Summer Reading 2021

This year, Saint Dominic Academy’s summer reading reflects not only women’s voices but also the moral, ethical, spiritual and societal issues that we want our young ladies to be able to discuss and analyze, as they grow into empowered leaders who can thrive in a global society.

With the exception of the 7th grade and the AP supplemental texts, the selected readings are non-fiction and address complex issues including bullying and harassment, the death penalty, U.S. interactions with the Middle East, ongoing environmental concerns, and genetics. 

It is my hope that parents will choose to read their daughter’s assigned novel and engage in discussion over the summer. When we return in September, our English Department will work with students to create comprehensive, analytical essays while our Religion Department engages in frank and open discussion about the topics for each grade level. 

7th- To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

An American classic, dealing with the issues of rape and racial inequality, the novel is also remembered by beloved readers for its warmth and humor. Published in 1960, it skyrocketed to success and won the Pulitzer Prize.  The plot and the character are loosely based on the author’s own experiences at age 10 in Monroeville, AL. 

8th- I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou 

Ms. Angelou’s heartbreaking and heartwarming 1969 autobiography. Part of a seven volume series, this is the first of her stories, showcasing how at a young age she overcame racism and trauma.  It begins when Maya is three and ends with her becoming a mother at age 16. Fans of her poetry will be moved by her open and honest retelling of her life’s hard beginnings and how she learned to respond to prejudice. 

9th- Autobiography of a Face by Luce Greeley

With a strong focus on identity, this intense and sad memoir by Lucy Grealy tells her story of before and after being diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma. Beginning at age 9 and following to adulthood, she shares with her readers how the removal of her jaw due to cancer had serious effects on her emotional life as well as her physical acceptance of herself.  What makes the memoir more heartbreaking is that the author took her own life a short time after this was published. 

10th- The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Science and ethics are just two of the many topics covered in this work.  Henrietta Lacks, treated for cervical cancer in 1951, had cells that led scientists to what we know as the HeLa, an immortal cell line.  However, Ms. Lacks was the unknowing donor of these cells as the doctors who took them never received permission.  The book, detailed in nature makes a strong argument about ethical issues and their links to race and class in medical research. 

11th Dead Man Walking by Sister Helen Prejean

Those on both side of the death penalty debate cannot help but be moved by this compassionate work of non fiction by Sister Helen Prejean.  Working in  New Orleans, as spiritual advisor to two convicted murderers on Death Row, Sister gives readers an inside look at Angola, the Louisiana state penitentiary, the process of how the death penalty is carried out, and the moral issues stemming from both the use of the death penalty itself and the role of a spiritual advisor.  

12th A Mighty Heart by Marianne Pearl

In 2002,  Daniel Pearl, a Jewish American journalist for the Wall Street Journal was kidnapped, tortured and beheaded by terrorists in Pakistan. The beheading video was sent to U.S. officials and was viewed by his family as well. This work, penned by his wife Mariane Pearl, who was pregnant with their first and only child when he was killed, gives a vivid, detailed and frightening account of the days leading up to his death. 

12th AP( in addition to above) : The Turn of the Screw– Henry James

Written in 1898 this short novella tells the haunting story of a governess, isolated with two children at a remote estate in England.  Are the supernatural events real, or in her mind only? It’s been debated for over a century and this book is a favorite of The College Board for the open response essay. 

Heart of Darkness– Joseph Conrad

Another short but weighty novella, this tells the story of a voyage up the Congo River into the Congo Free State by a group of British officers, searching for an ivory trader named  Kurtz.  At its heart, the work examines imperialism, racism and the darkness that comes, not from the beliefs of a people, but from the evil inside a man’s heart. 

9th– 12thSilent Spring by Rachel Carson 

Published in 1962, this book is still praised today for it’s in depth look into the environmental effects caused by pesticides.  The book was met with fierce opposition by chemical companies, but, owing to public opinion, it brought about numerous changes. It spurred a reversal in the United States’ national pesticide policy, led to a nationwide ban on DDT for agricultural uses, and helped to inspire an environmental movement that led to the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

As part of the mission of the Sisters of Saint Dominic is ongoing commitment to the environment, Saint Dominic Academy asks all of its high school students to read this work over the summer.

