Hi, I’m Heather. I’m an alcoholic, sober 31 years. And a Catholic convert.
This serves as the website for my books, columns and speaking engagements.
It's also a blog where every so often I open my veins and share my very eventful life.
One day you might read a post on Joseph Cornell's boxes, the next a research project on where to buy cheap toilet paper,
and the day after that an impassioned plea called "The Homily I'd Give If I Were a Priest" (hint: if you're not in close contact
with at least one stripper, one person who's just been released from the psych ward, and someone who's trying to kick meth,
you're not getting out enough).
Unlike most of my beloved fellow alkies who are "recovering" from Catholicism, I converted to Catholicism in sobriety.
That’s how desperate I am.
If you’re interested in what it used to be like, what happened, and what it’s like now, I write books--lots and lots of books--
about my stumbling, tragicomic, journey. Which is, roughly, born and raised on the coast of New Hampshire,
twenty years as a hard-core drunk, sobered up, moved West, had a spiritual crisis as a Beverly Hills lawyer,
quit my job, started writing, converted, and took my First Communion at the Church of the Blessed Sacrament in Hollywood.
Then the hard part began.
|MY FRIEND TONY,|
ONE OF THE MANY GOOD, KIND
WITH WHOM I WALK THE PATH!
As Flannery O'Connor observed: “I am a Catholic not like someone else would be a Baptist or a Methodist, but like someone else would be an atheist.”
In other words, Catholicism is no mere intellectual exercise. It’s the standpoint from which the believer lives, breathes sees, hears, smells and experiences reality.
My books thus range in subject from addiction to vocational crises, conversion, food, money, cancer, unrequited love, prayer and healing from abortion.
I write a weekly column on arts and culture--which again, covers, a wide, wide spectrum.
I write on unsung saints.
Here are a few other things about me:
-Reverse of a "Catholic mom!" One of eight kids, I'm childless myself. Way, WAY too damaged for children.
-I’m an extreme introvert, which doesn’t necessarily mean I don’t like people it just means I “recharge”in solitude and silence. After a lifetime of feeling "out-of-step," untold hours of tears-of-blood prayer, and approximately 59,000 meetings of various kinds, I no longer feel this is selfish.
-However, this does mean I spend a considerable amount of effort cultivating friendships, connections, a social life, and people I can turn to for help, guidance, human interaction tips, and jokes.
Consequently, I get invited here and there, and to travel a bit.
|WITH THE POOR CLARES OF THE PERPETUAL ADORATION|
IN TONOPAH, ARIZONA.
THE SISTERS PUT ME UP FOR
FIVE GLORIOUS DAYS
-I have abandonment issues.
- I live in a beautiful Craftsman in Pasadena, CA that's been divided into seven apartments. I have a balcony full of succulents and aloes, a native plant garden, a blown-glass hummingbird feeder, several ancient camellia bushes that come all the way up to the second floor and a sky full of wild parrots.
|THIS WAS AT SOME SHINDIG AT USC WHERE|
WE WERE SUPPOSEDLY DISCUSSING FAITH
AND EVERY OTHER PANELIST
TOTALLY DISSED RELIGION.
I QUAVERED "LOVE WILL REIGN. LOVE DOES REIGN!"
LIKE A CRAZY PERSON...
-I'm a big fan of the simple walk. I take photos of seed pods, branches, flowers, dead birds, and random leaves on the sidewalk.
-I'm fearful of spending money.
-My favorite place for daily Mass is St. Andrew (8:15 a.m.), St. Elizabeth of Hungary (8:30 a.m), St. Philip the Apostle (12:05 p.m.), or St. Dominic's (6 p.m.).
-I say the Office every morning, the Magnificat at Vespers, and the Jesus Prayer constantly,
in my heart.
-I sleep with a rosary.
-My favorite prayer is the Anima Christi:
Soul of Christ, sanctify me
Body of Christ, save me
Blood of Christ, inebriate me...
So that’s my story. If you’d like to follow along, you can subscribe to this site.
If the spirit moves, please feel free to leave a comment below and introduce yourself.
|JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL FOREST|
"MAN DOES NOT LIVE BY BREAD ALONE"