Social Commentary Worth Reading this Election Season

We are in the heat of Election Season here in the United States, and there are many opinions floating around out there in cyberspace. One of the better comments that I have seen regarding social issues comes via Facebook from Professor Robert George of Princeton. I'll post it here for the benefit of those who have logged off for the Year of Faith like Mary Alice. "MoveOn is the face of contemporary liberalism. Liberalism used to pride itself on standing up for the little guy, defending the … [Read more...]

Dipping a toe in to the political waters

Was any one else really embarrassed by the debate last night?  I'm not sure whether to blame the format, the moderator or the candidates, but I am leaning towards the latter.  The time clock would expire and a candidate would just keep talking and talking until finally the moderator had to interrupt.  Then, they would talk over her, or object to her interruption.  Which left the moderator in the position of having to decide whether to tell the President of the United States to sit down and … [Read more...]

Bikinis and the Male Brain

Check out this video clip in which author Jason Evert discusses a Princeton study on the effect of a bikini-clad woman on the male brain. … [Read more...]

An African Woman’s Plea to Melinda Gates

Dear friends ~ I found this article to be both enlightening and touching, and wanted to share it with all of you. The article details a Nigerian woman's reaction to Melinda Gates' recent announcement that her foundation would be allocating $4.6 billion dollars to providing contraceptives in poor countries. If Bill and Melinda Gates were to spend some time talking with the women of Africa, they might find that that these funds are quite unwelcome. Unlike some Western societies, which fall into … [Read more...]

Olympics and Spiritual Training


My husband and I were discussing how we can incorporate fun learning and maybe some virtue and habit training into the exciting time surrounding the Olympics. We both love watching world class athletes compete and our kids do, too. We will keep track of medal counts for several countries as we have done in the past, but Mr. Incredible thought it would be a great opportunity to work on building good habits and virtues. So for each day the boys will be trying to earn two medals for their own … [Read more...]

Princeton professor’s new take on old feminism debate

Have you all read this article, "Why Women Still Can't Have it All", published Wednesday night in The Atlantic? The author, Anne-Marie Slaughter, is our old pal, the former Dean of Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School, who just finished a two-year stint under Hillary Clinton in the State Department. This article is at the same time super lengthy and impossible to skim, so just getting through it might challenge your work-life balance--maybe try it with a glass of red wine tonight after the kids … [Read more...]

Father’s Day Ideas

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One of the areas where I think (my) homeschooling lacks is some of those adorable preschool crafty things.  So when I saw this printable survey on Dad from Persnickety Prints, I thought it would be perfect for the kids to fill out with minimal effort from me! Oh. My. Goodness. The answers are hysterical!!! I would share them, but I don't want to spoil the surprise! And now a brief guest post & gift idea from the wonderful Mr. Texas Daddy: Dads like to laugh. Dads like to laugh … [Read more...]

Cohabitation: A Preparation for Divorce

One sweet neighbor of ours "C" is a never-married single mom, 29 years old, raising four-year-old and seven-year-old boys. She has a boyfriend, a never-married single dad of one daughter. We have noticed that her boyfriend is over more and more. "C" and I have a nice friendship. I recently asked her about getting married and reminded her that they could even be reconciled and married in the Church since they have no prior marriages (both are cradle Catholics). She blushed and said she'd say yes, … [Read more...]

Catholics and Contraception

This opinion, in the NY Daily News, is a great summation of theological issues surrounding the use of contraception.  Please note, however, it being the Daily News, that the side bar ads and articles all happen to include pictures of scantily clad women, so take care when you click over. … [Read more...]

Lunchtime Links

And a shameless newborn shot. She was only 2 weeks old in that photo, she's now over a month old. I can't really do much book reading these days as my free time in broken into very small chunks. So here's some blog and current event food for thought... WSJ--New Guide to Who Really Shouldn't Eat Gluten -- I admit that I had a particular interest in this article after being diagnosed with Celiac Disease two years ago. I think the categories of wheat allergy, gluten intolerance, and Celiac … [Read more...]