Writing Medical Mysteries: The Rules

    When we start writing fiction, whether writing medical mysteries, romance, erotica or any of the rapidly increasing list of fictional genres, we expect a set of rules. After all, we’ve been taught to follow the rules ever since we were preschoolers.  That’s a good thing. Because all writers need to adhere to the basics of grammar, … [Read more]

Mud Cookies: Imagine Feeding Your Kids Some?

“When there is no food for three or four days, the children cry from the pain. So I make them mud cookies to fill up their stomachs.” The missionary priest, Monsignor Patrick Marron from Food for the Poor, quoted a woman living in a village of about two hundred people about 20 miles from Port … [Read more]

If You Are Unhappy and —-It’s Your Fault

Do an online search of the most popular topics for blog posts and you’ll find happiness to be among the top ten. But that isn’t the way to conceive of happiness. We need to change our way of thinking about happiness by coming at it through the back door and talk about unhappiness. By approaching … [Read more]

CS Lewis’s The Great Divorce: Easter Reflections

John Chillingworth/Picture Post/Hulton Archive, via Getty Images CS Lewis is an inexhaustible source of wisdom for me. Whether reading his science fiction, fantasy, or his imaginative meditations on our Lord, Heaven, Hell and the Christian life, I find each replete with gentle humor and clear-eyed truths. Although I had made use of quotations from The … [Read more]

9 Lessons Tom Brady Has Taught Me

Back in another career, my third, I ‘met’ Brady. Everything was brand new: The marriage, the career, the faith and football. It was 2002. January and my new husband insisted I watch the Playoffs between his beloved Patriots and Oakland. We were living in Connecticut, cold, snowy Connecticut. I’d decided to leave my career in … [Read more]