A Better Barrier Method

Yesterday was the first day of spring break. We’ve finally reached the sniffly beginning of the end of the Death Virus, but I let the Ogre sleep in a little since we’re both still making up for eons of lost sleep. We all had a long, leisurely breakfast, reveling in the joy of a week [Read More...]

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So You Think Pro-Lifers Only Care About the Babies?

Well, we don’t. We also care about single moms raising kids on their own, and the elderly, and post-abortive moms, and victims of domestic violence…and here’s a chance for us to put our money where our mouths are. For those of you who might not know the Crescat, let me tell you a little bit [Read More...]

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Why an Ill-Timed Virus Reminded Me That My Parents are Awesome

I had really hoped that the two-week bout of sickness was the end of it, but actually it was just beginning. Luckily for us – but unluckily for them – my parents had just arrived for a much-anticipated visit when the Ogre came home from work early and collapsed in bed with a 101 fever. [Read More...]

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A Better Pain/Evil Scale

On Sunday, my daughters were drawing on our erstwhile chore board. When I was mopping yesterday, I happened to notice what they had drawn. So I took a picture, because it was disturbing. The pain scale is Sienna’s creation, clearly inspired by repeated viewings of Big Hero 6 (which is my new favorite movie, btw). [Read More...]

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The Whining

My family is sick. Between the hacking and the moaning — and that blond lady rocking back and forth in a corner — our house has doubled as a sanatorium for over a week. It’s terrible. If we were slightly sicker, I’d swear it was the flu, but I actually think it’s just a particularly [Read More...]

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O Holy

For Lent, go read Elizabeth Duffy’s Litany of Days. O holy dishes in the sink and laundry in piles on the couch O holy kneeling to run the vacuum under the bed O holy wondering if there’s something more I should do O holy sitting in the chair not reading as intended O holy word [Read More...]

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The Blood of the Martyrs, and Lent

I’m having trouble writing about anything, lately. The martyred Coptic Christians, the Jews fleeing France, ISIS trying to bring the apocalypse with more violence, more bloodshed, more death….that’s the framework for the trepidation that I’m sensing. Sensing, not feeling, because it’s not originating from within me…it seems to be everywhere, with everyone, a pervasive intuition [Read More...]

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I Read The Thornbirds So You Don’t Have To

I took a week off from blogging kind of unintentionally. Actually, what happened is that my friend Anna lent me her late grandmother’s copy of The Thornbirds, since she was horrified to find that I had never read it (I’d never even heard of it till last week). I picked it up idly on Sunday [Read More...]

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7 Reasons Why Bruce Jenner Can Still Be Catholic, But Kim Kardashian’s Butt Cannot

I was going to write about vaccines today, but luckily I remembered that I don’t hate myself. Instead, I went with a less controversial topic — seven reasons why Bruce Jenner can still be a Catholic now that he’s transitioning to a woman, but Kim Kardashian’s butt cannot. 1. Bruce Jenner knows that even as [Read More...]

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Sex Abuse Scandals and Just Scrutiny

On Sunday, the prosecutor general of the Holy See announced that two cases of child pornography were discovered in the Vatican last year, along with numerous instances of drug trafficking and money-laundering. Unveiling the Vatican’s justice report, Milano stopped short of naming those accused of possessing child pornography. Holy See spokesman Federico Lombardi however identified [Read More...]

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