Quick Takes as a Daybook


It’s been a while since I’ve done a daybook, so why not, thought I, combine two of my favorite formats? — Around the House — It’s Thursday as I type this (but you don’t mind, do you?), and the house is quiet. There’s the sound of Daniel Tiger as my mancub fights his nap and the […]

Seven Fun Takes


— 1 — Got plans to be in or around Columbus, Ohio on Saturday, February 23? Well then, I’ll see YOU at the Columbus Catholic Women’s Conference, where there will be great speakers (Fr. Leo Patalinghug! Suzanne Fowler! Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist!) and some crazy farm girl MC. (Yes, me.) The cost […]

Phoning In

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It’s been a while since I’ve pointed you to the other writing I do, so…here’s your chance to click and find the voice you know and love here in other places (which you are also welcome and encouraged to know and love): Advent Dropouts, Unite! OK, maybe not. In this month’s “Just for Moms” at […]

Got a minute for some Quick Takes?

Advent Wreath Link-Up at Snoring Scholar

— 1 — Remember last year’s Advent wreath link-up? It’s not to late to enter for this year’s! Because yes, I’m doing it again. {Why not? It was fun! :)} What you do: Take a picture of your Advent wreath. How you participate: Option 1: Post your picture to your blog and send me the link to […]

A Book I Loved: Falling for Your Madness

Falling for Your Madness, by Katharine Grubb

I have a soft spot for a good story. And when I’ve read previous work by the author and know them to be clever, witty, and humorous? Consider me smitten. In fact, smitten is a pretty good way to describe how I feel about this book: It’s the debut release by author Katharine Grubb: Falling for […]

The Good Pope: A Book Review


I picked up The Good Pope: The Making of a Saint and the Remaking of the Church, by Greg Tobin, because it looked interesting. But I also had some trepidation. A friend whose opinion I really respect put it down after a few chapters for reasons that aren’t mine to share. Then the email about the […]

Quick Takes with a Chance of Tomatoes


— 1 — A few weeks ago, I realized that I can be sucked into TV shows. I may pretend like I’m all “only reading for me, no TV at all in my pristine, perfect world.” Do not be fooled. When he changes the channel from golf or NFL, I’m as sucked into Beast Hunter […]

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