Netflix, Microsoft, and the Working Mom

Certainly Netflix and Microsoft are thinking of their bottom line, but they also seem to realize that their employees are people, not just cogs. Women (and men, of course) are capable of giving real attention both to work and to their children -- but work and children can both be done better if working moms feel less torn, less rushed, less guilty, and less like every aspect of her life is getting short shrift. These are not impossible goals. Women can't have it all, and neither can men. … [Read more...]

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My Dear Graduates

For some reason, nobody ever asks me to give the commencement address at their local high school or college. This despite the fact that I promised to wear pantyhose and everything, and to leave the bottle at home. Bunch of anti-Semites. Anyway, I’m not one to be bitter. I’m not going to let this snubbing gnaw away at me. I’m just going to go ahead and write that speech anyway, and print out several copies of it, and keep them in the diaper bag in the car, next to the Luger PO8 and the farewell n … [Read more...]

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But it’s not my job!

Any normal person, when faced with a heap of excrement like this, would go get the shovel and clean it up. Maybe they wouldn't be happy about it, but they would clean it up, because it is a pile of dog poop in the middle of the yard. Instead, I started listing all the things I had already gotten done that day, all the things I was still going to do, and I said, "No! It's not my job! I had enough things that are my job. Not gonna do it. Not. My. Job." Read the rest at the Register. *** image … [Read more...]

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St. Joseph the Window Washer

Happy feast of St. Joseph the Worker! I was a little confused (NOT THAT I'VE BEEN A CATHOLIC ALL MY LIFE OR ANYTHING) about the day. Didn't St. Joseph just have a day back in March?Yep, St. Joseph's feast day is March 19. St. Joseph the Worker is a separate feast day instituted by Pius XII in 1955, "apparently" (according to American Catholic) "in response to the 'May Day' celebrations for workers sponsored by Communists."I came across this enormously encouraging thought on Facebook, v … [Read more...]

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Working moms: what would help?

Children are good for society, fiscally and in every other way. Children who are well-cared for, who aren't forced to go to school sick or spend lots of time alone, and parents who aren't utterly exhausted and wracked with guilt at all times, make families who give stability and peace to society as a whole. So even if we're only looking out for our own self-interest, it's best for everyone when parents are given as much freedom and flexibility as possible to devote to their children. Children … [Read more...]

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At the Register: We All Need Re-Creation

At least some of our leisure time should be spent in recreation -- literally.And I need to re-read Leisure, the Basis of Culture by Josef  Pieper. I remember it being great, but I didn't remember enough to dare to make a reference to it in the Register post! … [Read more...]

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At the Register: The Catechesis of the Snow Shovel

As I muse on the lessons of shoveling snow, a distinct pattern emerges. … [Read more...]

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