I actually had a Facebook moment and started to write this in third person. How pretentious. Or lazy. Or both!

I suppose you came to this page in search of some fascinating tidbit about me: where I was born, where I live, do I drink diet soda.

In a nutshell, here’s my life. I was born in Cuba in the early 1960’s, at a time when, among other things, it was inconvenient to be Catholic AND have a conscience. My parents, lovers of freedom and no friend of the totalitarian regime still squashing human rights even as I type, came to the United States, as many do, in search of human dignity, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

I attended school, played basketball, resented my siblings, and read to excess. Then I grew up.

These days I live outside Atlanta with my husband and three [almost] grown children, one serving in the Army, one two in college and one who will finish high school sooner than I’d like. We also have a dog.

I no longer resent my siblings, but have been known to give the dog piercing looks. Oh, and I’m not a fan of diet soda. I figure, if I’m going to drink chemicals anyway, they might as well taste good.

26 thoughts on “About

  1. Hey there Newbie Spikey!
    (for your info, a Spikey is the term for folk who are part of the clan known to be followers of Uncle Spike :)

    I wanted to catch up and say “thank you… I really appreciate your ‘follow’ as I for one, know how many interesting and entertaining blogs are out there.”

    Blogging since June 2013, my aim is to deliver an eclectic offering of posts, from my ‘point n shoot’ attempts at basic photography, to the sharing of my travel adventures over the decades, as well as day to day happenings here on the farm. Oh, plus a few observations, opinions and lighter-hearted stuff thrown in for good measure.

    I normally keep to a couple of posts a day, maybe 3-4 at weekends if I have something special to share. But if you are at a loose end one day, maybe you’ll enjoy trawling through some of my older stuff too. I have added plenty of categories to help in said digging process.

    Thanks again and hope you have a great day…


  2. I’m popping in from the a-z. I love finding other believers in the blogsphere! I wasn’t crazy about my siblings until later in life, either. I’m Catholic, too. Let’s stay in touch. Visit me, if you’d like:
    from The Dugout

  3. Douglas says:

    Maria, I heard oyu on sqpn saying that we can friends list you on the Jimmy Akin Podcast, but I can’t spell your middle name or your hyphenated last name?
    Maria something Johnson?
    Please email me the answer thanks! :)

  4. Regan Elizabeth Brecke says:

    Thanks, I have done just that(research that is). But i did like your discussion on the subject that day, whether you were winging it or not!

  5. Regan Elizabeth Brecke says:

    I was listening to old podcasts of harry potter SQPN..

    I remember you given a mini review on the “parts of initiation story”, the sequence of events the character has to go through to get to his/her great end.

    Do you remember what episode that is? Or can you point me somewhere to read up on this? Your blog, a textbook.

    I am not a Literary scholar by any means ( i work in emergency medicine) , but passionate about reading, and find these types of discussions and analysis fascinating. I recently just read an article about “Literary Alchemy” in popular literature, and thought that too was amazing!

    Thanks for your help.

    • Maria says:

      Wow, Regan, I don’t know :-) I think you can probably do a simple google search for “initiation stories” and it’ll give you something to start with. My literature books are actually…books! No digital notes :(

      I don’t want to make it too public that I just responded to what my colleagues were talking about on SHP, so I didn’t really do show notes (don’t tell Fr. Roderick that I was winging it!)

  6. Pat Hanna says:

    I was talking to a co-worker about my experience in Aix as a college student and decided to google Les Deux Garcons and came across your photo. I could not believe it! I lived above the cafe with a family from Sept. 1980 to May 1981! Who did you live with? Where did you study?

    • Maria says:

      The Blondel sisters. Lovely women, the oldest, and the youngest. And their niece who lost both her parents in an accident. Did you know Nancy? You must have!

  7. Adriana says:

    Gosh. I am so sorry it is taking me forever to read these but,
    better late than never. I feel the same way, why drink diet if it has chemicals anyway. I never have understood anyway why people say they are in a diet and eat all this food and then follow up with a diet soda. What the heck is that? Does that make sense? Oh well, I figure just have the real cola, no fake stuff.

    • Maria says:

      that’s so true! I remember that as a kid in Atlanta, when the waitress asked what you wanted to drink, you always said “Co-Cola” which was followed by “What kind?”

  8. Matt says:

    Hi Maria,
    I am getting ready to teach some new college freshmen about Bloom’s Taxonomy and remember you talking about this in the SHP podcast – I even used the podcast in class last summer but can not remember which episode it was included in. Do you happen to remember? Could you let me know. it was a very powerful teaching tool for them. My e-mail address is mmorrinfl@gmail.com. Thank you!


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