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Remembering Lily Short Story in The Examined Life Journal

The University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine Writing and Humanities Program just released The Examined Life Journal, Fall 2015, Issue 4.2. The journal explores the confluence of art and medicine Read more

Sacred Giving & the Panis Angelicus at SheLoves Magazine

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Andrea Bocelli’s voice fills the room. Waves of notes swell and rescind like velvet billowing in the wind. Read more

On Writing and Blogging, and a Bit of Good News

If you follow Bella Verita, I must apologize. I’m a bad blogger by blogging standards not having posted more than a couple times in the last year. That and a blog is supposed to have a single focus and I seem to be all over the place. Again, my apologies. I have been working on a few projects and in lieu of them, haven’t posted much. Read more

Thank Goodness for Storytellers – Down syndrome Awareness Month 2015

 

I love a good story. I’m drawn to storytellers. So, it makes sense that I love reading. Being transported to another world and walking through adventure with a character on a page is not only fun, but opens a world of imagination. Read more

World Down Syndrome Day 2015 – Thank You for Helping Me See A World of Possibility

Standing next to a table piled high with books was a young boy with hair the color of warm sand and a big friendly voice. He was talking to me about the purchases he wanted to make at the school’s book fair. I was grateful for the company. After awhile, I asked him his name and introduced myself.

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A Birthday Letter to my Daughter

I’m sharing this letter to my daughter, as October is Down syndrome Awareness Month. 

Happy Birthday, my sweet Sofia! It’s hard to believe you are nine years old. Nine! I find myself saying that time flies, but I know that those nine years have been rich with so many blessings, joys and much learning. Read more

Hope for the Wilderness Wanderer: Book Review of Marlena Graves’ A Beautiful Disaster

In my little office I have a few bookshelves reserved for books that are ‘keepers,’ the ones I’ve read and keep, knowing I’ll read them again and again.

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The Sustenance of Grace – SheLoves Magazine

I’m honored to be over at SheLoves Magazine today. We all have times when the words of others have wounded us deeply. How we respond affects our lives for long after. I’d love to hear your story or thoughts on overcoming hurtful words & the offering of forgiveness. Please feel free to share them at SheLoves or leave a comment here at BellaVerita. Thanks!

 

When the words left her lips, I sat stunned. The air in the room was sucked out in a moment’s edict, from a woman of whom I expected grace.

I was one of six, sitting around the table, searching out deeper truths of the New Testament on a windy day in April. Including the teacher, there were four men and two women, one older and one younger – me.

It happened during the break. We were asked us to introduce ourselves. The simple words of small talk common to new groups were spoken. Circling around the table, I was the last to speak. Like the others, I began with my church history, years of attendance, years married, finishing with my son who was six, and my daughter not quite a year old who was born with Down syndrome.

I’d barely gotten the words out when they were met with the declaration, “You are going to have a miserable, difficult life.” …..

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Cracks in our Shell and the Illusion of Perfection

The baby waiting to break through the shell is unaware of the beauty of its outward appearance. By instinct it simply must break through to experience new life. Without breaking through, it will die.

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A Review of Anita Mathias’ Francesco, Artist of Florence: The Man Who Gave Too Much

Anita Mathias’ Francesco, Artist of Florence: The Man Who Gave Too Much is the story of a Florentine artisan skilled in the art of pietre dure, also referred to as the art of painting in stone. If “…a picture is a poem without words…” as Horace once said, than pietre dure is poetry in stone.

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