The Women of Color Who Put Us On the Moon

Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space RaceHidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a great read. Engaging and overlooked story which has recently been made into a motion picture. This is America at it’s greatest and a wonderful story of how women of color surmounted impossible odds to become engineers and leaders in the space race.

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Feeding yourself while feeding others

Jesus Freak: Feeding Healing Raising the DeadJesus Freak: Feeding Healing Raising the Dead by Sara Miles
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Couldn’t put it down. It’s an incredibly well written book. I read her first book and was familiar with her. I also volunteer in a soup kitchen and a food pantry and have lived some of the same journey that she shared. I too see Jesus in the people we serve. Like Sara both the pantry and the soup kitchen are like church. They are definitely a community and they are a huge part of my life. I like Sara too because she is unorthodox and she brings a welcome freshness to holiness and what it means to be holy while remaining wholly human.

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Was our Democracy Hacked?

The Plot to Hack America: How Putin’s Cyberspies and WikiLeaks Tried to Steal the 2016 ElectionThe Plot to Hack America: How Putin’s Cyberspies and WikiLeaks Tried to Steal the 2016 Election by Malcolm Nance
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a very engaging book. The authors, Malcolm Nance has 35 + years of experience in the US Intelligence Community. He is a respected source and this book is a must read no matter whether you’re a Democrat, Republican or independent.

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Only an illusion

Eleven years ago I began blogging. I was afraid at first because I’d never really put myself and ideas out there. It’s risky to blog and yet over the years I’ve really come to enjoy it. I’ve had times where the content flowed and times when it has dried up. It’s fun to look back over the years and see what I was thinking then. I’m 64 now and I have more of an appreciation of my impermanence. Everything is impermanent. We either grow or go. That’s the way of all life and yet somethings seem permanent but it’s only an illusion.  What appears solid and permanent is just a collection of electrons, molecules and objects we cannot see. The computer I’m writing on, the internet, the server where the content resides are impermanent and just a mass of whirring electrons, protons and similar waves and particles. I recently read a book, “Making All Things New: Catholicity, Cosmology, Consciousness.” It has invited me to think anew about many things I have wondered about for much of my life. Yet despite this impermanent nature we are all interconnected and interdependent. There is nothing that occurs without affecting everything else in some way. There is no isolation for that too is an illusion.

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Building a more just and fraternal world

This talk by Rabbi Sharon Brous really resonated for me. I hope it does for you too.

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Every Wall is a Door

I first read the quote, “Every wall is a door” by Ralph Waldo Emerson on the wall of a Facebook friend. It continues to be one of my favorites. Just yesterday we got some unhappy news. When bad news comes it invites a response and more often that not I’m prone to think of the misfortune.  There is a lot wisdom concerning news like this. Romans 8:28 says. “we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Another favorite expression is: “never put a question mark where God puts a period.” Life is full of paradox. In fact I’ve come to regard these paradoxes as a sign of blessing. As I was getting my tea made this morning I reflected on the many blessings in my life.

A little over three years ago I had become depressed at the thought of retiring. I thought my life was over. But in the three years hence I have become a frequent contributor and community moderator at I have re-entered the classroom teaching and learning about Lego Mindstorms and robotics in general. I’ve taught programming and digital citizenship classes to children and adults. I have become active in the EdCamp movement and look forward regular communication on social media with those friends.  I’ve become a successful grant-writer and that has allowed me to give back to the community in ways I could never have imagined. I’ve learned about nutrition and wellness through involvement at The Warming House , Genesis House and the Catholic Charities Food Pantry in Franklinville. Through the interest and work providing sustenance for those less fortunate has led to deeper involvement and learning about organic farming, open source agriculture and other life giving initiatives. I recently agreed to be an animator for justice, peace and the integrity of creation for the St. Kateri Tekakwitha Region of the Secular Franciscan Order and created a website to aid in that process. 

What once seemed like the end of the road has become a gateway to new life and new purpose. I am grateful for these opportunities to live, love and grow.

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