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Handmade veil winner!

Congratulations to Marissa Wellman, whose name was chosen at random to be the winner of a lovely handmade veil, made and donated by an anonymous reader. Thanks to everyone who entered, and thanks so much to the generous donor. Per her request, do check out the Elizabeth Ministry’s Rosebud Program, and consider starting a chapter… Continue reading Handmade veil winner!

What's for Supper?

What’s for supper? Vol. 72: Pork spiedies, haunted chicken, and gluey stew

OKAY HERE IS WHAT HAPPENED. SATURDAY Hamburgers, chips, salad On Saturday, our vacation week house guests arrived! One nephew and two nieces, aged 6, 4, and 2, respectively. I knew I would need anywhere from five to seven pounds of hamburger meat, so I got eight. There were no survivors. *** SUNDAY Orange garlic chicken;… Continue reading What’s for supper? Vol. 72: Pork spiedies, haunted chicken, and gluey stew

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Daddy is an innocent man

Next thing he knew, he was lying in a pool of his own blood, and in his ear was the voice of his beloved wife, softly whispering, “How do you reload this damn thing?” Read the rest of my latest at The Catholic Weekly. photo credit: Kaptain Kobold 13/05/2008 (Day 2.134) – Godzilla Family via… Continue reading Daddy is an innocent man

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Blog housekeeping, updates, issues, tissues, damned lies, statistics, and no end of stilton cheese

A little housekeeping today. Ha ha, no, not in my actual house. That’s crazy talk. Just blog housekeeping. LINGERING SERVER ERRORS A little over a week ago, I switched to a self-hosted (well, brother-hosted) server, to gain more control over this site. In the process, whacky things happened, and not everyone could access my blog.… Continue reading Blog housekeeping, updates, issues, tissues, damned lies, statistics, and no end of stilton cheese

Protected: Podcast #9: Devil’s Epoxy!

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Old movie review: Shotgun Stories is downright Shakespearian

About ten minutes into Jeff Nichols’ 2007 movie Shotgun Stories, I asked my husband, “Am I crazy, or is this, like, Shakespeare?” Check it out: In rural Arkansas in the heat of summer, a woman knocks on the door of a shabby house. Her son opens, and she announces, “Your father’s dead.” The three brothers… Continue reading Old movie review: Shotgun Stories is downright Shakespearian

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Handmade veil giveaway in honor of the Elizabeth Ministry Rosebud Program

Thinking of veiling for Lent? A generous reader has offered to donate a completely gorgeous hand-made veil for free, just because she likes doing it. Here is a photo of one veil that you could win (blocked out on foam so you can see the amazing detail): Isn’t that lovely? So delicate and graceful. Here’s… Continue reading Handmade veil giveaway in honor of the Elizabeth Ministry Rosebud Program

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I got the displaced person blues

What are you watching, reading, and listening to these days? Here’s mine for the week. Apparently I have the blues of some kind or other, what do you know about that. *** Watching: Peter Gunn, a jazz-powered, noir, private eye TV show from the late 50’s. I’m only watching with half an eyeball, if that, but every… Continue reading I got the displaced person blues

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What’s for supper? Vol. 71: Your feta has given me wings!

Another week has come and gone and kicked my butt. Here’s what we had to eat: SATURDAY Aldi pizza  All of Saturday was consumed with the installation of our new couch from Craigslist. Sometimes, living in a 5/8ths-scale house is just stupid, especially if you just got a swell deal on a truly enormous overstuffed… Continue reading What’s for supper? Vol. 71: Your feta has given me wings!

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Why do we hold onto grudges?

Keeping grudges is such an odd thing to do. No one wants to be angry, resentful, and unhappy, surely, any more than we’d jump at the opportunity to keep a sticky, stinky, snarling vermin in the house for a pet. And yet we do keep it and cherish grudges so ardently, sometimes for decades. Why? Read the rest of my… Continue reading Why do we hold onto grudges?