April 26

We have all heard the phrase, a picture is worth 1,000 words. Last weekend, many of us saw that phrase given emotional life as our hearts broke at the image of 94 year old Queen Elizabeth II, sitting alone in church at the funeral mass of Prince Phillip, her husband of 73 years. A testament to strength, leadership, empowerment, and love, Queen Elizabeth showed each of us just what it means to be a leader and to choose to do the right thing, even under the hardest of circumstances. 

The United Kingdom is still under strict COVID-19 regulations and as such, only members of the same household could sit together. As such, the Queen sat alone in church, bidding a last farewell to her beloved husband, under the public eye—the same eye she’s been under since she assumed the throne in 1952 at the age of 25. To have lived from 1952 until 2021 in the constant view of the public, to have had her families lives splashed across news shows and tabloids, to have dealt with the death of Diana of Wales and to support her then young grandsons, all while being analyzed and commented upon and judged by some—that’s an incredibly difficult life. And, to be left alone with those memories and countless more heavy on her shoulders, as she mourned the one who was closest to her—the sorrow must be insurmountable.

Queen Elizabeth II is the longest lived and longest reigning British monarch. She is the longest serving female head of state in world history and the world’s oldest living monarch, longest reigning current monarch, and oldest and longest serving current head of state. Her grace, poise, dignity, respect for all, as well as her leadership skills, public persona, and love for the British people make her an incredible and empowering role model for young women across the globe. 

Perhaps that’s why, last Saturday, so many women wept for the Queen—because the images we saw showed us not just Queen Elizabeth II, Head of State, but Queen Elizabeth, mourning the love of her life, a widow at age 94, adhering strictly to the COVD-19 regulations put in place to protect her country and the world. It’s an image we won’t soon forget of a woman who will be a legend after her time.

God Save the Queen!

Ring Ceremony 2021

Good afternoon class of 2022 and welcome to your ring ceremony. You’ve waited a long, long time for this day and believe me, I know all about waiting for a ring! It seems endless and then, when you finally get it, you realize, it’s not the ring itself that’s important but rather the meaning behind the ring that matters most.

I have four rings on today; my own class ring from The Academy of Saint Aloysius, my engagement ring, my wedding ring, and close to my heart, my grandfather’s wedding ring. Each one of them carries a different and significant meaning and so too will the rings you receive and cherish throughout your life. In years to come, you’ll look at different rings you wear and each one of them will tell a story, just to you and it will call back a beloved memory. For me, having my grandfather’s wedding ring is especially important—not because it’s big or flashy or opulent, but because it was through my grandparents that I came to believe in “happily ever after.” You see, they were married on Valentine’s Day and were together for 55 years, until she passed away on Valentine’s Day. My grandfather never stopped missing her, and his ring reminds me of their beautiful love story that created our entire family.

My own engagement ring and wedding ring—well I’ll never be able to look at them without remembering the past year we all just went through. You see, I got engaged in December of 2019—when the world was still “pre-covid.” My husband proposed in Disneyworld, the day after Christmas and so, when I look at my engagement ring, it reminds me of excitement and happiness and joy. And then, came COVID and all the fun of wedding planning took a backseat to the harsh realities of the pandemic. My wedding ring will forever remind me of this unforgettable year, because I, like so many other women, had a private, COVID wedding. And so, every time I look at it, I’m reminded that what got us through all from March of 2020 until was love and support.

And as for this ring here on my right hand? Well, I got it just down the boulevard on a February morning in 1994. I still have it! I don’t wear it often, but I can remember when I wore it every single day. When I look at it now, I am reminded of the young girl I once was, just the age each of you are now, with my entire future in front of me. I had no idea it would lead me to the school just three blocks away and that I’d be here talking to each of you. I’m so very glad it did.

My point is this; today is not about a piece of jewelry, it’s about this time in your lives. Your entire future is ahead of you; you’re moving up to the role of upperclasswomen at SDA. You’re becoming leaders, the role models of the school and all too soon, your high school career will be at an end. The time between now and graduation flies by, ladies. And once you leave high school, you’ll be amazed at how quickly time moves from year to year. All I have to do is look at the ring on my right hand to recall the girl I once was—and I cannot believe it’s been almost 30 years since I’ve been that girl.

