Learning Fellowship from Mary

Before I picked up Denise Bossert's Gifts of the Visitation: Nine Spiritual Encounters with Mary and Elizabeth, I had run into a very short meditation on Mary's visit to Elizabeth on a friend's tumblr. the first christian and the first person to make a declaration of christian faiththe visitation is so important. 2 pregnant women, caring for each other, prophesying, acting radically on their faith in god’s power and intention to lift up the lowly, knowing their sons will do incredible thi … [Read more...]

Learning Math Adds Up to Good Citizenship

I've got a book review of David Smith's If: A Mind-Bending New Way of Looking at Big Ideas and Numbers in the latest issue of Social Studies and the Young Learner, and I figured it might be of particular interest to parents/friends of parents, but also of general interest to all of you who love math (or even those who have yet to succumb to her charms).  Here's an excerpt:What Adds Up to Citizenship? Smith makes numbers and statistics graspable, even by small children, by scaling them so th … [Read more...]

Terry Pratchett’s Morals and Magic [Radio Readings]

You can listen to “Fights in Good Faith,” my weekly radio program, streaming today at 5pm ET and tomorrow (Sun) at 1pm  I'll update this post when the episode is available to stream and download on demand. After Terry Pratchett passed away this week, I wanted to take some time to talk about how his Discworld books shaped my conscience. Every week, I put up a “Radio Readings” post, so you can track down the books, articles, and (this week) non-violent resistance movements that I cite on the show. … [Read more...]

Learning about Sainthood from Terry Pratchett #LittleAngelsReadUp

Terry Pratchett, author of the Discworld series, passed away today.  I'm encouraging other fans to celebrate his life and writing by giving a copy of one of his books to a friend and/or donating one to a school or library today.  I've made an image and hashtag to share below, if you'd like to join in.The first Pratchett I read was Small Gods (a standalone book in the Discworld series), which led me into the whole series.  My favorite characters to follow are Sam Vimes (of the Watch sub … [Read more...]

The Last 5 Years’s Primer on Loving Badly [Guest Post]

Monique Ocampo recently joined the Patheos Catholic channel and is also a big fan of The Last 5 Years.  In the guest post below, she discusses what she learned from Cathy and Jamie's relationship. Time is a big theme in “The Last Five Years.” The original stage production shows a large clock on the set. It’s shown in “The Schmuel Song,” symbolized by Jamie’s story and the watch he gives her. Throughout the musical, Jamie can only think of the present moment while Cathy can only t … [Read more...]

Reaching Out through Retold Stories [Radio Readings]

You can listen to “Fights in Good Faith,” my weekly radio program, streaming today at 5pm ET and tomorrow (Sun) at 1pm  The episode is now available to download/stream on demand.This week, Rosamund Hodge's Crimson Bound served as a jumping off point to talk about why I love reading retold stories.Every week, I put up a “Radio Readings” post, so you can track down the books, articles, and, (this week) fanfiction that I cite on the show. So, without further ado, here’s what I’m talking … [Read more...]

The Story of Shmuel and Tailoring Support [Guest Post]

This is a guest post by Ellery Weil on The Last 5 Years. I've included a video clip of a "Story of Shmuel" performance, but it's not the one Ellery is discussing.The Last Five Years is a story of love lost, or maybe love that was never really there. But more than that, it’s a story about the different shapes “support” can take, depending on the person who needs it, and how easy it is for people’s attempts to support each other to backfire without proper communication. One of the main issues p … [Read more...]


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