Searching For A New Balance On The Cusp of A New School Year

The summer of 2015, in our family, breaks down like this: Phase 1 (up to July 4): Baseball and summer school. Phase 2 (July 4-Aug. 17): Major travel and recovery. The past several years I’ve structured the summer around weekly field trips, but this year we didn’t do a single one. Even now I’m not…

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Parents, Kids, and the Other R-word: “Respect”

You know that thing about kids? That thing where they act like angelic beings, floating above a river of serenity and sweetness, any time they’re in public, and then as soon as the rest of the world turns its back, they grow horns and a forked tail? Yeah, that. Six people watched my children while…

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Road Rage And Other Rage

Three times in recent weeks, I have drawn the ire of other drivers. It’s enough to make me soul-search whether the problem really is me. The first time, I’d turned the engine off at a long light and the car behind me wasn’t happy with the extra second it took me to get moving forward…

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Recital Day: A V-log (sort of)

(Text, more or less): It has been about ten years since I gave a recital. When I gave recitals in college and grad school, I: Practiced three to four hours a day Had my own dedicated practice room, with no internet connection Practiced first thing in the morning before class. Practiced after class until ensemble…

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What’s YOUR Problem?

Life is unpredictable, but over the past several years I’ve learned there’s one thing I can count on with absolute certainty: somewhere between one week and two days before university graduation, I will lose my voice. It happens virtually every semester, just before I join the platform party at honors convocation as the official singer…

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What Do They Hear?

It happens more often than I’d like to admit: Someone comes up to me and compliments my children, and I feel compelled to explain why they’re wrong. “Your children are so well behaved at church!” Well, they’re sneaky about their church misbehavior, I’ll grant you that. “Julianna’s doing so well!” She is doing well at…

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Stripped of Humanity

Reflections on the Stations of the Cross Jesus is Stripped Of His Clothes   The first summer I worked with my dad on the farm, we were also preparing for my sister’s wedding. One morning my mother came out of her room and grabbed me by the arms with a vaguely wild look in her…

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Backup

At the end of November 2011 I learned two terms I’d never heard before: “irritable uterus” and “wimpy white boy.” Irritable uterus leads to 37-week C section. 37-week C section leads to “wimpy white boy” spending ten days in the special care nursery two hours away from home. Ten days in the special care nursery…

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Repost: Faith, Love, and Fear

Yesterday afternoon I was talking to a friend about various topics in faith (because, yanno, we’re Catholic nerds that way), and the topic of fear and its power as a motivator of faith came up. I wanted to write on that topic today, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized I…

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