What’s your defining post?

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail The other day someone I know emailed me to ask what kind of blog I have. Rather than send her my “about me” text or the link to the main URL of my site, I decided to come up with just one post to direct her to that captures the type of writing I… [Continue Reading]

7 Quick Takes Friday (vol. 48)

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail — 1 — For those of you with that “attention to detail” thing I’ve heard so much about, this is the correct volume 48 of 7 Quick Takes. Last week Tami Boesiger pointed out that I skipped 47. — 2 — How was my day on Wednesday? Glad you asked. Allow me to answer… [Continue Reading]


FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Occasionally I post updates about the progress of my book for the amusement of fellow writing nerds. Those of you who don’t care about writing and/or the fact that I’m writing a book can safely skip this one and move on to something more interesting. (Like this blog post by a local man who… [Continue Reading]

Undefeatable joy

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail One of the things I most looked forward to as part of the Christ Renews His Parish retreat the other weekend was simply the opportunity for a leisurely confession. There are always so many people in line at our parish’s confessional that the priests have little time for extra spiritual direction. For weeks I’d… [Continue Reading]

"I want to homeschool, but I’m afraid"

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail 12 common concerns about homeschooling, and a request for advice I get a lot of emails that say something along the lines of, “I like the idea of homeschooling, but I’m afraid I couldn’t do it.” I can relate to that feeling. The whole idea of homeschooling used to be utterly unappealing and baffling… [Continue Reading]

7 Quick Takes Friday (vol. 47)

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail — 1 — My house is a crazy place these days. Baby Joy is almost six months old and isn’t the sleepy newborn she used to be, and we’ve started potty training my three-year-old daughter, which means that my house is all chaos, all the time. This morning, for example, I was soothing the… [Continue Reading]

Stopping to smell the roses: A practical guide

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail The other day I was picking up my children from my mom’s house, and just as I was about to have them all in the car my four-year-old and three-year-old broke away and dashed into the neighbor’s yard. I told them to come back, but they were enchanted with some dazzlingly colorful new flowers… [Continue Reading]

Asking God for a sign

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail This post was originally published on August 11, 2006. I was reading author and former atheist John C. Wright’s fascinating conversion story the other day, and something he said brought back an intense memory from this time of year back in 2005. He wrote: A friend of mine asked me what evidence, if any,… [Continue Reading]

When God locks doors

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail On Saturday, my long-awaited break finally arrived. Regular readers know that for a couple weeks now I’ve been desperate for some time to get away from it all to recharge my batteries both spiritually and physically, and that my efforts in that department kept falling through. Just when I felt like I was getting… [Continue Reading]

EWTN / Sacred Heart Radio interview tomorrow

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail I‘ll be chatting with the folks at the SonRise Morning Show tomorrow (Tuesday) morning at 8:10 EDT. The interview will air on the EWTN Radio Network and Sacred Heart Radio. You can click either of those links to listen online as well. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail