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Bigelow’s Chowder


Maybe Thomas Merton’s house? Ann wasn’t quite sure. It’s one possibility at least.

Jones Beach

Levy Park and Preserve

St. Agnes Cathedral

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New York.

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Dug up from the bottom of a desktop pencil holder. Other than that, I have no idea.

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For the first time in 28 years of parenting, I did this amazing new thing today:

I went on a field trip.


(Yes, I’m That Mom)

It was up the road to Hanceville, the site of the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament.

I was up there a couple of weeks ago with Ann Engelhart. Back today with 9- and 10-year olds and one puny-feeling 6-year old who didn’t feel well enough to go to Kindergarten.

It’s an interesting place. Especially when juxtaposed with Ave Maria Grotto up the road you have quite a slice of Catholic Life here in the middle of Alabama.  Honestly, Ave Maria Grotto is more my style – because Ave Maria Grotto is an expression of passionate love for God in a ramshackle, jerry-rigged kind of way and  I am absolutely  a ramshackle, jerry-rigged kind of person, but one can’t help but admire what has been accomplished here in the middle of Nowhere, Alabama, by a woman who began in such discouraging circumstances in Nowhere, Ohio.

(With apologies to the inhabitants of Hanceville and Canton. Really!)

The guide – Jonathon-  provided by the Shrine was excellent. I was quite impressed with his way with the kids as well as his simple, direct, and honest retelling of the story of Mother Angelica. The take-away was a simple, “Look what you can do for God if you just listen and are brave.”

Are you listening?


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