Reflections


Mack’s Story on WBUR’s Only a Game

We are so grateful for the wonderful and sensitive retelling of Mack’s story and how soccer has been a part of our joy and healing. Bill Littlefield, Karen Given, and Alexander Schroeder were wonderful to work with and Bill, as always, provided his warmth to the story. It is a […]


The Downstairs Thief

My most recent essay, “The Downstairs Thief,” has been published on Open To Hope. I had a vivid dream that took me several years to understand, but the meaning came to me a few weeks ago when I was asked to share a storytelling experience at “Loving Through It” at […]


Come forth and live 3

A reflection on Holy Saturday It is Holy Saturday, the gap between death and resurrection, the gap in which those of us who have lost loved ones live. I have been reading this morning of other mothers who have survived, literally “live beyond” the deaths of their own children. Women like Jennifer […]


Celtics Share about Mack

Last night we had the great blessing of four of Mack’s friends participating in “State of the Story.” This particular night was part of our “Learning to Live” initiative and the Ryan, Mike, Quinn, and Colin shared their memories of Mack. They were kind enough to also allow me to […]


“Sit Still and Uncover Your Eyes” 1

My latest essay “Sit Still and Uncover Your Eyes” was posted today on Modern Loss, a website dedicated to “candid conversations about grief.” Modern Loss was included in a New York Time’s piece “An online generation redefines mourning’’ by Hannah Seligson that reflects on the new era of public grief via […]


Why do you look for him here?

For the many of us who have an empty seat at the family table this Easter, I have found the Holy Week readings in the Magnificat so nourishing. A little encouragement from Monsignor Charles Fink: “Death does not have the final word about human destiny.” Peace to you and yours […]


Open to Hope: Lent as a Verb, Not a Noun 1

Elizabeth has recently posted a new piece on Open to Hope, “Lent as a Verb, Not a Noun.” The standard preparation for Lent asks us to step away from our busy lives and consider our mortality: for you were made from dust, and to dust you will return. Until Mack died, […]


Survive – Living Beyond Adversity

This is the lecture I gave for the 20th Annual Mark Luchinsky Lecture in the Schreyer Honors College, Penn State University. The video is below, but here are my scripted remarks, I departed occasionally from them, but the core concepts are here. From the opening remarks: Tonight we recognize the anniversary of […]


Continuing to Care, Continuing to Give

Today is the Third Annual Mack Brady Soccer Clinic sponsored by Penn State Men’s and Women’s Soccer. That means that we have passed the second anniversary of Mack’s passing and his 11th birthday. We have been so very grateful for the incredible love and support that we have received. Most […]


New school year, new thoughts 3

I’m really pleased to share that my first essay for Open To Hope, “Another New School Year Begins,” was posted on their site earlier today. Open To Hope is the kind of resource that you don’t know exists until you need it. After Mack died, I began to read every book on […]