Author Archives: Mona

About Mona

I am a wife, mother, and author. I taught high school for 27 years and I was a hospital and hospice chaplain until my health required that I retire. I miss my hospital coworkers and cannot imagine how terrible this year and last year have been. I want to be there for them in at least this small way.

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Today is April 14 Planning his birthday For May When he won’t be there And Turnipseed’s daughter is in a play Will Porp come, or Meghan? Will it matter? He won’t be there And we’ll order appetizers And beer He … Continue reading

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Music moment

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Baptisms recalled due to change of pronoun

In his baptisms Fr. Arango used “we” instead of “I” because he (I assume) understood that it is through the request and the faith of the parents that the baptism is taking place, not through his personal assumption of authority … Continue reading

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The Sh&t Prayer

I was having a stressful moment, shift, day, week… and there was another trauma call for a chaplain.  I needed to pray. I needed to vent. I knew God would understand. And so I voiced my prayer: “Sh&t, Sh&t, Sh&t, … Continue reading

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Maya Angelou, an excerpt from “A Brave and Startling Truth”

We, this people, on this small and drifting planet Whose hands can strike with such abandon That in a twinkling, life is sapped from the living Yet those same hands can touch with such healing, irresistible tenderness That the haughty … Continue reading

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A Prayer by John Birch

In my going out and coming in,my risingand sleeping,watch over me,keep me from harm. In summer sunand winter rain,my joyfulnessand sorrowwatch over me,keep me from harm. In the darknessand in lighter daysmy fearsand comfort,watch over me,keep me from harm.This day,and … Continue reading

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Let’s live like we are blessed – because if we are here…we are!

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Post Traumatic Covid Syndrome

We are beginning to re-enter the world, but are we ready? It’s wonderful, right? We’re talking face to face, meeting up and eating out with friends and families once again. We are striking up conversations with total strangers. (I say … Continue reading

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So much murder, so much racism, it’s hard to find hope today

Sometimes white is beige And black is light brown Sometimes truth is on hold Sometimes adult is child And silence is louder Sometimes young is too old Sometimes stop is run And questions are curses Sometimes badges are gold Sometimes … Continue reading

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Covid-19 and Stress

A resource for stress management.

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