The ecstatic joy of knowing you have a soul (and why I loved The Fault in Our Stars)

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FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail A fun and surprisingly intense debate has broken out among my friends over the past few months, and it revolves around this question: The Fault in Our Stars: depressing or uplifting? One of my friends summarized her impression the book by saying, “It’s a sad story where everything is bad and then more bad… [Continue Reading]

On planning babies: Jen from seven years ago talks with Simcha Fisher

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FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Seven years ago, I found myself in a place of great upheaval. I was in the middle of a profound religious conversion and found myself in a no-man’s land, adrift from my old belief system, yet not fully integrated into my new one. Around that time that I came across a small blog by… [Continue Reading]

Never say never, and other thoughts on having more kids

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FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Some folks have asked if my doctors are putting pressure on me not to have more children. I usually respond with a sound like hoooooo-ho-ho-hooooo (which is not supposed to be a sound like what Santa says, but rather a hearty laugh to indicate, YOU HAVE NO IDEA). The doctors have said this before,… [Continue Reading]

A few thoughts on my birthday

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Today is my birthday. I turn 36. Not only have I now passed the halfway point of my thirties, but it’s a brand new year, I just had a brush with a medical condition that is often fatal, and my whole life has been turned upside down by my recovery. So, as you can… [Continue Reading]

The least of these

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FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail As many of you probably already know, the Dobrovits family lost their special little boy named Henry last week. The story of his short two years on earth, and of how he ended up in their family, is an amazing one that needs to be shared. I had the honor of meeting Henry’s mother,… [Continue Reading]

The good life

What we were doing around this time in 2003.

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail This week Joe and I celebrate our ninth wedding anniversary. We also found out recently that we’re expecting baby number six! (For those of you who need a refresher, we have an eight-year-old boy, and four girls ages 6, 5, 3, and 15 months.) We’re so busy and tired, I’m not sure if we’ll… [Continue Reading]

Johnny Cash’s empire of dirt and the truths that make us human

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FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail The other day I was in great need of some inspiration, and I found it in the most unlikely of places: the video for Johnny Cash’s cover of the Nine Inch Nails song Hurt. I know. When someone says “Johnny Cash” and “Nine Inch Nails” in the same sentence, combined with references to songs… [Continue Reading]

Museum life

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Back in July of 2006 I wrote a post¬†marveling at a family friend who always managed to be cheerful and loving, even though she worked five times as hard as I did and had significant problems in her life. I didn’t have a take in the post; I just relayed the story, and promised… [Continue Reading]

A conversation with my gay friend

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail The other day we got together with a friend of mine from high school named Andrew*, and his boyfriend, Tom. They moved out of state earlier this year, but a business trip brought him and Tom back through town recently, and we jumped at the chance to go out to dinner with them. This… [Continue Reading]

Contraception: The discussion has finally begun

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail There’s an article out in the Washington Post this week that’s been getting a lot of buzz, titled Young Catholic women try to modernize the message on birth control. In it, Post writer Michelle Boorstein explores the issue of how modern Catholic women perceive Natural Family Planning, and highlights some voices that say that… [Continue Reading]