What’s your defining post?

The other day someone I know emailed me to ask what kind of blog I have. Rather than send her my “about me” text or the link to the main URL of my site, I decided to come up with just one post to direct her to that captures the type of writing I do here. I decided to go with the post about the prank call with the Christian guy that went horribly awry: it involves the story of a specific situation, atheism, an outsider’s impression of Christianity, me being an idiot — all the things that one commonly sees in posts here at... Read More

7 Quick Takes Friday (vol. 48)

— 1 — For those of you with that “attention to detail” thing I’ve heard so much about, this is the correct volume 48 of 7 Quick Takes. Last week Tami Boesiger pointed out that I skipped 47. — 2 — How was my day on Wednesday? Glad you asked. Allow me to answer you with a photo: It’s a picture of what I saw when I came downstairs at one particularly rough patch of the afternoon: A doll, lying face-down in a puddle of urine on the couch. My first thought? “I know how she feels.” — 3... Read More


Occasionally I post updates about the progress of my book for the amusement of fellow writing nerds. Those of you who don’t care about writing and/or the fact that I’m writing a book can safely skip this one and move on to something more interesting. (Like this blog post by a local man who doesn’t believe in killing scorpions, EVEN WHEN THEY STING HIM IN BED.) Well, I finally went back and re-read the first draft of my book after a two-month hiatus. I think I secretly hoped that I’d find that my memories of a mediocre draft... Read More

Undefeatable joy

One of the things I most looked forward to as part of the Christ Renews His Parish retreat the other weekend was simply the opportunity for a leisurely confession. There are always so many people in line at our parish’s confessional that the priests have little time for extra spiritual direction. For weeks I’d been eager to have the opportunity to chat with a priest at the retreat and get his insights on some things I’d been struggling with. But when the big moment finally came, I was wiped out. It had been a grueling past few... Read More

"I want to homeschool, but I’m afraid"

12 common concerns about homeschooling, and a request for advice I get a lot of emails that say something along the lines of, “I like the idea of homeschooling, but I’m afraid I couldn’t do it.” I can relate to that feeling. The whole idea of homeschooling used to be utterly unappealing and baffling to me, but after getting to know a lot of homeschooling families as well as researching the subject for three years now, my husband and I have come to believe that some sort of home-based education (which might include co-ops,... Read More

7 Quick Takes Friday (vol. 47)

— 1 — My house is a crazy place these days. Baby Joy is almost six months old and isn’t the sleepy newborn she used to be, and we’ve started potty training my three-year-old daughter, which means that my house is all chaos, all the time. This morning, for example, I was soothing the baby down for her nap when my three toddlers got into the pantry and scattered food everywhere. While I was cleaning that up my three-year-old had an accident on the floor. While I was cleaning that up my four-year-old son got noisy and woke... Read More

Stopping to smell the roses: A practical guide

The other day I was picking up my children from my mom’s house, and just as I was about to have them all in the car my four-year-old and three-year-old broke away and dashed into the neighbor’s yard. I told them to come back, but they were enchanted with some dazzlingly colorful new flowers the neighbors put in their flowerbed. “Why do flowers smell good?” my son asked. “What is this flower called?” my daughter wanted to know as I struggled to get my other two children in the car. “No idea,” I called... Read More

Asking God for a sign

This post was originally published on August 11, 2006. I was reading author and former atheist John C. Wright’s fascinating conversion story the other day, and something he said brought back an intense memory from this time of year back in 2005. He wrote: A friend of mine asked me what evidence, if any, would be sufficient to convince me that the supernatural existed. This question stumped me. My philosophy at the time excluded the contemplation of the supernatural axiomatically: by definition (my definition) even the word “super-natural”... Read More

When God locks doors

On Saturday, my long-awaited break finally arrived. Regular readers know that for a couple weeks now I’ve been desperate for some time to get away from it all to recharge my batteries both spiritually and physically, and that my efforts in that department kept falling through. Just when I felt like I was getting close to some kind of breaking point, my husband arranged for me to get out of the house for a couple hours on Saturday. I was so excited I was giddy, and I knew exactly where I was going to go: our church’s Adoration chapel.... Read More

EWTN / Sacred Heart Radio interview tomorrow

I’ll be chatting with the folks at the SonRise Morning Show tomorrow (Tuesday) morning at 8:10 EDT. The interview will air on the EWTN Radio Network and Sacred Heart Radio. You can click either of those links to listen online as well.  Read More →

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