Archive | May, 2013

The Pen Is an Instrument of Discovery

I love Billy Collins. I just wanted to highlight some of my favorite moments from this rather long interview.  The pen is an instrument of discovery rather than just a recording implement. If you write a letter of resignation or something with an agenda, you’re simply using a pen to record what you have thought […]

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AND ROSE AGAIN: Professing the Creed for the Year of Faith

CREDO: Professing the Creed for the Year of Faith   AND ROSE AGAIN by Renee Weisner   “It’s not about the going down; it’s about the getting back up.” During a Patristic Bible study at our church, a visiting Monk-Priest was explaining why we do so many prostrations during prayer, particularly during the Great Fast.  […]

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Forming Intentional Disciples – Lawn Chair Catechism Week 1

I’m jumping in on the CatholicMom.com discussion of Forming Intentional Disciples. Here’s the prompt: What does it mean to form “intentional” disciples?  In the introduction to Forming Intentional Disciples, Sherry Weddell writes about a startling conversation she had with the leader of a local Catholic women’s group.  The conversation was part of a series of […]

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Shunning Cultural Catholics?

Today Max Lindeman writes an interesting response to a Salon.com article by a self-proclaimed “a gay-friendly, feminist, pro-choice, bigmouthed practicing Catholic.” Although I don’t agree with him on every particular, his piece, The Witness of Mary Elizabeth Williams, is worth a read. Here are a few of his most salient points: In the Catholic press, […]

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Creativity is the Enemy of Tidy

I had one of those flashes of insight recently where you suddenly see things in a new way but it doesn’t necessarily help you to change the way you act. I realized that what drives me craziest about Bella is precisely the same thing that I adore about her: her creativity. It drives me bonkers […]

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Memorial Day Weekend

Saturday Farmer’s Market Although it was rainy and chilly, we set out for the farmer’s market anyway, hoping to stock up on yummy vegetables. The market did not disappoint. We got chard, baby bok choy, pea tendrils, asparagus, scallions, salad turnips, tomatoes, and zucchini. Also eggs, ricotta, yogurt, feta, and a smattering of sweet treats. […]

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Dancing, Joy

As I watch tears stream down my face and Sophie looks curiously back and forth between me and the screen. Why is Mama crying? I can almost hear her asking. What is it about Matt’s videos that always makes me cry? I think because dance is a universal language of joy. It’s part of our […]

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