Streaming Suggestion: “The Rescuers Down Under”

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Today, I’m going to do something brave. Or, perhaps, something foolish. I’m going to tell everyone what my favorite animated Disney film is. Even though past instances of this bravery (or is it foolishness?) have produced any and/or all of the following responses: stunned disbelief; righteous anger; awkward silence; unmitigated guffaws; derision; pity; thinly-veiled outrage; or the worst response of all, nothing. [Read More...]

Gender Specificity and the Wonders of Brotherhood

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In the first 14+ years of the Susanka Horde’s adventurous existence, we have had little-to-no use for feminine pronouns. That’s not a misogynistic tendency (I hope); it’s just a practical fact. My wife is “Mama” to the boys and “Sarah” to me. Never “She.” Likewise, the various other feminine influences in/on the boys’ lives have nearly always been discussed [Read More...]

A Scarry Podcast Experience; Richard, That Is

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A few weeks ago, I was listening to a podcast — the particular podcast in question shall remain nameless in an effort to protect the innocent but *cough, cough* PCHH — and one of the show’s contributors brought up Richard Scarry. And then had to explain who he was to her audience, because they (apparently) had [Read More...]

What Life in Small-Town America Looks Like to Me

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My wife and I are still in the “giddy with excitement” stage. …a stage which is pretty much indistinguishable from the “really not getting anywhere near enough sleep from now until forever or at least 2030″ stage, come to think of it. So I guess I’m not entirely sure what stage we’re in at the moment. It [Read More...]

Putting a Dramatic End to the Susanka Streak

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From my wife, shortly after 8:30PM last night: For unto us a child is born; unto us a … …wait. What? Yep, that’s right. Something fundamentally new and different has happened. Happily (if tiredly), I introduce the newest member of the Susanka family, Phoebe Lenor. Notice that I say her presence is different, not that it’s surprising. [Read More...]

Stay Tuned

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10 Things That Tell You There’s An Architect In The House

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A long-time friend (and classically-trained architect) spent a few days with us this past week, adding his trio of boys to the Already-Intimidating Susanka Pack. With the exception of the now-infamous Stomach Bug Incident, a good time was had by all, and I was sorry to see him go. In other (and doubtless unrelated) news, this impressive [Read More...]

Raising Meatatarians (Mostly)

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During our most-recent vacation/cross-country trek/annual ordeal, I stumbled across an interesting (if hilariously unanticipated) side-effect of my sons’ speedy consumption of the latest and now-troubled season of “The Legend of Korra.” When we travel, we tend to stop at McDonald’s for meals. Fast food is a rarity for us, so it always feels like a bit of [Read More...]

Summa Shorts: “Mickey’s Trailer”

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Having just completed our mostly-annual family “vacation” with roughly the same number of boys we had when we departed a couple of weeks ago, I’m putting this one firmly in the “Success” column. (Low bar, perhaps? Yeah, but an important one.) Besides, I now know that Nathan (Son Number Seven) is a huge, HUGE fan [Read More...]

Pondering October’s Synod: “Where Have the Men Gone?”

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“Where have the actors gone? The play has ended; the curtains drawn. There’s no applauding now, no cheering crowd; No autographs, no curtain calls; An empty stage, a silent hall.” Morten Lauridsen I suppose it’s not surprising that I jumped so eagerly at the question when Elizabeth first proposed it as a topic for our symposium [Read More...]


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