A summary of the America Magazine liveblogging

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Well, that was exhausting. By the end of the second day of liveblogging yesterday I felt like my brain was about to melt. It was fun, but not exactly the easiest thing I’ve ever done to discuss heavy, controversial issues with almost no time to prepare my answers. Since the frequent updates led to… [Continue Reading]

How I became pro-life

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Who is human? Back in college I remember reading about how in certain societies throughout history (I believe in this case it was the Greeks) it was common for parents to abandon unwanted newborns, leaving them somewhere to die. It was so deeply troubling to me, and I could never figure out what was… [Continue Reading]

From atheism to Christianity: a conversion story through books

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Back in this post I was talking about how I strongly encourage Christians to ask the tough questions about their faith. To summarize what I said there, occasionally I meet Christians who seem hesitant to delve too deeply into their faith for fear of what they might find. It’s a shame because, in the… [Continue Reading]

Britney Spears syndrome

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail I was in line at a convenience store yesterday and the employees had their radio blasting, playing one of those overproduced, hypersexualized songs (you know, the ones with the heavy techno beats and women gasping and singing in a high-pitched, coquettish voices). It was pretty grating, so in an attempt to drown it out… [Continue Reading]

On discussing parenting philosophies

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail I was talking with a good friend the other day, a fellow convert to Catholicism from atheism, who is expecting her fourth baby in five years. We were talking about how wonderfully crazy it is that our lives are where they are, how neither of us would have ever guessed that we’d be where… [Continue Reading]

“What will I tell my gay friends?”

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Back in what I suppose you could call “Phase I” of my conversion, when I had been looking into Christianity for a while and, to my great surprise, found it more and more compelling, there was one concern that weighed heavily on my mind: what would this mean for my relationships with my gay… [Continue Reading]

Coumadin, clotting disorders and contraception — oh my!

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail I saw my hematologist last week and he reminded me of something that I can’t believe I’d forgotten about: that the whole Coumadin issue is going to be on the table again as soon as the baby’s born. For those of you who missed the fun last time (some highlights here and here), just… [Continue Reading]

Friday Favorites for July 20

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail What great stuff! Twelve of the best things I read this week: 101 Quick Meals: If I had created my own list of super simple recipes for last-minute meals, it would have been like, “Open box of Cheerios. Stick hand in. Stuff Cheerios into mouth.” Luckily, nobody asked me to do that, and instead… [Continue Reading]

Motherhood: God doesn’t call the equipped, he equips the called

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail I‘ve come across a series of posts and comments lately related to the topic of determining God’s will for how many children you should have. I’ll pick on a commenter named Sarah, only because she offered a clear articulation of the point of view I’ve been puzzling over. In response to my interview with… [Continue Reading]

MegaMom Interviews: "I could never do that!"

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Hope, a mother of eight, has once again been kind enough to answer questions about life with lots of children. Be sure to check out her blog Mothers of Many Saints for more insights, and you can see the rest of the MegaMom Interviews here. I asked: Q: What would you say to women… [Continue Reading]