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Joy from the inside outMaureen Pratt

The crunch is upon us! Christmas is near, and there is too little time, too much to do and still more to come. We're supposed to shout, "Joy to the world!" but the actual feeling of joy might seem quite ...

Scammed no more! Maureen Pratt

The time I spend to write this column was supposed to have been spent with a friend whom I have not seen in years. But she had to cancel her visit because a computer hacker took over her invaluable laptop, ...

Adopt a plant and you grow a soulMaureen Pratt

"Adopt a plant and you grow a soul." The ratty wooden sign with letters resembling the work of a kindergarten student hung precariously on the side of a very dilapidated truck. In better days, perhaps ...

Celebrating, but not too much Maureen Pratt

A few days ago, I was asked to "celebrate" lupus, the disabling disease that I have been living with for more than 15 years. The invitation came in an email, and close on its heels came one inviting me ...

Unpacking the unforgettableMaureen Pratt

Unpacking and then arriving home from a long trip can be very unpleasant. Waiting at home are dirty laundry, stacks of unopened mail, a resentful pet, dying plants. Welcome home. I have been home nearly ...

Setting goals to pave a path toward a dream Maureen Pratt

Like millions of others, I cheered as American Pharoah, with jockey Victor Espinoza aboard, raced to the finish line at Belmont Park and became the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years. American Pharoah ...

A season of true repentanceMaureen Pratt

This year, I was asked to help at my parish's Advent reconciliation service, and as soon as work began to put it together, I became much more aware of the role of "I'm sorry" in daily life. From "my ...