The 14 months you have between now and graduation from Saint Dominic Academy should be some of the best of your lives. Make beautiful memories, enjoy every moment, forge friendships that will still be strong 30 years from now. That’s what today is all about—it’s the first moment of the rest of your life as a young adult, your first footstep into the adult world. And, you’ll remember it always, I hope.

One final word of advice, if you do get a ring today, keep it for always. Between you and me, it’s the only thing I have from high school that still fits!!

Congratulations ladies on becoming upperclasswomen at Saint Dominic Academy. 

April 12

Welcome back and happy Spring, Saint Dominic Academy! I hope everyone had a restful and enjoyable break and is ready for the final weeks of the 2020-2021 school year. Breaks are good, every now and then, we all need breaks and now we’re in the mindset to spring forth and make the end of the year successful.

I’m certain each of you had plans as to how you’d spend your time off and here at my house we each had plans as well. My plan, which I was able to fulfill, was to catch up on a few movies that I’d been meaning to see for some time now. As you know, I’m quite the film buff but I had just not found the time to sit down and watch these films—the first days of break I was determined to relax on the couch and press play on Netflix/Amazon. And, you know I love sharing what I learn, so here’s just a few nuggets of “important” lessons I gleaned from my few days binge watching.

  1. If you’re in a dark house and the lights flicker and the water in your glass turns to mud—get out of the house right away! ( The Vigil)
  2. Don’t ever go into a creepy old funhouse on an amusement pier, even if it’s a sunny day and it seems like a good idea. ( Us)
  3. Never, never answer the door when someone is pounding on it in the middle of the night or when someone is standing outside your home. ( Us & The Purge)
  4. If you tell a spooky story about a circus around a campfire at midnight and the next day, that circus shows up in your town…that’s NOT a good sign. ( Are You Afraid of the Dark?)
  5. If you hear a singing voice that nobody else hears, chances are it’s inside you calling you on your true path. ( Frozen 2)
  6. If something totally amazing happens to you in a Pixar film, it’s usually followed by something not so great happening in a Pixar film. ( Soul)
  7. If a creepy old book appears in your house, with no copyright and no author and it tells the story of a monster that comes to live in the closet—don’t read the book aloud. Just don’t. (The Babadook)
  8. If you made friends in college with a foreign exchange student and he/she invites you to come to some remote, only happens once every 90 years, secret from the outside world festival, chances are you will either wind up joining whatever creepy cult is hosting the festival or you’ll never be heard from again. (Midsommer) 

Important lessons, yes? Well, I’m thinking most, if not all of you, knew these lessons already. But of course, when thinking about these lessons it made me think of some more truly important lessons that are not always showcased on screens across America. And yet, the following lessons are the ones you need to carry with you throughout your lives, in order to grow into the empowered young women Saint Dominic Academy is teaching you to be.

  1. If it’s not true, DON’T say it.
  2. If it’s not KIND, don’t say it.
  3. If it’s hurtful, don’t post it.
  4. If it’s mean spirited, don’t comment or repost it.
  5. If it’s hate speech, don’t share it, don’t like it, don’t comment on it.
  6. If it’s a rumor, let it stop at your ears, instead of sharing it with your mouth.
  7. If it’s mocking someone’s race, religion, gender, appearance, culture, then it’s nothing you should be sharing, liking or posting.
  8. If you see a video, a meme, a post that you would not want your parents to see on your social media, DON’T post it.
  9. If you’re asked to do/say something that you know would not make your parents proud of you, don’t do it.
  10. If it’s: Kind, Generous, Sweet, Helpful to Others, Intelligent, Spiritual, Prayerful, Good Natured, or brings Joy to the life of another—then, by all means—spread that joy to as many lives as possible.

April 5

On Easter Sunday, and always

Let us remember that God gave us His greatest gift.

Let us remember that Jesus gave His life so that we could live eternally in Heaven.

Let us remember that love for humanity went hand in hand with sacrifice.

Let us offer a prayer of thanks for all that God has given us, and all that He will continue to give us daily…

Strength, hope, courage, joy, and the ability to follow 

Jesus’ teachings each and every day.

Have a beautiful Easter Season!

