Sweet Talk – Rose’s Blog

UGLY, SENSIBLE SHOES

What would you do? I have a dear friend who is deeply, emotionally attached to her wardrobe.  Growing up in the Great Depression, and having only three plain cotton dresses that came from a charity group, she’s always defined success and self worth as being able to have beautiful clothes with shoes to match every outfit. As a hard-working business... Read More

THE DEMON UNLEASHED

My real-life friends, Greg and Julie Alexander, who survived a close divorce. Imagine with me: Hillary and Donald (careful now, not their real names) were high school sweethearts who married in St. Pat’s Cathedral in NYC. In love and on top of the world, their future was bright and sparkled with five beautiful children and a lovely home in a good,... Read More

FREEDOM? FORGET IT!

Freedom? Meh . . . no, thank you. Arnold Ray Jones got high weekly on crack cocaine the year before his arrest and he’d failed to complete several drug treatment programs. He was finally sentenced for drug trafficking in 2002 and has spent fourteen years of twenty in prison in Beaumont, Texas. This year he petitioned the President for clemency and... Read More

WOMEN PRIESTS? NEVER, EVER!

Because I said so. The words every child hates to hear. When I was two and Momma forbid me to take my little neighbor’s birthday present, I didn’t question her. A few years later, though, I was old enough to ask (demand), “Why?”  She explained that other’s possessions didn’t belong to me and that I had many other toys at home to enjoy.... Read More

LIVING AS BROTHER AND SISTER

Brothers and Sisters When I was in my twenties and single I bought a double-wide mobile home. I was tired of apartments and could not yet afford a real house so, on my modest income as a real estate appraiser trainee, I fixed it up cute and cozy.  It soon became a haven for my younger brothers who were still stuck at our parents’ home and anxious... Read More

THE EXTROVERT’S CURSE

I’m a double extrovert . . . and we are high-energy and hard workers.  It is not blood but adrenaline that courses through our veins! We can spin circles around people, get ten times the work done, plan light years ahead, and solve fifteen problems at once.  But the problem is (as with all of the classic FOUR TEMPERAMENTS) that our strengths... Read More

THAT BLOODY CROSS

Our cantor adjusted his guitar, cued the pianist and adult choir, and learned into the microphone, saying: “Our entrance hymn will be ‘Lift High the Cross’ found on Page 376. Now, please stand as we begin our celebration of the Eucharist.” A thousand people rose and filled the church to the rafters with glorious singing.  I joined in and, caught... Read More

FIGHT LIKE A MAN!

“Don’t fight him like a wolf! Fight him like a MAN!” These wise words come during a fierce battle from the brave black panther, Bagheera, to his young charge, Mowgli the man-child, in Disney’s latest live action, The Jungle Book.  The special effects were gorgeous and bigger than life, and the story was funny, sweet, scary, and satisfying.... Read More

SIMON OR VERONICA?

From Mel Gibson’s “Passion of the Christ” Every day people are carrying crosses up their own Via Dolorosa. They stumble, get back up, and fall again. And you are invited to give them comfort and aid. But are you helping or hurting? Heavy lifting helps! This Palm Sunday we’ll read again how Jesus, under the weight of his cross, came... Read More

DOWN, BOY!

“Rose, can you please come right away? I’m in the hospital. They say I have bleeding on the brain.” Oh, dear. After I finagled my way into the ICU, I found my sweet, eighty-seven year old friend lying in bed with a bruised and swollen face, stitches in her forehead, wired to flashing and beeping monitors, and in tears as she told me her story. “I... Read More

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