Category Archives: Family

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Thanksgiving Blessings: Edelweiss and the Doxology

Our family tradition for Thanksgiving grace is sung to the tune of  “Edelweiss” from the Sound of Music. The Von Trapp family at the festival performed the forbidden national anthem as they prepared to escape the country. Bless our friends, … Continue reading

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Featured Favorite: The Love Leaf

I was getting in the car at the Y after our water aerobics class, waiting for my husband, Phil. Then I noticed a shiny shiny leaf that had fallen from a Bradford pear tree nearby. As I picked up the … Continue reading

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Six Lessons of 9-11

After 15 years, I still keep a poster on the wall of my office advertising the National Book Festival, which my husband and I attended on September 8, 2001. All kinds of booths and entertainment venues filled the National Mall … Continue reading

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Friar’s Corner: Is there joy in God’s wisdom?

Wisdom 9:13-18b; Ps 90:3-6, 12-17; Philemon 8-10, 12-17; Lk 14:25-33 Have a happy and safe Labor Day weekend. Please don’t stop praying daily a Chaplet of Divine Mercy for the conversion of all terrorists. We can also pray another chaplet … Continue reading

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Grief, Joy and Alleluia!

Grief came during a birthday call to my husband on Sunday with news that his nephew Billy was severely beaten, left for dead, then discovered by a friend who put him to bed. When Billy’s concerned parents, not able to … Continue reading

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Joy Stories: My Restless Heart

  ↵ by Cyndi Lucky “Our hearts are restless until they can find rest in you.” —St. Augustine I was “born and raised” in Dallas, Texas, in a predominately Southern Baptist home.  My two loving parents adopted me at birth. My … Continue reading

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The Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion

SNEAK PEAK!! Published writers say you can “blog a book” but my advice for beginners is “blog to be invited to publish in a book.” As I celebrate the fourth anniversary of JoyAlive.net (began in May 2012), I mark the … Continue reading

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Raise your Happiness Set Point

“A man is about as happy as he makes up his mind to be.” — Abraham Lincoln Are you happy today or sad?  Soon that will change because, like all of us, you have a happiness set point, a baseline … Continue reading

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