My Top 10 Catholic Books for 2010

In our home, Christmas gift-giving has evolved from the days of Legos and action figures to clothes and Mass cards—and pretty much everything in between. But one thing that has remained constant throughout all of our Christmas seasons: we always give books to our boys. I love books and have spent a lot of time reading Catholic fiction and non-fiction […]

My Love/Hate Relationship with Facebook

Last month Facebook “went down.” The fact that I only knew about this because it was a top news story completely illustrates my own love/hate relationship with Facebook—which is more hate than love. Don’t get me wrong, I know Facebook—and other social media sites—is important. I get that. And I know that I live in an age where using these […]

Sex and the Married Woman

My first job after college graduation was as a “Training Specialist” at a large corporation.  I taught computer software classes.  It was the mid-80’s and I had all sorts of plans for life.  I had just delivered my first son and my sister was his caregiver during my long days at work.  I loved my job, I loved my new […]

Girls Just Want to Have Fun

A gorgeous autumn jacket caught my eye as I was flipping through a recent issue of a fashion magazine, trying to find the “perfect” haircut—you know, just cute enough to say I am still “fashionable” yet not too cute to say “I’m 52 years-old trying to look 30.” The jacket was what I would call “car length.” It was made […]

Did You Say You Need a Vacuum?

I live in Michigan which is, at this writing, the state suffering with the highest unemployment rates in the nation. We are surrounded by visual reminders of our condition: foreclosed homes everywhere, empty office buildings lining the streets and expressways, and a general atmosphere of despair in the air. Most of us don’t have any idea how or when this […]

Zero Population Growth

When my grandfather died in May of 2008, the possessions that meant the most to his adult children – almost all of them grandparents themselves – were things like the embroidered tablecloth filled with family member’s names or the crucifix that hung above his bed.  His wife, my beloved grandmother, preceded him in death by ten years and yet at […]