Temporal Darkness & Eternal Light, One Year In

Olivia and Emma died a year ago today. It didn’t seem like it could possibly be real then, but time brings the weight of reality to tragedy. We have their prayer cards on our refrigerator. In the morning every day I look at their faces and say a prayer for Sean, Becca, and Vivian. It’s [Read More...]

Betrayal and Bloodlust: Evil in the Human Heart

Yesterday morning I woke up thinking about Mycenae. Sounds weird, I know, but that sun-baked hilltop is a fixed point in my life. Everything changed the day I went to Mycenae. It was so hot when we clambered off the buses. My classmates were eager and bounced ahead of my roommate and me, chattering and [Read More...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]