March 29

Jesus Christ Superstar is the music of the springtime of my childhood. I remember the album; its brown cover, containing two records that were tucked away in my Dad’s record collection. It came out on Palm Sunday and played all week long. The voices of that original cast are as familiar to me as the voices of some of my family members. For me, the musical encompasses the Easter season that both of my parents emphasized all throughout my formative years. My mother would tell us the story of Palm Sunday—reading aloud the Gospel before we went to church to hear it. And when we returned, my father would bring that story to life in our living room; sharing Webber and Rice’s lyrics and music with my brothers and I, the more modern words accompanied by the rock riffs spinning around us all during Holy Week. It was through this mix of Bible stories and rock music that we knew what Jesus and his apostles felt, we knew the sting of Judas’ betrayal and why he ended his life, we knew the mockery of Herod and the impassiveness of Pilate…the story of Easter was never more alive than when my mother read it aloud and my father sang it—solo until he taught me, his partner in all things musical, to sing some of the parts. 

It is, without a doubt, my favorite musical; I’ve seen it onstage 5 times, I’ve taught it to my Drama classes, I’ve assigned song work from it, and now, it plays in my house so that my own family can learn the story. When NBC released Jesus Christ Superstar LIVE on Easter Sunday several years ago, I was amazed. The modern staging, the cheering audience, and the incredible cast—well it was just the best production I’d ever seen of it and as I said, I’ve seen many. For me, and it is my hope for the students of Saint Dominic Academy, it truly captured the passion of Jesus’ journey from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday. 

When I talked with Avery Williams, the President of our African American Appreciation Club, we both agreed that this production would be meaningful and powerful; a “heavy hitter” to showcase all that our club and our school seeks to teach our students. With its multi racial cast, it sends the message that Jesus truly loves everyone. With its mix of male and female disciples, it showcases the belief every Catholic holds dear to heart; that Jesus embraces all who choose to follow Him. Brandon Victor Dixon’s Judas is brooding and conflicted; caught up in emotion and gossip and fear, like so many of us are today. Alice Cooper’s Herod is mocking and mean—placing keen emphasis on just how cruel people can be to others.

And John Legend’s humanistic portrayal of Jesus, more than any other portrayal I’ve seen, slams home the message that Jesus was a man and he was afraid to die. He was suffering and in pain and doing the very best he could to make the world a better place and still, he felt isolated and alone, with nowhere to turn for comfort. I cannot watch his performance without crying. 

I hope that as our student body views the musical together on Friday, March 26th, the emotions they feel while watching mirror the ones we should all feel when we hear the Gospel readings during Holy Week. It is my hope that seeing this moving and human portrayal of the last days of our Savior truly brings home to everyone’s hearts the sacrifice Jesus made for us all and why Easter, above all else, should be a day where we all give Glory to God. 

Happy Easter!

March 22

My dear readers, you know me well enough after five years to know, if I feel someone else can say it better than I can, then their words take center stage. I’d like to share with you, this beautiful speech given by our Academic Dean, Mrs. Guen Farrales, at our National Honor Society and Math Honor Society Induction Ceremony last week.  As we head into our last week of school before Holy Week and Easter recess, Mrs. Farrales’ powerful words and beautiful faith serve to remind us all that the gifts God has given us, should be used to change the world for the better. 

You may have, at one time or another, heard me refer to SDA as my “little piece of heaven on Earth”, which is why I am speaking to you on my 11th year here, and my 5th as your Academic Dean.  Why you may ask?  It is because here at SDA, we pray.  We put God first.  In fact, prayer is one of the 4 pillars of the Dominican life.

We started this prestigious ceremony with Olivia leading us in prayer asking for the Holy Spirit’s guidance in the performance of your responsibilities as members of the National Honors and the Mu Alpha Theta Math Honors societies.  Let me quote portions of what we asked God for:

…to work together in harmony for the common good

…to listen to one another in a spirit of genuine respect

…to encourage and reverence one another’s unique talents

Ladies, I look at each and every one of you and I can, most proudly, affirm that these attitudes/behavior/manners permeate the walls of SDA.  Your families and the years that you have been with us have inculcated these values in you.

As members of the NHS and the Math Honors societies, what sets you apart from the rest of your peers?  Is it just your GPAs?  Honestly, for some of you, these three letters may be the most important ones of your academic life.  You have been keeping a close eye on them from the minute you started 9th grade for just that, the honor/honor(s) that come with them and the doors of opportunities that they unlock for you.  Tonight, however, I would like to encourage you to go beyond GPAs, to recognize your scholarship, service, leadership, and character as blessings, and to make these blessings “radiate from you to others”.

