Have You Got Your Ears On?


My wife picked out our freshly-five-year-old son’s birthday present, a pair of walkie-talkies. He was thrilled. “Oh, Mommy! It’s just E-zackly what I wanted. Thank you!” We were pleased, proud, and happy. What amazing parents we were. What gift selection. What a joyful home we had made. Everything, as the poets have said, was awesome. […]

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My Wife Contra Mundum


My wife is the most influential person in my life. She is a relentless force for good in our family life. She is a life-giver. She is beautiful, a mother begetting beauty daily in a thousand ways. She is an artist. I live on her canvas, am treated to a life-time backstage pass to her […]

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St. Patrick’s Breastplate


What a wonderful prayer/confession/affirmation. The Lorica, or St. Patrick’s Breastplate I arise today With a mighty power, Calling on the name of the Holy Trinity, Affirming His Threeness, Confessing His Oneness, Thanking my Creator, loving His Creation. I arise today Made strong by Christ’s coming. Made strong by His Baptism. Made strong by His crucifixion, […]

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Five Quick Steps To Not Making Internet Lists


1. Start at the beginning and don’t start at the beginning. 2.What are you doing? I said stop making lists. Listen to me. I’m on the internet making a list. I have mysterious authority and imaginary power over you. 3. Bear in mind how vexing it is to read these horrible, horrible lists. Conjure a […]

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