26 Reflections on Silence

I "checked myself in" for a 3-day private Silent Retreat at a Benedictine Monastery this week. Nestled into the San Bernardino mountains in Southern California, St. Andrew's Abbey is not necessarily a beautiful location. But the prayers and reverence for God that cover the small acreage bring a tangible peace for retreatants. As I clipped … Continue reading 26 Reflections on Silence

Discovering Tuscany: Florence Edition

The guidebooks were correct on one thing: Florence is overflowing with tourists. I heard more English or German being spoken than I did Italian in this city of over 360,000 locals. If tourists are swarming, it must be for good reason. I almost didn't go because of low expectations and a lingering tiredness from the … Continue reading Discovering Tuscany: Florence Edition