What’s for supper? Vol. 44: AmeriCaCado 2016!

July 22, 2016 Sometimes you look at what the future holds, and you think, “What can I make without using my brain at all?” Here is what we had for supper this week: SATURDAY BLTs, root beer floats Birthday! Kiddo requested this meal; she’ll have a party later. Meanwhile, we increased our stilt ownership by 100%. Never thought Read More…

Once more, with feeling: Prayer doesn’t replace action

July 21, 2016 It keeps coming up, so I’m going to keep answering. In my recent post #DontPray is trending. Do they have a point?, I said that it’s shameful to merely pray in the face of horrible crimes, rather than asking ourselves what we can do — whether it’s working directly on the actual problem, or working to Read More…

Totus Tuus Camp: Gotta catch ’em all!

July 20, 2016 The younger kids came home from the first day of Totus Tuus camp wearing strings on their wrists. I asked why, somewhat nervously — hoping that no one had pressured them into making some kind of pledge or consecration that they’re not ready for. My seven-year-old cheerfully explained, “Oh, we have to wear this all Read More…

Hot links! Superman, velvet gloves, grilled peaches, and more

July 20, 2016 Is it my imagination, or has the internet been on fire with smart ideas and good writing lately? Maybe it’s just that everything that’s not about the Hillary Trump Dumpster Fire looks smart and worthwhile. But I don’t think so – I think the world is just bigger than All That. Here are some great reads you may Read More…

6 Things that are not going smoothly

July 19, 2016 1. America, democracy, etc.  But let’s talk about something else, shall we? 2.The van. Oh, you’re tired of hearing about my van? I’m so terribly sorry. Think how much worse you’d feel if you were within a fifty-mile radius of us, and you could hear my actual van, rather than just hearing about it. A mechanic Read More…

Building virtue? Start with what you’ve got

July 18, 2016 Alternate title: Build a Little Chicken Puppet In Your Soul! Let me back up. The other day, I had the following conversation with my husband: Him: “Oh, I remember that guy! He gave you a really hard time a few years ago.” Me: “Really? I don’t remember him at all. I have such a hard time holding Read More…

What’s for supper? Vol. 43: Like an arroyo in spring

July 15, 2016 I’m sorry this post is so long. I didn’t have time to write a shorter one. *** SATURDAY Bagel sandwiches with egg, cheese, and sausage I made the bagels in the oven in three batches, and burned all of them! A perfect record! I think the following may be the one and only picture I Read More…

The Repent Van! and other bonkers cars

July 14, 2016 Hey, it’s that car! You know, that super crazy car you see driving around town! What is the deal with that car, anyway? What’s the story of that car’s owner, and what made him slip the bonds of what is normal and routine, choosing instead the path of the bonkers? Whatever the story, That Car never fails to Read More…

The Conscience Protection Act safeguards basic liberties

July 13, 2016 We’ve decided, as a nation, that a woman who wants an abortion should be able to get an abortion. We’ve decided that she has the right to do whatever her conscience allows, and that her freedom to choose or not choose abortion is a choice that should be protected. This bill simply confirms that healthcare Read More…

The distressing disguise of the slut

July 13, 2016 The phrase “custody of the eyes” always gets a lot of play in modesty discussions (which always ramp up around swimsuit season). In general, the phrase just means “watch where you look,” and it usually has to do with not staring at somebody else’s body parts. This is just good old, practical Mother Church teaching Read More…
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