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Tell me a story

I am told that when my husband was a child, he used to study and memorize all the specifications data of military aircraft. He loved the numbers. As we raised our children, he and the three boys loved to sit at the dinner table and discuss military strategy. They would replay and analyze great battles from ancient wars through more modern conflicts. My daughter and I listened politely, but we did not have the same love of military history. In fact, I have always struggled to learn history of any kind. I can recall the tiniest minutiae of the life sciences, but names, dates, and random events do not stick in my brain.

However, I am discovering that the problem is most of my formal education in history has been taught as a time line. I don't want a time line. I want a story. When I was in high school, if they had shown me Downton Abbey and then explained all the historical details surrounding the story, I would have devoured history. Tell me about the political strife that triggered…

The charade of public education

There is a serious indictment of public education written by Steven Johathan Rummelsburg and published by Crisis Magazine. In his essay, The Empress is Naked, Mr. Rummelsburg claims that many of the successes touted by educators are more a manipulation of standards to make results look good.


Public education has taken on a life of its own.  She has a specific character and a predictable personality.  I contend she is animated by the father of lies. We will call her the Empress. The Emperor’s invisible clothes in the tale can be likened to the programs the Empress uses to clothe her massive body of schools.  Just like the Emperor, the Empress is “so excessively fond of clothes” that she spends all her money on them.  These outward signs of vanity are garments woven from invisible threads invented by the swindlers we know as “educational experts.” The Empress adorns herself with new and ever-changing signs of achievement.  One hour she shows off higher test scores, the next she touts dim…

The redefinition of marriage

My latest HLI article is up at Zenit.org:

The state has no compelling interest to recognize the mutual affection of adults. The state interest in the legal recognition of marriage has been the acknowledgement of the uniqueness of the union of one man and one woman. Children born of such a union must be protected and the connection to their parents must be preserved. While it is true that not every relationship between a man and a woman will involve children, the union of one man and one woman is the only kind of relationship that can produce children. It is biologically impossible for the union of two men or two women to procreate. While men may have deep feelings and even love for other men and women may have deep feelings and love for other women, their relationships will always be barren unless they go outside the relationship for children. That is one reason it is impossible to equate same-sex relationships with the relationship between one man and one woman.

Please read the whole a…

Feeling the earth beneath my feet and between my fingers

Spring has been a long time coming here in Northern Virginia. Finally, finally it has arrived. Took a trip out to the Cherry Blossom festival on Monday. The blooms were not quite peaking but were still gorgeous.


I've also been enjoying getting a good dose of Vitamin D while playing in my garden. Not a lot of planting going on. Just weeding and weeding as I coax along my perennials. It is a good year for daffodils. In the pictures you might even see a tulip. I often don't get many pictures of tulips since the deer like to chomp the blossoms as if they were lollipops.
 These are annuals that I used for an indoor Easter arrangement. Now they are enjoying having their roots in the earth and the sun on their leaves and blossoms.
 This is my bulb garden around my mailbox. I am so happy the tulips survived.

 It has been a wonderful year for daffodils. There are a few hyacinths in the foreground

 The peonies are sprouting. It won't be too long now.


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Chipping away at parental rights

A few days ago this "public service announcement" showed up on MSNBC:




MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry says we have to get over this idea that kids belong to their parents. They belong to the community.

This is a rehash of Hillary Clinton's "It takes a village" meme. You know, I am all for "It takes a village" with one important caveat:  as the parent, I get to choose the village. I get to seek out the community that supports my principles and reinforces the values I am teaching at home. Under no circumstances does the government, the school, or even the parish religious education office have the right to impose itself as my "village" and undermine my role as parent. Ms. Harris-Perry is advocating for the destruction of the nuclear family in favor of some sort of communal responsibility for children. If you haven't read  Brave New World lately, pick it up and see if the dystopia described doesn't reflect much of our current culture.

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Raising the temperature

Today is the ninth day of the Divine Mercy Novena:
Most compassionate Jesus, You are Compassion Itself. I bring lukewarm souls into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart. In this fire of Your pure love, let these tepid souls who, like corpses, filled You with such deep loathing, be once again set aflame. O Most Compassionate Jesus, exercise the omnipotence of Your mercy and draw them into the very ardor of Your love, and bestow upon them the gift of holy love, for nothing is beyond Your power.Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon lukewarm souls who are nonetheless enfolded in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. Father of Mercy, I beg You by the bitter Passion of Your Son and by His three-hour agony on the Cross: Let them, too, glorify the abyss of Your mercy. Amen.  Reading much of the news can be dizzying. How did we end up in this state? College students are seeking to have a Catholic priest fired because he offered sound Catholic teaching. The Army warns soldiers to …