Love Has Limits, Now?

In E. L. Doctorow's The Book of Daniel, a novel loosely based on trial and execution of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, the children of arrested spies are put into the unwilling keeping of a distant relative - a woman who accepts the responsibility and then stumps off, saying, "I'll do my best, but that's all!"Reading it as a teenager, that was my first exposure to the idea that people could choose to put limits on love.Of course, the idea has gained some traction, particularly in the past 4 … [Read more...]

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Receiving Communion at Age 6?

Horrible Little Girl on a Great Day, Age 6There is a question being bandied about, thanks to A Cardinal's Musings::Children today are maturing so quickly and are exposed to so many different influences that it might be time to consider allowing them to prepare for and receive their first Communion even before their 7th birthdays, said the head of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments."A child's first Communion is like the beginning of a journey with Jesus, in communion … [Read more...]

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Listen to Lizzie

I don't know why you should; no one else does, and I've admitted to God more than once he mustn't listen to me either.But if you find you want to, and you're in the Louisville, Kentucky area, I'll be once again talking to Mike Janocik at WLCR AM 1040 on this piece on marriage in a relativistic age, which I hope to write more about, anon.Also, if you missed it, Melissa Clouthier chatted it up on her radio show a couple of weeks ago; it wasn't the raucous and rambunctious time had by Melissa, … [Read more...]

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The View Before My Eyes

Last minute plans for a getaway, in the general vicinity of Colonial Williamsburg. We are fortunate that my husband had lots of travel points; needed the break.A fine pub, indeed! Took that picture with my phone. Came out well, didn't it?Happy Catholic has a really GREAT picture thoughBlogging will be sporadic! … [Read more...]

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Cough, cough

So, I thought I was much better and went about my normal routine.Now, I can't stop coughing and their is a green tinge to my world. Blogging will be light.But if you would like to get a sense of what I am doing, right now, go here for the rain, and then go here for the music.You'll thank me, and be glad.I will cough back at you, in return, and look woeful, until I have your pity. … [Read more...]

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Draw Mohammed? No, but…

I know today was declared, "Everybody Draw Mohammed Day" on the interwebz, but the notion stuck in my craw a little bit. I tend toward Ann Althouse's view:I don't like the in-your-face message that we don't care about what other people hold sacred. Back in the days of the "Piss Christ" controversy, I wouldn't have supported an "Everybody Dunk a Crucifix in a Jar of Urine Day" to protest censorship. Dunking a crucifix in a jar of urine is something I have a perfect right to do, but it would … [Read more...]

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My Biggest Fan

Few people in my family (and almost none of my friends) read my blog; I don't mind it - people are busy, after all, and I'm not that interesting, anyway.But every once in a while, I'll send my husband a link to something I've written, because I think he'll enjoy it.Today I sent him this piece about the wussification of the workplace.He said "I thought it was well-written, but are you veering off, now, into other subjects? I thought you just wrote about politics and religion. And … [Read more...]

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Asking the Age-Old Question -UPDATE

Reader Brian J, who has supplied this site with mock movie posters and fun graphics (always surprising me; I don't think I've ever asked him to do any of it for me) has expanded his repertoire to include flash animation.My first video! Such a star, I am!And in answer to the age-old question, I guess . . . a chamber pot?Must have been ugly outside the window.Thanks, Brian!UPDATE: To those who can't make it out, the last line is "freaky." Which I certainly am, so...there you go. … [Read more...]

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Re-recorded the "Treasury" Podcasts

Because the originals seemed to be set at too low a volume, I just got done re-recording all of the podcasts for the Treasury of Catholic Prayers.So, for those who complained (and who did not), please re-download what you like. I have added a few more prayers, and completely re-recorded the Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, because the first one included me gassing away interminably about I-forget-what. Now you can have just the prayer, without the rest.Oh, and I also recorded The … [Read more...]

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The best thing about being a writer…UPDATED

...it gives you an excuse to have a pretty notebook like this one in your purse:Then you can fill your notebook with all sorts of things you want to remember. Train schedules, addresses and phone numbers that you need all the time but simply can't remember. Random thoughts. Snippets of conversations you want to think more about. Bad poems written by yourself; better poems written by others. Quick little prayers. Things you have observed around you and pondered, and will want to revisit … [Read more...]

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