Life Balance…or Life Priorities?

I’d argue this…

The easy response to this post is to watch the TED talk at the bottom of this post and *maybe* glance over the following link that has a free archive of a book I’ve been reading lately that has REVOLUTIONIZED the way I approach family life and values.

For example, what is the difference between an objective and a priority?

How does divorce affect each partner and their children (the part we may be blind to in our culture)?

Who are the biggest promoters of pornography for kids, and when did it become okay for adults to decide if they would like to participate in a culture of death and/or violence?

This book speaks of a LOT of important topics that any professional that will ever encounter a Christian in their practice should be able to read through to know a perspective that their viewpoint may hold a semblance to:

Click here for online version of book or buy it on Amazon here.


Here’s the TED talk that is digested much better after reading all (yes, all…even when it takes you a few months) of the book listed above:

Life Update // Aggiornamento della vita

An EWTN interview of Katie Davis Majors, the author of *highly recommended* Kisses for Katie: 

Here is a mini interview of Katie given by her husband:

You can pre-order her new book which will be available to read in October 2018:

I’d just like to share a little prayer to everyone being touched both in the U.S. and throughout the world by those who are unafraid to pray daily (especially when they don’t feel like it), unafraid to ask questions of incomplete satisfaction with life as we know it and look relentlessly for answers, unafraid to accept natural laws to humanity, and unafraid to believe in Christ, which begets loving action toward those near them, for the sake of themselves and others:

Oh Loving Lord,

Do you see my family?

Do you see how we have struggled?
Do you see how we have hurt?

Even each other, pain going back, for generations.

So right here, right now, in Your presence, I claim the promises You set forth for me, and for my family.

Not a perfect family, that never suffers, that never bleeds, but a family united IN LOVE, in Spirit and in Truth.

This can only come by Your grace, oh loving Lord.

So pour yourself out, upon us.

Wash us clean again.

Reach down, restore us.

Through your mercy, through your love, in Jesus’ name, Amen.


(Featured image source: Amazima Ministeries via Pinterest, 4/8/18)

Self-Esteem and Self-Image: Where We Can Always Improve // Terapia di gruppo: immagine di sé e autostima

This is an introductory video to the theme that puts real faces to a glimpse of their stories:

Isabel speaks to us about being 71 years old but feeling 17 years old…and not being afraid of vulnerability. She has gained spirituality and accepted the closeness of death.

This man speaks of the reality of being happy when children show demonstrate cowardice (they stay alive that way); but he challenges this, “do you know why you were born?” See more:

He speaks about being afraid before being in front of others who expect a performance from you:

J.K. Rowling addresses a privileged crowd, but the message seems to be for us as much (or more than) as for them:


If one was to incorporate these video lessons into a group format to help graduate students improve their self-esteem habits and self-image, it may roll into something like this:

Click here for group outline on self-esteem!

Here is the Word Doc format of the self-rating survey tool used among group participants:

How do I rate my current self

Finally, this Word Document contains the thought prompts that participants read out loud at the beginning of the first discussion circle:
Introduction to Self-Esteem


صومالی ثقافت // Somalian Culture


The Twin Cities and Rochester (Minnesota) receive about 2,000 Somalian refugees each year into their state. Here’s a little bit about the country today and its challenges:

<p><a href=”″>Distributing aid in Somalia</a> from <a href=””>Trocaire</a&gt; on <a href=””>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

<p><a href=”″>A Life On Hold</a> from <a href=””>marc silver</a> on <a href=””>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

<p><a href=”″>A New Somalia</a> from <a href=””>What Took You So Long?</a> on <a href=””>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

Click here for details // clicca qui per i dettagli:

The Final Version Somalian Culture Presentation Julia Brown 032218 (2)

Imparare parole // I learn words

We drink water – Noi beviamo acqua.

You drink the water – Bevete l’acqua.

We drink. – Noi beviamo.

You (all) drink the water – Voi bevete l’acqua.

You (all) are men. – Voi siete uomini.

The women drink. – le donne bevone.

We drink water. – noi beviamo l’acqua.

The book – il libro

E un libro – It is a book.

You read. – Leggi.

She reads. – Lei legge.

I read – io leggo.

You read. – Leggi.

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Impariamo l’italiano

Taken near Rome during Holy Week 2016

Personal pronouns

The subject pronouns in Italian are:

  • Io – I
  • Tu – Singular You
  • Lui – He
  • Lei – She
  • Esso/Essa – It (archaic and literary)
  • Noi – We
  • Voi – Plural You / You all
  • Loro – They (speaking of people)
  • Essi/Esse – They (archaic and literary)

The verb is always conjugated to match the subject, and the subject is only specified for clarity or emphasis.


Articles have to match gender and number of the noun they refer to.

The singular determinate articles (the) are:

  • Lo – masculine, used before Z, S+consonant, GN, and some rarer consonant clusters.
  • Il – masculine, used before consonants except the above.
  • La – feminine, used before all consonants.
  • L’ – an elision of the above used before vowels.

The indeterminate articles (a/an) are:

  • Uno – masculine, used before Z, S+consonant, GN, and some rarer consonant clusters.
  • Un – masculine, used in all other cases.
  • Una – feminine, used before all consonants.
  • Un’ – feminine, used before vowels.

New Favorite Book (so far…at 22 years old!)

If you’re curious what this book is all about, the author will explain her story (not necessarily what’s in the book) in the first half of this video:

I was inspired by this book. I want EVERYONE to read it, but I understand that the likelihood of this occurring after this sentence’s plea is SLIM-TO-NONE. So I’m taking the tone out of the book and applying it to my blog, in the hopes that it will inspire you to care about the pages that scream Truth hidden under this somewhat-cheesy title, Kisses from Katie.


I will blog in diary-form today in honor of Katie’s choice to share many diary entries in her book, which brought her words into the New York Time’s bestseller list. I hope that my words will just bring you to read her words.

August 9:

I had a beautiful day. I felt more love than…

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