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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
One day last week I felt like writing for once. But I couldn't form my many roaming thoughts into anything coherent, so instead I opened up my copy of Introduction à la Vie Devote and started translating one of the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2020 at bearing blog
My favorite mask so far has been the polyester neck gaiter, not worn pulled up in a single layer bank-robber-style over the nose (it's not nearly tight enough for me to feel secure that way), but lapped into at least... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2020 at bearing blog
I am out of practice, so expect a somewhat stream-of-consciousness post today. ... Today I listened to a relatively short homily in which one point went like this (paraphrased from memory): We cannot expect the city council to solve our... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2020 at bearing blog
Today, the mayor of my city, Minneapolis, announced that next week cloth masks will be mandatory here in "indoor spaces of public accommodation." So that seems as good a time as any to write a fairly practical post. In other... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2020 at bearing blog
Here's something odd about me in the continuing weeks of the pandemic: as time goes on, I feel safer, but I probably am in reality less safe. I date my personal lockdown from March 15, easy to remember, the ides... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2020 at bearing blog
A Facebook friend posted this quote the other day, and I am basically blogging it now just so I can remember it. Unless we look at a person and see the beauty there is in this person, we can contribute... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2020 at bearing blog
I believe it is necessary and prudent--but I still don't much like being under the stay-at-home directive. I'm getting used to it for the most part, and have developed some compensatory practices. For example: Did you know that you can... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2020 at bearing blog
I don't think I've ever attended Easter Sunday Mass in the evening. I don't mean the Vigil; I mean, an afternoon or an evening Mass held on Easter Sunday. The Gospel reading for the evening Mass of the Lord's Resurrection,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2020 at bearing blog
Since it's Good Friday, we will get the "suffering servant" from Isaiah as the first reading when we watch the celebration of the Passion livestreamed from our parish today. + + + One of the things I've been doing for... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2020 at bearing blog
And here we are, at the Triduum already. + + + I wrote a post earlier about how it seemed almost appropriate that we should be pressed into quarantine smack in the middle of Lent. I was thinking about it... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2020 at bearing blog
Saturday's Mass readings included the second of the three appearances that Nicodemus makes in the Gospel of John. Nicodemus is a Pharisee, and a member of the Sanhedrin, presumably wealthy or at least with access to wealth, who does three... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2020 at bearing blog
I told Jamie, who was writing about anxiety and OCD in the time of coronavirus last night, that I was going to find a particular quote from St. Francis de Sales about anxiety, and post it on my blog. I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2020 at bearing blog
I've been blown away by how much I'm feeling the anxiety and uncertainty of the present moment in my body. For the first few days after we decided to #StayTheFHome, it was an ever-present companion: a heaviness in my chest,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2020 at bearing blog
It’s Lent. For the first couple of weeks of Lent I was still meeting friends, driving kids to activities, and having breakfast in restaurants. I started out just making jokes about how I was “giving up touching my face for... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2020 at bearing blog
I texted H yesterday “Let’s talk later,” and then spent some time with a pad and pencil. It’s difficult right now for me to concentrate; I kept looking up, reaching for my phone, putting it down again. I was trying... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2020 at bearing blog
3/18 I took a walk. I passed within six feet of somebody coming out of his house. When I was twenty feet away I heard him cough. I will try not to think about this for the next fourteen days.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2020 at bearing blog
Today is a fast day in our Archdiocese, declared by the archbishop, a response to the pandemic. It’s the same rules as Good Friday or Ash Wednesday. I had coffee for breakfast, and some instant miso in the middle of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2020 at bearing blog
I've been thinking a lot about the power of science communication this week. Even though I've fallen off on blogging, I think a lot about sci-comm in general... or, now that I think about it, my thinking about sci-comm in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2020 at bearing blog
taps microphone Hello? Anyone there? + + + I'm trying to imagine an alternate universe right now, one where we decided to have a Spring Break staycation for no particular reason; didn't feel like skiing or camping, just decided to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2020 at bearing blog
Here we are, in Lent again. Days have come when the Bridegroom has been lifted from us --- or when we feel, acutely, the absence of the Bridegroom --- or try to notice it --- and so, we fast. +... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2020 at bearing blog
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