July 30th, 2008

The Truth About NFP

You can’t talk to a dissident priest, who thinks the Church has no business in your bedroom (immortal soul, si; bedroom, no). Nor even can you really talk to a faithful priest, who will be so thrilled you know what “NFP” stands for that he’ll assume you’re home free. But if you don’t talk to someone, you’re going to jump in front of a train. The truth is, sometimes NFP

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July 7th, 2008

How to Pick a Husband

In the words of Father Pat Connor, a 79-year-old Catholic priest, via Maureen Dowd (I know!):

“Does he have a sense of humor? That covers a multitude of sins. My mother was once asked how she managed to live harmoniously with three men — my father, brother and me. Her answer, delivered with awesome arrogance, was: ‘You simply operate on the assumption that no man matures after the age of

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June 23rd, 2008


You are not going to believe this … Dan sent me an email!

This indicates that:

1. He actually checked his email account. 2. He actually read something in there he thought I might want to see. 3. He actually figured out how to do a forward. 4. He actually clicked “send.”

To me! For me! For real! Major milestone!

If my traditional man now recognizes email as a legitimate

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June 1st, 2008

Forty Years

and only 9 children and 29 grandchildren to show for it — slackers!

We love you, Mom and Dad! Here’s to 40 more!

May 4th, 2008

Light My Fire

We have reached the end of our winter wood provisions. If you can believe that.

I am freezing.

My husband tells me that 68 degrees Fahrenheit is temperate for most people, even if it is rainy and raw.

The liar.

I want climate control. I want warmth. I want fire. I want a crazy caveman to cater to my whims. Give me fire.

“Let’s burn the furniture,” I begged my

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April 9th, 2008

It’s about your house; It’s about your husband; It’s about your family

We women can get pretty worked up about housework, can’t we?

I am always surprised to find that it’s an emotional topic for women. But I shouldn’t be. We have all kinds of emotional baggage wrapped up in this one. Some of the people I’ve heard from over the past few days tell me that they were raised in cold, controlling, immaculate homes and so avoiding housework now is a

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November 12th, 2007

Your Turn: Couple Time

A Reader Writes: I’m writing because I wonder how I can get some alone time with my husband. We have 5 children ages 8,6,4,2, and 11 months. My husband basically starts working (from the home) at 6:00 then leaves for work away from the house at 7:30. He gets home in time for supper at 6:00, and by 9:00 he is pretty much ready for bed. He is a great

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October 4th, 2007

More on Marriage

While a thought-provoking discussion continues below, I thought I should point you in the direction of a truly well done series on marriage the National Catholic Register is running right now. Melinda Selmys writes Divorce: In the Image and Likeness of Hell and 7 Worldly Wisdoms of Marriage. Great stuff!