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Interests: Baking, Dickens, running for novices, folk music, and the impact of early fatty acid intake on neurodevelopment. also a painless strategy for keeping <s>four</s> five kids in matching (or at least matching-ish) socks through a Midwestern winter.
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Four of my five children are home this week and Alex assures me that I do not have to send him mashed potatoes in the mail. I know, objectively, that he is in Manhattan, able to obtain any quantity of... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Light and Momentary
This morning I was talking to an old friend who is in the middle of some hard things. I cannot do anything about the work stuff or the family stuff or the health stuff, but my ears pricked up when... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Light and Momentary
I had planned to post about knitting progress today, but I accidentally posted a time capsule instead. I republished a post from 2004 when Miriel asked on Twitter for cranberry baking recommendations. Instead of "publish on..." I clicked "publish now."... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Light and Momentary
Look, it's a silly song about the pandemic. Lyrics follow. Chorus: It's not that hard to cover your nose Inside your mask is where it goes The COVID case count grows and grows So please take care to cover your... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Light and Momentary
On this day my two youngest kids resumed online learning. It went fine for one of them. The other-- well, I'm pretty tired right now. In August it got better after two weeks. I will keep saying this to myself.... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Light and Momentary
Ezekiel Emanuel is getting a lot of hate these days, ostensibly for an article he wrote for The Atlantic six years ago, but really, I think, because outrage is contagious and reading long-form articles requires effort. Do I like the... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Light and Momentary
How many people do you know who have had COVID? I know six people who are currently ill, one person who had it in the summer, and one person who probably died of COVID in March. A week ago I... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Light and Momentary
Occasionally I bump up against something that makes me say, "Wow, I am totally middle-aged. My younger self would have wept if she had known this was her future." Last month I met an old friend for a hike, and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2020 at Light and Momentary
The kids and I have been watching a show called Critter Fixers on Disney+. It is set in a veterinary clinic a hundred miles south of Atlanta, where two black men own a vet clinic. Part of what I enjoy... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2020 at Light and Momentary
Today was the day of the pandemic on which I cut off all of my hair. I had let it get really long. It never looks very long, because it's so curly, but back in July I stretched it out... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2020 at Light and Momentary
Do you ever wonder to yourself what your year might have looked like without COVID, or in a world where COVID was aggressively contained starting in January? This is a thing I contemplate sometimes. Alternate Reality Jamie has submitted five... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2020 at Light and Momentary
In the first part of my sabbatical I submitted three papers. One was already written but needed to be revised. One was partially written but needed a ton of work. One I wrote from scratch. They all came back to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2020 at Light and Momentary
The CSA fall greens were getting out of control again, so we made Crescent Dragonwagon's gumbo tonight. I think it's our third batch of gumbo this fall. It's labor-intensive enough that we usually only make it once, and never on... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2020 at Light and Momentary
I am waiting for the schools to close down again. Every day we get more messages from the district about new COVID diagnoses in students and staff. Our community, like all the communities in the Midwest, is seeing the surge.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2020 at Light and Momentary
I said I would keep you posted about Cheech and then I did not keep you posted. Cheech was our least successful foster dog. We wound up seeking another placement for him and we are still a little ambivalent about... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2020 at Light and Momentary
Oh, you guys, that was a WEEK. On Monday, I finished all of my revisions for manuscript #2. Go me! At lunchtime I went to Adoration and prayed for the nation, because it seemed like we needed it. On Tuesday... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2020 at Light and Momentary
OK, US Catholics, we have our work cut out for us. We have spent decades walking down an increasingly untenable political path, driven by strident voices calling abortion the Most Evil of All Evils and saying Effective Pro-Life Political Action... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2020 at Light and Momentary
I clicked on a Crisis link today, when I saw Mark Shea describe it as an "epic piece of false prophecy from the worst and dumbest journal of false prophecy in the Catholicosphere." I mean, how could you resist a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2020 at Light and Momentary
Four years ago I went to Philadelphia in November. My discipline had its annual convention there, at the massive convention center where they are counting votes right now. I posted about walking over to the Liberty Bell on a break... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2020 at Light and Momentary
I know a woman -- let's call her Anne-Marie -- who homeschools her large family. She was raised in an unusually Catholic family in an unusually Catholic city, and she grew up steeped in a culture that said "ending abortion... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2020 at Light and Momentary
This is the weirdest election in the weirdest year I have ever lived through. Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2020 at Light and Momentary
"Are you doomscrolling?" Elwood asked me just now. "No," I assured him. "I'm writing political posts and then abandoning them. Much better." I cannot finish those posts tonight, which may mean that they remain unfinished. So instead I will answer... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2020 at Light and Momentary
Today was mostly a lovely start to November. I have learned to go to bed at my usual time on the night of the fall time change, even though no one will wake me up at 5am the morning after.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2020 at Light and Momentary
Typepad has been linking to my posts more often recently -- maybe three times in as many months. This suggests to me that they are short on people to feature, as if all the people with Typepad blogs have let... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2020 at Light and Momentary
We agreed today to take another foster dog. This is Cheech: His proportions don't show in this picture because he's lying down, but his previous foster family described him as "basset on the bottom, Scooby Doo on top." He has... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2020 at Light and Momentary