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Douglas, Alaska, United States
I have lived in Alaska since 1978, having come to Juneau as a Jesuit Volunteer. I fell in love with Alaska and now live on Douglas Island with my husband and two dogs.

Monday, November 4, 2013

We Now Return to Our Regularly Scheduled Programming.

I can't tell you why I haven't blogged since October 6th.  I have been busy, but not THAT busy.  I guess I lost my blogging mojo for a bit (not that everyone couldn't use a break from the "me me me" that blogging, at least, MY blogging, is).

However, I am back.

Here are some highlights from the past month:

Our parish women's group, the Martha Ministry hosted a tea in honor of the two religious sisters who serve here in Juneau.  Sister Marie serves as the Pastoral Associate at the Cathedral and Sr. Dee works part time at the AWARE Shelter, our local agency for battered women, and also has a private counseling practice.  About 40 people attended the tea, which featured homemade goodies and, of course, tea.

I made a "Works of Mercy" money tree with a branch from a handy tree and attached little clothespins to it so that folks could give a donation for the sisters.  The Marthas also presented gift certificates to the sisters to local restaurants so that they could go out for dinner.  We provided blank note cards so those attending could write notes of thanks and appreciation to Sr. Dee and Sr. Marie.  Janet, the coordinator of the event, brought several hats so that the sisters and the women hosting could each wear one.  Here are some photos:

Janet and the goodies!

The beautiful place settings

Sr. Marie and Sr. Dee

Women Wearing Hats!

The Works of Mercy Tree

It was a great event, such fun and a wonderful opportunity to honor these great women!

In other news, I have been substitute teaching.  I did a whole week at our local neighborhood elementary school, Gastineau Community School.  It was fun, but absolutely exhausting!  I worked in the preschool classroom, and also worked with special needs children and subbed in a kindergarten class.  I was pooped at the end of the week!

Charles went to Baltimore for a week for a Catholic Campaign For Human Development training.  He learned a lot and made some good connections.  He also got to see our friend Rachel, a former schoolmate of Phoebe's and one of our favorite people.  She is going to grad school in Baltimore.

Lastly, please keep my brother in law, Robert ("Kontry" to his friends and family) in your prayers.  He has been in the hospital with a serious illness.  Please pray for healing for him and strength for his family, especially for his wife, Meg, Charles' youngest sister.

That's all for now.  Thanks for sticking with me, loyal readers!


  1. The tea looked like a lot of fun! Great idea for the Works of Mercy tree! I will add your BIL to my prayers.

  2. Sometimes life just gets in the way of blogging.

    Substituting kindergarten, pre-school and special needs are some of the most tiring assignments. Those kids have way too much energy.

  3. It's going to be tough to get rid of me. The tea looks lovely, especially the table of goodies.

    My prayers for Kontry and all of the family.

    Take good care and hugs across the miles. Glad to see your post!

  4. So glad to see you back...I had the block too, so very annoying.

    Your tea to honor the Sisters looks like it was a very nice affair, indeed. Everything looks so well thought out and proper..just like a tea should be.

    An entire week with the little ones would be tiring but fun I'm sure.

    I have said a prayer and added your family members to my prayer list.

    Have a lovely weekend. xo


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