Casual Fridays - Is Your Commute a Killer


Is your drive a time of blessing or a time of terror?After having the last two years “off”, I’m back to playing school bus driver with my teenage son Adam, who’s about to turn 16.  For the past two years, Eric drove to school in the morning but now that he’s off to school, I find myself commuting again.  The difference now is that Adam is behind the wheel, learning to drive, and I’m the stressed out “supervisor” in the passenger seat.  I noticed last week that while Adam’s doing a great job, our morning commute is starting to take a toll on my attitude.  Rather than heading off to work refreshed and ready, I’m often grumpy, frazzled and short-tempered.  It’s not good for either of us, and a bad way to start a productive day.  Something needs to change, so on this week’s installment of our “Casual Fridays” series, I’m looking for your input.  How do you use your morning commute?  Do you sing, pray, chat, or just enjoy a bit of peace and quiet?  Are you talking on the phone, texting (danger!), planning your day mentally, or yelling at the guy in the car in front of you?  Are your morning and evening commutes peaceful, or pathetic?  Tell me about it – and while you’re at it give me your suggestions for how Adam and I can get our day off to a healthier start.

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Copyright 2010 Lisa M. Hendey


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Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.

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