Notes from the Field

Work on the Magazine Continues in Spite of . . . Well, Everything

I'm finally getting a breather.  I was so drug out from all that's been going on I didn't have enough energy to get out of my chair one day.  Life was that crazy.  Things are better now.  I finally found some help and I'm beginning to feel rested. HaHa!  As soon as I wrote "things… Continue reading Work on the Magazine Continues in Spite of . . . Well, Everything

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Notes from the Field

Marketing Dos and Don’ts

July 30, 2018 I've been thinking about marketing a lot lately.  Specifically, when is it annoying and when welcomed.  I want to get these down before I forget : Emails Assuming they have subscribed to your emails, then one email a day is not too much. There are many sites I receive an email a… Continue reading Marketing Dos and Don’ts

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Day 20: Google Ads Don’t Make Sense

July 28, 2018 It's been almost a year since I've posted a journal about the ministry.  That's crazy.  They say time speeds by faster as you get older.  They sure weren't whistling Dixie. I heard today on an ACT 8 YouTube video that 70% of the online advertising clicks are not from potential customers but… Continue reading Day 20: Google Ads Don’t Make Sense

Christian Life

9 Days for Life: Day 6

Day Six: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 Intercession: May those near the end of their lives receive medical care that respects their dignity and protects their lives. Prayers: Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be Reflection: When Maggie’s active father suffered an accident that eventually led to his passing, he taught her that pain and loss of autonomy doesn’t… Continue reading 9 Days for Life: Day 6

Christian Life

9 Days for Life: Day 5

Day Five: Monday, January 22, 2018 If you or someone you know is suffering after abortion, confidential non-judgmental help is available. Visit http://www.hopeafterabortion.org. Intercession: May each person suffering from the loss of a child through abortion find hope & healing in Christ. Prayers: Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be Reflection: Today, on this 45th anniversary of… Continue reading 9 Days for Life: Day 5

Christian Life

9 Days for Life: Day 4

Day Four: Sunday, January 21, 2018 Intercession: May all people embrace the truth that every life is a good and perfect gift, and is worth living. Prayers: Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be Reflection: Our culture is obsessed with perfection—a superficial perfection. Photos are edited, and social media sites depict seemingly perfect lives. God calls us to… Continue reading 9 Days for Life: Day 4

Christian Life

An Open Book: January 2018 Reading List

Welcome to An Open Book where bloggers share what they're reading each month.  You can link up or view what others are reading by going to My Scribbler's Heart or CatholicMom.com. I've found some very good books to read this way. I'm starting off this month by telling you what I'm not reading: Karl Marx. … Continue reading An Open Book: January 2018 Reading List

Christian Life

9 Days for Life: Day 3

Day Three: Saturday, January 20, 2018 Intercession: For victims and survivors of human trafficking. Prayers: Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be Reflection: Pope Francis calls for a renewed commitment to end human trafficking, which he aptly describes as “deplorable…cruel…criminal” (Angelus, 7/30/2017). International Labor Organization’s 2014 estimate placed the number of traffic victims — men, women, and children… Continue reading 9 Days for Life: Day 3

Christian Life

9 Days for Life: Day 2

Day Two: Friday, January 19, 2018 Intercession: For the end to abortion. Prayers: Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be Reflection: More women and girls consider abortion than we may realize. They are our relatives and friends, people who work with us or for us, married or unmarried. Even if someone identifies as being pro-life, the shock of… Continue reading 9 Days for Life: Day 2

Christian Life

9 Days for Life: Day 1

Day One: Thursday, January 18, 2018 Intercession: May a culture of life grow ever stronger in our communities. Prayers: Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be Reflection: From each tiny child waiting to be born, to people nearing death, all are precious and deserve our care and protection. Women and men suffering after abortion, individuals tempted… Continue reading 9 Days for Life: Day 1

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Theology and Revolution – An Open Book: July 2017

A new month and new books to read.  That's the great thing about books: one never seems to run out of them, especially with the advent of the ebook.  Now we not only have a choice of new books to read, but old books that were no longer in print or were hard to find… Continue reading Theology and Revolution – An Open Book: July 2017

Christian Life

Lopsided Relationships

The best analogy of God and man’s (excepting the saints) relationship that I’ve ever heard. She totally nailed it!

Reflections on My Catholic Journey

Tower of Pisa for blog

There’s an old saying that you have to kiss a lot of frogs before you get your Prince Charming.

That was certainly the case for me. One young man, with whom I had a summer romance, had to have everything his way. And I mean everything. A sandwich, for example, had to be made to his exact specifications: “First the mayonnaise, then the lettuce, then the meat, then the tomato, in that order only.” If the sandwich had all the same ingredients but the mayonnaise was next to the tomato, he absolutely refused to eat it.

