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

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...]


Just read this article about the Susan G. Komen Foundation's plans to re-fund Planned Parenthood - very disappointing! … [Read more...]

Great News from Komen

Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation is cutting its ties with Planned Parenthood ostensibly due to the investigations and financial inquiries into PP.Many of us have struggled over the years, our consciences not permitting us to give to the many races and events that friends have run because of these ties since the money that Komen donates to Planned Parenthood frees up more funds for PP's other works. This is a great step towards focusing on saving women's lives.(I don't believe that … [Read more...]

Prayer and Action

Our pastor gave a powerful homily at Mass this morning, and continued his thoughts in the weekly bulletin - I thought that I would share some excerpts here, in the hopes that we might all prayerfully consider how we can respond courageously to the situation described below. Blessings to you this Monday morning!Dear friends in Christ:A week ago last Friday, January 20, two days before the 39th anniversary of the tragic Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade which has resulted in more than 50 … [Read more...]

Epic October

Since there is a noticeable dearth of October baseball posts from MaryAlice and Red this year and we all miss Mr. MA's poetry, I will fill in the void before it's too late.I grew up in St. Louis, my husband was born in Dallas. Our family has an AL and an NL team that we root for...the Rangers and the Cardinals. So this World Series  is epic...determining bragging rights for all future family Thanksgivings, Christmases, etc. for possibly the rest of our lives. There is a lot riding on it!I … [Read more...]

Ten years later, we remember…

The priest this morning gave a beautiful homily in honor of the memorial of September 11th, 2001. Amongst other things, he directed us to the question of why we aim to seek God in all circumstances, and how we can do this. He recalled the days surrounding 9/11/01 - the images of mothers running with their children, firemen covered in ashes from head to foot, the towers crumbling to the ground before our eyes. He reminded us of the bravery and courage of so many Americans on that day, of the … [Read more...]