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...]

Welcoming Depression into the Church [Guest Post]

From Hyperbole and a Half

This is a guest post by Christian H of The Thinking Grounds, and is appearing here as part of our symposium on Loving Parishioners in their Particularity – discussing how the church community can focus its approach on serving people in different life circumstances.In the US, about 3 to 5% of people—averaged over age, sex, etc.—have depression, and about 17% will have depression or have had depression. (I’m not American, but I imagine the statistics are comparable in most WEIRD countries.) … [Read more...]

Saying Hello Under the Shadow of Street Harrassment

street harrassment

This post is part of a symposium on Loving Parishioners in their Particularity -- discussing how the church community can focus its approach on serving people in different life circumstances. In partnership with Hollaback!, Shoshana B. Roberts walked silently around NYC for 10 hours, with a confederate taping the things men said to her.  Predictably, she is now receiving rape threats for creating the video below.I can certainly attest that her experience matches mine -- I got … [Read more...]

Loving Parishioners in their Particularity [Symposium Index]

Help Wanted

Kat Fernandez of The Crescat wrote recently about the experience of feeling ignored by the church as a single mother.  Especially during the Synod on the family, she felt invisible, except, sometimes as a warning: Single parents work all day, and spend all evening taking care of our children, so we don’t have the time or resources to rally on our own behalf; in fact, we shouldn’t have to. We shouldn’t be protesting and writing articles on the internet about how we’ve gotten overlooked yet again. … [Read more...]