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Barbara Wheeler-Bride is editor-in-chief of Busted Halo.
March 12th, 2014
40 notes to 40 people in 40 days

So far, this week’s notes have been sent to my mom, my sister, and my husband. All notes to family.
Today, I’m thinking about a different kind of family: The friends who become like family through shared experience.
In a recent post I mentioned a friend I made when I was part of a young adult volunteer program after college. Honestly, I actually made many amazing friends during that time. Specifically, my fellow volunteers became a very special family for me. We were sent out across the United States with a common mission and shared similar ideas about putting our faith into action to help those living on the margins of society. We challenged one another to grow spiritually and supported one another through difficult…

March 11th, 2014
40 notes to 40 people in 40 days

Today’s card is for my husband, Chris. We were away at a wedding in Florida over the weekend where a lot of things were in bloom. Chris noticed one tree in particular and commented on the new buds and leaves of spring.
So, when I finished my handwritten note to him, I sketched a tree with green buds and tiny leaves on the back of the envelope.
Chris said he could identify with the tree. He’s just finished a master’s degree in geographic information science or GIS. For those of you who don’t know what that means (FYI — that would have been me a few years ago), GIS is basically digital mapping and geospatial analysis. In short, he’s a digital cartographer.
And he’s someone with a new degree looking for work…

March 10th, 2014
40 notes to 40 people in 40 days

Lights. Casinos. Sunshine. More lights. More casinos. More sunshine. I must be in Las Vegas.
Lest readers of Busted Halo® think that the editor in chief is always on vacation, I’m actually here for work. There’s a meeting of the Paulist Fathers happening this week in Las Vegas. Don’t know who the Paulist Fathers are? Well, they are an order of Catholic priests who more than 10 years ago had the good foresight to start a ministry for young adults that would become Busted Halo®. If you are a fan of Busted Halo®, you should be a fan of the Paulists. The Paulists are in ministry in parishes and campus ministries across the country. If there’s a Paulist parish in your neighborhood — or you come across one while…

March 8th, 2014
40 notes to 40 people in 40 days

It’s a Saturday in 2014. So that means I must be going to a wedding. We’re invited to six (at this point) weddings this year!
Today is the first — the wedding of my good friend Mandi. BONUS — It’s been a dreadful, cold, and snowy winter in the Northeast, and Mandi is getting married in FLORIDA! Let’s get this party started.
I’ve known Mandi for almost 13 years. We met after college when we were both part of a young adult volunteer/service-learning program.
(Quick aside — If you are a junior or senior in college and don’t know what you want to do after graduation, look into some type of full-time volunteer program. Check out JVC and the Catholic Volunteer Network for ideas. Here’s…

March 7th, 2014
40 notes to 40 people in 40 days

Thank you to my friends Darlene and Rob for hosting this year’s Oscar/Rob-scars party. We made homemade pizza (fitting since Ellen ordered pizza for everyone at the actual Oscars) and brought our favorite movie candy to build a popcorn and candy dessert bar. Yes, it was a good as it sounds.
You might be wondering, what are the Rob-scars? Rob laments every year that his favorite movies aren’t necessarily the same as the Academy’s picks. (Who ever heard of Mr. Hublot,… anyway?) So, this year he nominated films for the Rob-scars. A la the People’s Choice Awards, the guests voted for the winners.
In my circle of friends, the Oscar party tradition began several years ago with an impromptu gathering at my old apartment.

March 6th, 2014
40 notes to 40 people in 40 days

Thank you.
Two words that we say often, and yet, maybe not enough. When someone holds a door or hands you your change in the grocery store. Thank you for that gift, smile, compliment.
My husband and I wrote a lot (A LOT!) of thank you notes around the time of our wedding in 2012. I haven’t written many since.
So, today (and tomorrow) — thank you notes. Today: Thank you, Mary Beth. Last week my good friend Mary Beth invited me to a party at her apartment to celebrate one of her good friends, Angelique. Angelique is a kind and passionate person. She runs the after school program at a public middle school in New York City. The principal from her school and a friend who is a jazz singer serenaded Angelique at the party. I’ve…

