Poop and Charity

I learned something really important today: a good friend lets you clean up your own messes. Not all the time, maybe. And not in totality. But it’s actually charitable to let someone take care of their own shite. Literally, in this case. Today I went next door to have coffee with my friend and let [Read More...]

Conversations with the Ogre

Saturday night The Ogre: “Babe, I love you, but we have to be up in five and a half hours. We must stop talking and go to bed.” Me: “I know! I know it’s super late and we’re both super tired. I just really, really love hanging out with you.” The Ogre: “Trust me, I [Read More...]

Pope to Preside over Marriage of Really Bad Sinners

Among the men and women Pope Francis was set to unite in marriage were Catholics who have been living together as well as couples who already have children.The pope, who is the bishop of Rome, will preside over his first wedding ceremony as pontiff during a nuptial Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica Sept. 14. The [Read More...]

Late to Love and Audio Divina

Sam Rocha sent me an advance copy of Late to Love at the beginning of August. Unlike 99% of reviews I write, this one is not shamefully late because I totally forgot about the review material until I unearthed it from a stack of mail I had been carefully avoiding. I stuck the cd in [Read More...]

Private Revelation and Divine Facepalm

So I went on a silent retreat this weekend. Trust me, you’re not as shocked as I was. But I went anyway, and over the course of 42 excruciatingly silent hours, God and I had the following conversation: Friday, 9:10 pm God: “You have a great capacity for love.” Me: “What? Er, uh, thanks, God, [Read More...]

I Actually Lit Something On Fire

Remember how I talked about karma the other day? Remember how when I don’t like something I usually say it should be “lit on fire”? Remember when I actually combined those two things in one post? This morning, I was industriously preparing dinner to put in the slow cooker like a good housewife. The sun [Read More...]

Parenting, for Real

If there’s anything I’ve learned in my 8.5 years of parenting, it’s that the fervency with which I decry certain aspects of modern American parenting directly correlates to how loudly I will be able to hear God laughing later on, when I eat my words. When I was pregnant with Sienna, we laid down all [Read More...]

This Is Not A Wet T-Shirt Contest

Is what I thoughtlessly told Sienna yesterday  when her “clothes that can get wet” ended up being a white t-shirt and white pants. Lucky for me, she was so excited about the prospect of pouring ice water over our heads that she didn’t even ask what a wet t-shirt contest is, deo gratias. Our good [Read More...]

Gettin’ Into Bed with Patheos

I’m officially the worst blogging friend ever, y’all. When I was at Edel (dancing embarrassingly in ways that made my sister cringe for me when I re-created my moves in her living room) I got a message from the Anchoress and immediately squealed like a fangirl at a One Direction concert. I’ve been super excited [Read More...]

Sex Breasts and Babies

Ah, breastfeeding. That age-old “midday peep show.” Wait, what? Believe it or not, one of the commenters at the Daily Caller called it exactly that, in response to this carefully crafted post by Matt K. Lewis, who politely told conservatives who cry “ick!” in the face of breastfeeding moms that they’re kind of perverted. In [Read More...]