Seven Quick takes: Seven Really Good Books for Young Adults

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Wow, I haven't done a 7QT in forever! And I'm not actually doing one now. This post originally ran in 2010. I was inspired to rerun it when the The New Yorker printed this appreciation of A Canticle for Leibowitz . Enjoy, thou parents looking for some decent fiction for your older kids! *** Sorry this is so long.  I didn’t have time to write anything shorter. Seven Quick Takes:  Seven Really Good Books for Young AdultsWhen I was in high school, everything we read had to be about either the … [Read more...]

The American Catholic Almanac is meaty and fascinating

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If you're like me and most of my American Catholic friends, any combination of the words "American" and "Catholic" gives you the heebie jeebies. Either you're going to get one of those "Jesus was a republican, and food stamps are a mortal sin" tirades, or else we'll be treated to another learned treatise on how the one thing the Pope needs to do right now, IF he's really the Pope, is to pronounce anathema against people whose disgusting little irreverent offspring eat Cheerios during M … [Read more...]

What are you doing for catechism this year?

All right, YOU catechise this, if you're so smart.

For the older kids, in 7th, 8th, 10th, and 11th grades, I give up. Wait, no, that's not what I meant to say out loud. What I meant to say is that we haven't found either EDGE or LifeTeen to be a good match for our family, and every time I try to read something aloud to the kids, or do a pre-packaged curriculum with them, something happens to capsize the whole endeavor.  It's some combination of the kids being in three different schools, and me and my husband working four different jobs, and the … [Read more...]

At the Register: Maite Roche is a treasure

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   As a writer with children, I receive lots and lots of Catholic children's books, and nearly every time, I regretfully decline to review them, because I cannot deal with the way Mary and Jesus' faces are drawn. The best of them are blank and insipid, giving the impression that the Holy Family was dabbled in narcotics; and the worst are goony and pandering. Take it from me: transferring Spongebob's features onto a human body and slapping a halo on his head is not, in fact, … [Read more...]

I don’t always do obnoxious fist pumps

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. . . but when I do, it's because I got a good book review from a priest. Madonna House's Fr. Denis Lemieux, whose blog, Ten Thousand Places, you should be reading, had this to say about The Sinner's Guide to  Natural Family Planning: The meaning of chastity in marriage and the painful journey towards it is well treated, as is the delicate subject of discernment around the choice to have another child. The judmentalism that can sometimes pervade NFP circles is squarely and forthrightly c … [Read more...]

Life is too short for bad sex with a good husband.

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This is the greatest letter I’ve gotten in a million years. It’s from MightyMighty at Letters To Us. I’ve bolded the best lines. She mentions Greg Popcak’s excellent book Holy Sex, which I’ve been meaning to review for a long time; and also references the Real Catholic Love and Sex blog, which is full of good and honest discussions. Here’s the letter:I don't want to be a freaky fan girl, but would like to take a sec to tell you how awesome your book is. I read it during a loooooong period o … [Read more...]

Lard Will Keep Us Together; or Proof that Autism is Caused by Vatican II

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We all know that marriage rates are dropping, even here in New Hampshire. But do we know why?Science says . . . it's because of margarine. The less we eat, the less we stick together. Don't argue with me! It's science, with a chart and everything!Proof.If that's not enough sciencing for you for one day, feast your peepers on this science, which shows a clear correlation between the consumption of high fructose corn syrup and the amount of crude oil the US imports from … [Read more...]


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