February 8, 2020

  We’re learning about ancient history in homeschooling this year. We don’t have a textbook; I just check books out of the library, and read them to Rosie, and then we watch documentaries. I had thought to make this school year just a standard survey course of “World History,” but Rosie was so fascinated with the pictures of the ancient history books that I doubt we’ll get farther than than the foundation of Rome before summer starts and the pool… Read more

February 6, 2020

Sorry for the radio silence the past few days, folks. I’ve mentioned February is awful. I’ve been too sick to write for a couple of days. Seems like there’s a lot to talk about, and most of it I don’t want to talk about. I don’t want to talk about the Super Bowl because I don’t like football– but I also don’t like people who think they’re special for not liking football. I just don’t happen to care for it,… Read more

February 2, 2020

  I know I shouldn’t pay attention to crabby priests on Twitter. They are a dime a dozen. But this evening, a crabby priest on Twitter happened to make a mean crack about casual clothing that particularly irked me. “Gentlemen,” said the priest, “If you are wearing sweat pants in public and not actively engaged in some athletic endeavor, you need to ask yourself why you have given up on life.” I am not a gentleman, but I know a… Read more

February 1, 2020

  So far, my February has not been great. It’s only been twelve hours, and I’m already fed up. February, my readers will recall, is the month my seasonal blues get the worst. I rarely have pleasant things to say in February. This year seems more depressing than the last, because there isn’t any snow on the ground. There’s snow in the air, or there was yesterday. But it doesn’t stick to the ground. It doesn’t make anything look pretty… Read more

January 30, 2020

  Scrolling through social media early this afternoon, I encountered a public conversation that made me cringe. A blustering blowhard who runs a famous pro-life NGO at the UN had tweeted: “There is great pressure to feminize the pro-life and pro-family movements. I salute the remaining tough guys” and then “I mean some want all of us to be wusses.” People were liking and sharing these musings, as if they meant something. Another internet-famous talking head chimed in.  “They want the… Read more

January 30, 2020

It was snowing, but I couldn’t see it. This has been the most disappointing of winters– mostly rain, sometimes slush, never enough snow to cover the mud and make LaBelle look clean. The weather swings back and forth between clear and drizzly, nearly-comfortable and bone-chilling so quickly that my fibromyalgia is out of control. I’ve barely been out of the house since Christmas. Last night, I had a bit of a remission in the pain. There was nowhere useful to… Read more

January 28, 2020

It started innocently enough. EWTN’s Raymond Arroyo, who apparently had no pressing news stories to report on yesterday, was making fun of people’s outfits. He tweeted a picture of a group of outlandishly-dressed celebrities to make fun of their costumes and complain that singers today wear costumes to cover up for their lack of talent. Apparently these were pop music stars at the Grammy awards; I didn’t recognize them because I’m not cool. Everyone was decrying the music stars’ clothes–… Read more

January 26, 2020

At my grandparent’s house in Maryland, there was a three-volume clothbound set of sparsely illustrated children’s fairy tales. This was what I got for a bedtime story, almost every time I went to visit. At home I usually had Curious George, Babar the Little Elephant or Island of the Skog.  But when we went to my grandparents’ house, we left the picture books at home. At night, when I sat up in bed in the spare room where my mother used to… Read more

January 24, 2020

I have tried so hard to ignore coverage of this year’s March for Life. Last year was bad enough. That was the year I was informed that demanding that people claiming to have the moral high ground uphold themselves with fortitude and courtesy when heckled is inimical to the pro-life cause. Every kind of bad behavior is excusable as long as the bunglers who committed it were trying to be pro-life, I was informed. I didn’t want to talk about… Read more

January 23, 2020

I want to say a few words about gaslighting, and about how abusive people manipulate their communities. The other day on Facebook, I met a woman who has been the victim of some extreme domestic violence. For the record she’s not the same domestic violence survivor as the one we all helped with a gift registry in December; this is a new friend of mine. She’s told her own story publicly for the very first time this week. It’s extremely… Read more

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