Featuring Melissa McCarthy, as Life Itself

I rang in my 34th birthday watching Bridesmaids with my best friend, and I really can't think of a better form of celebration. It is a very crude movie (it opens with a graphic bad-sex scene, which is cringingly, eyes-coveringly funny and painful), hilarious and poignant, with a real generosity of spirit. None of the women are pure cartoons meant only to be laughed at. Everybody is needy and trying, in often self-defeating ways, to reach out. Both friendship and marriage, and the fears, … [Read more...]

In which I look at ten years at a crisis pregnancy center (with extra links!)

First, my new article: For the past 10 years I’ve volunteered at the Capitol Hill Pregnancy Center, a pro-life Christian ministry in the troubled heart of Washington, D.C. Over this decade of listening to women in crisis, talking with them, helping them find the resources they need, praying with them, hugging them, sometimes inviting them into my home when they had no safe place to go, I’ve seen shifts in the culture of poor D.C. women. My own perspective has shifted as well. I wrote about my ea … [Read more...]

“Three Kinds of Argument on Family Structure”

in which I say that sociology is not the queen of the sciences. … [Read more...]

“Hope Away from Home”

In which I write up Laurence Yep's terrific children's book, The Serpent's Children. Review is spoilerous; book is highly recommended. With bonus resilience-and-sensitivity reference.... … [Read more...]

“Resilience and Sensitivity”

In which those who can't do teach, at AmCon! (And btw you really, really should read this piece by Michael Brendan Dougherty on growing up with a single mother.) … [Read more...]

Also, apparently his eyes fire lasers. Like a shark, you know?

John Cheese is a writer for Cracked whom I have praised to you people many times. I linked to this piece in my AmCon piece about the problems with the "divorce counterrevolution" and I've linked several of his other marriage/parenting/family/uh... other stuff-related articles at MarriageDebate (which by the way you should all be following). Plus he's provided me and my friends with a lot of much-needed gallows humor:"Quitting Smoking: Six Things You Notice About the Stupid World""Five … [Read more...]

Kathryn Edin has a new book coming out!

about unwed fathers. This is my opportunity to tell you guys that 2008's Promises I Can Keep: Why Poor Women Put Motherhood Before Marriage, by Edin and Maria Kefalas, is probably the best book I've read on contemporary marriage and family life. It's been incredibly illuminating for my work at the pregnancy center. It's also very moving, and you can really tell that Edin and Kefalas lived with the women they write about, shared the same neighborhoods and built relationships there. … [Read more...]


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