There are layers of history in Rome—“layers like lasagna”—one tour guide suggested. Literally, layers were built on top of layers, buildings that had been destroyed by war and natural disaster were covered with dirt and new buildings were erected over ruins. Symbolically, many Christian churches were built over ancient pagan sites. The architecture, art, and religious… Continue reading Rome ~ Layers Like Lasagna
It’s been a little over a month since I’ve returned from Rome. I’ve reported on official business of the Oblate Congress in a four-part blog series on Being Benedictine. It takes me awhile to unpack my feelings and the higher purpose or meaning within my experiences, but I’m getting there. For so many months I was filled… Continue reading Rome: Packing and unpacking can be a lot of work
Confession: I feel a little guilty for taking nine days off during the school year. Truth: But not enough that I wouldn’t seize this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel to Rome. It’s unheard of for a teacher to take off two weeks during the school year. First, we only get eleven days off for sick or… Continue reading Rome: Confessions, Truths and Carpe Diem!
“Are you doing okay?” a friend asked me. “Yes and no, ha,” an honest reply. “Why yes?” Hmmm, I think. “Good question…yes, because of faith and hope. Many blessings.” This might not be the typical are-you-okay-what’s-wrong? line of questioning one might expect, but good friends know what’s behind your “yes and no” already. Sometimes the… Continue reading Yes and No: The Seasons of Life
Each school day during my 3rd-period Marketing class, I stand with my students, hand over heart, pledging allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. This simple moment of national patriotism is a requirement… Continue reading I Pledge Allegiance to the Flag…despite my disappointment
Jodi Blazek ❤ Joseph Gehr, August 17, 1985 A marriage is made of moments. When you string them all together, you get a picture of a life built together. A marriage isn’t made, once and for all, when the I-dos are exchanged. A marriage is constantly being recreated; it is always in the process of… Continue reading Marriage Moments: 32 years and counting!
Mary Gehr, my mother-in-law, was a lover of life and laughing, parties and planning them. She loved going to Las Vegas, playing video poker, Bridge, and Words with Friends. She loved Budweiser, murder mysteries, giving hugs, eating great food, cooking for others, Thanksgiving Day, and being with family. Mary Gehr was a strong woman, an… Continue reading Lover of Life: Ode to Mary