In which I get Jesus Juked by Jesus

August 29, 2016 The parable that Jesus tells in yesterday’s Gospel — the one about the party guests, and about exalting the lowly and casting down the exalted? It bugs me. I get and appreciate the general principle, and I’ve seen it in action; but I’m not sure I completely approve of Jesus’ methods. He seems to be appealing Read More…

What’s for supper? Vol. 48: Got any duck food?

August 26, 2016 It’s that ambitious time of year again, when people want to SORT THEIR LIVES OUT. We are all making plans, solid plans. So, if you’re working on sorting your life out, would it help if I started using a link-up system again? It never really caught on, but I’d be happy to try again. I loved Read More…

15 ways to make a morning offering

August 25, 2016 One thing I know: Christ is a gentleman, and will only come in where He is invited. He’s not fussy, and won’t hold back even if the invitation is brief, clumsy, distracted, cranky, dopey, sullen, or weird. But He does wait for the invitation; so there is no better way to start your day than Read More…

Are you ready for back-to-school? A brief quiz

August 24, 2016 The department stores have been ready since the middle of May. The clothing catalogues have been ready since early June. The teachers have been ready for close to 72 hours now.  How about you, mom? Are you ready for BACK-TO-SCHOOL? Here’s a quick quiz to find out how much gin to buy: *** Clothing! (a) Read More…

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…
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