Italia family members, from left, Elizabeth, John, Thomas and EmmaLee, talk about the school day and weekend plans after preparing dinner together. EmmaLee Italia photo
Once upon a time, in an era of fewer distractions and more predictable schedules, family members spent time in one another’s presence by default.
Homes centered around daily chores essential for survival – the growth, harvest and preparation of food, as well as the construction and upkeep of clothing, livestock, tools, the house itself – anything that allowed life to continue in spite of climate, conflict and other uncontrollable forces. And at the center of it all, for families of faith, was the recognition that none of this was even possible without the hand of God interceding daily.
The kitchen table is more than just a piece of furniture – it’s a hub. This is what ours looks like: Homework papers accompany pencils and eraser crumbs, a phone charger, notepads with grocery and to-do lists, a book I’ve been reading in five-minute spurts, scented candles, cork trivet, hand sanitizer, someone’s watch, paper napkins, a rubber bracelet from summer camp (it’s September, mind you), hair ties from out-the-door-for-school touchups, yellow legal pads and a bottle of vitamins.
Some of my earliest childhood memories include me sitting in a high-backed kitchen chair, legs dangling, reading aloud cookie recipes to my mother as she added ingredients to her stand mixer. They may have been recipes she knew by heart, but that didn’t matter; it was my mom’s way of indulging my four-year-old desire to “help,” which was so often followed by the desire to “sample.” There will never be a more delicious experience for me than a fresh, generously-cut slice of homemade bread. More ... Thursday, September 20, 2018
I met my husband on the first day of my sophomore year at Princeton University. After a wonderful summer at home with my family, I was returning to school with a renewed interest in living out my Catholic faith, but unsure of how to fit religious practice into my busy life on campus. More ... Thursday, September 20, 2018
“I fell in love with a crab,” declared a parent chaperone, following a Young Scientist Club marine biology cruise in Cape May.
She attributed her newfound appreciation for one of God’s uniquely lovely creatures to an experience that demonstrated reverence and respect for creation, said Joanne Arnold, science teacher in St. Dominic School, Brick, who has been arranging the club cruise for 36 years.
To live safely, with dignity, independence and care close at hand, is the concern for many seniors as they begin to struggle with health issues.
Most would prefer to remain in their homes and communities rather than move into a nursing home, explained Maggie Welsh, marketing coordinator, Life St. Francis, a Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), Bordentown.
As below-freezing temperatures chill most of the state, those going outdoors should keep in mind that the cold weather and frigid wind chills can be dangerous to your health if outside too long. That’s the advice of the chief of emergency medicine at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center. More ... Saturday, January 6, 2018