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... 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...]