Hollywood is Lady Tremaine: Why I love Branagh’s Cinderella

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Saw it, liked it!I agree with just about everything Steve Greydanus says here. I do think the movie would be judged a bit more critically if it had been made in any other decade. Since it dropped out of the blue into hypercynical 2015, it's notable mostly for what it refuses to do: it refuses to reimagine, to be sassy, to be in your face, or jarring, or ironic, or myth-busting. It is, in short, a work of mercy offered for an audience who just wants, for once, to hear a story.It's not f … [Read more...]

Let’s ditch the prom

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  Parents, if you imagine that your child's life will be irreparably damaged if he or she misses out on this one monstrously noisy, hideously expensive night of painful shoes, emotional pressure, and hysteria, then I strongly encourage you to think harder about what the rest of your child's life ought to look likeRead the rest at the Register. image via Wikimedia Commons … [Read more...]

Simcha’s passover menu, part two: just the recipes

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If you're here, it means you waded all the way through my last post. Good work!  Here's your food!Chicken soup (can be made ahead and frozen) In a very large pot, put one whole chicken, chicken parts, or chicken carcass. Do not include giblets. Add a quartered onion, 2-3 peeled carrots, a few sprigs of dill and a few sprigs of parsley. Cover, bring to a boil, cover loosely, and allow soup to simmer for many hours. Strain the soup with a colander and return the broth to … [Read more...]

Simcha’s favorite passover recipes that will have you schvitzing under the eyeballs

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In the past, I've written about the emotional and spiritual experience of celebrating the Passover seder as Hebrew Catholics.This year, I'd like to talk about what's really important: THE FOOD.We do not keep kosher, and we don't clean the house of chametz (leavened bread), and we don't follow the special, even stricter "kosher for Passover" rules. The foods we prepare for Passover are symbolic and nostalgic, as well as delicious; but I wouldn't serve them if we had a rabbi for a … [Read more...]

What can Catholic parents learn from Dzhokhar Tsarnaev?

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Our kids need us. Most of our teenagers are not in danger of becoming violent jihadists like Dzhokhar Tsarnaev; but unless we make a deliberate, consistent, sincere effort to live our faith and to make sure that our older kids are well connected with adults who can guide and educate them and answer their questions, and unless we give them many opportunities to practice their faith, then there is little hope that they will still be Catholics when they leave our homes.  Read the rest at the Re … [Read more...]

I refuse to worry about what my kids eat for dinner.

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Today, I'm making Zuppa Toscana. When I share recipes I'm trying, people often ask, "Will your kids really eat that?" The answer is: some of them, yeah. Some of them, no way. A few of them, maybe. And I am fine with that. I have two goals when I serve a meal: at least half the family should eat it, and mealtimes should be reasonably pleasant.My policy is: I decide what to cook, and they decide whether or not to eat it.We don't have food battles (or food cold wars). We don't save plates … [Read more...]

Dolce and Gabbana + Catholics = The enemy of my enemy is FABULOUS

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 'Scuze me while I tape my head back on my shoulders. I gots me a bad case of Conservative Catholic Whiplash..Yesterday, the True Enemies of the Church were the Knights of Columbus, because they briefly considered marching in a parade.. Last week, Eve Tushnet was anathema because she refers to herself as "gay and Catholic" without also constantly crying out, "Unclean! Unclean!".Two weeks ago, "mercy" was a dirty word that only thug-loving bleeding hearts would … [Read more...]


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