Easter and then some in Orvieto

I am in bed, as I write this on Tuesday evening, Italy time, where I have been for much of the day. Something hit me. It came first in the form of a ragged cough, which set in on Easter morning, just after the sunrise service we celebrated with students on the tower of a […]

Holy Week in Rome

It is Good Friday, 2014. My children are sleeping, my husband is experiencing something that he has been anticipating for some months now—the Stations of the Cross at the Coleseum, with Pope Francis presiding—and I am trying to write about these past days in Rome . . . where we were before, and how we […]

released!

Yesterday was the official release day of my novel Sing for Me, and last night I celebrated with a wonderful group of family and friends at Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville. Today I am thinking of the word “release” in association with a book going out into the world, and the image that comes to my […]

soul mates

Great friends make great readers. Great readers make great friends.

Sing for Me hits shelves!

Today, Tuesday, April 1st, my novel SING FOR ME goes on sale . . . online and only online! It’s kind of April Fool’s-ish, really. The ACTUAL launch and release date for the book is April 8th, a week from today. This launch and release is the penultimate launch/release. Like, almost, but not quite! And […]

Honor

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” I love the form and containment of Ecclesiastes 3.  First this and then this, measured out and balanced. The beauty of parallelism. A time to weep and a time to laugh . . .  Last Friday, the day I received […]

dance

  The final copies of SING FOR ME came today. Sometimes you’ve just got to dance. (Photo credit to my daughter Magdalena. Sound the clarion call!) And then there was this review from Kirkus, just through the transom: “A young woman is torn between her church’s principles and her passion for secular music—and a forbidden […]

dream journal

A few days ago, I received an email with the signature “Remote Host.”  I didn’t recognize the name in the sender line, and having read and written a fair amount about cyber security over the course of a recent freelance gig, I hesitated, as I more and more frequently do now, before opening the email […]

the tender, musical voice of Brother West

If you can give yourself one gift this week, I would encourage your to watch this talk by Dr. Cornell West at Wheaton College. I have a long history with Wheaton College.  My parents taught there in the Conservatory.  I went to college there.  My husband  has taught photography there for twenty-five years.  I have […]

the minute I heard my first love story

The minute I heard my first love story, I started looking for you, not know how blind that was. Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere. They’re in each other all along. —Rumi This was the poem that my husband and I included in our wedding program, almost twenty-four years ago now. I share it with you […]