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Love your neighbor as yourself -- one of the two great commandments -- has sometimes been taken to imply "You cannot love your neighbor unless you first love yourself." Let's take a look at that idea and see where it... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2019 at bearing blog
I read too much news, and not enough books. Is it just that? Is that the source of the writer's block? + + + I don't know if there are any well-established "reasons" why it's so terribly difficult to sit... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2019 at bearing blog
Thursday Mark suggested Cambridge, so we hopped on the T and headed to Harvard, aiming for the museum of natural history. Let me just say: for not being enormously big, the Harvard natural history museum is fantastic. I could have... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2019 at bearing blog
We have to pack and leave in a few hours, so: highlights. Wednesday. Fancy macarons and pastries at a coffee shop on Newbury Street: Boston Common and Public Garden: That was a long walk, which we capped off by another... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2019 at bearing blog
A brief continuation from the last post... Tuesday we headed down to the U. S. S. Constitution, where we had to show ID and go through a metal detector before boarding Old Ironsides. Melanie had promised that seeing the ship... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2019 at bearing blog
On Monday, Labor Day, we headed for the Boston Museum of Science. I had been there at the 9yo’s age and fondly remembered the giant van de Graaff generators and the lightning show, which to my delight is still running.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2019 at bearing blog
I have been wanting to take a family trip to some city—any interesting city!—in the U.S. for some time now. For a while I thought we might lug the kids to D.C., and then Mark’s parents decided to take them... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2019 at bearing blog
My first two offspring never quite got into reading for pleasure, something which baffled me. When I was your age I carefully propped library books inside my school desk and tried to read them one line at a time by... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2019 at bearing blog
I've been going around grumbling inside my head. "Our leaders suck and that sucks, and we can't do anything about it because everybody sucks." Yes, I'm that articulate inside my head these days. And outside my head? Stunted, perhaps, by... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2019 at bearing blog
One of my parallel non-fiction reads right now is The Tangled Tree by David Quammen. It's a history of the understanding of horizontal gene transfer, so it's sort of a meta-story: how the narrative of the origin of species has... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2019 at bearing blog
I've mostly finished my planning for school next year, and everything is looking fairly tidy, and there's still a month of summer left. I could... read a book or something? The family is fairly busy: The oldest, only home for... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2019 at bearing blog
Trying to get back into the blogging habit means, I'm sorry to say, writing when I can't think of something to write. + + + It's late July, and I am just now pulling my schoolroom together as well as... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2019 at bearing blog
Do you ever tell yourself the story of your life, in your head? Do you ever revise the story as you go? I do, all the time. I am not sure if the revisions are a kind of erasure and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2019 at bearing blog
Last night I used the second half of a package of Spanish-style chorizo to make huevos rotos. This tastes pretty close to how we had it in Spain. Recipe follows, and blog post below that. Simple Huevos Rotos (broken eggs)... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2019 at bearing blog
The most boring kind of blog post is the "why I haven't been writing" blog post. + + + Scratch that. Sometimes, I bet, posts of this type can be gripping. I might have just awoken from a coma. Mark... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2019 at bearing blog
Occasionally theologians, visionaries, saints, and homilists assert that no human being ever suffered pain, abandonment, and humiliation to such a degree as did Jesus in his Passion. I certainly have heard that from the pulpit. I have had conversations in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2019 at bearing blog
(Read my other posts on Introduction to the Devout Life by following links here.) Introduction to the Devout Life may be read online here. Link goes to table of contents. But if you are willing to purchase a physical book,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2019 at bearing blog
A couple of weeks ago The Economist tweeted out a link to an 2012 article from their lifestyle arm, 1843 Magazine, entitled "Which is the Best Language to Learn?" (image not clickable) The caption/link writers were a bit too vague.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2019 at bearing blog
Amy Welborn recently put up a post on the prosperity gospel's more subtle forms, a "well-trodden road" that she's considered many times. This is an interesting discussion, because while some versions (the "health-and-wealth" gospel) are so obviously out of line... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2019 at bearing blog
After having spent a week in the Basque Country with Mark, I immediately came home and bought a cookbook, of course. I ended up with a beautifully photographed book, The Basque Table by Alexandra Raij (a Minnesotan!) and her Basque... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2018 at bearing blog
She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. + + + If there's one tiny detail that doesn't ring familiar to me, a woman who has... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2018 at bearing blog
Mark had to leave for work quite early on my first day here, so we got up around six and had breakfast together in the hotel. This is a European chain, catering to business travelers, that struck me as about... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2018 at bearing blog
+ + + The image is of the Pont Saint-Esprit in Bayonne, seen from the window of our hotel. Long travel day including a missed flight to Biarritz; I asked to be put on a flight to Pau, an hour... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2018 at bearing blog
I am sitting at my kitchen counter, waiting for the pizza that will feed my three kids and their grandma and grandpa, my husband’s parents, for dinner. Not long after the pizza man knocks, the bell will toll for me,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2018 at bearing blog
Yesterday was a very busy and raucous co-schooling day at my house, but it was fun, for a couple of reasons. The first is a welcome new development for this year: H and I now have our friend M joining... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2018 at bearing blog