Archive | August, 2013

To Set the Darkness Echoing

I rhyme To see myself, to set the darkness echoing. — from Personal Helicon Seamus Heaney introduced me to Ireland and lured me into Irish studies. Had I not encountered Heaney as an undergrad — that lecture I attended on modern Irish poetry– I’d never have ended up at Boston College, never have met Dom. […]

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The Holiness of Housework

From my mom, a beautiful article by a woman in my dad’s Carmelite community. Something about the way she frames things…. I want to be more prayerful and intentional in my work. Things to ponder. When my kids were small, I used to go with them one room at a time to work with them […]

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Lucia with blocks

Lucia the Destroyer

Lucia’s new fascination is for knocking down block towers. It’s such fun I will sit there and build towers for her to destroy again and again. And she even is so intent on destroying towers that she forgets she’s on her belly and that she hates tummy time. She just goes after them with fierce […]

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In the Watches of the Night

A friend on Facebook shared this fascinating article about sleep: Your Ancestors Didn’t Sleep Like You We used to sleep in two shorter periods, over a longer range of night. This range was about 12 hours long, and began with a sleep of three to four hours, wakefulness of two to three hours, then sleep […]

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Learning Notes, Living Notes

Our new front garden with three girls. Yes, the sunflowers are now taller than Bella. We’ve got a few blooms in our little wildflower garden. Such a happy spot of green to greet us every time we walk out the front door. + + + I actually had a friend over on Tuesday. I’m working […]

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And all the angels singing

The other day the kids were painting while I nursed the baby. Of course when I finished I found they had made a terrible mess. I left the paint bin down on the table and they had taken out all the glitter glue and fingerpaints and water colors. It was really horrific. They hadn’t put […]

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Well, that was unexpected

Here’s a picture of me and Lucy so this post doesn’t look too bare.   So my blog crashed. You might have missed it. I certainly did. I felt like someone had amputated a part of my brain. We’ve been planning to migrate to Word Press for a while now, but have been waiting till […]

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The Problem with Youth Ministry

Bad Catholic has a thoughtful post, The Problem with Youth Ministry that echoes many of my own misgivings and makes some points I hadn’t thought of before. Youth ministry as a primary catechetical and evangelical tool only exists as a necessity if the family has failed. Of course, this makes youth ministry necessary, in that […]

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