“You Have No Idea What Your Life Will Be Like Tomorrow…”

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...You are a puff of smoke that appears briefly and then disappears.--(Letter of Saint James 4:13-17)  I had another near-death water experience in California. I'm trying to be circumspect about it, because this time, I was the one who needed help--and it was very difficult for me to assess exactly how much danger I was really in.One minute I was zooming into shore on the boogie board, the next I was in a current I couldn't get out of. A man on the beach whistled at … [Read more...]

California Dreaming (on such a winter’s day)

I've been in California visiting my sister. She lives north of L.A. where it's warm and sunny and there are flowers blooming and the sweet smell of salt and florals in the air. In some places, like along the boardwalk in Ventura where the surfers congregate, even the smell of vomit and urine roasting in the sun smells sweet to me. I just can't believe that as the Midwest has had day after day of below freezing temperatures for so very long, there are people elsewhere in the world who are playing … [Read more...]

Immediate Book Meme

Hosted at Darwin Catholic  "There are plenty of memes that want to know all about your book history and your all-time greats and your grand ambitions, but let's focus on something more revealing: the books you're actually reading now, or just read, or are about to read. Let's call it The Immediate Book Meme." 1. What book are you reading now?Rose by Martin Cruz Smith 2. What book did you just finish?I'd revise this question to say "What's the last book you … [Read more...]

The Talking Cure: Blogging as Self Help

"The downcast, the depressed, the discouraged--people only wanted to be well-liked. Earlier in the twentieth century, the worried masses had been driven to doctors for their hysteria and neurasthenia, but by 1936, when How to Win Friends was published, patent medicines and rest cures had fallen out of favor as treatments for middle-class malaise. Carnegie thought he knew why. "Many persons call a doctor when all they want is an audience," he wrote. If those earlier cures had worked, it was only … [Read more...]

Kinship in Christ

My husband and I went out to dinner last night, and at the restaurant, I saw a man who looked very familiar to me. It wasn't someone I had met before. The familiarity was of a different nature, like seeing character traits of my family members manifest in a complete stranger. When we first moved to this town, my aunt told me that we had distant relatives here. She gave me their names, but I had never met them, and had no idea what they looked like.I asked our waitress, who seemed to know … [Read more...]

A Kind of Catechesis

VIII.I tremble with gratitudefor my children and their childrenwho take pleasure in one another. At our dinners together, the deadenter and pass among usin living love and in memory And so the young are taught.--Wendell Berry    … [Read more...]

Kicking Catechesis Out of the Classroom

Joanne K McPortland has started a conversation on Catechesis. In her post: What's Really Wrong With Catholic Religious Education? Everything. she fleshes out why parents, not children, should be the focus of religious education. "Catechesis follows evangelization," she writes, "and it has just never worked to catechize children and expect them to evangelize their parents." It's a great post, and should be read in entirety. She hits many key points.The Crescat, however, observes that parents … [Read more...]


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