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I have sleep on the brain this week. I am a big believer in the importance of getting enough sleep, probably because I've never (not even when I was much younger) been able to function well after missing it. I'm... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2020 at bearing blog
Once, when I was in elementary school, I was sent to the counselor's office. Her door was shut when I arrived, a minute or two early, and no one was watching me, so I wandered out into the peaceful wideness... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2020 at bearing blog
The 19yo is home from college for another few days; he has a plane ticket to another city, where he will meet a friend, see the sights, and then drive back to school. Most of his break between semesters was... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2020 at bearing blog
Normally I score pretty high on executive function, but I have one counterproductive (or maybe it's contraproductive?) quirk: the more ideas I have for new, fun, fulfilling projects I could embark on , the less likely I am to do... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2020 at bearing blog
Anyone who has been reading this blog for more than a few years knows that starting in 2008, I wrote a long series chronicling a number of lifestyle changes: learning to run and swim, ending some destructive food behaviors, and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2020 at bearing blog
We rolled into town at nearly midnight on the first of January; Mark got up and went to work in time for a nine o'clock meeting; and here I am, back again, in my bathrobe, at my computer. Piles of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2020 at bearing blog
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