The hardest part of being a woman

When I was a zygote, I was female. I was as feminine then as I am today at age 40. When I do something -- anything at all -- I do it as a woman. There is no such thing as me doing something like a man. I'm just me, doing things, and I'm a woman. I'm just me, feeling things. I'm just me, acting and thinking and feeling and behaving like me. And I am a woman. It sounds stupid because it's stupidly simple; and it's so stupidly simple that most people don't want to hear it. This nutty "you are … [Read more...]

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How fancy are we?

We're so fancy, our leather couch has built-in cup holders for my evening wine. How fancy are you?  … [Read more...]

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Should we smile, smile, smile?

What's the difference between feigned joy that cult members are required to display, and a suffering saint's determination to smile at everyone she meets; and what does it have to do with the awful client with the beautiful blue eyes?Read the rest at the Register.***image: By Robert Pérez Palou (http://www.robertperezpalou.com/) [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons … [Read more...]

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Pretend you’re Starbucks.

So far, I have met zero Christians who are mad at Starbucks. My Facebook feed has, however, been overrun by Christians who don't care what Starbucks puts on its cups, and are embarrassed by the few noisy meat heads who say they feel persecuted by having to drink their $11 lattes out of a red cup rather than a red cup with a light red reindeer on it.Which leads me to believe that this is one of those Big Fat Nothing stories, and the more noise we make about denouncing it, the closer to … [Read more...]

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What’s for supper? Vol. 11: Here comes the quiche, doot-n-doo-doot

SATURDAY CANDY HAM and CHEESE CANDY CANDYCANDY Halloween was Saturday, you'll recall! No sense in making dinner when there's trick-or-treating to get done. They had some cheese sticks or something before they left, then got home and ate their way through a mountain of candy. After a few hours of this, I offered them ham and cheese. A few of them declined; a few didn't even bother to respond; and a few behaved as if it was the food of the gods, because it was so refreshingly … [Read more...]

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Thanks, Mom.

Does she cook and clean for us and do our laundry? Oh, yes, she does. She feeds us with grace, with the Word of God, and with Eucharist, and she invites us to throw our smelly old sins down the chute and -- okay, here the analogy breaks down. I guess she washes, dries, and folds our consciences for us, and leaves them in a tidy stack on our bed? She bustles around, caring for our needs, even anticipating our needs, telling us what we need and making sure we have plenty of opportunities to take ad … [Read more...]

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Robin’s Handmade Goatmilk Soap! 18 new varieties

You've heard me sing the praises of my friend Robin's handmade soap. Her Etsy shop is now open for November, and has listed a whopping eighteen new soaps -- many molded into lovely designs.Robin's soaps are just beautiful -- especially the multi-colored bars. They are like little works of art.They smell wonderful, they are creamy and lush, and they last much longer than any soap I've ever used. The ingredients are great for people with sensitive skin.I have my favorites (I'm p … [Read more...]

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