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

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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

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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.”

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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 […]

Instagram, the Assumption, and a Fundraiser Reminder

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Just a few thoughts as we wrap up the week. 1. Instagram: my favorite social media Oh, IG, how I love thee.  Let me count the ways. Thou dost not provoke political discussions. When my children watch over my shoulder, I fear no repercussions. With your pretty filters and simple format, You make this wanna-be-photographer’s heart […]

Truth AND Kindness

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TRUTH Once upon a million years ago, I was looking into a local charter school for Gianna.  It had recently opened and embraced such enlightened ideas as “global education” and “ethnic diversity” and “eco-friendly foods.”  Well, sign me up, right?  I’m a crunchy kind of mom who likes all the crunch-er-ific buzzwords to be found.  Then […]

It’s Your Turn!

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I’m feeling spectacularly uninspired this evening.  My mind has been consumed with school-ish things and political things, and all that’s left is a mushpot of feeling like I really want to write but not sure what I want to write about.  (Thank you, Facebook, for stealing not only all my time, but my actual brain […]

A Tiny Whispering Sound

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This was the first reading at Mass today.  Here is the whole shebang: At the mountain of God, Horeb, Elijah came to a cave where he took shelter. Then the LORD said to him, “Go outside and stand on the mountain before the LORD; the LORD will be passing by.” A strong and heavy wind […]

Help Save Rose

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A few weeks ago, when I was battling the Great Summer Illness of 2014, I didn’t feel up to attending Mass one Sunday morning with the family.  After a nice long day of resting though, I decided to go to Sunday evening Mass. I sat in the back, didn’t shake at the sign of peace, and […]

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