This attitude of his drastically affected our relationship. Any behavior of mine that wasn’t completely up to his standards was cause for criticism. For example, he told me how rude I was for phoning him while he was watching television—as if I could have known what he was doing while I was dialing…

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Notes from the Field

Organization is Key when Starting a New Ministry

Many challenges come with starting a new ministry from conquering a huge learning curve to tackling bureaucratic red tape.  You can expect to spend your time researching, planning, and brainstorming resulting in a copious amount of notes, tasks, and ideas.  What you may not expect is how fast you can forget or lose track of… Continue reading Organization is Key when Starting a New Ministry

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My Reads for An Open Book: June 2017

MyScribbler's Heart and Catholicmom.com are hosting Open Book: June 2017 where you share what you're reading for June.  One would think a blog all about words would include more posts about what I'm reading, but those type of posts have been few and far between.  So I'm taking advantage of this opportunity to make up… Continue reading My Reads for An Open Book: June 2017

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Book Review: “Discover your Next Mission from God” by Julie Onderko

So you’ve been trying to discern what your mission from God is or whether “mission” even applies to you.  You’ve heard about Julie Onderko’s book "Discover Your Next Mission From God" and you’re wondering if you should pick it up.  My advice to you is yes, you should. The book is an admixture of how-to… Continue reading Book Review: “Discover your Next Mission from God” by Julie Onderko

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Today was a Day for Lessons or . . . I’ve Been Schooled

May 8, 2017 As the magazine is a one woman show at the moment I'm trying to learn every facet of magazine publishing.  What one soon finds out is putting theory into practice isn't that simple. This has been especially true for me in the area of design where I've been trying to test out… Continue reading Today was a Day for Lessons or . . . I’ve Been Schooled

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Yay! I Have a Mission Statement for the Magazine!

May 7, 2017 Well, today was a good day.  After, not being able to quite figure out the types of stories that would be included in each department I took some advice from the books I've been reading and decided I needed a mission statement.  The idea behind the mission statement is that it will… Continue reading Yay! I Have a Mission Statement for the Magazine!

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Kicking my Game up a Notch

April 25, 2017 Study, study, study.  That's how my time is being spent these evenings.  I am thankful that there are materials to study because it has been fruitful. Thank God for the courses available on Coursera and EdX, plus the information available on YouTube.  It's all beginning to sink in.  Mainly they've been about… Continue reading Kicking my Game up a Notch

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Layouts and Typeface and Colors . . . Oh, My!

March 27, 2017 Spent most of last week trying to figure out how to go about designing a magazine.  Watched hours of YouTube videos on graphic design theory.  Went on Pinterest to look at images of different magazine layouts.  Discovered that all magazine layouts look ugly on Pinterest.  Spent some time in the store checking… Continue reading Layouts and Typeface and Colors . . . Oh, My!

The Word

Reflections on Part 1 of What Christ Won for Himself at Golgotha

I don't think people realize that when I go to write a post I don't always have the knowledge beforehand.  It's true that my older posts are about thoughts I've held or things I've experienced, but these new posts have been a source of discovery.  So it was as I was writing What Christ Won… Continue reading Reflections on Part 1 of What Christ Won for Himself at Golgotha

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What was in the Blessed Virgin Mary’s Heart of Hearts?

March 5, 2017 I can tell you from my personal experience when you start to realize that God is supplying your heart's desires it's a little bewildering.  The first thing that perplexes you is why. "Why me?" "Why now?"  "What did I miss?" Sort of like David when God told Him He would build David… Continue reading What was in the Blessed Virgin Mary’s Heart of Hearts?

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Is This What the Promised Land Looks Like?

March 3, 2017 Since God made me realize the start of something new makes us vulnerable to temptation and I happen to be at the start of this ministry I've been trying to look ahead to how I'll feel in about 40 days.  I'm having a hard time accomplishing it because I'm receiving so many… Continue reading Is This What the Promised Land Looks Like?

The Word

What Christ Won for Himself at Golgotha, part 1

In part one we saw how Christ was playing offense, not defense; that Golgotha was the final objective and not some tragic ending; and since it was the final battle the devil was defending it for all he was worth in order to tempt Christ. In part two we learned why God had to become… Continue reading What Christ Won for Himself at Golgotha, part 1

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Reconciling the Godly and the Practical

February 28, 2017 As this journal was originally intended to help others deal with starting a ministry it's time to get down to practicalities.  And I've long had a problem with reconciling the practical and the godly.  Take marriage for example, two people ordained by God to be joined together as one.  Something incredibly beautiful… Continue reading Reconciling the Godly and the Practical