Melissa Musick Nussbaum is a teacher and writer and speaker. She is the author of seven books and a contributor to many more. She has written articles for publications from Notre Dame Magazine to First Things. She is a regular columnist for NCR and its sister publication, Celebration. She and her daughter, Anna Keating, are the authors of The Catholic Catalogue: A Field Guide to the Daily Acts That Make Up a Catholic Life. She and her husband have five children and eleven grandchildren. Melissa is working on a memoir about her family and hometown, Tulia, Texas. She makes a mean chocolate chip cookie and what her grandson, Leo, swears is the world's best chocolate cake.

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Even if we're 'Where the Wild Things Are,' God's table awaits

My Table Is Spread: For our parish's first holy Communion program, I suggested a book that parents could read with their children to help them better understand the Eucharist. I chose Where the Wild Things Are.


Learning to be 'all in,' on Easter Monday and beyond

My Table Is Spread: It is Easter Monday as I write and I am waiting. I am grieving. I am rejoicing. And I am grateful for new life and new love and old friendships and old stories.


Giving children the language of repentance, gratitude

My Table is Spread: It is difficult to write an act of contrition or examination of conscience that feels true to a child's experience and that respects the nature and understanding of a young child. But we have to try. God's forgiveness is here. 


Being a stand-in for God

My Table Is Spread: What I'm thinking about in these days before Ash Wednesday is how most of what I have learned about a right relationship with God has come from taking care of small children.