Lucky Ducks

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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

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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...]

7 Quick Takes: Complain-a-palooza

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  1. Jen writes: "Sometimes I think it would be cathartic to just blow it out and have a Complaining Olympics where we all write posts venting about what we’re struggling with right now, and no caveats allowed. " I think this is an awesome idea. Here goes...   2. Some people look really cute in glasses. I don't think I'm one of those people. Really, I know it's stupid to complain about being blonde (I like my hair, I really do), but it doesn't go well with glasses. I … [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

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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...]


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