From Her Drawingboard

Victoria’s Art : This Australian artist captures every  fleeting nuance of children’s expressions. A sense of kid’s fragility comes through many of the portraits.  ...more

No More Striving

No more striving.No more work.Strong words,Commands actually.The words reverberate in my mindOver and over,Like a mantra.A Divine mantra.A Holy reminder to let God work in my core self,Unhindered by my meddling.This work of transformingIs a Holy workI just get in the wayWhen I attempt to manufacture myself into my idea of holiness.Laughable attempts which are caricatures of real saints...more

Can We Love Another Completely?

“We can love completely—even without complete understanding…” Remembering last year… One of my daughters Shattered , Pieces flew everywhere Slapping everyone in the face Shocking Freezing Thwarting all attempts to love her. We were all in agony Our fierce love was as ineffective as  a noodle arrow which could not pierce through  to her heart....more

Help: I’ve got 5 Older Sisters

When you live with five older sisters you might as well have six mothers. The school bus was not scheduled to pull up for another twenty minutes....more

Need a Smile?

You will smile inspite of yourself at theses  humourous BIRD MEMES.  A BIT TOO MUCH?  GREAT CAMOUFLAUGE...more

Happiness Depends on Perception

Even on bleak days, there are certain facts that I stand on. I am alive, healthy, not living on the street but in a large old, quirky house, with acres of gardens, trees and meadows. I am still married after almost 35 years with 9 healthy, successful adult kids and 5 grandkids.  I am loved by my family and God, even if I drive them crazy with my eccentricity. I have a computer, two hands with all my fingers to type...more

Honouring Great Writers…and Old Friends

I have not figured what is going on but seven  long time blogging friends who happen to be great Catholic writers all clicked on my blog today.That fact reminded me that even though I created an award for Catholic writers, I only gave it out to 3 people! SOO, I am passing on this award to connect with old, neglected friends by honouring their commitment to writing about the truth, articulately but also with love....more

Listen to the Children: Mutual Respect

No matter what our occupation, we tend to think that our work, our agenda is important. It is almost in our nature to let ambition and drive push other people to the fringes of our awareness while we toil in an isolated bubble of self-importance. There are many methods that can shake us out of this selfish obsession but for me as a mother, it was my children.“Mum, mum! Come see what I made!”“Can you read me a book?”“I tried and tried but it just won’t stay together.”...more

Surprise!

Create with Joy surprised me with a 'Friend of the Week' recongition . Iin response, I am adding a surprise of my own; hilarious story with a touch of self-deprecating humour  so I don’t get too puffed up,Friend Of The Week –Melanie Jean Juneau – The Mother Of Nine9...more

Raising children is not a default chore

  Raising children is not a default chore for women who were unsuccessful in the world of power and wealth, politics or business. The Joy of Mothering &...more