Category Archives: death/dying

Liu Xiaobo has Died

photo of Liu Xiaobo and Doll (European Press Photo Agency) Reflection by Mary E. Latela, 7/15/2017 He is pictured with a doll designed and crafted by his beloved wife, Liu Xia. Liu was a scholar, a writer, whose inspiration forced … Continue reading

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Liu Xiaobo has Died

Liu Xiaobo has Died Reflection by Mary E. Latela, 7/15/2017 Liu was a scholar, a writer, whose inspiration forced him to call out human right decimation in China. Nick Kristof of the New York Times notes: “The Mandela of our … Continue reading

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Review of The Great Spring

Natalie Goldberg weaves a mosaic of zen and writing, stories, and vivid side trips in a Must-Read Book. Review by Mary E. Latela, June 11, 2017 Natalie Goldberg exists between two rocky places – writing and zen, and she manages to … Continue reading

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Democracy, Starting with the Truth

Reflection by Mary E. Latela, November 18, 2016   We are a people of stories. We learn about our families, our nation, about the world, from the stories transmitted to us. This has been a stressful time, this election season, … Continue reading

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The Day I Lost You is Magical

Fionnuala Kearney Reaches Brilliance in The Day I Lost You Reviewed by  Mary E. Latela on November 17, 2016 When I learned that Fionnuala Kearney had a new novel, I rushed to purchase it and read it. What a ride! … Continue reading

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Newtown Parents Attacked Again

Newtown Parents Hit Again, by Mary E. Latela,  October 15, 2016 All I had were tears!  Underneath, my anger seethed up, too. “State Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis granted a motion by Remington Arms to strike the lawsuit by the … Continue reading

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Calming My Heart

Reflection by Mary E. Latela, August 15, 2016 We learned a while back that my ex-husband died, not recently either, over a year ago. In all honesty, my initial reaction was, who will have sympathy for me? In other words, I was … Continue reading

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Orlando: Scene of Mass Killings

Orlando – Scene of Mass Killings, June 12, 2016 Mary E. Latela This morning a terrorist attack in Orlando, Florida, took the lives of 50 souls and injured more than 50 others as a man decided to vent his rage/confusion/arrogance … Continue reading

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Remember Them

Memorial Day, reflection by Mary E. Latela. May 30, 2016   What is the most important task of those who have lost loved ones – To remember them, never, never to forget them! On this Memorial Day and from time … Continue reading

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Peace without War?

Toward a More Peaceful Community Reflection by Mary E. Latela, M.Div. Representatives of The Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and the global Catholic peace network Pax Christi International gathered April 11th to 13th to focus on the hope and … Continue reading

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