Who's Coming To Dinner?

Friday, September 14, 2012 7:00 AM Comments (53)

Have you seen this video?  This is what happens when someone sits down with the Dalai Lama and attempts to have some light, enjoyable conversation



Heh.  I like that joke, and I'm fairly sure I would attempt to tell it to the Dalai Lama, even while every rational synapse in my brain was firing with all its might in an effort to get me to shut up.  Kind of like the time I found myself chatting over wine and cheese with a Biblical scholar who had just delivered an original and fascinating lecture about the peculiarities of Aramaic, and I discovered, to my horror, that I was already halfway through a detailed account of how my high school German teacher went to an amusement park...READ MORE

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Kids and Politics

Thursday, September 13, 2012 7:00 AM Comments (60)

On Tuesday, we drove past the community center where the local primary was being held.  My daughter heaved a sigh.  "Well," she said, "I guess I'll stop and vote for Romney on the way home."  Only she pronounced it "Womney," because she is three years old (and, like most three-year-olds, assumes that the adult world is desperate for her vote).

We didn't deliberately teach her anything about the election or politics (and she was pretty disgusted to hear that we won't have a chance to heave a sigh and vote for Womney until November anyway).  But I guess it's just in the air at our house; and, in general, we do believe it's a very good thing for kids to consider voting to be a part of the...READ MORE

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This Isn't Who I Really Am!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012 7:00 AM Comments (58)

Many's the time I've told my husband, "You don't even know who I really am!  All you know is how I am when I'm pregnant, or postpartum, or pregnant and postpartum, or hypothyroid, or how I am when I've gone six years without sleeping.  You don't understand!" I will say, as he watches me melt down under stress and exhaustion.  "I'm not really like this!"

This may have been true, for a while.  But we've been living this life long enough that I really have to face facts:  this is my life. 

I'm not complaining, mind you.  I have a good life.  But it is crazy, and it makes me crazy.  The way I respond to the craziness of my life?  That's who I am.  This is my life, and this is me, living...READ MORE

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Eight Lovely Things

Friday, September 07, 2012 7:00 AM Comments (13)

Bad week, everybody?  There, there.  Here is your favorite blanket, and while the tea water is heating up, here are eight lovely things:

A lovely  hummingbird, fast asleep in a pot:  



A lovely murmuration of starlings:  



A lovely man playing a homemade cucumber trumpet:  



A lovely way to waste time (via Thomas McDonald, who I'm pretty sure stole it from me in some way)


A lovely setting, sung by lovely Russians, of "By the Waters of Babylon" via Elizabeth Scalia:



A lovely compensation for the dying of the summer:  pomegranates are almost in season!  I may not even buy any this year -- I just enjoy knowing that, all over...READ MORE

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It's Time To Put the Fun Back in Fundraising

Thursday, September 06, 2012 7:00 AM Comments (44)

Poor Obama.   Poor, poor Obama.  Now that Romney is out-fundraising him hand over fist, these struggles to find money must be giving him flashbacks of those bad old days when he and Michelle had to face the cold, hard world with nothing to their name but their own home, three incomes, no kids, and a matched set of ivy league educations.  Brrr.  They're probably stocking up on cases of Maruchan Ramen, just out of force of habit.

But seriously, it's no fun to be broke.  It's no fun to have to scramble after money.  And so, out of the goodness of my heart, I have a few suggestions for Team Obama -- just a short list of ideas to help them make money and rediscover fun.  Never mind the...READ MORE

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The Grip of Ritual

Wednesday, September 05, 2012 7:00 AM Comments (108)

Whether or not the recently deceased Cardinal Martini was mistranslated in his instantly infamous final interview, these words of his, especially, struck me as sad and thin:

Our culture has aged, our churches are big and empty and ... our rituals and our cassocks are pompous.

How can someone who has worn holy vestments say this?  How can someone whose hands have held the living body of Our Lord say this?

I suppose I'm lucky that this sort of thing still shocks me. I am immensely grateful that the priests in my parish and surrounding area are faithful.  We never have to give those damage control sermons on the way home from church:  "Now, kids, I know Father Spazz said...READ MORE

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Ten Things I Learned While Camping With Nine Kids

Friday, August 31, 2012 10:57 AM Comments (45)

Because we haven't suffered enough this summer, my husband and I took our nine kids camping this week.  Last time I went camping, I was single, fit, and owned sneakers.  Last time my husband went camping, he meant that he had to use his second favorite blanket until his favorite blanket came out of the wash. 

So, we are not really the outdoorsy type.  But this was our summer for just going ahead and doing things, whether they made sense or not.  So there we were, camping.  This is what we learned:

1.  Somebody is going to get horribly sick.  May I recommend that it be an adult who gets sick?  Because even an adult who is in serious pain and is delirious with fever is going to do her...READ MORE

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Homeschool To Classroom:  A Quiz For Anxious Parents

Tuesday, August 28, 2012 7:00 AM Comments (160)

You know what I'm seeing everywhere these days?  Parents who've home schooled their kids for several years, and then suddenly, for no good reason, up and send their kids off to a regular classroom school.  They do this without giving it much thought, because they either (a) are lazy and don't love their children,  or (b) are disastrously naive about what the modern world is like, and assume that their kids will be taught Dick and Jane and how to open doors for their elders.

Or, wait.  I'm seeing that nowhere.  Nowhere at all.

What I am seeing is people who, for one reason or another, realized that homeschooling is no longer the best choice for their particular family.  It is generally...READ MORE

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Simcha Fisher, author of The Sinner's Guide to Natural Family Planning writes for several publications and blogs at I Have to Sit Down. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and nine children. Without supernatural aid, she would hardly be a human being.