I write, speak, invest, network, and question to stimulate fruitful conversation. Let's talk about human flourishing! It begins with freedom. Holy leisure is the key to human being, freedom and generativity. Please join me in the adventure of realizing Christ!
September 9 – Building Community: Why we Should, Why we Don’t, How we Can
I’ll be speaking at Benedictine College and the public is welcome. September 9, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. in the McAllister Board Room on the 4th floor of Ferrell Academic Center.
August 1-3 – The Poet as Troublemaker for the G.K. Chesterton Conference in Kansas City!!
Ever since I gave fellow Chestertonians Joy in Three Persons, I’ve been hoping to be asked back to give them this talk. I’m thrilled to represent our local Northeast Kansas Chesterton Society on our own home turf!
March 16 – Women’s Lenten Retreat for the Parish of Sts. Joachim and Anne in Shakopee, MN
What do you get when you put the genius of women together with the practice of Sabbath-keeping? Human freedom and flourishing!
February 16 – Teacher In-Service Workshop for St. Charles Borromeo Academy in Kansas City, MO
The Place of Poetry in Catholic Education – a half-day, hands-on, fun and surprising exploration of poesis, human formation, faith, and the power of words.
February 9 – How to Become People of the Word – for a private group of bright Catholic mom/educators
This is one of my favorite conversation groups, and it all started when one lady took me up on my offer to come to a private group any time, just for the joy of spending time in conversation. They pick a topic, we eat brunch and drink coffee (my only ‘fee’ for this is coffee!), and after a brief presentation, we let the conversation flow for a total of 3 hours. THIS is what I’m talkin’ about!!
December 8 – Interior Freedom for KC/St. Joseph Women’s Conference
God has introduced me to a new saint for this talk, and I am looking forward to sharing her with these ladies. Hint: freedom is a capacity for mercy. I so enjoy participating in the Holy Spirit’s creativity to serve the Church. Every time I’m asked to speak is a new adventure.
December 1 – Beauty Becomes You for Three-Parish Christmas Tea in Perry, KS
What a beautiful time of year to be encouraging women to pursue their beauty! The King desires it, so I’m happy to be His messenger. Mary, Tota Pulchra, pray for us.
November 2 – An Experiment in Criticism for Literary Ladies
For the Lawrence, KS Literary Ladies Society I’ll give an overview of C.S. Lewis’s An Experiment in Criticism, and share why I think it’s a very important book. [Sadly, the ladies cancelled this event, but I leave it here hoping for another opportunity to discuss this great book!]
October 5 – Balance in Three Dimensions – Speaker for the First Friday Club of Greater Youngstown, Ohio
Yes, we know this is on a Thursday! That’s how things roll in Ohio.
Fr. Jim Korda interviewed me for his Wineskins radio show, while I was in Ohio to give this talk. My interview begins at 9:24 on this broadcast.
June 17 – Playing With Words – Workshop Leader in Wichita
I’ll be the Poet-in-Residence for the Storytellers of the Great Plains in Wichita, KS, offering my workshop on poetic presence, perception and personhood.
June 9/10, 2017 – Kansas City Catholic Homeschool Conference – Returning for the Seventh Year!
March 20, 2017 – Leisure & Labor Conference, St. Gregory’s University, Shawnee, OK
Presenting: Education for Freedom
Can’t wait to hear the Keynote Speaker, Fr. James Schall…have loved so many of his books! [Ugh…he was sick and didn’t come! On the bright side, a much-smallified edition of this talk was accepted for the Newman Society Journal by editor Joseph Pearce…yay!]
March 4, 2017 – Lent Retreat in Salina, KS
Presenting: The Holy Spirit Wants YOU! Beautiful + Effective + Powerful
Mother Mary as a Model for Women Who Bring Unity to the Church and the World
January 17, 2017 – Serra Club, St. Andrew the Apostle, Gladstone, MO
Presenting: Sabbath, Simplified.
Finally! Recordings of the GKC Conference talk.
August, 2016 – Chesterton Conference, PA
Presenting: Joy in Three Persons (I’m thrilled to present about Chesterton to die hard Chestertonians!)
June 17-18, 2016 – Catholic Homeschooling Convention, Gardner, KS
Presenting: Living Books and Communicating Reality to a Child
April, 2016 – Fifth Annual Symposium on the New Evangelization at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas
Presenting: Hope, in a Word (The theme this year is Mercy and the Revolution)
January 29-30, 2016 – Newton, KS Catholic Women’s Retreat
Presenting: The Holy Spirit Wants You Beautiful, The Holy Spirit Wants You Effective, and The Holy Spirit Wants You Powerful. Wow! I know the Holy Spirit is already preparing the way for those He is leading to come to this multi-parish retreat. (Post retreat note: This was one awesome weekend!)
June 5-6, 2015 – Kansas Catholic Home Schooling Conference, Olathe, KS
March 27-28 – 4th Annual Symposium on Advancing the New Evangelization
Presenting: Joy in Three Persons – Weaving Supernatural Joy into Natural Life (See the You Tube link, above, for my presentation of this at the 2016 Chesterton Conference at Slippery Rock, PA)
March 7, 2015 – Women of Spirit Retreat, Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Overland Park, KS
Presenting: A Prayer, a Poem, a Person, a Place
February 17, 2015 – St. Margaret Home Educators, Gladstone, MO
Presenting: Taking Care of Mom and Each Other
January 19, 2015 – Taping an interview with Marcus Grodi, to be aired later on EWTN’s Journey Home Show!!
January 15, 2015 – St. Gerard Circle, Holy Spirit, Overland Park, KS
Presenting: Hi-Resolution Beauty
November 13, 2014 – Women of St. Ignatius, Leavenworth, KS
Presenting: A is for Atmosphere
June 10, 2014 – Contemporary Religious Artists Association
Presenting: The Glory of Form
June 6 and 7, 2014 – Kansas Catholic Homeschooling Conference
Presenting: Taking Care of Mom and Each Other
May 13, 2014 – Contemporary Religious Artists Association
Presenting: What About Gaudi?
March 21, 22, 2014 – Benedictine College Symposium on Advancing the New Evangelization
Presenting: Three-Dimensional Transcendentals, Preamble for Faith
December 10, 2013 – Contemporary Religious Artists Association
Presenting: Creating an Advent Liturgy with Poetry