Does Faith Get a Voice in the Abortion Debate?

I'm going to do something I haven't done since my very first days of blogging. I'm going to write about abortion. Back in the day, I thought I had expressed everything I needed to say about it. But in recent days, following the debate in Texas on late term abortion, new perspectives and misconceptions on it just keep cropping up.For instance, here is a Rabbi  Aaron Alexander, whose Huff-post piece "Abortion, Does My Faith Get a Voice?" suggests that the debate about when life begins is a … [Read more...]

Why Saint Maria Goretti is a Great Saint for Boys–Updated

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Well, it's finally happened--I had to tell my children what rape is. It seems like just last year, they were learning where babies came from, and  now, the three older ones at least had heard the word "rape" in conversation, and at least one of them had a theory on what it meant. His theory was wrong.I have learned there is even a playground game called "Flee the Rapist" which, I suppose we can be grateful the children see rape as socially stigmatic, but I can only imagine what it does to … [Read more...]

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...]

Five Favorites

Don't ask me to explain the mule.

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...]

A Kindness

I hadn’t been to Adoration in a long time. Since we moved and have to drive long distances to get there, and since I have a lot of kids, I’ve let the habit slip. Last week, my mom had a couple of my kids in town, so I covered her Holy Hour with my two oldest and the baby.I knew the baby would be all over the place, but assumed we’d be the only ones in the Chapel, and it wouldn’t be a problem. I did not expect the problems to arise from my boys, who are old enough to know that it’s inappropr … [Read more...]

Quick Takes: Summertime and the Living is…Rather Awful

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1.What a week.I sent a request to renew a subscription to a magazine, received an invoice and paid it. Little did I know, a Kenyan media racket had hacked into their system, and sent me a fake invoice. When the real invoice came, and I called the magazine to find out what was up, they said Yeah, these guys pop up under different guises all the time. We've filed with the attorney general, but they'll just disappear and show up again somewhere else. And now they had my check routing … [Read more...]

Quick and Dirty

I've been reading War and Peace for most of the Spring, and finally finished it this week. It was worth it, though I had to take breaks from it periodically when things were moving too slowly, then I'd cheat on it with something quick and dirty that I could finish in a few days. It's made for a very fun summer so far. The quick and dirty list: Jeffrey Eugenides, The Marriage Plot, which had fun literary themes with college students trying to impress each other, a … [Read more...]


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