Tried and True Ways to Eliminate People With Disabilities #BADD2014

About the time my eldest was born, it seemed like everyone was coming down with autism.  I'm not sure I'd even heard of such a thing during my youth, and I asked a friend: Why the sudden surge?Improved diagnosis, she explained -- think back to the weird kid at school that always got picked on.Ah.There was a darker side to that sudden surge of public disability, and to make my case let's start with the stories you've never read.(Hint: If you loved The Secret Garden, this might be … [Read more...]

Something Fun: Armored Combat League World Championship May 1 – 3

I've been following a friend's adventures getting ready to fight for the USA in the Armored Combat League's Medieval Combat World Championship.  Competition begins tomorrow May 1, Spain time, and continues through the weekend.From the Facebook page:  Reminder - Live Tweeting (and updates to Facebook) starting on May 1 for the tournament. #ACL #IMCF #swordfightingEnjoy! … [Read more...]

Nine Annoying Things Novena – Start Now

The prospect of death does not make cry. The prospect of choosing between another around of Dr. Maybe's Office Staff Craziness Circus, or giving up on the local guy and driving two hours down the road to the next nearest guy in the same specialty . . . that makes me cry.Appointment w/ Dr. Maybe is in 9 days, and if ever there were need for the Nine Annoying Things Novena, that need is now.   Those who followed me over from the old place know how it works.  New friends, here's the de … [Read more...]

Just Say No to Needy Busybodies

If you search Google images for the word "No", a bazillion variations pop up.  If you search Wikimedia, all you get is lovely Nobelium, an element about which I know nothing.  It might kill you.  Or not. I stink at the word No.  My kids charm me, everyone charms me, and I cave.  When Lisa Hendey mentioned she was writing a book called The Grace of Yes, I retorted that my husband would burn the book if he saw it in my hands.  In reality, the book isn't about encouraging overcommitment, not at all … [Read more...]

Heart Rate Training for Fitness in Chronic Illness

I was chatting with Rebecca Frech the other week, who is both blessedly familiar with intense fitness trainfully, and dreadfully familiar with chronic illness.  One of the ironies of my own recent illness, I told her, was that some of the most useful information came from articles geared towards serious athletes.  One of those useful clues has been information on heart rate monitoring as a way to avoid overtraining.The situation normal people face: In the quest to get fit, you might push y … [Read more...]

Mid-Easter Evangelization: Time for an Egg Hunt!

At New Evangelizers, I explain why now is the perfect time for an Easter Egg hunt, deadline: Pentecost.  Easter Friday -- that's the solemnity that falls a week after Good Friday -- we drove to a park across town to meet friends for egg hunt that actually happened during Easter:I try not to be insufferable about it. If this or that friend desperately wants my child to go hunt eggs mid-Lent, I don’t throw a temper-tantrum. I’ll suspend disbelief if it’s so very important to you.  But even my … [Read more...]

Trusting God When Life Isn’t Easy

One more bit of excitement for today: Take a look at the first issue of Pauline Media's new and gorgeous digital magazine.  Current issue is entitled: Trusting God When Life Isn't Easy.  Yes, that's my article on page 3.  I tell the bloody finger story, which is funny, not gory, so you know you want to look.  And it's free -- other people paid to make this happen so that you don't have to. Writing thing: Sr. Marie Paul Curley is not just a nice person in a stylish blue habit, she's one of my f … [Read more...]