What’s at Stake

"Barack Obama is the most extreme pro-abortion candidate ever to seek the office of President of the United States. He is the most extreme pro-abortion member of the United States Senate. Indeed, he is the most extreme pro-abortion legislator ever to serve in either house of the United States Congress.Yet there are Catholics and Evangelicals - even self-identified pro-life Catholics and Evangelicals - who aggressively promote Obama's candidacy and even declare him the preferred candidate from … [Read more...]

The Finer Things

I am so glad that I am married to a man who is in touch with his sensitive side. While some men are merely sports obsessed, he has been spending his train rides composing poetry. You can read it here. … [Read more...]

Easy as Pie

So, if we are doing all this training, we have to fuel up somehow. Red and I took our children apple picking on Tuesday, and I came home with a huge sack of wonderful apples. Here is my quick and easy version of pie -- this one is for speed, not looks, and the kids have been having it for breakfast, lunch and dinner!Crust:2 Sticks cold butter2.5 cups flour.25 cups sugar.25 cups cold water as neededCut the butter into chunks, then mix butter, flour and sugar in food processor, pulsing. When … [Read more...]

Tone, Trash Talk and Thanksgiving Turkey: Part 3

The elliptical is getting particularly old this week--I usually do the manual program because I enjoy reading on the elliptical, but the Princeton Alumni Weekly same-old articles on climate change and objectively-ugly new campus architecture just aren't doing it for me this week. I think I need to implement B-mama's suggestion of varying my elliptical workouts more.Lack of recovery from a SUPER FUN family wedding this weekend plus extra legal work this week have left me wiped out. I missed my … [Read more...]

Living Out New Urbanism

Since moving last May, my family has been amidst the "New Urbanism" surrounding us in our new community.  We have drugstores, supermarkets, and our local library within minutes of our home.  A walk through the neighborhood delivers us to doctors' offices, churches, and preschools galore.  But is the idea of New Urbanism all its cracked up to be?One of the primary tenants of New Urbanism is "walkability" (living within 10 minutes of necessities), which we lived out fully today.  Big Blue, our belo … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Picking 101

You can pick it, if you can carry it. … [Read more...]

From First Things, on the contradictions of contemporary feminism

"One need look no further than the woman swallowing her artificial contraception pills with organic green tea."http://www.firstthings.com/onthesquare/?p=1195 … [Read more...]

Survival Mode

When push comes to shove, cut corners!  Here's a glimpse into my world of making life a little easier lately...1) I have not been separating the laundry.  It's amazing how much more smoothly and quickly laundry shenanigans go when one is not so particular!  And guess what?  The clothes are still just as clean!2) I have not created beautiful, from scratch birth announcements for Baby J.  Let's be honest, very few people have time for such embellishment!  (I did this for my first and my second neve … [Read more...]

Tone, Trash Talk, and Thanksgiving Turkey: Part II

As we look ahead to our 8k on November 23rd, I have to admit to feeling a bit uncertain about this whole race scenario, competitors included.  Is JM really serious when she talks about this being a true competition?  Does she kill it on the elliptical each day, dreaming of running the rest of us into the ground?  And how far is Red really running?  Yes, she's talked about completing "only 3 miles", but how fast is she clicking off those miles?  She's definitely known for speed.  Can I hang with t … [Read more...]

For Your Amusement

For those who are unfamiliar, this is the famous Freedom Speech from Braveheart. Charlie is 2.5 ...... and no, we have not let him watch the movie. … [Read more...]