“Let Everything that Breathes Praise the Lord!”

(Psalm 150) I watered the plants this morning before the sun was up. Because of the ninety degree days, half of my plants were not only wilted, but scorched. I sort of hate the foreboding of deep summer humidity in the morning because the mosquitoes are agitated, and you know the humidity will only increase when the sun comes up.Sometimes I do yard work in my nightgown if I can get away with it. At this hour only an occasional school bus passes the house, which from the kids' … [Read more...]

“MOOOOOMMMM!”

Me: "Nope. No more talking to me. I'm done parenting today. From now on report all your problems to Dad."Boy: "OK. See you tomorrow then, for another long, hard day of parenting." … [Read more...]

Book giveaway: Love and Salt

Earlier this year, I had an opportunity to read and review Love and Salt for the Patheos book club. Lauren at The Lovliest Hour has two copies of the book to give away. Don't miss out on a great opportunity. And you'll love Lauren's blog if you don't already read it. … [Read more...]

Catholics of the Year

Too much coffee this morning, already, and it's only 10 am. I have no complete thoughts, but lots of little ones. I'll lay em out. 1.A young guy drove up our driveway Saturday morning to bring us the latest good news from the Johovah chapel around the corner from us, and my husband let him know how on board we already are with the Good News by telling him, "No thanks. We're Catholic."The man said, "Can I just leave you with...""How about if you get the hell off our … [Read more...]

Singing From the Grave

It was the seven-year-old's birthday. At religious ed the night before, I willed myself to look forward to the prayer time, since it would be in the Sanctuary where Jesus is, and sometimes we say the Rosary or have Benediction. But unfortunately the prayer turned out to be "Praise singing."I'd been hankering for something solemn and silent, but our music minister usually does praise singing at a tempo too fast and a key too high for my voice, and sometimes she steps away from the piano in an … [Read more...]

Quick takes–for married people

1.The week was off to a distressing start, wasn't it? Lots of controversy, threats of war, Catholics being sassy to one another, and maybe there were other personal challenges too.Something that put it all in perspective for me, was watching this movie:Maybe you hated Terence Malick's "Tree of Life"--too long, too impressionistic, and what is his thing with ladies dancing in the sunset?I'd still give "To the Wonder" a chance. It's much more concise and plot oriented but still … [Read more...]

Somechopped!

I don't want to presume, of course, but I think it's fair to say that this post got the boot from this post.Dish it out/take it. At first pass I almost always agree with the last thing I read. She wins. … [Read more...]


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