June 1, 2020

  We went for another hike this afternoon. It was cooler than it’s been, and the sunshine was glorious. That used to be rarer at this time of year in Ohio– summers were swampier, but we’ve had droughts the past few years. It was supposed to rain over the weekend, but it didn’t for more than a few minutes, and now it’s sunny. Rosie and I hiked down the ravine again, under the green canopy, past the may apples which… Read more

May 30, 2020

  Today is the feast of Saint Joan of Arc, who fought for freedom against the people oppressing her country; she was excommunicated and burned to death by authorities certain they were doing God’s will. Today is the Saturday before Pentecost, when the Holy Ghost descended on the Apostles in tongues of fire. Those apostles went forth into all the world, preaching the Kingdom, and all but one was tortured to death by people concerned with law and order. The… Read more

May 28, 2020

If you are angry about the looting of a Target store, I’m not going to say you shouldn’t be. Destroying other people’s property is wrong. Taking what isn’t yours, unless you need it stay alive and taking it is the only way you can get it, is wrong. Rioting isn’t a good thing. I don’t think the people doing it think it’s a good thing either. They think it’s a necessary thing, and you may disagree. I’m not saying you… Read more

May 27, 2020

I woke up on Monday to video footage of a white woman lying to the cops about a black man while choking her own dog. A white woman named Amy Cooper was videotaped in Central Park by a black man who was no relation, but happened to share her surname: Christian Cooper. Mr Cooper was a birdwatcher, and he was asking Ms. Cooper to leash her dog. The dog was running unleashed in a part of Central Park called The… Read more

May 26, 2020

  One hundred thousand people are dead. It happened just in the past hour– we went from ninety-nine thousand and something to 100,0021 confirmed deaths from COVID 19 since February. It will be more by the time I hit “publish,” more still by the time you read this, and even more tomorrow. One hundred thousand people suffocated from a brand new virus in the last three months, give or take. Many of the people who died were old. I used… Read more

May 24, 2020

  I don’t know where the maple tree was, originally. There must have been a venerable old maple tree on this property, at one time. There’s nothing left of it now– no stump, no indentation where a stump once was. But there are an irritating number of saplings. Around the house, in all the cracks in the concrete, maple trees spring up every year. There’s one by the side door, one by the porch steps, one in the flowerbed, two… Read more

May 23, 2020

I promised earlier this week that I would watch the documentary, AKA Jane Roe, when it came out on Friday. As it happened,  I couldn’t watch it with my Hulu account until Saturday afternoon, so that’s what I did– it’s now available for anyone with a Hulu account. I came away disgusted, but not by any major flaws in the film itself. It’s a solid, sometimes unnecessarily dramatic portrayal of one of the most tragic life stories I’ve ever heard…. Read more

May 21, 2020

  I went on a hike with Rosie. The last time we went, it was still the time of year for wildflowers. Now, the wildflowers are gone. The trees all got their leaves in the past few weeks; the woods were shady, a cavern of green. It had been hot in the house and warm on the walk there, but in the forest, when the breeze blew, it was almost cool. We walked downhill to where the beautiful creek is…. Read more

May 19, 2020

When I started blogging, I never planned to blog about the giants of the pro-life movement. I found myself sliding into it because I was shocked by their transparent power-worship in the 2016 election. As a Catholic who strives to be faithful to a consistent life ethic, I was appalled. I never imagined the backlash I’d get by pointing it out. I thought it was obvious and everyone would be equally appalled. I was wrong. And to this day, I… Read more

May 16, 2020

  I wrote something about First Things editor R. R. Reno’s weird aversion to masks a few days ago. It turned out I didn’t know the half of it. While I was puzzling over one of his tweets, Reno was having a Chernobyl-like meltdown on Twitter, decrying and berating everyone who wore a mask to protect others from COVID as unmanly cowards. Now, as has been pointed out countless times, the purpose of a cloth mask is not to protect… Read more

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