Archives for February 2014

Invitation to Non-Practicing Catholics: Join Us for Lent

Dear Non-Practicing Catholic Friend, I’ve been thinking about you a lot lately.  Lent is coming up!  Instead of giving something up for Lent out of habit, or because you hope to lose weight or kick a bad habit, can I invite you to make daily prayer, one confession, and weekly Mass your Lenten sacrifice?  It […]

Stories of South Korea, In Case You Missed It

A lot of you asked me to write about Korea this week.  And I really want to do it.  It feels very silly to me to have a blog named “California to Korea” and not write about Korea more.  I don’t know how to describe why I’m resistant to the idea other than it feels… […]

Fences: Theme Thursday

I mentioned that my rules for link-ups this week would be that they had to be in addition to the “7 Posts in 7 Days.”  If you know me at all, you know I don’t ever like missing a Theme Thursday.  So with all this writing this week, plus a couple articles I’m trying to […]

WWRW: Another Valente Book

I just finished Catherynne Valente’s book The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There.  This is the second in the series, and if you’d like to read my much more detailed view of the first book, click here. I was really excited to find this book in our library a couple weeks […]

Playground Parenting

I heaved a sigh as I wandered through our ransacked house, arms full of an odd assortment of toys and trash.  No thieves, no earthquakes, no cabin fever.  Just kid-sized messes piled upon kid-sized messes in every single room and I knew.  Cleaning suddenly seemed to require monumental patience and effort on my part.  I dug […]

Griffith Observatory: California Photo Series

When we lived in Korea, I was really good about finding cool places to visit.  I knew our time was limited and I spent a lot of time trying to soak in the culture.  Back here in California, I’ve gotten quite comfortable just living the day-to-day and not doing much in terms of exploring our […]

A Little Book about Confession for Children: Review and Giveaway

I’ve already spilled the beans about how I might not be quite unbiased about A Little Book about Confession for Children, seeing as how I hang out with the author once a week and sometimes more. Case in point:  Kendra’s kids and my kids with some other adorable kids and some nuns. Now that we’ve got that little […]

Heaven Help Me: 7 Posts in 7 Days

Jen @ Conversion Diary is hosting 7 Posts in 7 Days again.  Because I am masochistic stupid a glutton for punishment dedicated and have already forgotten how miserable I was challenging it was last time, I signed right up. BUT!  I’m making a few additional rules for myself. 1: Limit the link-ups.  I am such a […]

Dishes: Theme Thursday

Jonny and Caitlin are, really and truly, about the most adorable couple you can imagine.  Jonny is the youngest brother of Kevin’s best friend and was also Kevin’s student when he first started teaching.  Kevin’s known their family, no exaggeration, for more than 25 years. (Unrelated to this story, but something that may be of […]

WWRW: The Real Boy by Anne Ursu

Usually I like reviewing several books for WWRW, but this week I’ve only got one. The Real Boy takes place on a magical island called Aletheia. (Not Aleteia.)   Master Caleb, the island’s charismatic head magician runs a successful magic shop. His young “hand” Oscar has an incredible memory for and understanding of plants, but […]