The Fight Before Christmas

‘Twas was the night before Christmas, And the house was a dump. The kids were feeling Christmassy, But I was a grump.   The laundry piled up, the table was crummy No gifts had been wrapped, nothing made that was yummy. The children were nestled all snug in their beds, While visions of a happy mama danced in their heads.   But I was working so hard to make them a Christmas, I didn’t have time for all this merriment business. For only that morning I had heard such a ruckus I … [Read more...]

Unclean! Unclean! The Spiritual Side of ‘Extreme Domesticity’

  When I told a friend about the passionate reaction to my post questioning the hipster homemakers who pointedly bake their own bread and grow their own food, as profiled by Emily Matchar in the Washington Post, he responded, "Of course. You've attacked their religion."Maybe he's right. I wonder if the whole thing isn't a spiritual question after all.The average homemaking mother (and statistically less frequent but still important father) has a chorus of critics in her … [Read more...]