Are you going to start a maker space?

Your Starter Guide to Makerspaces (The Nerdy Teacher Presents) (Volume 1)Your Starter Guide to Makerspaces (The Nerdy Teacher Presents) by Nicholas Provenzano
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It’s a good discussion about what makes a makerspace. I really loved the author’s personal touch in sharing his own experiences more than the theory of maker spaces. He had lots of keen insights and it was a easy read. I recommend this book to anyone thinking seriously about implementing maker spaces in their school or library.

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An invitation to dialogue with our LGBTQ sisters and brothers

Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community Can Enter into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion, and SensitivityBuilding a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community Can Enter into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion, and Sensitivity by James Martin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A very insightful and wonderfully written book that I highly recommend anyone read. Though it is written specifically to the LGBT community it can easily be applied to any marginalized group.

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Brothers and Sisters of Penance

I spent the last several days here at St. Francis University in Loretto, PA with nearly forty Secular Franciscan sisters and brothers. We learned a great deal about multiculturalism and diversity. It was a great conference in a wonderful setting. What does it mean to do penance in today’s world? What are worthy fruits of penance? Is penance merely a word or a pious act? I believe that penance is a call to conversion. It’s not turning a blind eye to injustice. Worthy fruits of penance are helping immigrant families, helping the poor and marginalized, reaching out to the LGBTQ community and making them welcome. Being Franciscan in the twenty-first century means caring for all creation both animate and inanimate.  It’s making sure that all are welcome in this place.  It’s more than saying peace and wishing for peace, it’s about living peace.

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Love yourself and love your life

You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome LifeYou Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a real page turner. Mixing humor, practical wisdom and actual experience this book is recommended reading for anyone who aspires to live more fully.

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Ave Maria Gratia Plena, Dominus Tecum

During Lent I began a process of trying to remove toxicity from my life. Lent is always a time of new beginnings and since I don’t like giving up Chocolate and other goodies, I thought how can I get more positivity in my life. Since the election last year I had become pre-occupied with politics and the changes happening in our country and though I tried to be loving and accepting it wasn’t happening by merely trying to think nice thoughts. There is a wisdom tradition that states that if you pray for the person or persons with whom you are at odds that you will come to love and accept them and you will be free of the resentment that you have. So I began to pray the rosary each day during Lent and one day I realized that I didn’t feel resentful anymore and though my own policy preferences for the country were different than some of my friends I had lost the toxicity. What began as an experiment has become a daily prayer time in the car or walking down the street. Until now I’ve not been a rosary prayer but I have found in it’s rhythm and intention a quiet peace that has overtaken my life and I’m grateful for that. I’ve also rediscovered the creativity that I had lost. I’m not sure how long I’m committed to this practice but I’m here to say that it worked for me and maybe it can work for others too. Peace be with you.

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The power of our own humanity

Becoming HumanBecoming Human by Jean Vanier

This is a great book. I loved it from beginning to end. Jean Vanier possesses great insights on living, acceptance and forgiveness. Because of this book I not only see myself differently but I also see other differently especially those who are disabled in any way.

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Fr. Robert Struzynski, OFM

I came across this wonderful story and video of a dear friend who told me 4 years ago following the Easter Vigil at Mt. Irenaeus that he would be leaving. Fr. Bob left the Mountain in May of 2013 and died in December of that same year. I always enjoyed my talks with Fr. Bob. He was an inspiration to me and to many others.
Source: Fr. Robert Struzynski, OFM

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