Elizabeth and Allison Both Interviewed Melanie on BreadBox Media

Last year in 2015, I recorded two interviews for Catholic radio shows. Now you can actually hear my voice and learn more about my faith and life as a convert. Here is a radio interview I did with Elizabeth Reardon, last year on her show on Breadbox Media: An Engaging Faith Featuring Melanie Jean Juneau…… Continue reading Elizabeth and Allison Both Interviewed Melanie on BreadBox Media

Mental Illness: A Faith Perspective

Although most respectable members of society try to look healthy and content in public, mental illness is as common and invisible among the faithful as it is in secular circles. I would wager that mental health issues are especially prevalent among the devout who are serious about their inner life; when people tackle deep inner issues which prevent…… Continue reading Mental Illness: A Faith Perspective

Mommy, Mommy, When You Pray?

 Mommy, Mommy, When you Pray, by Kimberly Cook, is a delightful picture book, written and illustrated by a mother with an eye for colour and an ear for lyrical language. This little book will capture the hearts and minds of children as well as their parents. Images and words work together harmoniously as her colourful illustrations and words…… Continue reading Mommy, Mommy, When You Pray?

“ So, What Does Jesus Do With Ghosts?”

Michael’s father, a police officer, had given our family free tickets to a large three-ring circus production the police department were sponsoring. Of course after a few hours, the flashing lights, loud music, breath-taking suspense, excitement and cotton candy overstimulated all six kids. Rather than playing like they usually did, everyone was hyperactive, yelling and…… Continue reading “ So, What Does Jesus Do With Ghosts?”

Oopsy Daisy

Life at the Juneau’s farmhouse was often overwhelming with eleven personalities living, working and playing together. Luckily, Melanie had a wicked sense of humour and just enough grace to remain serene in the eye of the hurricane, the CEO of a chaotic domain. She has written hundreds of short stories, insights and articles which only…… Continue reading Oopsy Daisy

Elusive Happiness

It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness. -Charles Spurgeon . Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content. -Helen Keller . Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product. -Eleanor Roosevelt  . Happiness…… Continue reading Elusive Happiness

Discovering Gold

Veronica’s body was slumped, weighed down by burdens Emotionally defeated by an alcoholic husband who is coping with MS. Lonely and isolated with Clinical depression. Overweight, stumbling along with a walker. Victimized by a battle-axe of a mother, Shunned by a successful brother The convenient scapegoat of the family. She had just recently stopped shaving her…… Continue reading Discovering Gold

True Love?

I could blame romance novels, movies and reality t.v. shows for distorting reality and corrupting us but they simply portray a basic human weakness. + Ah, waiting secretly for your knight in shining armor to whisk you off your feet so you can live happily ever after? Or for a wonderful woman to lift off…… Continue reading True Love?

Birthed in a Crucible of Despair

After a grueling nursing shift, Caroline sat alone, slumped, at the kitchen table. Head bowed down, resting on her arms with a glass of cold beer beside her. Just like the other night and the night before that.. Alone A traumatic childhood, A husband dead after eight years of wedded torment, Caroline was Alone. Shattered.…… Continue reading Birthed in a Crucible of Despair

The Effects of a Miscarriage on the Next Baby

Did you know that a child conceived after a miscarriage can be affected negatively? I had no clue until recently. It really is such a simple and obvious emotional and spiritual dynamic but one that most of us are oblivious to. For some pragmatic types, this concept might seem ridiculous but as I watched, listened… Continue reading The Effects of a Miscarriage on the Next Baby

Experiencing Death During the Season of Joy

One of my husband’s brothers died a few days ago. The thought that birth and death are similar kept circulating in my brain as I realized that birth and death are intricately connected. We enter the world and leave it by surrendering to a force which sweeps us along. All we can do is let…… Continue reading Experiencing Death During the Season of Joy

Hope For the Grinch at Heart

We all have parts of our hearts which are exactly like the Grinch in the famous children’s book How The Grinch Stole Christmas.  Yet there is hope for us if we allow Dr. Seuss to teach us. Dr. Seuss has a wonderful gift of delivering profound words of wisdom in humourous children’s stories and How The…… Continue reading Hope For the Grinch at Heart

Shattered and Reborn

I once asked a priest what my life would have been like if I had not suffered, if I had married a well-off dentist, had 1.25 kids and lived in an efficient, modern house. He put on a phony, pious face, with his hands together in prayer and said in a high, mocking voice, ‘Oh,…… Continue reading Shattered and Reborn

The Great Disconnect

Children — especially babies — are  little and vulnerable, vulnerable to the large, often clueless adults who care for them. Put yourself in a baby’s situation. Preverbal for years, it must be frustrating to be tired or in pain, only to have a bottle thrust into your mouth or have a tense, upset mother try… Continue reading The Great Disconnect

Life Lessons from a 90 year old

I rarely repost but this list is a treasure trove of common sense and practical spirituality. These 45 Life lessons were on Stumble Upon 1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good. 2. When in doubt, just take the next small step. 3. Life is too short not to enjoy it. 4. Your job won’t take…… Continue reading Life Lessons from a 90 year old

Discovering the Fountain of Youth (through Mothering!)

Advertisers have tapped into a universal craving to stop the relentless ravages of time in the human body by pushing countless gimmicks to keep us youthful. These products may sometimes keep us healthy, but the secret fountain of youth is not a thing to buy but rather an attitude, an inner way of living in… Continue reading Discovering the Fountain of Youth (through Mothering!)

Living the Life of a Worker Ant

I have often thought that much our life resembles the life of an ant. Consider the life of an ant. Not a queen ant, a worker ant. Ants scurry about, eyes trained on the ground in front of them, hauling loads of food that are bigger than they are. They are completely oblivious to the… Continue reading Living the Life of a Worker Ant

Dreams

A writing prompt asked about our dreams and nightmares. At the moment I do not recall any recent nightmares, though a few strange dreams have haunted me for decades. One dream that lingers even in my conscious mind is an image of a city. All the low, square, flat-topped buildings are made out of a…… Continue reading Dreams

Learning to Take off My Dung Coloured Glasses

Happiness: the fleeting dream that eludes most of us.  I am often miserable, pressed for time, running around  in my insular little world, only catching glimpses of the world around me as I peer  through dung coloured glasses. Yet the solution to my dilemma is remarkably easy. Stop. Take off my dung coloured lenses. Look…… Continue reading Learning to Take off My Dung Coloured Glasses