Sustainable Living – The Ancient Practice of Soup/Stew Making

This is an update on the earlier blog post. Enjoy!


2019 update…

This granny did not invent the soup or the stew, but I grew up in a home where the women all knew the benefits and utility of keeping a pot of stew or soup warming on the stove.


Learning from my own grandmother:
I remember when I was a little girl first learning how to cook, helping my grandmother each morning as she made biscuits and cornbread. …watching her hands as she skillfully added and quickly stirred each ingredient into the middle of the flour pan by hand. I was mesmerized by the tactile and sensuous nature of the creative process.

This was a daily routine for her. She was a pro at getting the temperature just right on her wood stove. She knew just how much wood to use, the best type of wood, and exactly how to make sure that nothing burned. On the top of…

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Response to “Can the Catholic Church ‘Evolve’ on L.G.B.T. Rights?”

Response to NY Times article. "Can the Catholic Church 'evolve' on L.G.B.T. Rights?" By John Gehring. Mr. Gehring is the author of “The Francis Effect: A Radical Pope’s Challenge to the American Catholic Church.” July 5, 2018 I do not see the teachings of Jesus or the Catholic church to be in opposition to respecting the life … Continue reading Response to “Can the Catholic Church ‘Evolve’ on L.G.B.T. Rights?”

Family Christmas Tree – “A symbol of hope and joy”

Updated for 2017 – The Little Tree of Hope


The Phillips Family Christmas Tree: “originally written as a facebook note”


Thirty-four years ago, I was living in Houston, TX with my husband Randy and our young son Jay. It was Christmas time and we could not go home because I was great with our soon to be born son, “James.”  We had lost our son, David, the January before and this pregnancy was especially delicate and of great importance to the entire family.

My husband did not want to spend money or time on a tree, so my son Jay and I made a Christmas tree out of the long cardboard tubes from wrapping paper. The makeshift tree was not an adequate structure for ornaments and fell over.  After many tears and guilt over no tree, my husband relented and decided to allow the purchase of a tree. It was Christmas Eve when the decision was made and by…

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Experiencing the Divine – “A Physiological Response to A Spiritual Experience”

With the 100th anniversary of Fatima coming up this next week, I wanted to share my own experience and hypothesis once again.


Why do some people have a physiological response to the divine? Why do some experience the “anointing of the Holy Spirit” and others do not?Image

The following testimonial is a sharing of a personal paradox:

I have always had a difficult time believing in things without some proof. As a scientist, who is also a charismatic Christian, I have also accepted that faith is a gift from God and that faith does not need physical evidence. I have also come to the conclusion that there is NO separation between the physical and “spiritual” world. They do not just intersect each other, the “divine” permeates all space, time, energy, matter, etc..

As a child, I found that I had a physiological response to prayer. I also had a heightened perceptiveness that allowed me to know when people were bad or good and if something bad was about to happen. Some would…

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“My Cup Runneth Over” – C. Dianne Phillips

I was reminded of this experience recently. We must share God’s love. Especially with those who do not believe. God is glorified and the grace received is immeasurable.


“My Cup Runneth Over” – C. Dianne Phillips

10858Everyone dreams, but when I dream and remember the dream, there is usually a message …I “believe” that God uses dreams at times to help us to achieve a higher level of understanding.  Throughout the bible, God uses dreams to convey messages through his angels. I “believe” that the Holy Spirit connects to my subconscious through my dreams and brings me visions meant to bring clarity and understanding to experiences I am having in the real world.    I gain “wisdom,” “strength,” “knowledge,” “understanding,”….God shares his grace with me as I sleep.  What a profound gift?  Some dreams are peaceful, serene, and some are disturbing, but each dream has a message for me and for others regarding our human experience and His grace presence in our lives.  I am given great understanding of the many blessings in life and also the answers to…

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Catholic Marriage – A mathematical derivation for a sacramental union

This is what the sacrament means to me as a Catholic “The gift of the sacrament of marriage is like a precious, rare jewel, surrounded with the most precious and delicate wrappings…. held lovingly, purposefully, protected in the hands of God. When a couple comes to the Lord, both choosing to share in this divine … Continue reading Catholic Marriage – A mathematical derivation for a sacramental union