Oy gevalt, here’s some spiritual reading

I'm tuckered out from liveblogging last night's debate for work, so no quick takes this week. Instead, I'd like to send you over to Catherine Addington's tumblr for an excellent reflection on the Transfiguration.  Here's the part that really struck me. (The quoted bit is from St. Francis de Sales, the next bit is from Catherine).Let me remark first of all that in eternal felicity we will know each other, since in this little spark of it which the Savior gave to His Apostles He willed that … [Read more...]

Pinning down *which* error is made in this adultery advice

I love reading Mallory Ortberg at The Toast, and, while I was reading through her chat with Longreads on her favorite advice columns, I wound up reading this response by Ijeoma Oluo to an advice seeker wondering if she was obliged to not be "the other woman" out of solidarity for the wife of the man who wanted to sleep with her. Here's part of Oluo's reply: You are your own person all the time, and you are solely responsible for your decisions. Does this mean that a woman shouldn’t feel bad if s … [Read more...]

7QT: Horror, Lamentation, and Email Management

--- 1 --- I don't remember whether I've mentioned here that I like using Boomerang to manage my email.  I can write emails ahead of time and have boomerang send them later or schedule an email to turn up in my inbox right when I need it (say, a half hour before the meeting it pertains to).  It makes it a lot better to (try to) do Inbox Zero.And Boomerang just sent me a little year in review email, which included a nifty visualization of when I wrote emails vs when I asked Boomerang to de … [Read more...]

Letting Go of the Goal of a Hardcore Lent

I'm at Aleteia today to talk about picking small sacrifices for Lent, and staying open to unplanned, unanticipated disciplines (all of which is hard for me as a big scheduler and organizer!).  Here's an excerpt:I wanted to find something to give up, or some rule to follow, because as a (still fairly new!) convert, I can have a tendency to feel somewhat unsettled in the faith. Sometimes it’s a long stretch from Sunday to Sunday, and even though I’m keeping up with some daily prayers, it feels … [Read more...]

Finding Ways to Let Lent Interrupt

It's been a week since Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent, and, if you notice you're having a little trouble remembering that it's Lent (aside from the different colors at church), you might want to take a look through Eve Tushnet's Lent A-Z to see if any of her thoughts are fruitful for you.  Here are two of her comments that I particularly liked:R is for Ridiculous. Sometimes Lent makes you look ridiculous. That’s wholesome. Or you feel ridiculous because you can’t even give up some tr … [Read more...]

On Beyond Valentine’s Day!

I've got two great essays to share now that Valentine's Day is over, and you have to go on muddling through how to offer and receive love without quite so much guidance from Hallmark.  First up, in First Things, Alexi Sargeant has a great piece on dating and courtship, and the kind of deliberate work couples need to do to keep dating focused on its proper end: discernment. An overwhelming amount of the media we consume (from romantic films to television sitcoms) suggests that couples work out t … [Read more...]

My Statistician’s Guide to Valentine’s Day

I've written two pieces at FiveThirtyEight that may be of interest to those of you celebrating Valentine's Day this weekend.  First up:  The Cheapskate’s Guide To Buying Flowers For Valentine’s DayIf you bought your roses on Feb. 10 and took good care of them, you might still have a bouquet to bestow on Feb. 14. (But you’d need a good explanation for why they wilted a day or two later.) You could eke a little more life out of the roses by keeping them in something other than tap wa … [Read more...]


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