My interview on Omaha’s Spirit Radio

I had the nicest conversation about my book with Kris McGregor of "Discerning Hearts Presents" yesterday morning. It will be broadcast later this week, and also Saturday morning at 11 am Central. It just went into the online archive, and you can listen here. … [Read more...]

At the Register: Teaching Contempt for Rules

Yay, my hometown made national news! Boo, my hometown is exactly like I remember it, which is why I'm here and not there. … [Read more...]

Polio and Mumps are manageable diseases


Here's something I just saw on Facebook, in response to an article about lies spread by pro-vaccine doctors: These illnesses are manageable. Here are some children managing polio: And here is a baby managing whooping cough (pertussis): I'm closing comments on this because there is NOTHING TO SAY. I understand being afraid of vaccines. As with so many worthwhile things, vaccines have some risk. But to say that the diseases they prevent are "manageable" -- well, there is nothing … [Read more...]

Thank you / Don’t you dare


LOOK WHAT YOU DID! About 24 hours after I first posted about Robin's GoFundMe campaign, she is fully funded. She can now get started buying supplies and equipment to make and sell lovely, lovely goat milk soap to support her family. This is amazing. This is wonderful. And I don't mean to sound smug, but this is utterly predictable, because I knew you guys were this generous! People have been donating, sharing, and offering prayers and encouragement for Robin nonstop. So, so great.  From … [Read more...]

Can you help my hard-working friend?

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This weekend, my friend Robin Broun of Kentucky launched a GoFundMe campaign. Her goal is to raise $3,000 to buy supplies for a soap-making business in her home, so she can support her family. I know there are fundraising pleas allllll the time. I'm not going to try to guilt you into supporting this one (although if you could take a minute and share the page on Facebook, Twitter, or elsewhere, that would be wonderful).  The soap is gorgeous and luscious in its own right, allergen-free and … [Read more...]

Seven quick, gratifying reads


--1-- Okay, so this is not exactly this but if you want to understand someone, it's always helpful to learn a bit about the culture they come from. From (huh!): 15 differences between a normal friend and an Argentinean friend. Cute.   --2-- A quick and insightful post from Clare Short, The Mantilla Blues, which is not really about veiling, per se, but about how we think we can hide from God by doing God stuff, and God is like, "Stop it, silly. I can see … [Read more...]

Jane Fonda’s Incomplete Workout

Look what I found! We used to drink $1 beers and play darts at Penuche's all night, then come back to campus and do this workout. Tried it this morning. Lasted 11 minutes. Hello, again, treadmill, which I can do while keeping and eye on the kids and reading Call of the Wild.  I think we understand each other. … [Read more...]

Why I will never be a real New Hampshire girl

browning decal black

I mean, besides that I'm not a girl. This car decal is cropping all over the place. I mean all over the place. Stop at any traffic light in the state and you will see it on at least three or four cars. It really bothered me, because it seemed to suggest some kind of infernally complicated tool, like a pair of Goth pliers modified for torture. It also suggested the legs of a dancer with a set of extra arms, tortuously morphing into . . . something else, I know not what, but nothing good.  Here … [Read more...]

At the Register: Great New Children’s Book about the Papacy (updated with link this time!)

our holy father book cover

Our Holy Father, the Pope:  The Papacy from Saint Peter to the Present would make a very good addition to the library of any Catholic child.  Quick review here. This week or next, I'll be doing a few more book reviews of some of the excellent children's books coming out of Ignatius/Magnificat.   … [Read more...]

I will be on Busted Halo’s Sirius XM radio show Friday at 3 Eastern

The Busted Halo Show on the Catholic Channel (channel 129) with Fr. Dave Dwyer. Hope you can catch it!   … [Read more...]