Just Keep Going

I like to take walks at night now that it's warm outside and sit and have a cigarette on the handicapped swing at the park across the street from me. The dog sits next to me, and I look at the moon, which is mostly full, as the park lights go off, one section at a time. This is a freedom to be able to do, and so the heartbreaks of the afternoon seem less heartbreaking, because even the worst day can come to a satisfying end.I took the kids to Stations of the Cross, and I thought it started … [Read more...]

After This Our Exile

Photo essay here. … [Read more...]

Surprising Redemption and Change


... are what I hoped to get out of Lent this year, though I recognize the irony in speaking of what one hopes to receive from a liturgical season marked by sacrifice and penance.I still do always go into Lent with a hopeful attitude that this year will be different, that my sacrifices will be successful, that I'll end the forty days a little closer to sainthood, because my resolutions were good ones, the kind designed to crush sin and purify my soul.So a good design, but user error, as … [Read more...]

Getting what you paid for

Our dishwasher died last week. It had served us well for seven years, even having lived a whole other life with another family before we even met it. Nevertheless, we were anxious, not only to replace it, but to upgrade to an even more trustworthy dishwasher.My husband did the research, he found an online dealer that offered discount prices, and we sort of came to a consensus (though he was more consenting than I was) that you get what you pay for when it comes to dishwashers. And we paid … [Read more...]

Do you subscribe to Living Faith?

If not, you may have missed my meditation there on Monday. … [Read more...]

Strange Alliances

I tried to move the kids towards clearing the table, and brushing their teeth for bed, but no one moved. My voice rose in pitch, and it became unclear to whom I was speaking, so my husband sent me out for a walk, which I was more than happy to take.I enjoy claiming the dusk hour as my own, necessary for recollection at the end of the day, though it's hard to tell what hour I wouldn't claim for my own if given a chance to claim them all. In any case, the hour was given, and I accepted, and … [Read more...]

Quick Takes: Lose/ Lose Situations of the Day

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1. Buying a $500 blender...  ...in order to eat more kale.  2.Me: "Why are you guys being so mean to Paul? Every time I see him, he's crying." Oldest son: "We're not any meaner than normal, he's just weak today." 3. My daughter received the following flier for a Spring Break sports camp:I knew the public schools were trying to indoctrinate my kids.4.Speaking of yoga and the marital arts, I cannot think of … [Read more...]