Kids and the occult: what’s your policy?

ouija board

In my post for the Register about the Black Mass that will be reenacted at Harvard, I included this paragraph: Satan is real, and he is not fussy. He doesn't care if you are kidding or not when you call him by name. This is why I tell my kids to stay far, far away from participating in anything occult -- ouija boards, tarot cards, etc. -- even if it's just a game.  An invitation is an invitation, and Satan doesn't stand on manners. You may not see Exorcist-style special effects when the … [Read more...]

Seven Quick Takes: With all my crooked heart


 SEVEN QUICK TAKES! (It won't let me load up the image for some reason.)   This week has been an experiment to see whether two rather sedentary adults can accomplish the work of five strong men, sleeping an average of four non-consecutive hours per night, and sustained by little more than beer, deli ham, and Laffy Taffy: (Oh, so the answer is:  "Yes, but unnnnnghhhhhhhh.") So here are seven things I never got around to blogging about: --1-- Maybe someday, if we need a house, … [Read more...]

At the Register: Should Catholics support UNICEF?


  Absolutely not.  Here are a few reasons why. And for goodness' sake, if a cute little Spiderman or vampire shows up on your porch with an orange UNICEF box, don't harangue the poor kid.  Just say, "No, thanks, we support better charities."     … [Read more...]

Self-explanatory Halloween party treats that you can totally do

halloween mouths

Now that I posted about Lou Reed, I feel a little more comfortable slipping into mommy blog territory for a minute.  I just signed up to bring treats for my kid's Halloween party.  I actually love doing things like this, but I know I'm going to be busy this week.  If you're making Halloween treats, here are a few possibilities for projects that you can figure out how to do without reading the directions: A few years ago, I made these: and achieved the holy grail of internet-inspired … [Read more...]

Twofer Costumes for the Conflicted Catholic Family


(This post originally ran at the Register on October 25, 2011)                             ______________ I really don’t want to talk about Halloween. I don't think I'll manage to prepare anything spectacular (read: anything) to celebrate All Saints’ Day this year. I do, however, want to immerse my children in the richness of the liturgical year. I don’t, however, have the energy to come up with any contorted logic about how dressing up as a zombie with … [Read more...]

Thursday Throwback: Is Nothing Profane?

This post originally ran about three years ago.  This year, our house will be launching the following into an unsuspecting world:  Harry Potter, Aphrodite, a cat, the grim reaper, a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle,  a Pink Mummy Ghost (this is a costume which started off weird and gets more confusing each year), Ming Ming, and a confused and angry baby. You can see by the preponderance of trademarked characters that, in the three years since I wrote this piece, my give-a-damn has … [Read more...]

You can’t be any poorer than dead – UPDATED

Trick-or-treaters might be coming around with UNICEF donation boxes.  Don't give 'em a dime -- UNICEF pushes for abortion and sterilization as part of its efforts to improve the lives of women and children.  Beyond the immediate irony of that idea, it's not even good policy.  According to (emphasis mine): Pro-family UN watchers are concerned that [UNICEF'S] disproportionate focus on unsafe abortion, based upon questionable maternal mortality figures, detracts from … [Read more...]