At the Register: The Culture of Blechh

stop-vomiting

What kind of person responds to someone's joy with an agenda? I don't even care if you're right or wrong: that's dehumanizing (and last I heard, most people on both ends of the political spectrum are generally opposed to dehumanization). You've heard of the Culture of Death, which teaches people to sneer in disgust at the good, the true, and the beautiful. What we have here is its sad sack cousin, the Culture of Blechh, which teaches people to turn every occasion, whether happy or sad, into a bas … [Read more...]

My dream self is a raging jerk.

canned-peach

 A reader had this dream about me last night: You had some sort of Catholic women's gathering at your house, and women from all over were coming. When we got there, there was a sign on the porch that said, "This ain't no Edel gathering." We went in and on some tables was the food. You said, "I'm pregnant and I like peanut butter and I like sausage. So you can make yourself a peanut butter sandwich, or a sausage sandwich or a peanut butter and sausage sandwich." There was a large can of … [Read more...]

Fine, I’m pregnant!

12 weeks

See?  Too tired and gassy to come up with any announcement more adorable or original than this, but everything is looking good so far.  God willing, Fishie #10 is due in late Feb./early March.  Hooray! … [Read more...]

At the Register: Lessons from the ER

bad doctor

--One of the greatest functions of the ER is to illustrate for your children why you do not pay for TV at home. Ninety nine channels, 'round and around and around you go.  See, kids? There is nothing on. Nothing. --If you are holding a catheter tube, and I say, "Careful, she is little, but she is strong," then you should listen to me.Read the rest at the Register. … [Read more...]

Faith, reason, depression, and help

bug in a jar

  There's a lot of bad information about depression, suicide, and faith swirling around the internet this week. Here are a few things I know:No, depression and mental illness don't necessarily take away your free will, turning you into a helpless victim who wings straight to Heaven if you commit suicide.No, you can't just pray away the sadness, will yourself to be joyful, or do this one weird trick that will earn you emotional stability and peace.The truth lies, as i … [Read more...]

Give me a dumb kid any day.

photo (7)

Today, we went for kindergarten screening with my five-year-old (here in the persona of "A Snooty Waitress")  The teacher showed her three sets of dominoes: a group of two, a group of three, and a group of four.  She asked my kid to show her which group had two in it. Kid points to the group of three and the group of four.I, being the greatest mother in the world, didn't say a thing, because this is my kid's moment to shine, and whatever happens, happens. So the … [Read more...]

At the Register: What does the Church teach about suicide?

The modern Church understands that depression and other psychological disturbances that might lead a person to suicide are true illnesses, which can significantly mitigate both a person's understanding and free will. Moreover, even if a person's death seems quick, with no time to repent before the end, we have no way of knowing what happens between their soul and a merciful God, who wants to bring all of His children home to Himself.Read the rest at the Register.  … [Read more...]


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X