Osama bin Laden is Dead – How are we to respond?

As you all know by now, U.S. Navy SEALS found and killed Osama bin Laden, mastermind of the September 11th attacks and the “spiritual” leader of Al Queda, on Sunday, May 1st. Shortly after the news of his death was announced, spontaneous street parties formed outside of the White House, complete with college kids drinking beer and chanting “U-S-A, U-S-A.” President Obama stated that “justice has been served” with Osama bin Laden’s death, and this sentiment was echoed in many interviews that I hea … [Read more...]

I have to admit, I can’t get enough!

 She was gorgeous, the whole thing was timeless, the music was amazing, the homily was fantastic, I loved this wedding! … [Read more...]

New Car Seat Advice

I am sure that many of you have seen this column in the New York Times which reports the American Academy of Pediatrics updated advice on rear facing car seats.  We got similar advice from one doctor somewhere along the way, to keep the child rear facing as long as possible and to use height and weight rather than age as a guideline for use of car seats and boosters.  We are pretty intense about our carseats, but we have not always been able to follow this advice, perhaps because we just thought … [Read more...]

Praying for all those at the March for Life today.

"That special power of loving that belongs to a woman is seen most clearly when she becomes a mother. Motherhood is the gift of God to women. How grateful we must be to God for this wonderful gift that brings such joy to the whole world, women and men alike! Yet we can destroy this gift of motherhood, especially by the evil of abortion, but also by thinking that other things like jobs or positions are more important than loving, than giving oneself to others. No job, no plans, no possessions, no … [Read more...]

Merry Christmas Red and Mr. MaryAlice

So rosy is the glow of the season that we'll send Cliff Lee back to Philly with a big bow on top while we drown our sorrows in Texas in a big mug of egg nog. Red and the MaryAlice family will have much to rejoice in this Christmas (and baseball) season. And now, we humbly give you the claw (at least he didn't go to the Yankees...) Make sure you text Mr. Incredible from the World Series next year to thank him for his magnanimous gift (or at least update your facebook status with a picture of … [Read more...]

Boys That Read

A while ago I had to speak to our Town Council in defense of our small town library. That's right, they wanted to cut the library from the budget to pay for more parks and playing fields. Shouting over the noise of a torrential downpour pinging off metal-roofed fire station, I tried to explain to the all male town council why a local library was so important to a community, especially the children. To be perfectly honest, I think they were so shocked to see a female under the age of 65 at a Town … [Read more...]

For College Football Fans

Anyone watching college football this weekend will want to check out the pre-game for Michigan v. Connecticut.An Ohio State U. grad student will be leading the Michigan team onto the field... You can find his family's inspiring story here (written a year or so ago).Watching him WALK out onto the field will undoubtedly be a tearjerker for this not-so-tough football fan!!! … [Read more...]

Harvard Grad Pursues her Vocation

Did you read the interview at National Review with Mary Anne Marks, who delivered the 2010 commencement address at Harvard in Latin?Here is an excerpt (and conversation that I believe all of the builders have had in one form or another--more on this in another post in the coming weeks):KATHRYN JEAN LOPEZ: You are a Harvard graduate. Aren’t you surrendering all the possibilities that entails by entering a convent?MARY ANNE MARKS: Yes, if one doesn’t see becoming a well-educated, int … [Read more...]

“Ruining a Patch of Nature”

The kids were playing outside today with neighborhood children here in Oxford, our most recent stop. All three of my children and a very sweet four year old neighbor boy (who, incidentally, has not yet gone off to school) began a game of making underground “houses” by digging wide holes into the ground, about 6 inches in diameter and an inch or two deep, one for each child. Their holes were in a rugged area on the edge of a large field near our apartment building where the grass is already pat … [Read more...]

Commencement Advice

At Princeton's graduation for the Class of 2010, Baccalaureate Speaker Jeff Bezos '86, CEO of Amazon.com asked the class, "Will you be a cynic, or will you be a builder?  Will you be clever at the expense of others, or will you be kind?  I will hazard a prediction: when you are 80 years old and in a quiet moment of reflection narrating for only yourself the most personal version of your life story, the telling that will be most compact and meaningful will be the series of choices you have made.  … [Read more...]


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