You prayed…”May we use the gifts of the Spirit in creative Christian leadership.”

The Bible in James 1:17 says, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights.”  Ladies, you are here tonight because you have been specially blessed by God, intellectually.  My challenge is for you to season your intelligence with wisdom from on High.  What you know here (in your head), take it down to here( into your hearts).  Then and only then can you effect relevant change in your life and in the lives of people you are bound to touch. Use the gifts and talents you have been blessed with for your good and that of the people around you and, more importantly, for God’s glory.  Let His light shine through you.  As you prayed, “let your blessings radiate from you to others.”

You prayed…”May we respond effectively to the needs of the students in our care.”

There is always a great place to start.  Let me ask you this:  You are big sisters to 9th and 10th graders, right?  When was the last time you have reached out to your little sister?  Meaningful connection is key nowadays, when most communication is virtual and when, and I know this first hand, many people your age are going through mental and emotional challenges.  I can safely say that now, more than ever, we need genuine, heartfelt communication with people within our spheres of influence.  Think about this:  Is there anyone I can reach out to right now whose need, notwithstanding how big or small, I can help meet?  Whose life can I touch and make a difference for?  

To effectively make a difference in someone’s life will require, and again, as you prayed earlier, “approaching your decision making through discernment and prayer.”  Discernment is, simply put, the ability to judge wisely and such wise judgment is made possible through prayer… that constant, genuine, honest-to-goodness communication with God that will enable us to not just survive, but to thrive!

As I conclude, I would like to leave you with this…”Ladies, you are blessed to be a blessing!”  Be just that… for your good and for God’s glory!  

Congratulations and enjoy the rest of the evening!

March 15

Way back in 2002, when I first began teaching British Literature, I always began the year with “Beowulf”. We talked in class about rune letters and the runic alphabet, and I’d have my students memorize The Rune of Saint Patrick. A beautiful and meaningful prayer, it captures the reason we, as Catholics remember and celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day each year. The legend of Saint Patrick tells us that he “drove the snakes out of Ireland” and into the sea. Of course, as we grow older, we know that snakes were a metaphor for evil, darkness, pagan beliefs and that Saint Patrick was credited with bringing the word of God and the message of Jesus’ power to save to the people of Ireland. 

If Saint Patrick were with us today, what would we ask him for protection from? What snakes need to be driven out—from our communities, our schools, our culture, and our country? What message of love and redemption and salvation would he bring into the world as we know it right now? Sadly, we’ll never know for certain what Saint Patrick would have offered protection from if he were here right now. However, as we prepare to celebrate his memory this week, let us take a moment on March 17th to reflect on the words of The Rune of Saint Patrick and to call upon him in prayer. He, like all the saints we venerate in the Catholic Church, are still with us, to provide guidance and love and protection, whenever we lift our voices and hearts in prayer to their memories. 

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day from Saint Dominic Academy!

In this fateful hour
I place all Heaven with its power,
And the sun with its brightness,
And the snow with its whiteness,
And fire with all the strength it hath,
And lightning with its rapid wrath,
And the winds with their swiftness along their path,
And the sea with its deepness,
And the rocks with their steepness,
And the earth with its starkness:
All these I place,
By God’s almighty help and grace,
Between myself and the powers of darkness.

~The Rune of St. Patrick

March 8

I just read the most creative book! It was called The Ghost in Apartment 2R. It’s a book I was “previewing” before I gave it to Abigail to read; wanted to make sure it wasn’t too scary. I sat up two nights to read the 200 pages and I’m looking forward to talking with her about it as she now begins to read it.  We’re a reading house—during Read Across America and always so, I love the onset of March, when the internet is filled with options for children to participate in Read Across America.  

Saint Dominic Academy is hard at work embracing these reading initiatives; our National Honor Society is reading Bedtime  Stories via Zoom all month long, and they also partnered with University Heights Charter School to read to the k-2 students at an assembly. If you follow our Student Council and/or SDA Instagram, you’ll see our faculty taking a few moments to read either their favorite bedtime story from childhood, or an excerpt from one of their current favorite novels.  Our Advancement Office is working to coordinate a small Author’s Panel for our students, one that features alumnae authors and a current student whose work has been published.  A love reading is most certainly being fostered within the Saint Dominic Academy community.

