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Six on Saturday: Car edition

This has been such a busy fall. This post, then, slowly muddles my way back into writing non-book-related-things.   1) I turned in what I hope will be the final revisions on my book this week. There may yet be comments from the publisher, and

Can you tell he's annoyed I took his picture while he's relaxing on the patio?

A hip, hop, the hippie the hippie to the hip hip hop

My beloved spouse, the talented, handsome, and recent wielder of pink-toilet destroying sledge hammers, Josh Hammond, has tagged me in a blog hop. I have finished and submitted my book manuscript, and am currently procrastinating on my Sunday sermon (it’s Wednesday, people), so it is


Somehow they learn things

I’ve been feeling guilty lately. We haven’t played any of the games in Fiona’s math sack for school in weeks. I’ve given up even fudging the sheet she turns in each Friday, spreading out the three games we’ve played before school on the last day


The seamless garment of life

Chicago’s own Joseph Cardinal Bernadin, in a 1983 lecture at Fordham University, coined the phrase a “seamless garment of life” to describe the Catholic Church’s approach to ethics: the church had been known for its opposition to abortion, but being “pro-life” was about so much

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What’s fair?

A meditation for Good Friday on three readings: I. Again the story is told Pilate, Pilate, wash your hands, Cry, “What is truth?” again. None asks or cares, these wiser days, Nor fears so small a stain. Peter, Peter, save your skin, Then futile, weep


Ten on Tuesday: Holy Week Edition

  1) Calliope was home sick today. It’s Holy Week. I felt more sick than she did, but no one calls my mom if I show up at work with symptoms, so it was probably for the best that I had an excuse to lie

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The things

The last weeks (month? months?) have been ridiculous in these here parts. Work is busy and exciting and fun and frustrating and hard.  I have been attending to a lot of deaths lately, which, as you can imagine, is not exactly what I anticipated when

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On temptation and desire

I’ve been working on my next book in every free moment — reading sexual ethics, surveying young people about their sex lives, trying not to alienate my spouse and family by telling a lot of personal stories. But I preached this weekend, on the first

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Eleanor and Park

Here’s how good Rainbow Rowell’s young adult novel Eleanor and Park is:   *  I read lines aloud to Josh, even though he just read it last week. * I bring it into the bathroom with me before I climb into the shower. * I think about