15 Tips for giving a speech (and getting asked back)

September 28, 2016 Four years ago around this time, I gave my first public speech. It wasn’t very good, because it was my first public speech. Since then, I’ve learned a few things about how to catch and keep the audience’s attention. I’m still relatively new at this game, but I keep on getting speaking gigs, so I must be Read More…

Let your sacramental flag fly!

September 27, 2016 Last weekend, we had a wonderful time at a local Greek festival, hosted by the Greek Orthodox church. Icons! Live bouzouki music! Beeswax candles! Roasting lamb’s legs! Pastries soaked in honey! It was amazing. They also had dancers, who performed pieces from various regions of Greece. The music and style of dance ranged from decorous Read More…

Are Rom Coms porn for women?

September 26, 2016 It’s a good question, one that turns up every eighteen months or so. Here’s the latest iteration, from Relevant Magazine: Rom-Coms are perverting the way we think about love. The author, Melissa Collier Gepford, makes it clear that she thinks the habit of watching silly, trivial romantic comedies is not as bad as the habit of watching Read More…

What’s for supper? Vol. 52: Guess that orange glow!

September 23, 2016 Busy week! Let’s get to it: SATURDAY Creamy Sausage Spinach Pasta Damien and I thought this was great. The kids were not impressed, not even the non-jerk ones. It basically follows the Liz Lemon kitchen tip of using cheese instead of water, so you can’t lose; and it’s one of those wonderful one-pot recipes, where you Read More…

“A sense of too-muchness”: My husband visits Padre Pio’s heart

September 22, 2016 Yesterday, my husband Damien Fisher, who is a newspaper reporter, went to see and venerate the heart of Padre Pio at Immaculate Conception Church in Lowell, Massachusetts. I asked him a few questions about his experience. *** What made you want to go and see Padre Pio’s heart?  I really didn’t know that much about Read More…

Catholic scholars affirm Humanae Vitae after attack by rogue academics of the Wijngaards Institute

September 21, 2016 In anticipation of the fiftieth anniversary of Humanae Vitae, a group of 100 dissident Catholic academics put out a statement yesterday protesting the Church’s ban on artificial contraception. Here is the full statement from the Wijngaards Institute for Catholic Research. The statement includes the following summary: The official papal teaching banning the use of “artificial” contraceptives for family Read More…

And that’s why you always read the whole thing

September 20, 2016 My dear son, a freshman in high school, was waiting for a ride. To pass the time, he made a petition and offered it to his fellow students, saying it was an effort to get the cafeteria to be more inclusive and offer a wider range of food to accommodate the students’ diverse dietary preferences. Which Read More…

We’re reading Genesis. I can’t wait to hear what happens next!

September 19, 2016 You’re heard of “holy osmosis:” when worn-out parents unconsciously hope that their younger kids will just sort of absorb all they need to know about the Faith by tagging along to Mass with the family, hanging around with their well-catechized older siblings, living in a house with crucifixes on the wall, and wallowing around on the rug Read More…

What’s for supper? Vol. 51: The scallions that launched a thousand ships

September 16, 2016 What’s for supper? I thought you’d never ask. SATURDAY Pork ribs, roasted red potatoes, broccoli I’m always amazed and grateful at how succulent and wonderful are simple roasted pork ribs. A little salt and pepper on both sides, roast ’em up under the broiler, and serve with bottled sauce. So delicious. The potatoes were made Read More…

Hine ma tov: The SSPX, the Messiah, and me

September 15, 2016 In our short daily reading from The How-To Book of the Mass, we came across this thought yesterday: We may feel that if we had walked with Jesus and been taught by him, we all would have instantly understood everything there is to know about the Christian faith. But clearly, that was not the case Read More…
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