What exactly did the Pope say?

You might have heard recently that the Pope changed the Church’s position on condom use. When I read that headline, my eyebrows shot up, because I was sure it wasn’t correct, knowing as I do how easy it is to take things out of context and make them sound quite different than they were intended;…

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7 Quick Takes

1. Late last week, I short-circuited from novel rejection letters and general loathing for my own work, which naturally led me straight to the edge of an impenetrable titanium wall called WRITER’S BLOCK. After I’d bloodied my cranium against it for a few days, I finally decided it was time to take some time off,…

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7 Quick Takes, Vol. 72

  1. I have a new blog I want you to visit: http://www.kellehampton.com/. She just gave birth to her second daughter, who has Down syndrome, and reading her posts is like hearing someone say everything I ever thought, only more beautifully…and punctuated with heart-stopping pictures, to boot. If you follow no other link I have ever…

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The Sacred Cow

“Is it not possible for us to do with gender, sexuality, and reproduction what was long ago done with the stars? To realize that these are also secular areas…?” So says Anne Rice in the conclusion to her book, Called Out of Darkness, her memoir about her flight from and return to Catholicism. She’s talking…

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Toad Rescue

Okay, so it wasn’t a toad. It was probably a tree frog. It had been sitting on the outer sill of our upstairs window all day, its little toad chin pulsing, a brownish lump in the corner of the glass. Alex was out playing, so it wasn’t until evening, when Christian discovered it, that Alex…

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Poster Child

My whole life, I have been a poster child for Catholicism. I was a choir baby, which means that on Lenten and Advent Wednesdays, I sat on hard pews and read or did homework while Mom and Dad rehearsed. I started playing flute at church at the tender age of ten or eleven, and by…

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