Saturday, September 20, 2014

Exciting New Book in October

I know I haven't blogged in a while -- my math writing over at the CK12 project has bumped all my other work off the schedule.

But I wanted to duck in here because there are people who follow this blog but who don't hang out with me on Facebook, and because one of the Jesuits I knew at the University of Chicago has an exciting new book coming out in 2 weeks.

I've only read the excerpt so far, but I'm excited, and you should be too!

The book is going to look at science, faith, and how both have a place in understanding the world. I'll be reading it out loud to my kids as part of their school work, because some of them have been wondering if you can love Jesus AND science. (Answer. Yes. And the pope has a crack team of astrophysicists who can prove it to you!)

The book's not out yet, but I'm counting down the days-- because choosing between theology and science is like choosing between peanut butter and bread. God wants us to have BOTH.

Or, as a friend of mine loves to say, "God loves science! That's why he made so much of it!"

Anyway, check out the excerpt that I linked to above-- you'll be hooked.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Drawing with Simcha, Week 2

We're still doing the Simcha Fisher drawing club, but my 8 year old found this week too frustrating and didn't want me to show off her work.

So, here's what we DO have: (In a hurry, so they're off kilter..)

My Picasso. I'm really proud of this one!

My daughter, from a pencil drawing in the 'Drawing' article in the World Book.

This exercise was a lot of fun too!
Thanks, Simcha, for running this class! It's great fun already!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Why Can’t We Force Companies Owned by Christians to Buy Contraceptives? :An Explanation for Hardcore Liberals

"Hey, Barb, can you hold my sign? They just marked the silk flowers half off..."

The Supreme Court has decided the Hobby Lobby case, and my Facebook feed is full of earnest (or perhaps very cynical) young (and rapidly approaching menopause) liberal women complaining about a war on woman, an attack on their sexual autonomy, and the coming of a world which previously only existed in Margaret Atwood novels.

So, why can’t the government just force those evil, plutocrat woman-hating Hobby Lobbyists to provide contraception like good upstanding corporate citizens?

Here’s a thought experiment to help you understand the problem.

I am Catholic. I am pro-life. In my younger (stupider, angrier) days, I thought that I could simultaneously be anti-abortion and pro-death penalty.  After much study, I discovered that I was wrong, and that the Church asks me to oppose both abortion and the death penalty. So I now oppose the death penalty.

Imagine I opened a chain of craft stores (almost unimaginable, I know, but bear with me here). I try to run my stores in accord with my religious principles. We don’t sell things made by prison labor, we don’t sell products made from inhumanely slaughtered animals, and we don’t donate to or in any way support groups that advocate for the death penalty or abortion.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Simcha Fisher Made Us Draw These

The girls and I are doing the 'summer drawing club' with Simcha Fisher. This week's assignment was to do a set of 'before' pictures: A person from memory, a self-portrait, and a sketch of your hand.

Here are our results. Clearly, we need the class!

10 year old's hand

10 year old's self portrait

10 year old draws 2 year old from memory

8 year old hand

8 year old draws friend from memory

8 year old self portrait

My Hand. I'm apparently a zombie.

My person from memory. Except the ADHD kicked in and I couldn't HOLD one person in memory. So this is more of a pastiche... of random people that I've seen in places... or maybe deep insight into my memory of 'person.' Or just random. Look, I'm really, really bad at remembering faces, OK? If you change your glasses, I won't recognize you!

Self portrait, from an ipod pic instead of a mirror because if I sit by the mirror, the toddler attacks.

Anyway, good clean drawing fun! If you want to join in, head over to Simcha's Place!

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Why Catholic Churches Don’t Do More Organized Bible Studies

This is totally what it looked like when we left La Porte.

Since I moved out of the Catholic Ghetto and into the wide, wonderful, wild world of small town Indiana, I’ve started getting lots of questions on why we Catholics are such a quirky bunch. Back in La Porte, where my entire social group was “Catholic Homeschoolers,” I never really thought about how we appeared to our Protestant friends and neighbors. Probably because I didn’t have any Protestant friends. (See: Catholic homeschoolers.)  

So, without further ado, here’s my take on why we Catholics don’t do more Bible studies.  Note that this is OPINION ONLY.  If anyone has arguments, questions, or insane, unhinged diatribes on the whore of Babylon and its embrace of space aliens, please put them in the comments.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Homemade Baby Food Tips

I published a compendium of my best baby food tips over at the Tom's of Maine blog. Check them out! They've been extensively tested on my bunch.