Category Archives: Bookshelf (BOOKS)

15 October: Saint Teresa of Ávila!!

Once again it is the feast day of one of my favorite saints, Teresa of Ávila, affectionately known as Saint Teresa of Jesus. I am a huge groupie of this amazing woman who lived a long time ago (1515-1582), but … Continue reading

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Snapshots & Whatnot: Dexterous Courage & Tact

Years ago my sister gifted me the classic book “Oh, The Places You’ll Go” by Dr. Seuss. Filled with wisdom for 20-something Virginia stepping out in the wide world, the timeless insights of Dr. Seuss therein still resonate with a … Continue reading

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Creative Extremists (FOR LOVE!)

 “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”  Martin Luther King, Jr. Today we celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr., an extraordinary man who led a … Continue reading

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Inspirational Tattoos of the Heart

Sharing a previous post from 2012 while traveling this week, be blessed! Father Gregory Boyle, founder of Homeboy Industries in L.A., writes of compassion, redemption and the ‘slow work of God’ in his book, Tattoos on the Heart. Providing powerful … Continue reading

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OVERCOMING (in movies & in life!)

If you are looking for an outing option this weekend, the movie “Overcomer” is now in theaters. Since I ran cross country in high school (& the 2 mile race for track & field) I marked this movie on the … Continue reading

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Brené Brown: Wild Heart Paradox(es)

Last month I happened upon Brené Brown’s Netflix special “The Call to Courage.” Inspired by her authentic sharing, I quickly found her Vulnerability TED talk on YouTube (the one filmed in Houston.) More inspiration wows. Then I delved into her … Continue reading

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Books! Books! Favorite Books!!

As many of you know, Virginia likes books and reads piles of them (as posted here previously Books! Reading! Books! Reading!) This week a friend tagged me on Facebook to post covers of 10 favorite books, so here’s my response … Continue reading

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31 July: Ad Maiorem Dei Gloriam…

So that’s Latin. Since I (and maybe you) didn’t study Latin, here’s what it means: “To the Greater Glory of God…”A noble motto from Saint Ignatius of Loyola whose feast day we celebrate 31 July (today!) I am a groupie … Continue reading

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Courage Grooves: Growing Beyond our Fears

“There comes a time in all of our lives when it’s time to take stock of what was, what is, and what can be. Don’t hold on to stuff that prevents you from becoming who you can be.”  Maria Shriver … Continue reading

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“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” Dr. Suess “I cannot live without books.”  Thomas Jefferson I like books. I really like books. As a self-confessed … Continue reading

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