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This vacation rental has four bedrooms. Mark and I are in one. The 15yo has one. The 8- and 12yos have one. And our two grown boys, the recent college graduate and the one who will be moving to college... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2022 at bearing blog
From the Gospel (Luke, chapter 4) for the first Sunday of Lent, yesterday, the middle part: Then he took him up and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a single instant. The devil said to him, “I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2022 at bearing blog
William Stafford is a poet who is new to me, but he was incredibly prolific, despite beginning his career late: at 48 (I turn 48 this year!) he published his first major collection of poetry. Why not this poem, this... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2022 at bearing blog
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Let's get this out of the way first thing. The readings for today tell us to do both: "Blow the trumpet in Zion! proclaim a fast, call an assembly" AND "...when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2022 at bearing blog
These days I find myself thinking more and more about Erma Bombeck. Erma Bombeck had a daily column in my hometown newspaper when I was a child. (I didn't know when I first started reading her that the columns were... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2022 at bearing blog
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We have had a lot of feelings around here for the last two years. Feelings of loss, feelings of anger, feelings of relief from time to time. In that time, two of my kids have been diagnosed with disorders that... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2022 at bearing blog
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A couple of weeks ago I had time for a single decade of the Rosary, and it being Thursday, I chose the first Luminous Mystery: the baptism of Jesus by John. I don't know very much about how other Christian... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2021 at bearing blog
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One of the tropes of the pandemic was: living in yoga pants. Or, not just yoga pants, but comfortable clothes in general: pajamas on the bottom and buttoned Zoom-ready shirts on top, or maybe just pajamas all day if you... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2021 at bearing blog
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For a couple of years, 2008 or so, I wrote frequently about exercise and eating strategies. Sometimes I wrote about how those intersect with theology of the body, or Thomist morality. I returned to the topic sporadically, but not steadily,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2021 at bearing blog
How long before it feels normal to wander around a store looking at things, picking them up and putting them down? I went to the office supply store over the weekend, just to remind myself that I could; I bought... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2021 at bearing blog
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Today I am two weeks post-vaccination for COVID-19. I went out into the back yard to take a new maskless selfie for my FB page. I'll still be wearing one quite a bit for a while, indoors in public or... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2021 at bearing blog
This is part of a read-along hosted by myself and MrsDarwin of DarwinCatholic. The main page is here. MrsDarwin's biographical sketch of the author, Robert Hugh Benson, is here. My introductory post is here. + + + And now we... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2021 at bearing blog
This is part of a read-along hosted by myself and MrsDarwin of DarwinCatholic. The main page is here. MrsDarwin's biographical sketch of the author, Robert Hugh Benson, is here. My introductory post is here. + + + For we do... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2021 at bearing blog
This is part of a read-along hosted by myself and MrsDarwin of DarwinCatholic. The main page is here. MrsDarwin's biographical sketch of the author, Robert Hugh Benson, is here. My introductory post is here. + + + This is the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2021 at bearing blog
This is part of a read-along hosted by myself and MrsDarwin of DarwinCatholic. The main page is here. MrsDarwin's biographical sketch of the author, Robert Hugh Benson, is here. My introductory post is here. + + + The twin chapters... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2021 at bearing blog
This is part of a read-along hosted by myself and MrsDarwin of DarwinCatholic. The main page is here. MrsDarwin's biographical sketch of the author, Robert Hugh Benson, is here. My introductory post is here. + + + Cat wrote on... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2021 at bearing blog
This is part of a read-along hosted by myself and MrsDarwin of DarwinCatholic. The main page is here. MrsDarwin's biographical sketch of the author, Robert Hugh Benson, is here. My introductory post is here. + + + Cat wrote about... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2021 at bearing blog
This is part of a read-along hosted by myself and MrsDarwin of DarwinCatholic. The main page is here. MrsDarwin's biographical sketch of the author, Robert Hugh Benson, is here. My introductory post is here. + + + Cat ended her... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2021 at bearing blog
This is part of a read-along hosted by myself and MrsDarwin of DarwinCatholic. The main page is here. MrsDarwin's biographical sketch of the author, Robert Hugh Benson, is here. My introductory post is here. + + + Previously, Cat wrote... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2021 at bearing blog
This is part of a read-along hosted by myself and MrsDarwin of DarwinCatholic. The main page is here. MrsDarwin's biographical sketch of the author, Robert Hugh Benson, is here. My introductory post is here. + + + A couple of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2021 at bearing blog
As I mentioned in my last post, MrsDarwin (of DarwinCatholic) and I will be hosting a read-along/blog-along of The Friendship of Christ by Robert Hugh Benson starting January 4. Follow along here and at DarwinCatholic; leave either of us a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2021 at bearing blog
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MrsDarwin (of DarwinCatholic) and I will be hosting a read-along/blog-along of The Friendship of Christ by Robert Hugh Benson starting January 4. Follow along here and at DarwinCatholic; leave either of us a comment or send an email to be... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2021 at bearing blog
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This morning I sat on my couch and drank my coffee, thinking about the rose candle, and the slow march of Advent. Except for the candles themselves, which have particular days on the calendar, I do not hold to a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2020 at bearing blog
One thing that I wish more good-hearted people would internalize about living through a global pandemic: You do not have to belong to a so-called "high risk group" for your concern about potentially becoming ill with COVID-19 to be legitimate.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2020 at bearing blog
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Yesterday, after six long months apart, we finally rejoined H. and her kids for co-schooling at my house. + + + We had plenty of time over the summer to figure out what we were going to do. Back when... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2020 at bearing blog