love reminds me of the terrific movie Phenomenon starring John Travolta and Kyra Sedgwick. She plays Lace, a beautiful, enigmatic single mom living in a small town. She’s struggling to make ends meet, and is fiercely independent. She’s also an artist who crafts huge, gangly chairs out of...

Based on a true, true story

By on Jul 12, 2013 in Everyday Inspired, Movie Musings | 0 comments

This week we’ve been reflecting on the movie The Impossible. It is based on a true true story. I use the word twice because often we hear the claim “based on a true story” and lots of liberties are taken with the story in the final depiction. But this movie is very true to the actual events. The Belan Family’s incredible story of...