Charming Charlie and Her Bad Daddy

Liam went to school with the girls this morning for a half-day of shadowing and testing, and Lincoln is still asleep. Instead of luxuriously enjoying the stillness and quiet, though, I’m wandering around the house, wondering what the heck to do with myself. So I figured I might as well tell you a new Charlotte [Read More...]

Christos Anesti!

DEATH Before us great Death stands Our fate held close within his quiet hands. When with proud joy we lift Life’s red wine To drink deep of the mystic shining cup And ecstasy through all our being leaps— Death bows his head and weeps. -Rainer Maria Rilke, courtesy of Project Gutenberg [Read more...]

The Still Point of the Turning World

The first time I went to a Catholic church on Good Friday, to celebrate the liturgy of the Lord’s passion, I was confused by the empty holy water font, the darkness, and the absence of the Mass. The next year, when I went again as a Catholic, I was unnerved by it all. “But where [Read More...]

Streams of milk or tears to offer

If you had really wanted to be strong, you would not have come from a woman’s womb. For messiahs are quarried from mountains where the sturdy and strong comes from stone. Are you not sorry to have despoiled your land by such limitations? I am weak, don’t you see; I only had streams of milk [Read More...]

Land of the Freeish, Home of the Tattlers

Good God Almighty, America, grow the eff up. Seriously, we have become a nation of tattlers. This week has been chock-full of the most pathetic national “discourse” I’ve ever seen. In the midst of the hysterical hysteria over the RFRA, Ryan Anderson’s mic getting cut off and Memories Pizza going up in social media flames [Read More...]

Little Girls Who Body-Shame

It finally happened — the thing I’ve been dreading since I heard “it’s a girl” for the first time. Another girl body-shamed my daughter. But not the daughter I expected, my oldest, the one wading her way through awkward prepubescence. No, it was my youngest, Charlotte, who’s only in kindergarten. I was there when it [Read More...]

They Got Microchips in the Condoms, Everyone!

Don’t use ‘em! (PS: my mom is totally going to unfriend me for sharing this) [Read more...]

Forgive Me Starbucks, For I Have Sinned

Starbucks really thought it could get America to confess our sins by writing about them on coffee cups. Exploiting collective guilt through overpriced beverages? Well played, Starbucks. Oh no, wait, that was terribly played. That was the most terrible play you’ve made since Chantico was going to “revolutionize the way Americans drink hot chocolate”. (Spoiler [Read More...]

iZombie is Veronica Mars, with Cup O’Noodle Brain Soup

I know, I know — not another zombie show! But iZombie brings the fun to the, er, table. I love this show so much I’m basically incoherent with glee. It feels indecent to be so happy during Lent, but here I am. The least I can do is spread the happiness to the internet. Basically, [Read More...]

Theology of the Booty

On Facebook, Jennifer Fulwiler is asking for 10-word descriptions of worst Mass experiences ever. After my offering, I dug up this old post that inspired it, cut out the boring “moral lesson” at the end, and re-published it for you with a snazzy new title. Please enjoy this account of personal mortification, then go read [Read More...]

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...]