Little Acts Of Kindness Makes A Difference

By |2020-05-11T07:51:55-06:00May 11th, 2020|Uncategorized|

  At almost 70, I have seen a lot of ups and downs in the world. Having been the 11th of 12 Children and being born in the early 1950's, we were poor. But, there was always someone who reached out to us with a helping hand, like the old milk man in Joliet, IL. We couldn't afford much but [...]

Celebrating 21 Years With Gratitude!

By |2020-05-05T08:33:51-06:00May 5th, 2020|Uncategorized|

  This Memorial weekend we will be celebrating the 21st anniversary of the founding of our retreat, St Francis Lodge (, in the Paul Bunyan Forest of NW Minnesota. It has been an incredible journey with so many wonderful people who have stayed with us and so many who have supported us along the way. I am grateful. Sal

A Salute To Italy!

By |2020-04-03T10:55:49-06:00April 3rd, 2020|Uncategorized|

“Caio” 😊, to everyone in Italy. Today, I wear my “Happy Coronavirus Cap” to salute Italy during the Coronavirus crisis. We are all with you here in the United States. God Bless You👍!

The Cross Still Stands!

By |2020-03-27T14:04:38-06:00March 27th, 2020|Uncategorized|

This Past February we had a big snow storm with very high wind gusts up here in NW Minnesota at St. Francis Lodge ( It howled all night. I got up early the next morning at sunrise and took this photo of the Cross by the outdoor alter, buried in Snow. The Cross was leaning, but still stood there. Trees [...]

Finally, A Film Is Coming!

By |2020-03-21T10:30:21-06:00March 21st, 2020|Uncategorized|

  Dear Friends; For those of you who may not know after 21 years, we have finally secured a contract with award winning Producer, Lisa Arnold ( ), to Produce and Direct the film, "Did I ever thank you, Sister?", based on my memoir, "Did I ever thank you, Sister?, which I wrote in 1999 ( ). Lisa is [...]

Turn, Turn, Turn

By |2020-03-16T16:11:10-06:00March 16th, 2020|Uncategorized|

As we continue to brace ourselves for the full impact of the current crisis for humanity, I am reminded that gratitude and hope always carry us through the dark times. Now, more than ever, let us be grateful for all the little things we have maybe taken for granted in the past. Let us also always continue to reach out [...]

Please Pray With Me

By |2020-03-02T02:55:12-06:00March 2nd, 2020|Uncategorized|

Yesterday evening at Sunset, as I was looking down on beautiful & frozen Lake George at our retreat center, St. Francis Lodge (, in NW Minnesota, I said a prayer for all of us that God would help us get this Coronavirus under control. Pray with me please we use our heads and reach out to those in need around [...]

Our Daughter Kate

By |2020-02-26T11:09:22-06:00February 26th, 2020|Uncategorized|

While you are working hard at making your own way in life and the busy working world and if you have kids, I'm sure you wonder how they are going to turn out.  We all hope they will someday take care of themselves with their choices in life and in work. I can tell you first, they all are different [...]

The Future Is Bright!

By |2020-02-08T12:05:18-06:00February 8th, 2020|Uncategorized|

I have seen in my lifetime of almost 70 years, from my earliest memories in the late 1950's to today, that we are a resilient nation made up of a lot of "throw-a-ways" from all the planet. We have come together and have made a beautiful quilt out of all those pieces. The common thread is the kindness and tolerance of Americans [...]