May 21, 2022

  I started out for the community garden, with a stack of cardboard boxes piled comically high in my arms. Cardboard boxes are the best thing for weeds. You can flatten them out into a long rectangle and then put them on top of the weedy patch, weighed down with a brick or something. In two week’s time that patch will be weed-free, and you can move the cardboard to the next patch. The community garden is nearly overrun with... Read more

May 21, 2022

I want to say a little something about Critical Race Theory, and how it’s different from another theory that’s been in the news lately. I don’t really feel that I should have to say this, because the two theories are not the same at all, nor are they equal opposite bookends for one another that can be easily compared. But certain people on the internet seem to be mixed up. As far as I can tell from the garbled prose,... Read more

May 21, 2022

  Hi folks, I’ve had so many questions about how to help the family I wrote about last week, that I’ve put together a gofundme to help them repair or replace their vehicle and hopefully the rental washer and dryer as well. As I explained last week, the Higgs family are a hardworking family who got a car with the tax return so they could get to work, but just over a month after they bought the car it broke... Read more

May 19, 2022

I’ve been giving people rides this week. It’s something I love doing. For fourteen years or so, we were stuck in Steubenville without a vehicle. I never learned to drive as a teenager and Michael’s family couldn’t afford a car or driving lessons in the first place. We walked a mile to the supermarket and back, or rode the bus when we could catch it. I remember how horribly frustrating it was to never be able to go anywhere when... Read more

May 18, 2022

I’ve been helping my friend who needed food last week. Her story is a little more complicated than I had time to tell you in that one post. I want you to try and envision the most pro-life and “deserving” poor family you can. You can’t do that, because the notion of “deserving poor” is deliberately nebulous and no real poor people actually meet that standard. But these people come close. They are a lovely couple with four children under... Read more

May 16, 2022

I want to say something about the horrific racist terrorist attack that took place in Buffalo over the weekend. And I want to keep it brief, because there are other people you should be listening to instead of me. You should be listening to the Black Americans who can say a whole lot more about the Great Replacement conspiracy theory and the violence it inspires than I can. You should always try to listen to the actual victims of an... Read more

May 13, 2022

  “Can you voice?” said Rose, in the back seat of the car. She was coming with me to take a friend running errands, before we ran our own errands. Voicing is how Rose and I bond, as I’ve chronicled before. Sometimes we act out stories sitting in front of the d0llhouse, but we also improvise dialogues about the magical utopia of UltraVille while driving back and forth to run errands. I have learned recently that the librarians in the... Read more

May 12, 2022

I want to address the public statements of several politicians, all Republicans, as regards the current formula shortage crisis in America. Congressman Troy Nehls of Texas tweeted tersely “Baby formula should go to Americans before illegals. This should not have to be said.” He then linked to an article in the Washington Examiner about palettes of baby formula being delivered to a holding facility for immigrants. The article quotes extensively from the Twitter page of Congresswoman Kat Cammack of Florida,... Read more

May 12, 2022

Everyone’s talking about infant formula today. And well they should– America’s formula shortage has become a crisis. We all ought to be paying attention. But the problem with paying attention is that everybody has an opinion, and most of those opinions are terrible. I have seen terrible opinion after terrible opinion on formula lately.  Some of the worst come from Catholic circles. I’m not going to call out anybody by name, but there are quite a few naive people, most... Read more

May 9, 2022

  We went back to Pittsburgh one more time. Our memberships will last for a year– the zoo, the Carnegie museums, the Phipps Conservatory. Even though the April money ran out, we can go whenever we have enough gas now, at least until next April. We decided to spend Mother’s Day in a place less triggering than Mother’s Day always is for me, and go to Mass in a church less likely to give me a panic attack. I was... Read more


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