Rogue Laughter in a Flippant Society

Whether you call it a defect in our understanding of tragedy, or a defect in our understanding of comedy, it amounts to the same thing, because a society that avoids tragedy is a society that does not understand comedy -- and so it has no idea when to laugh and when to cry.Read the rest at the Register. ***image via Pixabay … [Read more...]

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Up from Unity Candles

My marriage is now an adult! It's eighteen years old as of yesterday.Here's a piece I wrote back in 2011, wherein I recount some of the ridiculous things that happened during our wedding ceremony, and how little they mattered. *** Here is a nice little explanation of what a Catholic wedding looks like, compared to what you might see on TV. No one “gives the bride away,” for instance, because a valid marriage requires that the bride and groom freely give themselves. Likewise, the priest … [Read more...]

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I just figured out why it was called “The Synod on the Family.”

 I just figured out the entire Synod. Or at least, I figured out something about it! Maybe everyone else already knows this, and I'm just slow, but it kind of blew my mind.My husband and I were talking about people in really rotten marital situations -- say, a Catholic man in a valid marriage to a woman who reacted badly to the trials of life, and turned into a horrible person. When she began to abuse the kids, they got a civil divorce, and he found someone else, and they're really i … [Read more...]

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Florida grapefruits and oranges for sale! Support my kids’ wonderful school

As you may know, my younger kids attend an excellent rural charter school. We love it to pieces, but are horrible slackers when it comes to fundraising and volunteering. Can you help us? We're selling lovely, juicy Florida citrus fruits, shipped to you the same day they're picked.It's a very small school, so even a few extra orders makes a noticeable difference in my kids' classrooms. In NH, charter schools recently won a legislative victory, and our school will be getting more funding s … [Read more...]

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What’s for supper? Vol. 9: Tortellini Entropy and Bread Machine Challah

My mother used to eat leftovers for lunch, and sometimes for breakfast. Her method was to take whatever she could find, put it in a pot, douse it with the salsa that she bought by the half-gallon, and stir until it was all hot and horrible. You may think that she did this just so she wouldn't have to share it with her eight locust children, but she actually liked it that way!  Although there is that disconcerting thing that happens to you when you've been a mother for a while, when you honestly c … [Read more...]

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I’m reading, I’m watching, I’m listening to . . .

I'm reading . . . Havana Bay by Martin Cruz Smith.  Fourth in the Arkady Renko series that began with the brilliant Gorky Park, about which I said this: Maybe because it was so popular when it came out, or maybe because the author’s name is so snazzy, I somehow assumed that it was a trashy beach book, or some kind of dated, two-bit thriller.  Boy, was I wrong.  This is the real deal — real literature, a genuinely great novel.  Almost Dostoevskian at times.The characters are so re … [Read more...]

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Who’s your monster?

What do we tell ourselves, when we see the zombies coming for us? That society has already collapsed, so there's no sense in trying to go out and rebuild or save anyone. That the only sensible plan is to cut ourselves off, to build a ball, to hunker down, to dig in. They're not real people anymore anyway, so let them tear each other apart. Save yourselves. Tell me that doesn't sound familiar. Tell me it doesn't mean anything. Read the rest at the Register. … [Read more...]

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