Seven quick takes: Movies We’re Almost Ready To Watch

In our recent discussion about the dubious heroism of Columbus, Lincoln, and Joel Hodgson (well, somebody should have said Joel), The Jerk did his job as peacemaker, and poured soothing oils on the stormy waters of our dialogue by bringing up the subject of fluoridation. For readers who are not familiar with The Jerk, he is this guy who writes for my blog, and he is a jerk.  What's the matter, The Jerk -- sick and tired of having a friendly chat with strangers online about vaccines, maybe, … [Read more...]

Furry sibling rivalry

(image source) My kids fight sometimes.  Of course they do.  But I have long thought that well-meaning parents actually cause much of the sibling rivalry that worries them so.  Most parenting magazines, sooner or later, run an article for parents expecting baby #2, explaining how to guide the usurped older child through the horror and the devastation of bringing a new baby into the home. Now, I don't mean to be a pollyanna about what really happens.  Sometimes it's not pretty.  … [Read more...]

Pray to Edith Stein. It couldn’t hoit!

I don't know what my problem is, but I have a problem with novenas.  I guess I'm overly cautious about superstition -- maybe I've seen too many of those classified ads:  "Force the Sacred Heart of Jesus to grant your top wishes!"  I may be an idiot, but even I know better than to drag the Holy Spirit into a pyramid scheme. But seriously, I do understand the theology behind a novena.  You're just kind of proving to God that you really, really mean it, like the woman in Luke 18 who wouldn't … [Read more...]

Have you ever seen such cruelty?

I happened to pick up Isabelle Allende's Island Beneath the Sea, and now I'm sorry.  Okay, so the cover said it was "[t]he sweeping story of an unforgettable woman--a slave and a concubine determined to claim her own destiny against impossible odds."  So I was warned. In my defense, I didn't expect it to be great literature, and I assumed I'd have to skip some steamy parts (right-o).  But Allende's earlier novel, The House of the Spirits, was actually a good book -- not perfect, but … [Read more...]

Where’s Mama? Where’s Mama?

There she is!  Oh, um, sorry, I mean, please come see me in two other places today. Such a day!  I have a piece up at Faith and Family Live--an interview with Kathy Rivet, who has been teaching Creighton Model NFP for over 30 years. Kathy has also been my instructor for about eight years, so I can personally attest to the fact that she is a woman of supernatural patience and fortitude.  Come check out what she has to say about the changes she's seen in the world of NFP. And today The … [Read more...]