On Valentine’s day, communication, and not getting kicked in the nuts

Here lies Doug, the perfect husband

 This year, I revealed to my husband that I actually kind of like Valentine’s Day.  This is despite all the times I told him that I hated it, it’s lame and stupid, and a made-up, over-commercialized saccharine-fest invented by Hallmark and Big Floral.   For fourteen years, the poor man has been wondering why, every February 14, I would say I wasn’t mad at him, while I was clearly mad at him.I was mad, you see, because everyone else was getting flowers and riding in heart-shaped hot a … [Read more...]

Autographed books for Valentine’s Day: UPDATED

book set valentines day

UPDATE: Thanks for the orders, folks! Leaning Into Love is sold out (from my stash, I mean; you can still order from OSV,  naturally!). I still have a few copies of The Sinner's Guide to Natural Family Planning left. To receive an autographed copy for Valentine's Day, YOU MUST ORDER TODAY OR SATURDAY the 7th BEFORE 11 EASTERN. I will still accept orders after that time, but I cannot guarantee they will get to you by the 14th. **** I’m not going to tell you to get your wife a book or two for Va … [Read more...]

10 Things I Had Mercifully Forgotten About the Third Trimester of Pregnancy


 1. You may know where the baby is going to come out, but your joints aren't sure. So they alllllll relax, all over your body, just in case you need to prepare for, for instance, a mandibular delivery. On the up side, the spectacle of you trying to get out of a car with your useless, floppy puppet legs is hilarious, and will win you many admirers. Among jerks.2. Doesn't matter if it's a penny, a pork chop, or the last existing original copy of the Declaration of Independence wrapped … [Read more...]

Over and over again


Pro-lifers routinely refer to "the miracle of life," a phrase which isn't really technically accurate.  A miracle is, strictly theologically speaking, an event which wouldn't happen ordinarily in nature.  It's something which only happens because of the special intervention of God. If you're going to look at sheer numbers, it's hard to imagine anything less miraculous, or more ordinary and natural than the conception of a child.  It's something that's happened billions of times, often without an … [Read more...]

If you watch garbage, you will get dirty.


We are in denial about how vulnerable our hearts really are. Watching brutality makes us brutal. Torturing our emotions inevitably makes torture seem more normal, not less.Read the rest at the Register.image via Bing … [Read more...]

So Benedict was the pinko who green lighted Oscar Romero cause


According to the AP (bold type is my addition): The monsignor who spearheaded the saint-making process for El Salvador's slain Archbishop Oscar Romero said Wednesday it was Pope Benedict XVI— and not Pope Francis — who removed the final hurdle in the tortured, 35-year process.Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia told reporters Benedict "gave the green light." Speaking a day after Francis declared that Romero died as a martyr for the faith, Paglia said Romero's beatification would likely be within a fe … [Read more...]

Dealing with busybodies: some practical tips


For a sociable or tender-hearted person, just saying, "None of your business. Buzz off!" isn't a real option. So how do we handle busybodies with grace, tact, and peace of mind?Read the rest at the Register. image "Morning Gossip NOLA" by Arnold Genthe - Photograph by Arnold Genthe via Library of Congress website [1]. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons -  … [Read more...]