Foraging Squirrel, more than just cute and furry…. and not at all like a rat.

Foraging Squirrel…more than just cute and furry…. and not at all like a rat.

It may be just bleach affecting brain cells, but I am constantly amazed at how much I don’t know.  On a daily basis I find myself searching for answers like a starved squirrel forages for nuts. The “nuts” I crack are related to feeding my soul, living and eating healthy, and then whatever inspiration falls from the tree. By the way, that pretty much covers everything so I won’t run out of material.

Now, please prepare yourselves as this may be when some of you decide to leave the building with Elvis —  I am a newly converted Catholic and the perspective of this blog will be from a newly converted Catholic.

If you are still here then maybe, like many people in my life, you are questioning why a “relatively” sane person (like myself) would choose to add Catholic guilt, obligations and genuflections to her life. As my friend Tracy put it “I think I understand, no.. no.. I really don’t.” The truth is, i had a vision from God – similar to the Blues Brothers – but without the back flips. I managed to ignore it for a really long time until God grabbed me by the collar one day, shook the stupid out of me, and kicked me down this path.  In this blog I will explore what it means to me to be Catholic, my experiences, questions I have on why Catholics do the Catholic things they do and things I learn or am inspired by. Also, I feel living and eating healthy are linked with the health of the soul so it is important for me to include them.

For a long time I have wanted to share the nuts I find and crack.  Foraging Squirrel (The Blog) may seem haphazard, but, like my life, there is usually an unexpected connectivity that links it , and us all, together. Happy Hunting.


  • I am pretty sure that after I explained I had a vision from God above that I should change “relatively” sane to something like “maybe” sane but that could be relative.
  • Addressing any snickers when I use the word “nuts”, just go ahead and laugh it all out… hahaha she said nuts… there you go.
  • Catholic guilt is really not as horrible as it sounds and can nicely be explained away by also being “relatively” sane. Obligations are really ways to become closer to God which can only be good, and genuflections as holy and important and honorable as they are, are also great forms of exercise; possibly being the earliest version of Pilates.
  • Please please understand that I am not ever trying to be disrespectful. I can be incredibly naive, silly, ignorant and generally bafoon-like. Anything disrespectful I create is a product of these short-comings. I also blame my parents, just because that’s what people do.
  • Another reason I did this blog is because my College Professor made me promise to write when I got out of school and I promised, but then I totally didn’t, so now I am because I feel really guilty… like a good Catholic.

— Foraging Squirrel

5 thoughts on “Foraging Squirrel, more than just cute and furry…. and not at all like a rat.

  1. Little Squirrel –
    I am interested and excited in following along with you on this journey. You are much braver than I in putting your feelings and thoughts down in words and then releasing them out into the world. I was born a Catholic, raised a Baptist, attended a Methodist college and now practice Science of Mind. This gives me what some may think conflicting views, but I experience as a more holistic reference framework.

    I applaud the fact you have made a choice and are following your convictions. I think there is an enormous amount of good just laying about the world unexplored and unexperienced because too few people commit to discovery.

    I look forward to all the different nuts in all the different lands.

  2. Dale,
    Forgive me for just now responding to your comment. I am still getting the hang of “the blog”. You are not the first person who has said I am brave for writing down my feelings for the world to see. But actually I am very much like the cowardly lion, hiding behind an animal costume. I am trying every day to be more secure in my faith and myself and am praying the Holy Spirit gives me strength to do so. I appreciate your comments and send much love to you my friend!

  3. I love your blog so far! Looking forward to seeing how you grow, too!! I also am a convert, of 19 years; being Catholic isn’t easy, but so worth it. It took me 13 years to feel that I had really formed my Catholic conscience, so don’t be upset if it does take some time. 🙂 Pray a LOT, read whatever good Catholic books you can lay your hands on. I mean those written by priests, brothers, nuns, saints, professors etc. Check for the imprimatur and the Nihil Obstat. They tell us if the book is free from doctrinal error, right in the second page. Look for Jesus in everyone, love others as you love yourself & as you love Christ. Smile & remember God loves YOU always, even when others don’t ;-). Don’t forget to read a good Catholic Bible. Smile, don’t worry, & pass the Faith on whenever you can. Remember who your new Blessed Mother is, she loves you too! When you have doubts, talk with your priest, deacon, or other spiritual advisor, & PRAY & PRAY & PRAY! Confess whenever you think you need to, this too takes time.

    Remember, I love you!!
    Praying God’s best for you Dale!! 🙂
    Deb E.

    1. Thank you so much for your love, kind words and advice! I will take all of it!!! I am taken aback by your kindness. Bless you and love to you as well 🙂

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