For me, reading is almost as essential as breathing; I am always in the middle of at least two books ( one fiction, one non-fiction), plus I re-read every book that Abigail is reading or that, in years past, I was teaching for a class. My Kindle travels everywhere with me and one of my favorite questions to ask family when I see them is “ What are you reading?”  I’m never without a “recommendation” for others, no matter what genre someone likes and I have had friends reach out to me, saying “ Can you recommend something for ______________; he/she just doesn’t like reading.” I’m always happy to suggest a long list of titles, because not like reading is such a foreign concept to me.  However, I am aware that not everyone is as avid a reader as I am and so, in honor of Read Across America, I thought I’d just give a few suggestions to the young women of SDA ( and to anyone else looking for a good book), as to some of my favorite stories to curl up with.  As the winds of March blow and the evenings are blustery, instead of binge watching Netflix, maybe try one of these instead. 

For Horror Fans:

Bag of Bones – Stephen King

The Haunting of Hill House  Shirley Jackson

The Historian Elizabeth Kostova*

For Fantasy Fanatics:

The Lord of the Rings trilogy- J.R. R. Tolkein

The Harry Potter Series – J.K. Rowling*

Historical Fiction:

Beloved- Toni Morrison 

The Color Purple- Alice Walker 

The Little House Series- Laura Ingalls Wilder *

Romance:

The Bridges of Madison County– Robert James Waller

Message in a Bottle– Nicholas Sparks

The Blue Bistro– Elin Hilderbrand *

Waiting To Exhale – Terry McMillan

The Wedding– Dorothy West 

Mystery/Thriller:

Anything by Agatha  Christie!

The Thirteenth Tale– Diane Setterfield

The Lost Symbol- Dan Brown 

Rebecca- Daphne du Maurier *

Non Fiction:

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil- Jon Berendt *

Three Weeks with My Brother- Nicholas Sparks

Into Thin Air– Jon Krakauer 

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings– Maya Angelou 

The Sunflower– Simon Wisenthal 

And my lists could go on and on and on…this is just a short compiling of some of the hundreds of books I’d happily recommend to anyone at SDA ( or elsewhere) who asked me for a recommendation. I’m placing a * next to my favorite in each category and I do hope, during March and onward, if you choose to read any of the works I recommend, you email me. The one thing more fun than reading is talking about and sometimes tearing apart, books with another fellow reader!

March 1

“Daffodils, that come before the swallow dares, and take the winds of March with beauty… ~The Winter’s Tale | William Shakespeare.

This quote was hanging in my home all throughout my childhood. Long before I studied The Winter’s Tale as an undergraduate literature major, I carried this quote with me and it came to mind yearly at just about this time. While the snow around us melts into puddles that run down the streets, if you look here and there over the next few weeks, you’ll see the buds of daffodils, of crocuses, and the first froth of that lemon yellow forsythia emerging from the depths of winter. March can be a long month, no doubt about that, but if we learn to look for the first signs of spring under the sometimes windy and blustery March skies, we can see the promise of new life at Easter all throughout nature.

So too, do our hearts and souls need to dust off the snow and sleet that have them covered; perhaps covered for longer than just this winter season. The Lenten season is all about repentance, seeking forgiveness, and celebrating once again our personal relationship with God. I would venture to say, from last March until now, our personal relationship with God may have grown even deeper and stronger; isolated from so many, we needed to call on His strength more and more often, leaning on our faith, perhaps much more than we’ve done so in past Lenten seasons. 

Let us not, as more and more “signs of life” emerge this spring both in the world that surrounds us and in our own expanding social circles, forget the One who was with us, who carried us from March of last year until now. This Lenten season, while each of us has something to repent for in the quiet of our souls, our reflections daily should take us to a place of thanks, for the solace and comfort God provided us this past year. All this month, as we draw closer and closer to Holy Week, let us each try to set time aside daily, to stop and look for the signs of spring that God sends into our lives, and let us remember to pause and say Thank You…for without His love, nothing else could possibly sustain us all “winter” long.

Wishing you a peaceful Lenten season and a beautiful path to spring.

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