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Prayer reminder! ACTS covers your bases

Last night, we got up to the chapter about fortitude in our current catechism read-aloud, How To Be a Hero: Train With the Saints. Sometimes we decide to make a change in our lives, it says, like giving up sweets for Lent or making a New Year’s resolution to keep our bedroom neat. At first,… Continue reading Prayer reminder! ACTS covers your bases

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Valhalla Rising, cavemen farting, Terry Pratchett giving it a shot, and me running(!)

  I’m watching . . . Originalos (and Valhalla Rising) Let’s say you’ve picked out a swell movie to watch, and everyone’s ready and snuggled up on the couch, except that one kid is still washing the dishes. Still. So what do you do? You watch a few episodes of Originalos. Here’s a representative sample:… Continue reading Valhalla Rising, cavemen farting, Terry Pratchett giving it a shot, and me running(!)

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What’s for supper? Vol. 75: Garlic will save the world

Good grief, Vol. 75? What do you know about that? The little rats stole my chalk, so my weekly menu blackboard isn’t telling me anything. Here’s the best I can recall: SATURDAY Calzones; birthday cake We had four extra 13-year-old boys in the house for a sleepover, and the birthday boy requested calzones for dinner.… Continue reading What’s for supper? Vol. 75: Garlic will save the world

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The Medicaid work requirement will destroy families

That dermatologist should have won a prize for heroic patience. He was snipping off a slew of skin tags that had overtaken my eyelids during pregnancy. It’s finicky job in normal circumstances; but I made it dicier by asking him to snip as I held my squalling newborn in my arms. It was not my favorite way… Continue reading The Medicaid work requirement will destroy families

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Protected: Podcast #13: Napkin report!

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Happy birthday, Chico Marx! I’m going out to arrange your bail.

Today is Chico Marx’s birthday. Born in 1887(!), top height 5’6″, greatest phony Italian accent ever mysteriously assumed by a nice Jewish boy from Brooklyn. By most accounts, he was as breezy and confident in real life as he was in the films. Christened Leonard, the oldest of the five Marx brothers, he picked up the 1920’s… Continue reading Happy birthday, Chico Marx! I’m going out to arrange your bail.

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6 sermons I could do without

I have endless tolerance for boring sermons, weird sermons, silly sermons, scary sermons, tiresome sermons, corny sermons, uninspired sermons, irrelevant sermons, rambling sermons, goofy sermons, and sermons that make me wonder which will come first, the end of the homily or sweet, sweet death. But I don’t complain! Most of the time. I do, however, have a… Continue reading 6 sermons I could do without

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It was a beautiful confession

On Saturday, we went to confession. Mine was a pretty standard operation: “Bless me, father, for I have sinned. It has been two months since my last confession. I did that thing I always do, and that other thing I always do. I also did that other thing I always do, except more so than usual. And I stopped… Continue reading It was a beautiful confession

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That’s no doppel, that’s my gänger!

Smithsonian Magazine is always up to something interesting. This month, they’re putting together an exhibit of modern people and their 2000-year-old doppelgänger using facial recognition software which analyzes your face and scans through 123 facial comparison points, such as the bridge of your nose and the shape of your mouth, before matching you with one… Continue reading That’s no doppel, that’s my gänger!

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Protected: Podcast #12: Blazing butts and other misapprehensions

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