Welcome, baby! 12 gifts that new moms want the most

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New baby gifts! Fun to receive, fun to give, almost impossible to get wrong.The only truly unwelcome baby present I've ever gotten was tucked into the bottom of a "welcome, new baby!" basket from my church: it was a pamphlet titled something like, "So, Hear Me Out, Now. There's This Thing Called NFP That You Might Maybe Want to Try. . . ". And yes, this was after I had literally written the book on NFP.I really can't complain, though. I'm horrible about giving baby gifts, myself. I … [Read more...]

Happy two weeks, baby Corrie!

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Two weeks old!Here is Corrie having a little snuggle and a big yawn: A moment of deep thought: and a little bit of friendly hazing: Listening very carefully to everything I say: And a schnoogly woogly woogly nap: Oh, those baby lips! Oh, those hairy werewolf ears! Here we decided to see who could do the best Corrie face. Entry 1 (The Seeker After Truth): Entry … [Read more...]

Dead Dog Trumps Catholic Authors; Gets Donuts


In today's Shine, Perishing Republic! news:Image books isn't going to be taking on any new authors.Image Books, the Catholic-interest imprint of Crown’s Christian Publishing Group, will cease acquiring new titles, the company announced March 9. In a statement, Tina Constable, senior v-p and publisher of Christian Publishing, said, “After careful review, we have decided to focus our resources and creative energies to continue to maintain and nurture the deep Image backlist…..we have made t … [Read more...]

I chose . . . poorly.


As he mopped up something unspeakable, my husband remarked that shredded wheat might not have been the breakfast for a kid with the stomach flu. I actually think it could have been a lot worse. Anything with red dye #40 in it, for instance. Anything with beef. Anything with corn. Or, what one of the other little pukers ate, and then quietly deposited in the middle of our bed: hard boiled eggs, unchewed. Quem deus vult perdere, dementat prius! Which, if I remember my Latin, roughly translates to, … [Read more...]

“Well, excuse me if I care more about innocent babies than criminals!”

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Catholics who are in dissent from the Church  -- those who reject Church teaching on contraception, or male priesthood, or whatever -- often say that the Church is right about everything else, but regrettably wrong about this one issue.And those of us who are not in dissent respond incredulously, "How could that be? How could the Church be right about the resurrection, and transubstantiation, and eternal life, but wrong about this one issue? How do you even swallow that idea?"But it's just … [Read more...]

Four major Catholic journals: End the death penalty


I used to favor the death penalty. It feels right, bracing, and perfectly just. When people commit intolerable crimes, they should be removed from society, cleanly and permanently. It just feels right.But as civilized people, the powers we grant to the state must be based on facts, not on feelings. Here are the facts about the death penalty in the United States:It does not decrease crime. It does not bring closure to the families of victims. It is not the only way, in this country, … [Read more...]

Happy one week old!

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Dear Corrie slept last night. Not all the way through, but enough that I don't have clear memories of what happened last night, which is a very good thing! Here are a few views of the little lady at one week old:   Happy birthday week, sweet Corrie! We're so glad you're here. … [Read more...]