What Free Time Can Buy

Simcha Fisher has a great reflection on why she stopped homeschooling, and what she gained and lost when she sent her kids to school.  This is the loss that most stood out to me: We don’t get to choose how to spend our time. This is the one thing that makes me really miss home school. We don’t have much time or flexibility to do fun or important things together as a family, like go to museums or other cultural events, or celebrate religious feasts in a big way, or have long vacations, or have va … [Read more...]

7QT: Kabbalah Meet-Cutes, Substitute Mourners, and Vocational Opportunities

--- 1 --- The nice thing about being noisy about your hobbyhorses is that your friends wind up acting as your personal clipping service. That's how I heard about these three friends who have been living together for 50 years.“We thought we’d be there two or three years and somebody would get married or maybe buy a house by themselves,” says Sugg, who’s in her 80s. “But that just didn’t happen.” They all grew close to each other’s families — acting as doting aunts to various nieces and nephe … [Read more...]

Advice on Persisting in Prayer with the Caritas Podcast

Last week, I climbed the curbside snowbanks to meet up with the women of Caritas, a Catholic podcast, and the audio from our conversation on how to persist in prayer is up now!In the introductory segment, I talk a little about my college debate community, and I was back in New Haven for a reunion this weekend. So there was toasting, debating, singing, and, when my boyfriend and I happened to come across the Yale Freestyle Dueling Association, swordfighting.He's swinging … [Read more...]

Unfiltered isn’t the Same as Authentic

Given my love of the anti-entropic call to arms of Diane Duane's So You Want to be a Wizard, I guess I'm an easy mark for John Gardner's description of good art in On Moral Fiction: But trivial art has no meaning or value except in the shadow of more serious art, the kind of art that beats back the monsters and, if you will, makes the world safe for triviality. That art which tends toward destruction, the art of nihilists, cynics, and merdistes, is not properly art at all. Art is essentially s … [Read more...]

Conducting Surveys at the March for Life

Friday afternoon, I went out to the March for Life to survey the protesters for FiveThirtyEight, and you can read about who came and what kind of post-post-Roe world they envision here:The majority of the marchers weren’t protesting abortion simply as an abstract, political problem. Seventy-two percent of the people I surveyed told me that they knew someone personally who had had an abortion. A number of times, although I hadn’t asked for any more details, they told me their friends’ names … [Read more...]

My Recipes for Scruffy Hospitality

An Anglican priest in Knoxville, TN has a great exhortation to offer scruffy hospitality to friends, instead of keeping your doors closed until you can be a startlingly excellent host.Scruffy hospitality means you’re not waiting for everything in your house to be in order before you host and serve friends in your home. Scruffy hospitality means you hunger more for good conversation and serving a simple meal of what you have, not what you don’t have. Scruffy hospitality means you’re more inter … [Read more...]

Audio is up from my Building the Benedict Option talk in Boston

I had a wonderful time in Boston last week, talking about some of our Benedict Option efforts here in DC, and some of my starter kit ideas for beginning to build closer ties in your own community.  (The simplest one: serve one more snack at the end of events, to give people an excuse to linger and chat after a lecture or other structured event).The Church of the Advent has the audio from my talk up now!And they've got the Q&A, too, which is always my favorite part of a talk.  I wind u … [Read more...]


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