Communication: building a relationship with the Church

After the conversation last week on how the Church might be able to help mothers of many young children, it became clear to me that Parish life really is a two way street. Just as there are many variations in mothers and their particular needs, there are also enormous variations in Parish life and its offerings.In all the posts and comboxes that followed the discussion, one thing seemed clear: If I want to have more of the Church in my life, I have to get involved in the life of the … [Read more...]

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What does help for moms look like?

My husband has traveled for work since the earliest days of our marriage. On a good week, he might only have one overnight. On less good occasions, he's gone for two weeks at a time. In the earlier days, when he came home from a trip, there was always a struggle with reentry. I was ready to sit down and take a load off--he was too--and we miscommunicated about who was "on" for the kids.At times, it seemed more difficult when he was home than when he was away, because when he was home, I was … [Read more...]

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What Co-creation Really Feels Like

On the cereal box, there's always some arbitrary recipe that's supposed to induce you to pour out the whole box at once to make "bran cookies" or some other non-dessert. Add your Frosted Flakes, all ten cups of it, to a bowl of peanuts and apricots--and voila--you have twelve cups of trail mix that no one wants to eat, and there's nothing you can do about it now. The potion is mixed. You can leave it out on the counter in a plastic bag indefinitely, or you can throw it away and start over.So … [Read more...]

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The Privilege of Distraction

I'm an insulin dependent gestational diabetic, which means that this stage of my pregnancy often finds me spending lots of time at the hospital for weekly non-stress tests, for more frequent ultrasounds, and for analysis of my diet and blood sugars. I don't like the risk to the baby, but I do feel a little bit of comfort in these last weeks at having something "to do."The rolling of the vial, the flicking of the needle, the pricking fingertips and stabbing of my abdomen with the shot of … [Read more...]

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Indecency: In the eye of the beholder?

My extended family is half Catholic, half Protestant. When the Catholics get together, there are numerous children and babies. As a consequence, there's a lot of breastfeeding going on. A couple of the women have mastered the art of breastfeeding with one arm while walking around the kitchen preparing food. Others prefer to sit around talking, often with the men, while nursing a child. We're discrete about it--not exposing more than necessary to get the job done, but most of us have lost … [Read more...]

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How to like women

In conferences, my daughter's third grade teacher mentioned that the girls in her classroom have developed a small kingdom with hierarchy and ranks that cause distractions in class. She laid out the structure for me like this:Queen Bee--rules the roost Sidekick--supports her Banker--controls the currency--keeps track of information, gossip and tattle tales Floaters--move among the different groups Wannabes--strive to the upper tiers through negative immitation and the … [Read more...]

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