Wake up! Or Why I Became a Coastal Persister

Barbra Streisand and Billy Joel woke me up early this morning, as their duet of New York State of Mind resounded from my iphone. It was hard to get out of bed. I was tired; I was  sleepy. But the hour of lost sleep last night was totally compensated by the realization that thanks to

Thoughts About Growing Hope

Hope is one of those words that baffles me. It’s certainly part of the discourse around how to adjust to the upcoming presidency of our Perpetrator-in-Chief, but what does it really mean, particularly in that context? I can start with the Merriam-Webster definition, that hope is “the feeling of wanting something to happen and thinking

Meeting Joan Chittister, OSB

Joan Chittister, one of America’s leading spiritual voices, is currently co-chair of the Global Peace Initiative of Women, a UN-sponsored organization creating a world-wide network of women peacemakers. A Benedictine nun who has authored over 50 books and lectures internationally, Joan writes and speaks on women in the church and society, human rights, peace and