Seven Quick Takes: In Which Benny Meets Her Match

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  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 … [Read more...]

Seven quick, gratifying reads

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--1-- Okay, so this is not exactly this but if you want to understand someone, it's always helpful to learn a bit about the culture they come from. From Matadornetwork.com (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 … [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, … [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 … [Read more...]

7 Quick Takes: When I Was Little

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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 outfit I 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 … [Read more...]

Seven Qui–WOOF WOOF WOOF WOOF WOOF AM I SERIOUSLY THE ONLY ONE WHO REALIZES THERE IS A TRUCK GOING BY WOOF WOOF

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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 … [Read more...]

Seven Quick Takes: With all my crooked heart

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 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...]


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