I’ve Written a Book!

arriving at amen cover

I'm really pleased to announce that this coming May, I'll be publishing my first book with Ave Maria Press!It's now available to pre-order on Amazon (in print, kindle will come later) and I've built a snazzy website to answer all your questions about the book.(Including questions you may not realize you had like "Which Shakespeare plays, exactly, wind up quoted in the text of your book?  And which Pratchett?") But, back to the main substance of the book... here's how I'd … [Read more...]

$615 Raised in our Vaccination/Donation Drive!

franchise and flu

I went and got my own flu shot yesterday, and then came home to do the final tally of how many flu shots you, and your children, and your chief whips all got as part of our donations-for-vaccinations drive.In the final analysis, one hundred twenty three of you went out to get your shot or nasal mist, to foil the spread of the flu virus!Building up herd immunity (and avoiding getting sick yourself) is really its own reward, but since you all logged your shots as part of a donation d … [Read more...]

Being Tutored by the Expectation of Elders [Pope Francis Bookclub]


In 2014, I’m reading and blogging through Pope Francis/Cardinal Bergoglio’s Open Mind, Faithful Heart: Reflections on Following Jesus.  Every Monday, I’ll be writing about the next meditation in the book, so you’re welcome to peruse them all and/or read along.When I read this week's selection from Open Mind, Faithful Heart: Reflections on Following Jesus, I was particularly struck by the way Pope Francis makes a connection between Simeon's age and his prophetic role.  Pope Francis writes: … [Read more...]

Here’s what I was beeminding this winter/spring


It took a lot of time in coffeeshops to get that line filled out.And it will be my pleasure to show you what all those points added up to tomorrow morning. P.S. for those who don't know, Beeminder is a service that makes it easier to do in the short term what you want to do in the long term.  You take out a contract on yourself, promising to pay a bounty to Beeminder if you don't stick to the rate of exercising, writing, going to sleep on time that you promised.Personally, … [Read more...]

Happy Halloween from the Sun Summoner!


Just as an FYI, if any of y'all are local to DC, I'll be one of the five minute lightning talks at tonight's Hack and Tell meetup, to present on my Accelerometer Controlled Light Gauntlets.I had a lot of fun dressing up as Alina Starkov, the Sun Summoner, from Leigh Bardugo's Grisha Trilogy (Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm, Ruin and Rising).The pattern for the jacket is McCall's M6818 (with the torso substantially lengthened so that it would reach my waist).The antler collar … [Read more...]

Breaking my Randomized Saint Pattern


This month, instead of firing up Jen Fulwiler's Saint Generator to choose a random saint for the month, I feel like this month's saint has already been chosen for me.  Last night, I had the pleasure of going to the Dominican House of Studies for their All Saints Vigil.  The service was beautiful, and, as is always the case when I go to the priory, I ran into a great number of my friends.But, the big surprise was that the Dominicans brought out a first class relic of Pope St. John Paul II and … [Read more...]

7QT: Costuming, Conspiracy, and Counterfeiting


--- 1 --- Guys, I have some exciting news.  Here's how I feel about what I'm going to tell you: Here's when I'm going to tell you: November 5th. And here's what....   ....well, that would be telling.  For now, let's just say you'll find out what Janet, the sunk cost fallacy, and Japanese pottery repair all have in common.  --- 2 --- But, if we're speaking of deadlines, let me remind you that today is the last day to comment and tell … [Read more...]