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Guest post: I was the perfect Catholic wife. It didn’t fix my abusive marriage.

[ADMIN: Today’s post is by a friend who wants to remain anonymous. I am grateful to her and to so many survivors of abuse who want to help protect others who are suffering and who feel so alone.] “The first affairs were only about sex,” he said. “It was the last one, where he thought… Continue reading Guest post: I was the perfect Catholic wife. It didn’t fix my abusive marriage.

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Couch to 5K lives up to the hype

Here’s an entire post about the Couch to 5K running training program. You’ve been warned! If you don’t want to read the whole thing, here’s the short version: I was just about ready to lie down and die, but now I feel much better, physically, mentally, and emotionally, and you can, too. How it works: We downloaded the free app… Continue reading Couch to 5K lives up to the hype

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What’s for supper? Vol, 77: Fish tacos are real, man.

In which we have an awful lot of cake for the home stretch of Lent. SATURDAY Grilled ham and pepper jack cheese sandwiches, roast asparagus with butter and lemon I’m trying to wean the family off expecting some kind of potato-based side dish with every meal. That’s one Saturday under our belts. No one has died of… Continue reading What’s for supper? Vol, 77: Fish tacos are real, man.

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Protected: Podcast #15: Completely Meat Chocolate Pie

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We can’t just decide to stop being afraid, but we can manage it

Most of us realise we’re not supposed to live in a state of constant fear. It isn’t any fun, for one thing; and we can see it leads us to make bad decisions. Jesus came right out and told us, “Be not afraid!” How, though? Much as we’d like to, we can’t just decide to… Continue reading We can’t just decide to stop being afraid, but we can manage it

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Hup!

Today, I am super so far behind on stuff I absolutely need to do, so here is something I wrote four years ago on this day. I’m even fatter now than I was then, but my back is all better, and I bet I could kick Jane Fonda’s titanium ass. Look, this is us smiling after… Continue reading Hup!

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Irrational fear doesn’t make our kids safer (even in Ikea)

No, really. You probably don’t have to bring bodyguards, tape your kids to your legs, or spray them with anti-trafficking spray before venturing out of your house. I feel the need to say this because that “we almost got sex trafficked in Ikea” story is foolish and dangerous — and still making the rounds. Here’s… Continue reading Irrational fear doesn’t make our kids safer (even in Ikea)

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My interview with James Janknegt of Bright Corners Art Farm

In case you missed it, here’s my interview at Aleteia with Catholic artist Jim Janknegt. Fascinating guy, incredibly powerful work. I wish I could have made the interview five times as long.

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10 gorgeous Easter books for kids

Easter is April 14th 16th. I know, because I have Googled it eleven times in the last week people on Facebook told me so after I got it wrong after Googling it eleven times. That means if you have Amazon Prime, you can still order a nice Easter book for your kids, and it will… Continue reading 10 gorgeous Easter books for kids

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What’s for supper? Vol. 76: You say potato, I say tomato

What’s new in my kitchen? WELL, halfway through a week positively bristling with extra activities, I was seized with a terrible compulsion to completely rearrange the room. And I did a good job! I now have a dedicated potato shelf. Didn’t realize how much I wanted that. And a special bowl just for cabbage and… Continue reading What’s for supper? Vol. 76: You say potato, I say tomato