Amy Morris-Young lives in the San Juan Islands with husband Dan Morris-Young and son Nick. Dan and Amy have a combined family of six kids and eight grandkids, the youngest of whom made her a Nonna. Amy is a product of 16 years of Catholic education, culminating at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. She is one of those bleeding-heart liberal Catholics. It is in her DNA to bring you lasagna when you are sick.

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Dear Mary, age 4: I'm sorry that our world is broken and dangerous

Notes from Nonna: As much as you think you want to be all grown up right now, I am happy that you can't read or understand the news. Very scary things are happening in our country right now.

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Far from Italy, living in American isolation, I pine for Lucca

Notes from Nonna: Our lives in the U.S. are predominantly lived out in separate boxes, the smells and sounds and textures of village life only distantly remembered, if at all.

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Fashion notes from my nonna

A recent visit to Mass reminded me of my Italian grandmother, who late in her life traveled regularly to her ancestral home in Villa Basilica. In time, her visits became a liberating force among the women in the village. 

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Held in God's loving embrace

Daily Easter Reflections: In the 1990s a Peanuts cartoon featured Linus and Lucy waiting on Halloween for the mysterious Great Pumpkin. In one cartoon strip Lucy refers to the Great Pumpkin as a "she" and Linus looks at her shocked. "Never even occurred to you, did it?" she replies. 

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