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A Gift for Lorraine

by Carl McColman

Okay, my friends, get your kleenex ready. This video tells the story of a 96-year-old man who wrote a song for his recently deceased wife (of over 70 years), and how a local recording studio helped to bring the song to life. Part of what’s so cool for me personally is that we share the […]


by Carl McColman
Our mailbox the morning of February 21, 2013 — or, should I say, what's left of it.

Early yesterday morning, about 5 AM or so, Fran and I were both awakened by what sounded like a small explosion in our neighborhood. It seemed close enough that Fran got up and peered outside the window. She thought a car hit something. I said it sounded more like an explosion than an accident. We […]

John D McColman: Obituary and Reminiscence

by Carl McColman

First, the obituary… Retired Major John D McColman, USAF, 89, passed from this life in High Shoals, Georgia, on January 15, 2013. A lifelong sportsman and devoted family man, John touched many lives through his quiet but warm personality, dry sense of humor, and compassionate character. John D McColman (his birth certificate simply reads the […]

A Few Pictures of Dad: John McColman (1923-2013)

by Carl McColman
One of my favorite pictures of Dad, an unusual shot of him without glasses, taken by my brother Don at the Outer Banks of North Carolina, mid-1970s (Dad would have been about the same age I am now).

My father passed away yesterday. He was 89 years old. This was the end of a long journey of illness which began with a diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease almost 20 years ago; congestive heart failure and finally dementia also took their toll. Of course, these are all diseases of attrition, so it truly was a […]

After the Goose, a Rough Week, and Simplicity

by Carl McColman

Dear friends, my apologies for taking such a long time between posts. As you may know, I was at the Wild Goose East Festival June 21-24. Indeed, Jana Riess (author of the delightful book Flunking Sainthood) wrote a very kind piece on her blog about the talk I gave on Sunday morning at the Wild […]

Happy Father’s Day

by Carl McColman

Happy Father’s Day! To celebrate, Fran and Rhiannon gave me this card which they made themselves. I thought it was so pretty I decided to share it with the world.

Images from my Lay Cistercian Life Promises Ceremony

by Carl McColman

On May 6, 2012, I made my Lifetime Promises as a Lay Cistercian of Our Lady of the Holy Spirit, affiliated with the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers, GA. It’s been quite a journey, the culmination of a five year formation process (and several months of discernment prior to that). Here are a […]