Books, Bibs, Birth, Budgeting: Quick takes all o’er the place.

Whole parenting

1. Books Last week, Jessica recommended A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story in her WWRW post.  Holy guacamole.  My library had it, I read it in a couple of hours.  It was in the “Middle School Fiction” section of the library, so not exactly the most challenging of books, but thoroughly enjoyable […]

Ennui, etc.


I sat down a few minutes ago and began a post about birth.  Not any one particular birth (because I’ve already written those out) but about how we treat birth here in the U.S. It’s something I feel very strongly about, but 4.2 minutes into writing it, I just sort of fizzled out.  I will […]

ABC books that don’t make you want to poke your eyes out: WWRW


Well, howdy!  What We’re Reading Wednesday, 2 weeks in a row?  What is this, some kind of joke?  No, no, I assure you, it’s just a challenge issued request by Jessica.  There will come a day when I can’t keep up with that request, there will come a day when the courage of bloggers will fail.  But […]

Something beautiful

San Gabriel Mountains and a Valley Sky after a light rain scrubbing.

It’s September, you guys.  It’s the beginning of fall (if you live anywhere in the northern hemisphere other than here), and of school days, of slightly cooling temperatures, and the onset of falling leaves. Unfortunately, it’s also the beginning of election campaigning.  I’ve seen a smattering of political posts in my Facebook feed, and I already […]

WWRW: Children’s Books and my Book Club

Well, howdy there!  The last time I posted was last Wednesday.  What the what?  No excuses, amigos, but here’s a brief listing of the haps ’round these parts. Friday we went north for a Mass and party celebrating my parents’ 40th wedding anniversary, and upon return we had the pleasure of hosting Meg Hunter-Kilmer for 2 nights.  While I’m sure she […]

Stella Maris Book Club: Sisters to the Saints

Stella Maris Book Club

Recently I went to an evening of reflection at our old parish.  It was a lovely evening, hosted by a group of lovely women, and I am so grateful for their dedication to the women of that parish.  The one thing that made me kind of sad, though, was that the evening was based on […]

Answer Me This: books, cheese, and sunglasses


1. What is your favorite picture book? How in the world am I supposed to answer this?  My whole life seems to revolve around picture books, and so many of them are good.  A few standouts: Blueberries for Sal , Love You Forever (creep factor aside, I’ve loved this book since I was a kid), […]

Googling myself, and other midnight ramblings

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1. I’m blogging on my iPad. This probably means nothing to you, except that it will result in a much shorter blog post. To me it means the simplest blogging task becomes infinitely tedious. #firstworldproblems 2. Hey! That might be fun! I’m gonna hashtag each of the Quick Takes. Have I ever mentioned my love […]

Homeschool Uniforms: Why and How


One of the jokes both inside and outside homeschooling circles is that school gets done in pajamas.  So why, in the name of all that is holy, would I demand that my kids wear uniforms? Because I was desperate, that’s why. One of my children, who shall remain nameless, has some sensory issues.  The way […]

“I don’t know how you do it.”


Dear Mom-at-the-Gym, “I don’t know how you do it!  I only have 2 kids and I can barely do it!”   Sometimes, when people say this to me, they have a little roll to their eyes and a little snark in their voice.  But sometimes, friend, they sound just like you did yesterday: slightly in […]

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