Everything I really need to know, I learned from screwing up horribly

Now taking bets on how long it will take for the first comment that says, "Cute column, but I think the last line got cut off." … [Read more...]

I always thought I wanted a big family, but . . .

(a little encouragement for new moms who are struggling.)Also, tonight I will be at Theology on Tap at 9:00 at Murphy's in Hanover, NH.  The topic will be "Forgiveness, Cell By Cell"  -- and I just realized that, by coincidence, this evening begins Yom Kippur, the day of atonement.   We won't be doing any penance, though, unless you count being out at a bar with a wild baby who gets even wilder when she's up past her bedtime. … [Read more...]

The reading room

Why I'm swearing off using the word "globularlike." … [Read more...]

Dealing with fear

Today's post has a few really basic ideas about how to turn down the heat on that constant simmering panic we can feel when the world just seems so awful.  But it doesn't really address what many adults deal with as their worst fear:  fear for the safety and well-being of people we love.  I hope I can get to that in a future post! … [Read more...]

Much ado about vocations

A couple of things that didn't make it into today's post about discerning vocations:One is that God doesn't just call you, one time, in passing, to do something.  When something is your vocation, you get called and called and called to do it, and it will be hard to ignore the call.Two is that you're not going to be called to do something you hate.  You may sometimes be frightened or uncomfortable with the idea, but there will always be something that appeals to you in your vocation; and once … [Read more...]

Theology on Tap!

On Tuesday, September 25th at 9:00, I'll be at Murphy's in Hanover, NH, for a widdle Theology on Tap.  I will be chatting about forgiveness -- what it is, what it ain't, how to get started, and maybe a little about what's holding you back.  I will not be yelling at anyone.  Probably my husband and baby Benny will be there, if you want to buy them a beer.  I would love to meet anyone who's going to be in the area!Oh, and I just got the latest issue of Catholic Digest, wherin you can find "34 P … [Read more...]

Who’s coming to dinner?

Definitely not Hannah Arendt.Raisinet? … [Read more...]