Destroying Your Marriage 101: How to do Everything Right and Still Get it Wrong

My husband and I went out to dinner recently, and as we were deciding where to go, it became clear that he had dined at nearly every restaurant in the city at some point in the past 14 years of entertaining clients and co-workers. In spite of my desire to believe that working full time to support a family is demanding and stressful, I started to feel concern that maybe his life really is more fun than mine.My husband and I spend a lot of time working side by side around the house, rearing … [Read more...]

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The Gift of the Priesthood

The Archdiocese of Cincinnati has just put out this wonderful new video: "The Gift of the Priesthood."What I love about this particular video as opposed to similar past efforts meant to drum up interest in the priesthood, is that it captures the dignity of the priestly vocation using the sounds and surrounds of an actual priest-- the music of the Church, images of the Church and its people-- rather than an heroic movie soundtrack with a stylized vision of the priesthood.There are … [Read more...]

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The Old New Creation

I had a dream last night that I was trying to get back in touch with an old friend. It's one of those goofy aspects of modern life that we technically ARE in touch in my real waking life, in that we're connected on facebook though we haven't seen each other in years and years, or had a real conversation in almost as long. But I kind of know what's going on with her, because, I "see" her.In my dream though, I was following her around trying to get her to talk to me while she went to work, and … [Read more...]

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Quick Takes: Fights, Flies, and the Sleep of all Sleeps

1.My daughter is sitting on the couch eating a popsicle. She has bed head and her glasses on the end of her nose while she reads a book. She looks just a tiny bit like an old woman in her loud floral printed culottes (where did those come from?) and a shadow of dirt on the soles of her feet.She has cultivated a severely eclectic summer style of dressing, like the royal blue Justice shirt with an attached sequined vest that she bought with her own money at Goodwill. Her brothers have been … [Read more...]

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How to Keep Your Friends Close and Your Enemies Closer

There's a little market in the town where we vacation that's hot and dirty, and there's never anyone at the cash register. They sell wine and lentils, and cold drinks, not much else, and if you ever plan to check out, you have to go hunting in the back kitchen where there are always a few sweaty women wearing tank tops and bandanas making pizzas. It's really good pizza, the kind where the crust is the centerpiece, and the toppings are a bonus.My husband ordered one while we were there, and … [Read more...]

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Christmas in July

The four year old has been wearing red and white striped footy pajamas all day long, and now, it's almost bedtime, they're too filthy for sleep, and he wants to take one last stroll outside in the rain before he turns in. He get's his coat out of the closet, and says, "Mom, I need you to zip this. I don't want to go outside looking like this." "Like what?" "Like this!" It should be obvious what the problems is, but I'm flummoxed. Is it the pajamas, the coat-pajama … [Read more...]

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Five Favorites

Well, it's been a long hard three-day week for me. I got caught in a flash flood with six kids and no cell phone, spent two hours sitting in a men's bathroom at a park waiting for reprieve which didn't come, finally wade-ran through a field filled with three feet of water to my home so I could drive a truck back to my chick-a-dees and get us all safe in dry clothes. In the days following, we've been carrying logs back and forth from the tree that fell down in the storm to the burn pile. In … [Read more...]

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