September 20, 2023

  Things went from bad to worse. Twitter,  now called “X,”  is collapsing like a souffle in a noisy room. All I see lately is content creators dismayed that they don’t get any of the clicks and engagement they used to. I am the same. I get paid by the click and by people who like my writing and feed my tip jar, so social media engagement is my whole living. I’ll remain on X until it goes under once... Read more

September 18, 2023

Nothing is as it ought to be– at least, that’s how it felt. Adrienne is happier than I’ve ever seen her in in her life, and adjusting to middle school like a koi fish released from a tiny bowl into a lake. It’s only I who am not doing well. I barely sleep at night. I sit bolt upright when she wakes up at 5:40 even though she wants to get ready by herself and take the municipal bus to... Read more

September 17, 2023

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew: Peter approached Jesus and asked him, “Lord, if my brother sins against me, how often must I forgive? As many as seven times?” Jesus answered, “I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times. That is why the kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king who decided to settle accounts with his servants. When he began the accounting, a debtor was brought before him who owed him a... Read more

September 15, 2023

  I’m not going to embed any videos, never fear. Heck, I’m not going to even link to any videos. I’m going to do my best to not even DESCRIBE what Congresswoman Lauren Boebert and her date were doing to each other in that theater over the weekend. If you don’t know, ask someone with social media to tell you. It turns out she wasn’t thrown out of Beetlejuice for vaping, unless vaping is a new euphemism the kids are... Read more

September 13, 2023

    I keep seeing signs telling me to “VOTE NO ON ISSUE ONE.” And this time, they’re not talking about August’s Issue One where Republican lawmakers attempted to yank Ohioans’ ability to amend our constitution. We voted that one down by a huge margin, almost a supermajority. These are about the November election, when Ohioans will vote on a constitutional amendment prohibiting state laws that ban abortion (up until viability) or birth control. I’m not surprised that many people... Read more

September 12, 2023

  Hey guys, this is not a real blog post, I’ll have one of those later today. This is just your approximately-every-three-months reminder that Steel Magnificat and my family operate on tips. I get a very small paycheck from Patheos for clicks in the United States, next to nothing for clicks overseas, a tiny amount of book royalties, and the rest of my living is just gratuities from readers who like what I write. Depending on how much I make... Read more

September 10, 2023

  How many times have I told you that I wish there was someone other than Mary Pezzulo here? How many times have you rolled your eyes and wished I would stop apologizing and get on with it? Why are you even still here, listening to me? I’m glad you are. Thank you to everyone who’s been asking how I am. I hope the answer doesn’t disappoint you. I’m still badly depressed and anxious. I still can’t sleep at night.... Read more

September 10, 2023

  A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew: Jesus said to his disciples: “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have won over your brother. If he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, so that ‘every fact may be established on the testimony of two or three witnesses.’ If he refuses to listen to them, tell the... Read more

September 8, 2023

I went to the Barbie movie. I shouldn’t have done that. We didn’t have a penny to spare. But it was the second of the month and I was doing the big grocery shopping, and I knew I would end up treating myself to a lunch or something superfluous. Might as well spend the nine dollars on a movie ticket. Barbie was excellent. I haven’t seen a movie in a theater since about 2016. I used to love going to... Read more

September 4, 2023

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew: Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer greatly from the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed and on the third day be raised. Then Peter took Jesus aside and began to rebuke him, “God forbid, Lord! No such thing shall ever happen to you.” He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are an obstacle to me.... Read more

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