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What's cooking? Ingredients for lifeMaureen Pratt

Congratulations, graduates, you're on your way! Whether leaving high school, college, graduate or trade school -- you have worked hard and achieved much! Parents, friends, family, God and even strangers ...

What (or who) gives? Maureen Pratt

My delight in earning a graduate degree in theology this spring has given way to a desire to downsize. I'm not planning to move but am eager to simplify my life and give many things away, good things ...

Unique times for a really unique person: MomMaureen Pratt

The pandemic has overshadowed much of the "usual" news in the world, but there is one thing it cannot, absolutely must not, take the spotlight from: Mother's Day! In fact, remembering Mother's Day this ...

Keeping the balance: Health and faith Maureen Pratt

The COVID-19 ("coronavirus disease 2019") situation began to unfold just as I was diagnosed with a significant flare of one of my autoimmune conditions and had to go on a very high dose course of prednisone, ...

Happily humble: Virtue in a competitive worldMaureen Pratt

To me, two of the most striking and humbling passages in the Bible are from Mark 14:53-65 and Mark 15:1-5, where Jesus is grilled first by the Temple hierarchy and then by Pilate about his identity. By ...

Joy from the inside out Maureen 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 soul Maureen 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 ...