Divesting Myself of Fifty Percent of My Belongings

So Betty, How is that plan to give away fifty percent of your belongings going?Well, it's going. I ¬†have given away the equivalent of one kitchen garbage bag per week in items that are not actually garbage. This week so far I have a stack that includes seven issues of Poetry magazine, a children's melody harp without strings, six or seven clothing items, and a bunch of my daughter's shoes that no longer fit (including a pair of Real! Wooden! Shoes! from Holland). My husband would say that … [Read more...]

Lucky Ducks

It's June. I've been on vacation, and my sister has been in town, the kids are all out of school, and I have no idea what's going on in the world. Except for this:I read Simcha Fisher's announcement of an upcoming big announcement last night and went to bed feeling like a loser because I thought for sure she was going to tell us she signed a book contract with FSG or got her life story optioned for a sitcom, and I thought, "I don't know if I can stand to know her good news, because it … [Read more...]

Don’t Swim Alone

It's that time of year again, when everyone shares the article about how drowning doesn't look like drowning.It's true.A couple years ago, my son and I almost drowned together on the first day of our summer vacation. Below is the post I wrote about it on my old blog. I'd also add the warning that there should always be more than one adult on the beach. I'll never take the kids swimming alone again.   There's something conspiratorial about packing a … [Read more...]

Expert Service

 My cousin went into labor earlier this week with her firstborn. It was almost thirty years ago that she and I planned our weddings, and named our daughters-to-be and imagined them growing up together sort of how we had ourselves. As I drove the two hours to the hospital where she delivered, with my own baby just a few months older than hers, I had lofty visions of myself as Mary, rushing to the hill country to assist her cousin Elizabeth. I was going to be of service! … [Read more...]

Towards a True Sex Education

One thing that became clear during the roundtable discussion on Abstinence-only sex education is that it's easy to pin-point what people do wrong when talking about sex. But knowing the right way to speak to our kids about sex can be a daunting task.One mother called into the show wondering about how to present the Theology of the Body to her ten-year-old daughter.My answer, or rather, my non-answer was that Pope John Paul II's Theology of the Body was developed over a series of … [Read more...]

Tune in!

At 6 p.m. tonight, I will be on Relevant Radio with Calah Alexander, March Barnes and Sam Rocha talking about Abstinence-only education. Should be a rollicking conversation. Listen here live to A Closer Look with Sheila Liaugminas. … [Read more...]

Items and Ideas: A Review of Strange Gods by Elizabeth Scalia

I was dropping off a bag of stuff at Goodwill, and another car pulled up behind me. An older lady got out with one very pretty blue sweater in her hands. She gave it a once-over and started towards the drop-off. When she approached me, she held the sweater up."Do you need a sweater? This would look pretty on you," she said.I was sorry that I did not need the sweater. I was trying to get rid of stuff."It's a good sweater.¬† Paid a lot of money for it. It's a shame I can't find anyone … [Read more...]