An Apology to My Parents

I did something awful yesterday. Well, I didn’t do it yesterday, but it all came to a head yesterday. I did it a few weeks ago, when Sam interviewed me for his series on the Art of Blogging. I started to go off about the online Evangelical culture that makes me crazy and I conflated [Read More...]

Is There an Art to Blogging?

Sam Rocha thinks there is. He’s been interviewing bloggers about their writing process, and he finally picked me. It’s about dang time, too, because the world really needs to know that my writing process involves copious tears. I weep at the keyboard because the internet isn’t standing in front of me. At least not really. [Read More...]

Radio Redux!

So, remember how I was on Sheila Liaugminas’ show on Relevant Radio last week? We barely got started before we had to stop, so Sheila invited us to come back for another hour. We pre-recorded it on Friday and it.was.awesome. I’m not even kidding, it was so much fun to talk with Tod and Tom [Read More...]

Dear God, Please Say Life is Not a Highway

Because no offense or anything, but if it is I do not want to ride it. At least until our kids get their own cars. We go to Texas every summer to visit family. Most of both our families are here, clustered in and around the DFW metroplex where I grew up. We usually fly [Read More...]

Pastoral Care Must Be Spiritual and Temporal

  The Patheos Catholic Channel is hosting a Symposium on the Family in light of the upcoming Extraordinary Synod on the Family in October and the recent release of the working document for the Synod.  When Sienna was a few months old, the Ogre and I began the pre-Cana process with our beloved priest. Being [Read More...]

I Believe — Help Me Obey

The Patheos Catholic Channel is hosting a Symposium on the Family in light of the upcoming Extraordinary Synod on the Family in October and the recent release of the working document for the Synod.  We went to Mass on Sunday at a parish outside of Ave Maria. It’s the kind of parish that was totally [Read More...]

Hindrance vs. Hope – Why Baptize if the Parents Are In Sin?

The Patheos Catholic Channel is hosting a Symposium on the Family in light of the upcoming Extraordinary Synod on the Family in October and the recent release of the working document for the Synod.  In January, Pope Francis set people’s heads exploding when he baptized the baby of a couple who were married civilly, but [Read More...]

Where There is a Flame

I know that there are many couples who have wonderful marriages that are peaceful and joyful, with few disagreements and lots of harmony. My marriage is not like that — it never has been. It is tempestuous and painful and passionate and exhilarating, and I’m coming to realize that I love it that way. I [Read More...]

Happiness is in the Work

I’ve always thought my husband, the Ogre, was essentially Daryl Dixon with Russel Crowe’s face.                 He’s such a visible badass that our neighbors’ master plan in the case of a zombie apocalypse is to “find and stick with the Ogre.” His badassery is so deeply ingrained into [Read More...]

Don’t Feed the Trolls, or Be One

Last week, I posted this hilarious article on my facebook page, a critical analysis of the deterioration of a comment thread for a rainbow cake tutorial posted on an Australian Radio Show’s website. What started as helpful tips and clarifications devolved into an outright combox culture war. Getting a little worked-up here, folks. It’s rainbow [Read More...]


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