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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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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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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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HOW TO BE A HERO: TRAIN WITH THE SAINTS is fresh, clear, and useful

When Julia Harrell’s new book, How To Be a Hero: Train With the Saints (Pauline Kids, 2017) arrived in the mail, my shoulders slumped for a minute. I just didn’t expect much from it, based on the cover. Happily, my first impressions were way off! It’s a manual on the virtues for kids age 9-11 (although I… Continue reading HOW TO BE A HERO: TRAIN WITH THE SAINTS is fresh, clear, and useful

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Meanwhile, at The Psycho-Neurotic Institute for the Very, Very Nervous . . .

Let me give you a little background. One time, my mother opened the front door to let in a guest. My father darted through the house, opened a window in the back, and jumped out. This qualified as a brilliantly successful social situation, because he did not have to talk to the person he didn’t… Continue reading Meanwhile, at The Psycho-Neurotic Institute for the Very, Very Nervous . . .

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Unpopular opinion: That Boylan Catholic High prom dress code is actually fine.

The internet is terribly upset because “A Catholic high school in Illinois was so concerned about the modesty of their female students, they made a 21-page manual directing the girls at the school how to dress.” According to a Scarymommy article, “It’s so perfect that this dress code exists. Because it proves in great detail why… Continue reading Unpopular opinion: That Boylan Catholic High prom dress code is actually fine.