Category Archives: Soap Box

Sojourners: Some thoughts on moving

We are moving!   (Just a local move, having outgrown our current situation a little while back.) We’ve been besieged over the years with little nuisances in this old house, starting with the general ugliness (which I didn’t notice until I started … Continue reading

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The life I wanted

In high school, I was pretty awkward. I didn’t blend in at all. First, I was a “homeschool transfer.” Started at St. Joseph Hill all-girls Catholic school in the 10th grade. As a 13 year old sophomore, I was the … Continue reading

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A Philosophical Discourse on Ideal vs. Real

…or, How My Day Didn’t Quite Go As Planned. Dave is coming home today from a long weekend trip with a couple of his brothers. My plan for today was to have some breakfast, and then spend some time bonding … Continue reading

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Not Ready

As I look around at my house on this Vigil of the Nativity of Our Lord, I see many things undone. Counters that need clearing. Gifts that need wrapping. Carpets that need vacuuming. With all the sickness that blows through … Continue reading

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Input/Output (part 2 of 2)

I would define sheltering as keeping children as unaware as possible of the sin and misery of the outside world during their formative years, while surrounding them with sufficient examples of virtue and a wholesome worldview that will aid in their growth and salvation. … Continue reading

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Input/Output (part 1 of 2)

In the topic of truly Catholic child rearing, the question must eventually come to the fore: What is appropriate for my child to read, watch, hear? What topics should we try not to discuss in front of children? I think … Continue reading

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Child rearing: What “works”?

What does it mean that a particular parenting technique “works” or “doesn’t work”? It’s all a function of goals, isn’t it? There are so many moments of urgency and immediacy in parenting. Sometimes it feels like there are nothing but … Continue reading

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Children are God’s image bearers

Back in February 2007 I wrote a post asking for input on Catholic child rearing. At the time I was just trying to rethink some of my previous philosophies that had been informing my child rearing methods. Now, over a year … Continue reading

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Pro Life Commercials

This morning I woke up and had this phrase in my head that developed into what could be a series of pro-life commercials. I wrote down my initial ideas for them and thought I would share them with you. Pro … Continue reading

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Men: The Weaker Sex?

When someone says “the weaker sex,” it is assumed he’s referring to women. It would be folly to deny the truth of this assumption as far as physical prowess and ability. Men, as a class, are simply stronger than women. … Continue reading

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