My friend wanted out of her marriage

My friend wanted out of her marriage

Dan and Jessica (not their real names but this is a real story) got married when they were young, with stars in their eyes. Everything was okay for about six or seven years. Then Jessica just got angry. She was done pretending. Dan was a loser. Dan was not serious enough. Dan did not make enough money. Jessica lived in frustration over her husband. She didn’t like who she had become around him. That frustration could be felt by anyone…

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Is “The Greatest Showman” worth seeing?

Is “The Greatest Showman” worth seeing?

The Greatest Showman is quickly becoming one of my ALL-TIME favorite movies. At first I thought it was just a weird premise. Why would someone want to write about P.T. Barnum? A musical about the circus? Nothing about that intrigued me. Then most of my family went to see the show. Then they downloaded the song tracks. Then they sang those songs at the top of their lungs. I wasn’t sure what to make of it all. The songs were…

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“Are Catholics Crazy?” Recap

“Are Catholics Crazy?” Recap

On Tuesday I woke up with this brilliant idea of opening this blog up for questions to the Catholic faith. About an hour after I posted it, I regretted it. I realized that I had bit off way more than this blog space could chew. How does one explain why priests remain celibate in a 1,000 word post? And I also realized that there are a TON of resources out there that have already done a great job answering every single…

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Are Catholics Crazy?

Are Catholics Crazy?

Are Catholics Crazy? That’s a great question, actually. First, some background: I grew up in a small town that was 10% Catholic. Since there are 13 in my family of origin, we made up a chunk of our congregation. My classmates were Lutheran, Methodist or they just practiced their faith on their own. It did not matter. They were my friends and I have amazing, fond, fun, crazy memories of grade school and high school. In college I delighted in…

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The Problem with Fasting

The Problem with Fasting

Lent is fast approaching! For those of you that are unaware, Lent begins on Valentine’s Day this year. That makes me giggle. Then cry. As a Catholic, I am asked to fast (two small meals and one medium meal with no snacks) just twice a year, Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. I will be gut honest with you: I have never ever liked to fast. I have never been very good at it so I have never sought it out….

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If You Need to Poop Soup

If You Need to Poop Soup

I hope you are smiling. Poop Soup. That has a great ring to it, doesn’t it? Now, the original recipe of this soup comes from a lovely site, which I will share in a jiffy. But first, some background info. Sugar turns Lori into a raging lunatic. I love my life without sugar. I love love love my life without sugar. I have been browsing the No Sugar food sections on Pinterest and ran into this lentil soup. There are…

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Join me for Coffee and Conversation on Sunday Mornings!

Join me for Coffee and Conversation on Sunday Mornings!

I am incredibly grateful to God for this thing called life. I have been writing a lot of deeper thoughts about the journey, new discoveries that have been given. I wasn’t sure what to do what those thoughts, because they are more personal, too much for my blog. I have decided to start a weekly email newsletter, a “Lori Unplugged” type of thing. Think Coffee and Conversation. On Sunday mornings. Early. I want a place where I can be more…

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Letting Go of Our Sons

Letting Go of Our Sons

I have five sons. There came a time, in each of their lives, that looked like this: We were in a public place. My five-year old son needed to go to the bathroom. We found the restroom and I began shepherding him into the ladies’ room. He stopped. He pointed to the men’s room with these frightening words, “I want to go in here.” This is how it has played out each time: I stopped. My entire body  went into panic mode. I smiled…

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5 Tips if Your Child Wants to Join the Military

5 Tips if Your Child Wants to Join the Military

Several months ago my senior told me that he wanted to join the Navy Reserves. It was one of those moments where I just looked at him and blinked. I wasn’t sure if he was serious or not. Matthew Edward Doerneman was serious. As he worked with the Navy recruiter, he became super serious. As part of the process, we asked him to speak with some people that were in the Navy. He did. We did. All was going well….

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You are Important to Me!

You are Important to Me!

Last week I went to my second-favorite place to write, Starbucks. Someone was at my table (can you believe it?) so I had to set up my writing area at the massive tall table in the middle of the restaurant. There were three girls at the end of my table. One of them was in my line of vision. She was about twelve. She was quiet, oh so quiet. I watched her out of the corner of my eye as…

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