Bible verses: John 15:9-16. 1 Peter 1:3-25. Psalms 1, 30, 37, 51 & 103. Rev. 3:19. 2 Cor. 4:7-5:21, Gal. 2:20.
Spiritual reading: Classics – any title from Sts. Augustine, Louis de Montfort, Francis de Sales, Thérèse of Lisieux, Teresa of Avila, Catherine of Siena and Servant of God Elizabeth Leseur. Modern authors – Henri Nouwen, Scott Hahn, Fulton Sheen, Caryll Houselander, St Maximilian Kolbe, St. Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein), Alan Schreck, George Weigel, John Paul II, Benedict XVI.
Saints: Patrick, Francis of Assisi, Robert Bellarmine, Catherine of Siena, Peter, Clare of Assisi, Peregrine, Anthony of Padua and Lisbon, Teresa of Avila, Augustine, Bernard of Clairvaux, Francis de Sales, Louis de Monfort, Maximilian Kolbe, Edith Stein, Thérèse of Lisieux, Gianna Molla, and St John Paul II.
Blesseds: Francisco and Jacinta of Fatima, Julian of Norwich, and Teresa of Calcutta.
Novelists: Jan Karon, Nicholas Sparks, Og Mandino, Taylor Caldwell.
Movies: Lord of the Rings, It’s A Wonderful Life, Casablanca, Ben Hur, Pride and Prejudice (A&E version), The Passion of the Christ, Sleepless in Seattle, Raising Helen, Anne of Green Gables, Chariots of Fire.
Games: Scrabble, Upwords, Wurdle, Cryptoquote, jigsaw puzzles.
Hang-outs: My sofa in front of the fireplace, my adirondack chairs on our porch, any beach setting, any boat under sail.
Cities: New York, Boston, San Francisco, Rome, Fatima, Paris.
National Parks: Acadia, Grand Canyon, Glacier, Yellowstone.
Sports: baseball, ice skating, skiing, swimming, fencing, volleyball.
Artists: Rembrandt, Monet, Van Gogh.
Musicians & Vocalists: Twila Paris, Steven Curtis Chapman, Margaret Becker, Martina McBride, Wynonna Judd, James Taylor, Jim Brickman, Michael W. Smith, Andrea Bocelli, YoYo Ma (the Goat Rodeo Sessions).
Desserts: Dark chocolate, raspberries, gourmet coffee, cheesecake from the New York area, chocolate ice cream with almost anything in it or on it, homemade chocolate chip cookies.
Flowers: Blue Japanese Irises, Montauk Daisies, Roses, Tulips, Sunflowers.