March 5th, 2014
40 notes to 40 people in 40 days

This Lent I’ve decided to take on a challenge that speaks to my desire to be in better connection with others — in ways that are a bit more meaningful and tangible than texts and Facebook messages. I’m going to send 40 handwritten notes to 40 people in 40 days.
I write three pages every morning. (OK, almost every morning.) And when I say, “write,” I mean longhand, actual writing, pen-and-paper writing. I usually write in a journal, but I’ve been known to write on the margins of magazine pages, and even an actual calendar, when I still had one that wasn’t on my mobile phone.
That, in part, fuels my interest in writing handwritten notes to people — and going “analog” in a digital world. So, it’s…

November 29th, 2013

It’s almost here — Black Friday. The big shopping day that follows the big eating and giving thanks day (although those lines are blurred more each year). There is something admirable about avoiding the frenzy altogether, but let’s be realistic. If you are going to venture out on Friday to start, continue, or finish your Christmas shopping, how do you avoid losing yourself in the consumer-driven, line-cutting, short-tempered mayhem? Here’s a guide for making it through the mall with your spirit intact:
Be grateful. Say thank you, out loud and with gusto, to anyone who holds open a door, moves aside in the aisle, or lets you pass them for a parking space. Remember, Thanksgiving — a day meant to…

February 22nd, 2013

Daniel Day-LewisDaniel Day-Lewis has long been one of my favorite actors, and I’m not alone. This year he’s sweeping the awards circuit and taking home every best actor prize (and will most likely take home the Oscar this Sunday) for his portrayal of the 16th president of the United States in Lincoln.

Day-Lewis becomes Abraham Lincoln on screen. We aren’t that familiar with what Lincoln was actually like because he wasn’t president in the era of the 24-hour news cycle. Reporters didn’t blog about him, replay or even play sound bites from his speeches. He was the first president (along with the first family) to be widely photographed, though it was nothing like the White House Flickr page.

January 11th, 2012
One woman's work to end human trafficking led her but first to prayer

Today is Human Trafficking Awareness Day. If you’re Joy Brooks, every day is a chance to raise awareness about the horror of modern-day slavery and trafficking. She started the organization Prayer For Freedom to call people to greater awareness and encourage prayer for change.
Human trafficking includes sex trafficking and labor trafficking. It’s estimated that 27 million people live in slavery today. Countries around the world, including the United States, are sites of origin, transit, destination and/or internal trafficking.
Joy spent several years working internationally with different mission and church organizations. In 2009, when she was living in Romania and teaching English…

December 26th, 2011

As the year draws to a close, we’re reminded of many significant endings in 2011. Here’s a short list of what got our (and the world’s) attention. What would you add to the list?
U.S. Military Operations in Iraq — …After nine years, the Iraq War (also referred to as the Occupation of Iraq, the Second Gulf War, or Operation Iraqi Freedom by the U.S. military) is over. U.S. troops returned home earlier this month, just in time for the holidays. By the numbers: Almost 4,500 U.S. soldiers were killed, more than 32,500 were wounded with thousands more suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. An estimated 110,000 Iraqi civilians were killed during the war. Here’s a link to a photo

November 4th, 2011

As Occupy Wall Street (OWS) protests continue across the country, Busted Halo® went to visit the protest in Zuccotti Park in New York City to see what role people of faith are playing in the movement. While some say the OWS movement lacks a clear message, the message Christians standing with the movement share is straight from the Bible: God wants all of God’s children to have enough.
Faith Leaders at Multi-Faith Service
Each Sunday afternoon at 3:30 in Zuccotti Park, New York City faith leaders come together to bring a worship service to OWS. Speakers use a “human microphone” to share their message, shouting “Mic check,” and speaking in short sentences that are repeated by the…

July 18th, 2011
Meet Busted Halo’s new editor-in-chief

I remember my first post-college work experience, which took me from my hometown in rural Pennsylvania to Jackson, Mississippi. I was a full-time volunteer in a faith-based service learning and social justice program. Through that experience I began to encounter a new side to my faith, seeing distinct links between my personal spiritual growth and social justice, which turned into service and action.
Working at a community center, I did everything from coordinate volunteers to publish the donor newsletter to teach an after-school class of kindergarten and first graders. The community center was in a low-income neighborhood. Poverty and economic hardships were all around. I led an assistance program at…

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