October 13, 2020

  I once wrote a story called “Mary the Brave.” It’s not much of a title, but to be fair, I was in the first grade. I knew how to spell all those words. I wrote them on a speckled black and white notebook and I colored in full-page illustrations, with a badly spelled caption under each. They concerned a stick figure in a skirt with shoulder-length yellow hair, having adventures. Mary went to space and traveled among the planets…. Read more

October 9, 2020

It got cold last week. It was going to frost, or get close to it. Time to bring in the garden. I have some vegetables that will keep in a light frost. Kale will live right up until a hard freeze, and it’s pleasant to eat if it’s frozen and then picked. My autumn peas haven’t even blossomed yet. The broccoli doesn’t seem to be bothered. But this was the end of peppers, the eggplant and the fresh herbs. This… Read more

October 7, 2020

  Have you ever played a gong? I got to play a gong once. It was even sillier than you’d think. I was a bookish, brown-nosing homeschooled high schooler who loved the arts and whose only desire was to be an actress in a Shakespeare company. I ended up passing an audition to attend a very highbrow “Summer Institute for the Gifted and Talented” and take BFA theater classes with guest artists at the Ohio State University for two weeks–… Read more

October 1, 2020

I met a gentleman in the combox the other day, a Charismatic. He was angry with me. He explained that my trauma from the Charismatic renewal is self-inflicted and not real, because the Charismatic Renewal is actually nothing but a good thing. Being in a “community” and submitting yourself obediently to a spiritual director is unproblematic and genuinely good, the only way to be a Christian. He went on and on about what a terrible person I was, so unlike… Read more

September 30, 2020

Last night I live-tweeted the first presidential debate. I still don’t know why I did it. Here are the cliff notes in case you missed it: Biden is a poor speaker and his ideas are a little better than mediocre. His position on racism is not adequate. He gets frustrated and says “shut up, will ya?” but is otherwise a personable old codger.  He seems to genuinely love his wife and children. Trump, on the other hand, is an overt… Read more

September 28, 2020

  My family depended on SNAP benefits for ten years, to keep from starving to death. We also lived for about six years on the Home Energy Assistance Program, getting a discount on our gas and electricity to keep from freezing to death. We now make just a hair too much income to qualify for those anymore, and I’m relieved. We badly needed those government programs, but they’re a pain to be on, not just because the paperwork required can… Read more

September 28, 2020

  Rose’s birthday came and went. We finally gave her the new bike we managed to get with a deep discount and a very big tip, to replace the one that was stolen in May. We’ll regret such a luxury. But today I went for a walk with Rosie biking beside me on a blue bicycle, her favorite color, weaving around me because she bikes much faster than I can walk. We stopped to banter with the Baker Street Irregulars on… Read more

September 26, 2020

I apologize for the long gap between posts lately. The “a” key on my keyboard is dying of old age. Sometimes, when I press that key, it types an “a” with no problem. Sometimes, nothing happens, and I have to hit the “a” several times before it wakes up with a long line of aaaaaa’s for me to delete. Sometimes it works if I tilt the keyboard sideways, though I don’t know if that’s just a coincidence. Sometimes, it doesn’t… Read more

September 20, 2020

  It was a bright day today. It was marvelously sunny, for the first time since before the wildfire smoke came to Ohio. Once in awhile, in September and October in Steubenville, we get a perfectly clear day with a sky that’s too blue to be believed and no clouds at all. It was dry, sunny, just cool enough to go walking without a worry that heat would aggravate my fibromyalgia but just warm enough that we wouldn’t need sweaters…. Read more

September 19, 2020

  Just for the record, I will not teach my daughter to love America “with all her heart and all of her soul.” I will teach my daughter to love the Lord her God with all her heart, all her soul, all her strength, and all her mind, and to demonstrate that by loving her neighbor where God dwells in hiding as herself. I will teach her that the Commandments order us to honor legitimate authority, which means she should… Read more

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