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My youngest child is running a fever today. If I was still working full-time, my husband and I would be doing the “Sick Time Shuffle” — trying to figure out (a) which one of us has the most sick time available, and/or (b) which one of us might get more pushback for taking a day […]
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As you can see, I’ve chosen a very serious and important topic for my first real article on Patheos. Cheesecake: is it cake or is it pie? Discuss. This was something I needed to know today. I wanted to celebrate Pi Day, but I was too lazy busy to mix up a pie crust or […]
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If you’re reading this, likely you’ve already figured out that my blog has joined the Patheos Catholic channel, but I thought I’d say hello anyway. I’m very excited about this move! I’ve long admired other Catholic writers who are or were part of the channel (shout out, in no particular order, to Rebecca Bratten Weiss, […]
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This is Part 3 of a series about the problem of some Catholic parishes/dioceses holding the sacraments hostage. Part 1 and Part 2 also discuss baptism. In no particular order, here are some thoughts on what we can do as a church (both upper and lowercase C) to potentially fix this issue, as pertains to […]
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It appears that Part 1 of this post resonated with a LOT of people! I have heard so many stories over the past few days in response regarding parishes that have instituted similar ridiculous requirements prior to baptism, and the heartbreak and frustration that has caused many, many Catholic families. I wanted to add some […]
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Edit 1/30/2018: Leila Lawler has edited her post to clarify, so I will too. I should have slept on this instead of posting it right away. I let my anger and indignation get the best of me, and that wasn’t wise. Mea culpa. I apologize to Leila Lawler for being uncharitable and unkind. I have […]
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This is Part 1 of what will be a two-part post. I’m a Catholic mother of six living children, and I’m here today with a plea: stop holding the sacraments hostage. Don’t erect arbitrary and unnecessary obstacles to the sacraments, obstacles that have no basis in canon law. In particular, stop making it harder for […]
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Originally written for my old blog, but I thought it was worth putting here as well. A Christmas card PSA from your friendly neighborhood copy editor. (Like Spiderman, with great power comes great responsibility.) When signing your Christmas card/letter (or creating return address labels), do not sign them like so: Merry Christmas from the Wahlund’s! […]
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2018 is right around the corner. That means you need to be prepared for it. You never know what next year will have in store for you, and it is important to plan ahead. With a little bit of determination, you can have a nice emergency fund saved up throughout 2018 and going forward. The […]
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As those of you who follow this blog’s Facebook page are aware, I was unexpectedly laid off from my job of eight years in April. April 19, to be exact. I was absolutely blindsided by the layoff, as was the rest of my former team (one other team member was let go besides myself). From what […]
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