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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... 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...]

Divorce Gets the Goop Treatment

I always sort of liked Gwyneth Paltrow. I find her looks appealing, and a few dumb romantic comedies aside, I enjoyed her corset movies. But the internet can ruin people. When she first started her blog, Goop, I thought, NO! Don't do it! You'll be a plebe like the rest of us! And sure enough, Goop has turned out to be two of the worst things a blog can be: Boring and Preachy.But the latest news from Goop has confounded me. By now you've all seen the sunny photo of Gwyneth and … [Read more...]

I Liked Divergent

My kids are on Spring Break this week. My daughter asked if we could go to the splash park."It's twenty degrees," I answered."Oh good! That means we can only do inside stuff!" she said.So, we've watched a few movies, and I'm not even going to feel bad about it.I took my older kids to see Divergent since they've already read the book, and I felt like I needed to catch up with them and see what they're thinking about.I'm not a big fan of teen lit. I started the Hunger Games … [Read more...]

Entrusting the Little Ones to Saint Joseph

It happens when you hang out with big Catholic families--you start accumulating God-children. With 33 children in the newest generation of my extended family, plus my friends' children, I have been blessed so far to Godmother eight souls.In addition, I've sponsored three Catechumens. I consider them my God-children as well.Here's what I've done to make sure I don't forget to pray for anyone:I've been making a small photo album with a picture of each God-child and their pertinent … [Read more...]

When Will My Work as a Catechist Bear Fruit?

The following letter regarding religious education recently came to the Patheos inbox: Dear Anchoress,I was asked to teach CCD to third graders making their First Reconciliation and First Communion. I am not a teacher. . .but having coached CYO (10-12-year-olds), and also having children (now adults), I agreed.I have been trying since September to “get into it.” I prepare each week, sometimes for over a few hours. There are eleven kids in the class. They mostly show up, [but] if there is … [Read more...]