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Two Kinds of People

When I look around me at this time of year, two kinds of gardeners come to mind: proactive and reactive. Proactive gardeners are those who have their flowers deadheaded or cut down before the deadly kiss of the first frost. I saw an example of this last week while driving past a garden that boasts…

Advent Gifts

Unbeknownst to her, my neighbor has given me an early Christmas present.   Several weeks ago, she wrapped the tree adjacent to her patio in strands of white lights, punctuated by colorful oversized Christmas ornaments.   The effect is magical.   Even better, the tree just happens to be directly under my bedroom window, so…

Day Tripping in Hamtramck

My sister, my mother, my aunt and I spent a recent Tuesday in Hamtramck.   My aunt was in town from Indiana and craving some good ethnic food and atmosphere. Indiana evidently offers little in the way of both. She is hard pressed, she says, to find even a good Coney dog or Greek salad,…

A Nun

I last blogged about one of my favorite teachers, Miss W., titled “Not a Nun.” This time I’d like to flash forward about forty years and write about another inspirational teacher who is, in fact, A Nun. It’s January, 2010. I am in a master’s program at Sacred Heart Seminary taking a class called Leadership…

Not a Nun

I  recently finished reading Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom.   The book’s been out for a long time but I’ve just gotten around to reading it.   What intrigued me about  Tuesday’s is that it concerns the relationship between a teacher, Morrie Schwartz, and his student, Mitch Albom.   I too, have  been fortunate…