Other people’s blessings

  I've had to remind myself, over and over again, that couples who really do love NFP aren't just lying. The "Oh, how I love the monthly cycle of courtship and honeymoon!" crowd haven't drunk any Kool-Aid. They're not necessarily undersexed, brainwashed saps who have never encountered true suffering.   They're just different from me, and if I expect them to respect my struggles, then I need to learn to respect their joy. Read the rest at the Register.  … [Read more...]

These 3D printable masks could save Halloween.

mask tiger

Halloween is in eight days.  So far, I have (a) ordered one light blue hoodie from Ebay and (b) yelled at everybody.  Since we have to come up with nine costumes -- or 17, really, since the older kids always pick a trick-or-treating costume that would be inappropriate for school, and so we have to come up with a second costume that won't trigger an automatic lock-down. Thank goodness we're terrible Catholics and quietly ignore All Saint's Day, except for going to Mass, or we'd be looking at eig … [Read more...]

Best. Soap. Ever.

Simply Goatmilk

Can I be a terrible, horrible person and remind you that it's almost Halloween, which means it's almost Thanksgiving, which means it's almost Advent, which means you will soon be looking at the calendar in disbelief and realizing that you need small but thoughtful presents for any number of people, and you have no idea what to get them?Be not afraid! (See what I did there, JPII?) Robin's Soap is here.  You may remember Robin's Soap Shoppe from my brief brush with … [Read more...]

Listen to this! Son Little

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Heard this guy for the first time on the radio this morning, and it made this sleepy white lady's hair stand on end.If I heard right, Son Little descrbes his music as a Wu Tang Clan sea chanty with Beatles singing backup. I haven't bought an album in about ten years, but I think it's time to change that. Woo! … [Read more...]

Discernment: What It Does and Doesn’t Mean

One example of the wrong way to discern God's will in your life

It does mean: The Holy Spirit works kind of like MSG, enhancing and heightening the "flavor" of the virtues that you've already worked to develop -- virtues like self-control, prudence, mercy, and self-sacrifice.  After you pray for guidance, you're probably not going to find yourself doing something utterly foreign to your normal nature or inclinations; but you may find that you have deeper reserves of patience than you expected, for instance, or a temporary ability to work harder than you're no … [Read more...]

Working moms: what would help?

Children are good for society, fiscally and in every other way. Children who are well-cared for, who aren't forced to go to school sick or spend lots of time alone, and parents who aren't utterly exhausted and wracked with guilt at all times, make families who give stability and peace to society as a whole. So even if we're only looking out for our own self-interest, it's best for everyone when parents are given as much freedom and flexibility as possible to devote to their children. Children … [Read more...]

Don’t bubble-wrap your kids

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 My son, who is twelve, recently wanted to buy a comic book, and as he leafed through the pages, he liked the story, but was disturbed by some of the gory images he saw. The comic book guy reassured him that he would get used to it over time. And I agreed. Sure, you can get used to it, and eventually it wouldn't even bother you any more. But why would you want to do that to yourself?Read the rest at the Register.  … [Read more...]


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