Author Archives: Mary K. Doyle

Stillgrimage-Taking a Pilgrimage Near Home

Venture to a sacred site, and we respond on a soul level. How can we not change after a pilgrimage to Rome and delving into the lives of the apostles or to Bethlehem and visualize the birth of Jesus while striving to emotionally grasp its significance? Since ancient times, people have found that, if we […]

Begin With a List

I’ve been writing professionally since 1972, and one thing I’ve learned is that a piece turns out best if I allow it to follow its own path. I’ve often begun with an intention to focus on one topic and then find the work ends up veering in an alternate direction. If I allow the research […]

Our Planet’s Health and Well-Being

Would you like cleaner air, lower prices, and fewer catastrophic weather conditions? We can move closer to all of this with a few minor lifestyle changes. There’s no denying that the whole earth is seeing troubling weather–fires, floods, tornadoes, and mud slides. The snowballing impact of these circumstances is tremendous. People are losing their homes, […]

Eat Well. Live Well.

Q: What do you call someone who can’t stick with a diet? A: A desserter. Nothing works without a source of energy. Even machines need fuel to keep going. And the better the fuel, the better we perform. Good nutrition is key to optimum health and the ability to perform mentally and physically to the […]

Visiting Memory Care Homes

Adding to the heartbreak of having a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease, the COVID-19 pandemic prevented families from viewing memory care homes and seeing their loved ones once they were placed. I can only imagine how difficult this was. Visiting my husband, Marshall, as often as I wished allowed me to remain close to him […]

Who Do You Want Your Children to Follow?

Biographies are one of my favorite stories to read or watch. I’m fascinated by how we all live the life we’ve been given, overcome our challenges, and achieve our goals. When I was a child, saints topped that list of biographies. These were the people I wanted to emulate.   It would be interesting to […]

Memory Lane Games

Visiting with a loved one with dementia can be complicated. We must watch what we say, how we say it, and the words we use. “Discussions” need to be basic and clear to avoid confusion and frustration for both of us. Finding activities enjoyable for both family members offers an opportunity to share time and […]

Honoring Mary, Our Blessed Mother

One of Jesus’ many gifts to us was in sharing his mother. Mary is our most perfect example of discipleship. If you call on her, she surrounds you with motherly love and carries our prayers to her son. Our Blessed Mother knows that nothing is more important for us than our relationship with her son. […]

In the End, Will You Remember God?

If your faith is solid, will it carry you through your life even if you develop dementia? I believe it is possible. Your faith may even grow stronger. My husband, Marshall, was a believer raised in a devout family, but, from my observation, he did little to build on his spiritual foundation. He rarely went […]

God is Love

Music and art are effective teachers. We absorb the words to songs and images that touch us emotionally. Earliest teachings were taught in this way. Christians learned about the Lord and Jesus’ gift of salvation through hymns, paintings, and sculptures in the Church. One of my favorite hymns heard in my church during the 1970s […]