The Big Yellow School Bus

by Melannie Svoboda SND on August 24, 2015

This time of the year, kids are returning to school. And where I live that means one thing: big yellow school buses everywhere! Whenever I’m driving and I get behind a school bus, I experience several emotions. The first emotion is frustration—especially if I’m running late. “Darn it!” I say to myself when I spot the […]

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The Disappearance of Here and Now

by Melannie Svoboda SND on August 17, 2015

Recently I read an article where the author lamented the “disappearance of here.” With our smart phones and other electronic devices, he said, we can easily be somewhere else rather than where we actually are.

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My Friend Eileen

by Melannie Svoboda SND on August 10, 2015

I lost a good friend a few days ago. Her name was Eileen Shackleton of Altadena, California. She died just two weeks shy of her 100th birthday. 

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Father Theodore Hesburgh: Priest, Educator, Citizen of the World

by Melannie Svoboda SND on August 3, 2015

When many people hear the name Father Hesburgh they immediately think of the University of Notre Dame. After all, he served as president there from 1952 to 1987, one of the longest and most remarkable tenures in American higher education. But he was so much more than a long-lasting university president. He was a man […]

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Celebrating My Golden Jubilee

by Melannie Svoboda SND on July 27, 2015

As you probably know, this year I am celebrating my 50th anniversary of pronouncing my vows as a Sister of Notre Dame. I use the present tense (I am celebrating) rather than the past tense (I have celebrated) because I plan to celebrate this event for the full 365 days. Today I’d like to share […]

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Slow TV

by Melannie Svoboda SND on July 20, 2015

There is a new media phenomenon sweeping across the globe. Or should I say, it is inching its way across the globe. It is called Slow TV.

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A Few Thoughts about Time

by Melannie Svoboda SND on July 6, 2015

Do you wear a watch? If so, why? If not, why not?

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Two Mothers-in-Law in Scripture

by Melannie Svoboda SND on June 29, 2015

Being a nun, I’ve never had a mother-in-law. So I’ve never experienced firsthand the joys and challenges of such a relationship. But I have heard many mother-in-law jokes. And I have read about two mothers-in-law in scripture. In the jokes, the mother-in-law often fares badly. But in the two examples in the Bible, the mothers-in-law […]

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The Gift of Flowers

by Melannie Svoboda SND on June 22, 2015

At this time of the year, our convent yard here in Chardon is graced with many flowers. In spring we said, “Hello again!” to our purple lilacs and white lilies-of-the-valley. Then we welcomed our azeleas, roses, and wachmacallits. (I use that term affectionately for flowers I cannot name.) Right now as I write this the […]

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Wendell Berry: Writer, Environmentalist, Farmer

by Melannie Svoboda SND on June 15, 2015

Recently a participant at one of my presentations gave me the book, A Timbered Choir, by Wendell Berry. The book, a collection of some of his poetry, reawakened my interest in this prolific American writer.

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