I just realized this recipe is NOT HERE. Which is a shame.  I apologize. Ha! Let’s fix that, shall we? Perfectly Puffy Chocolate Chip Cookies   1/2 cup (1 stick) butter 1/2 cup sugar 1/4 cup brown sugar 1 large egg 1 Tbs vanilla 2 cups flour 1 tsp baking soda 3/4 tsp salt 2 cups chocolate chips 1 cup nuts (optional … but why not?) Preheat oven to 375.  Combine butter and sugars, and cream until fluffy.  Beat in… Read more »

It sits on my nightstand, a gift from my sweet mentor and a reminder of what I learned bigger this year:  Why Mary Matters. Because before, well … Mary, she was for the ones with the beads and crucifixes and stained glass; we Protest-ers, we shrugged her off like so much holy water, maybe even the tiniest bit afraid. We bundled all things we thought were extra and excessive and threw them all right out our proverbial windows, and Mary… Read more »

  I’ve had the opportunity to read and listen to many disturbing statistics recently.  Some make me cringe.  Some make me angry.  Many make my mouth literally drop open and say, “That’s not really true, is it?” Unfortunately, the most disturbing statistics come out when someone has taken measurements of what’s happening in our world as it relates to families.  And really, every statistic is about family somehow, isn’t it?  Every number is someone’s mom, or son, or cousin.  Which… Read more »