Good Fiction for Young Adults

04/26/2012 Comments (95)

I haven't read The Hunger Games yet, but I gather that the YA reading list hasn't become especially sunny or optimistic lately.  When I was a YA, everything we read had to be about two or more of the following: the Holocaust, suicide, or bulimia.  Also acceptable were books about racism, provided several lynchings were described in technicolor.  Then, after we finished our assigned reading for the year, the school board would hold a workshop on what could possibly be causing the rampant depression in the student body.

Well, it's too late for me, of course.  As soon as I'm done with this post, I'm going to go huff some wood glue, write a note blaming my parents, and OD on some Xanax I...READ MORE

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Fisher Spirituality

04/24/2012 Comments (47)

Some families are Franciscan in their spirituality; some are more Ignatian.  Some families draw their inspiration from the Rule of St. Benedict.  And some families are just winging it.

Here are a couple of pages from the Fisher Family prayerbook:


Parents' Morning Blessing

Father of mercies, we ask you to bless these children, which, with some uncharacteristically poor judgement,  you have entrusted to our care.  Make them strong enough to follow your ways, kind enough to spread your love, and smart enough not to repeat what Daddy said about people with Obama bumper stickers on their cars.  Let these children be a beacon in a dark world.  Let them be a shining witness for the...READ MORE

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Stealth Lit. 101

04/19/2012 Comments (45)

Behold my triumph in a stealth supplemental classical education!  My nine-year-old son, the one affectionately known as "Rat Boy," came up to me and said, "I really liked that thing you put up, the one about the cows and everything."  He meant the great G. M. Hopkins poem "Pied Beauty," which I had printed out, matted on construction paper, and tacked over his gerbil's tank without comment.

He and his siblings certainly did not want to memorize poems when we were homeschooling!  Boy, did they not want to.   But I'll be darned if I didn't  hear my seven-year-old (also known as "Rat Boy."  What can I say?  They act ratty) muttering, "What the hammer?  What the chain?  In what furnace was...READ MORE

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Prudence and Generosity in Conversation

04/19/2012 Comments (43)

"Ruh roh, someone got quoted out of context."  That was my first thought when I read Jennifer Fulwiler's words in the recent Washington Post story about NFP.  Sure enough, Jen is not entirely pleased about how her comment about clingy children and outdated marketing will sound to someone steeped in a secular worldview.

As she says on her blog,

[T]he contraceptive worldview is like saying that loaded guns can be used as toys as long as you put blanks in the chamber; in contrast, the Catholic view says that guns are not toys, and should always be handled with grave respect. Now, to continue with that analogy, in these latest chats about Catholicism and NFP, folks are seeking to...READ MORE

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04/17/2012 Comments (23)

Spring as sprung, the tulips are in bloom, the bees and ants are working away, and the lilac tree outside my window is heavy with purple blossoms.  And every time I see that tree, I breathe a little prayer to a merciful God:  please, Lord, no robins this year.

We had robins last year.  I was utterly delighted:  right there outside our very window, something better than any science kit or home school nature unit.  There were the busy parents, manically dashing two and fro, following some blind compulsion to build and prepare.  With baffling skill and speed, the nest quickly formed, and it was a beautiful thing:   round as a cup, solid and lovely, a work of art.

And then the eggs.  Four...READ MORE

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The Atypical Mom

04/13/2012 Comments (59)

I've been following the "never worked a day in her life" story with a sense of dread  -- not because I think that Hilary Rosen's opinion is especially significant, but because I knew I was going to end up writing about it.  How dreary, how tedious, to have to say one more time:  no, stay-at-home moms aren't all lazy, or parasites, or fabulously wealthy.  No, feminism doesn't mean that women should be forced to earn a paycheck, rather than forced to stay at home.  And no, you really can't manage a household (especially a single-income one) without learning exactly how money works, even if it's not your name on the paycheck.

I hate writing about this kind of thing, because I'm always...READ MORE

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Five Ways Romney Can Sweeten the Deal

04/12/2012 Comments (84)

It must be kind of weird to be Mitt Romney right now.

There are people who won't vote for him because they actually, actively, enthusiastically support Obama, because they are Death Eaters oh pardon me, nuanced, neo-patriotic intellectuals who courageously support a global progressive agenda.  And there are people who actually, actively, enthusiastically  support Romney because they trust him and believe in what he stands for.

But hundreds of thousands of conservative voters who intend to vote for Mitt Romney are at their doctors' offices right now, begging to be signed up for the next clinical trials of Propranolol, a drug which may help people forget traumatic events.  Such as...READ MORE

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Use It Today!

04/10/2012 Comments (28)

This morning in the shower, I reached for the wash cloth, and realized that I had left out my Special Soap -- a bar of expensive, creamy, scented stuff, pale pink, molded into proportions that would make a tubby bar of Ivory weep and vow to join a gym.  This bar of soap was part of set of four.  It was a thank-you gift from a dear friend, and it had come in a decorative box, which I had been storing, unopened, on the highest shelf in the house.  I had been saving it.

But last weekend, after a very, very long week of cooking, sewing, cleaning, scheming, shopping, and general festive berserking, I decided to take a real, live bath.  A bath at home, without any rubber duckies or Barbie...READ MORE

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