On the way home last night I tuned in the repeat of Al Kresta's program. To my absolute delight, I was privileged to listen to an interview with a lovely woman - Heather King. Author, Convert, Pilgrim, Seeker - listening to this woman felt like I was listening to my own story. Not only do we share a common Faith (Catholicism), we share a common illness (Alcoholism). That tells me that she and I share an interesting way of looking at the world around us - slightly skewed, a little to the side, and possibly upside down on a really good day.
I urge you to check out her blog here. She writes under the title Shirt of Flame. She speaks to wondering around town in the company of one of my favorite Carmelites - St. Therese of Liseux.
Granted, I am following my Dominican calling now and lean quite comfortably towards St Catherine of Siena as a spiritual mentor, but The Little Flower is my first prayer buddy and remains near and dear to my heart.
I have never read Heather's books. The fact that they are published leads me to believe I don't ever have to write my memoirs - there are enough books on the market now, I think, about ex-lady drunks. However, I look forward to a real vacation this year, spent with soon-to-be 11 year old niece in SeaWorld San Diego dining with Shamu and swimming with a dolphin or two. We plan on reading a book together: To Kill a Mockingbird. Maybe I can read Heather's book after she goes to sleep.
Or maybe I will just have to plan a second vacation just for Auntie.
See, that's a Dominican for you- either/or? No, let's go for a both/and proposition....
St Thomas Aquinas would be proud.