Catholic women, what makes or breaks a retreat or conference?

August 23, 2016 I’m just asking for . . . reasons. I’ve been to a lot of retreats and conferences and mom’s days out, and there are always some things I love, some things I don’t care about, and some things that should be chased away by an angel holding little, pink, pearl-handled revolver and a bottle of Febreze. Read More…

On grace and coincidence and (womp!) Thomas More

August 22, 2016 Amazing Winking Thomas More courtesy of Natalie Coombs About thirty years ago, my parents were terribly worried. Like me and my husband, they had a daughter who was eighteen. They wanted her to get a good college education, preferably at a school that would deepen her Faith. My parents were fairly recent converts, and couldn’t rely on a Read More…

What’s for supper? Vol. 47: Globber Asada

August 19, 2016   SATURDAY BBQ at Nana’s house We had insane-o weather on Saturday — huge gusting winds, spiky hail the size of golf balls, and thunder and rainbows, all at the same time — so we decided not to grill outside. My mother-in-law started making dinner and then had to run out, so she asked my husband Read More…

Back-to-school shopping with Goofus and Gallant

August 18, 2016 Last year, I did a Geek-themed back-to-school feature, and that was fun (although there was some eminently geeky squabbling over whether some items were truly geeky, or more nerdy, or shading into dorkiness, or whether they had crossed so far into the mainstream that they were the equivalent of Chrissy Teigen wearing glasses; i.e., really Read More…

Frustrated by the Media Snub of Louisiana Flooding? Here’s What To Do.

August 17, 2016 At least eleven non-famous people are dead, and 40,000 more have had their homes wrecked or damaged. That’s 39,999 Americans who aren’t celebrities, so their very real tragedies simply didn’t rate as headline news. This is nothing new. When the Titanic sank — arguably the first news story to get immediate, international coverage — newspapers ran large Read More…

How did I ACTUALLY spend my summer vacation?

August 17, 2016 Sad person wrote sadly about sadness of summer, and the existential desire to prove that we love and are beloved as summer draws to an end. But it wasn’t just all moping and maundering and wallowing in the exquisite bathos of that squooshy spot where memory meets love. No, there was also . . . Read More…

She Didn’t Buy Soap . . . TWICE.

August 16, 2016 “Mama, I had a dream about you last night.” Oh, I heard that collective gasp of horror from all the other Mamas of kids who dream. When kids dream about you, somehow you’re never at your best. Last night, for instance, my daughter dreamt that she wanted to go hang gliding, but I said “no.” Read More…

Summer’s end, and the longing to have been loved

August 15, 2016 It’s the end of vacation, when all the things we meant to do over the summer cascade into guilt and regret. “Tree house” and “ocean” and “art museum” come off the list; “haircut” and “school shopping” go on. We should have done more! When I was little, I remember doing more. On the radio, I heard Read More…

Saint Clare, skin care, and the God whose face is veiled

August 11, 2016 The UPS man just dropped off something I ordered with reluctance and gloom. It’s stuff called “Professional Anti-Aging Skin Cleaning Serum,” and it’s for my stupid old face. It comes in a little dark brown bottle, to keep the light from getting in. There’s nothing wrong with taking care of your skin, of course; and there’s nothing wrong Read More…
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