Category Archive: family

Dec 04

Beautiful Family

“I just wanted to tell you how beautiful your family is.” Hearing that used to feel awkward. OK, well, I guess it still does. We’ve heard it so many times after mass, though, that we’ve kind of gotten used to it. Some folks are impressed by how well behaved our kids are. Others are just … Continue reading »

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Nov 03

Fearing Death on All Souls Day

I was already feeling pretty emotional at the All Souls Day mass. Our parish mourned the deaths of parishioners in the past year by reading their names and having loved ones come up to the front of the altar to light prayer candles. Watching anguished faces approach the candles was hard. Recalling lost loved ones … Continue reading »

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Jul 23

Post-Vacation Blues

A few days ago my family got home from a week-long vacation in the Poconos. My parents have a time-share villa there that belong to my grandparents for over 30 years. I went there many times as a kid, so it’s associated with a lot of good memories. Between those memories, new ones made with my … Continue reading »

Jul 22

Civil Whorl

When my first child, Alex, was an infant, I read a study about a possible relationship between the rotational direction of one’s hair whorl and one’s handedness. When I checked Alex’s, I discovered he actually has two. I have no idea what that might portend for his handedness, but he seems to be pretty strongly … Continue reading »

Jun 06

Lapse in Judgement?

This story infuriates me. A mother named Kim Brooks left her 4yo buckled up in the car for five minutes on a cool day and ended up facing criminal charges. “He glanced up at me, his eyes alight with what I’d come to recognize as a sort of pre-tantrum agitation. ‘No, no, no, no, no! I … Continue reading »

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