Seven Quick takes: Seven Really Good Books for Young Adults


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...]

Seven Quick Takes: In Which Benny Meets Her Match

beluga whale

 And we’re home from camping!  Or, "camping." Whatever, you tent-loving masochists. It was rustic enough for me. Nobody fell in the fire, nobody got permanently lost, nobody drowned, nobody got carried off by wildlife, we didn’t need to test whether our insurance covered out-of-state ER visits, and nobody even pulled anybody’s hair until we were – get this – two minutes away from reaching home. We managed to stretch a three-hour road trip into five hours, but we made it.And guess wha … [Read more...]

Seven quick, gratifying reads


--1-- Okay, so thisis not exactly thisbut if you want to understand someone, it's always helpful to learn a bit about the culture they come from. From (huh!): 15 differences between a normal friend and an Argentinean friend. Cute.  --2-- A quick and insightful post from Clare Short, The Mantilla Blues, which is not really about veiling, per se, but about how we think we can hide from God by doing God stuff, and God is like, "Stop it, silly. I can see y … [Read more...]

Seven Quick Reasons the author of SGNFP is one classy dame

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--1-- When I first submitted the ebook manuscript to Amazon, I got this message: The book “The Sinner's Guide to Natural Family Planning” you recently submitted to KDP has possible spelling errors in your converted file. Consider correcting these and resubmitting.Here are the errors we recommend you address by correcting your manuscript:judgey providentialism caritas intercoursal coitalicious  That advice, I did not take.  --2-- If you order it new, full price, from Amaz … [Read more...]

Seven Quick Takes: Tab Dump

WordPress is being extra special today and won't let me upload any images, so you will just have to imagine that peppy yellow 7 Quick Takes logo here. When I banned reading at the table, my kids used to do dramatic readings of condiment labels.  The mustard was the best.Sadly, the length of a mustard label is about as long as I am able to sustain my attention while I'm reading, lately.  If you have but attention the size of a mustard label, then that is not very good.  It means t … [Read more...]

7 Quick Takes: When I Was Little


Just for fun, let's go way, way back to early childhood-- say, age five and under.  For reference, I was born in 1974.  Here's what I remember: 1.  My favorite outfitI had a dress that was white on the top and knit plaid on the bottom.  It had a breast pocket that was clear plastic so you could see a picture of a lion inside.  It was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen in my life.  Actually, I'm sure it was hideous and unbearably tacky, but I remember wearing it to Mass, which means my … [Read more...]


lucy and boomer

Well, dog #2 is home with the Fishers.  As I write, Boomer is happy and contented, hasn't ripped anyone's throat out, dashed in front of an oncoming truck, or swallowed the dining room whole.  He is just placidly trundling around the house, mildly observing the kids as they hurl their bodies at him.  He is a one-year-old brindle English Mastiff, and was raised with three little kids and another English Mastiff.  His dog pal was older and died, and that's why he needed a new home: he was just lon … [Read more...]