At the Register: A New (Old) Way to Apologize

The teacher started scheduling weekly "clean-ups."Students relished in the opportunity to admit wrongdoing, share intent to change, and restore friendships. It was a beautiful, beautiful thing. They walked out stiff and uneasy, and returned with bright smiles on their faces.Sound familiar? Read the rest at the Register. … [Read more...]

What would Balzac say?

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Here's a titillating story: [W]hen the social-media specialist for a private Provo-based English language learning center wrote a blog explaining homophones, he was let go for creating the perception that the school promoted a gay agenda. Tim Torkildson says after he wrote the blog on the website of his employer, Nomen Global Language Center, his boss and Nomen owner Clarke Woodger, called him into his office and told him he was fired. As Torkildson tells it, Woodger said he could not trust h … [Read more...]

At the Register: Chemo While Pregnant? L’Chaim!

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Pregnant women have been successfully treating their cancer in the second and third trimesters without harming their babies for over twenty years -- and yet this fact is far from common knowledge.  When we hear that a woman has cancer while pregnant, the first thought that comes to mind is that she has a horrible choice to make. Why is this? Read the rest at the Register.  … [Read more...]

I’m so proud/horrified (#13 is my favorite)

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The other day, this appeared on the bathroom door:  It was written by my 12-year-old son, who is both very twelve, and very much my son.Can't quite make it out? You can either walk away in blissful ignorance, or you can read on, and prepare yourself for the next generation of Fishers. Here is what it says:  RULES FOR POOPING IN A STAIN-FREE MANNER1. Open bathroom door and (using feet) walk in.2. Close and lock bathroom door.3. Walk to sink, … [Read more...]

At the Register: Prayer doesn’t make things happen

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 I agree, sort of. We don't pray for a cure for cancer and find a vial full of miraculous medicine on the table. We don't pray to reach the moon on Christmas Eve and find a functional rocket ship waiting under the tree in the morning. Praying doesn't make things happen. Praying makes things possible. Read the rest at the Register.  … [Read more...]

Little kids, big fair, no tears

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(This post originally ran in 2010. We're planning on hitting the fair this week, so I thought I'd rerun it. I'm enjoying the old pictures of my kids, all shorter and chubbier, and my husband hairier!)The fair!  Who doesn’t love the fair?    I'm talking about a country fair, with sheep and cows and pigs and rabbits, and horses pulling stuff, quilts and strawberry preserves and giant gourds on display, and a giant carnival with flashing lights, grinding gears, ho … [Read more...]

Review of SGNFP in the Catholic Herald UK

Wow, I didn't even know they translated my book into British.  Heh heh.But seriously, Francis Phillips has done a lovely review and musing about Humanae Vitae. An excerpt:Simcha Fisher calls her book the “Sinner’s Guide” because she starts with the premise that we are all flawed creatures and that God (and the Church) has not made a mistake in reminding us that love and the transmission of life cannot be separated. As she puts it towards the end of this slim book (only 124 pages; it can b … [Read more...]


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