Poetry-ize your house for the summer

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Behold my triumph in a stealth supplemental classical education!  My nine-year-old son, the one affectionately known as "Rat Boy," came up to me and said, "I really liked that thing you put up, the one about the cows and everything."  He meant the great G. M. Hopkins poem "Pied Beauty," which I had printed out, matted on construction paper, and tacked over his gerbil's tank without comment. He and his siblings certainly did not want to memorize poems when we were homeschooling!  Boy, did they no … [Read more...]

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The Stupids Get On Board the Potty Train

This is the advantage of having ten children. I don't even think, "This doesn't bother me, because I know I have good reasons for doing things the way I do them." I just think, "Yep, I'm a bad parent. Oh well. Hey, maybe she'll give me some of her candy!"

Sorry for the bloggy silence lately! Lots of writing deadlines coming up (if you could spare a prayer I do a good job, I'd appreciate it very much!), plus birthday parties, doctor appointments, potty training, and July 4th (which we're having at our house, and which is bringing out the Marney in me).Maybe you're wondering where I was on Monday, during my radio spot with Mark Shea. Well, I was lying down, because I forgot it was Monday. Sorry. It wasn't because I didn't feel like talking … [Read more...]

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Because I said I would: Nope, the CDF has not ruled Medjugorje non-supernatural

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So the Italian media was wrong!  Dun dun dunnnnn. I said I would acknowledge it if yesterday's report turned out not to be true, so here I is. According to an interview in the Register with Father Ciro Benedettini in the Vatican Press OfficeThe Vatican said Friday that contrary to reports in Italian media, no decision has been made regarding certain doctrinal and disciplinary aspects of alleged Marian apparitions at Medjugorje. The CDF is slated review a report made after three years of inv … [Read more...]

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Will the Catholic Church be hurt by the Supreme Court’s ruling on gay marriage?

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Hats off to everyone who was surprised by today's Supreme Court ruling that states cannot constitutionally ban gay marriage. Hats off for your optimism and your faith in the judicial branch!Those of us with a more jaded view knew that this ruling was inevitable, and that the seeds for this decision were sown decades ago, when contraception and no fault divorce became the norm.  If marriage is just a financial and emotional arrangement to make adults happy, why not gay marriage? If marriage is … [Read more...]

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Knock knock! Who’s there? A Catholic.

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As an evangelist, I'm laboring under a triple whammy: I'm a New Englander, I'm shy, and I'm a Catholic. (Also I was in my pajamas, but so is half the country.) All three together mean that I'm entirely focused on closing the door as quickly as I can and getting back to my comfortable, private living room. I have almost zero inclination to tell a stranger, "Hey, have you heard about this magnificent truth which will transform you life? Let me tell you .  .  ." But that is what the Pope (and all t … [Read more...]

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Italian journalists: CDF says Medjugorje is not supernatural

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 Catholic World News says (emphasis  mine): According to several Italian journalists—notably Vatican-watch Gianluca Barile—the CDF agreed with [a special papal] commission’s finding that there is no evidence of supernatural activity at Medjugorje. The only direct news reports about the CDF's findings I can find so far are in Italian, so we will have to wait for more details. So far, nothing I've read surprises me.If these initial reports are true, the next step is for Pope Francis … [Read more...]

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Make homemade vanilla extract now for Christmas gifts!

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Last year, we gave a bunch of people homemade vanilla extract for Christmas. Was it appreciated? I have no idea. But we kept a bunch for ourselves, and it is wonderful. Here's our current personal stash:It was quite cheap, and you can really taste the difference in recipes over store bought vanilla extract. (The boys also add a bit to their mice's drinking water a few times a month, to make them stink a bit less. In theory.)Best of all, it's SUPER EASY. The only hard part is thinking … [Read more...]

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