The heron

May 26, 2016 There is a pond by the highway. . In the fall, the water goes dark and glassy as the sediment sinks. The turtles burrow into their mud, and the trees that ring the water ignite in adamant orange, purple, red, and yellow before they are stripped by the coming cold. Then the frost takes charge, and the pond grows more Read More…

When self care is about other people

May 25, 2016 Maybe the phrase “self care” has a bit of an odious pop psych stink about it; but it’s really just a form of humility, which means treating yourself like you’re no more and no less precious to God than anyone else.  That’s not only good and just for you, it’s good and just for everyone you love. Read More…

Parents of teens: You need to see this

May 25, 2016 Behold: phonetic descriptions of annoying sounds teenagers make. Deadpan, dead on, drop dead hilarious. Here’s the accompanying written analysis by James Harbeck, the fellow in this video from 2013. To my parents and high school teachers: I’m very, very sorry. To my kids: I love you, and YES, I’m laughing at you. Go ahead and Read More…

The Woman Who Took Everything Personally: Garden Edition

May 24, 2016 Here’s how you do it. First, you decide to live in a place where the soil is 78% soccer ball-sized rocks with paltry little swaths of dirt in between. Then you crank the climate way down to supidsville, so it may be Memorial Day, but you’re still squinting wrathfully at the sky and thinking, “Yep, that’s definitely Read More…

Feast on Color! Coloring Books and Printables for Catholics

May 23, 2016 Catholics are the original lovers of color — from stained glass windows to illuminated manuscripts, we’re way ahead of the curve. Now that coloring books for adults have become all the rage, let’s take a look at the products aimed specifically at Catholics of all ages. Here are a few that caught my eye: BOOKS TO Read More…

What’s for supper? Vol. 36: The urgency of shawarma

May 20, 2016 Another week survived! Here’s what we had: SATURDAY Grilled ham and pepper jack cheese, pickles, chips Nothing to report. Ham and cheese never gets old. I mean, as a concept. Please do not eat old ham. *** SUNDAY Chicken shawarma with white sauce, pita, and assorted vegetables I live in fear that, because of my Read More…

Caption contest for BAD PEOPLE

May 19, 2016 And yes, I did suddenly wake up before dawn, take some screen shots, and go back to sleep. It seemed important at the time. All right, you impious pun monkeys. Whatcha got?

Spiritual forest, devotional trees

May 18, 2016 We hear that one cannot call oneself a true Catholic if one does not pray the rosary, if one does not have a particular devotion to Divine Mercy, if one doesn’t go to daily Mass, if one doesn’t have a certain number of children, if one chooses not to vote, if one does not tithe, if Read More…

The developmental milestone no one warns parents about

May 18, 2016 This ^^ was yesterday. Sweet Corrie was screaming because, monsters that we are, we tried to get her to eat her yogurt in her high chair, rather than on the couch. I’d include an audio clip, but I’m pretty sure you could hear her from where you are, wherever you are. The kid is loud. And Read More…
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