Any Antiques Roadshow fans in das haus? While not a regular viewer, I’ve occasionally stumbled on the show and then find myself drawn into the fascinating stories and truths behind the heirloom on display. When the episode ends, I typically look around my house and think: Well, shoot. Look at all this junk. I sure don’t own anything worthy of an Antiques Roadshow spotlight. But maybe I just needed to look a little closer … . . . → Read More: My Not-Ready-for-Primetime Antiques Roadshow Investigation
Over the past few weeks, I have received what I consider rare treasures — handwritten thank you notes from a few family members and friends. I consider them rare as more often than not, notes of gratitude received these days tend to be delivered by way of email and Facebook. Looks like I’m not alone. According to the U.S. Postal Service’s annual survey, the average home only received a personal letter once every seven weeks in 2010, down from once every two weeks in 1987. . . . → Read More: The Lost Art of the Handwritten Thank You Note
About a month ago I read an article in the Wall Street Journal titled “How an Introvert Can Be Happier: Act Like an Extrovert.” As an introvert, the story, naturally, piqued my curiosity. There are many misconceptions floating out there in the universe about introverts and our behavior. A universe, mind you, that just so happens to be dominated by extroverts. So let’s help clear the air a bit. Adapted from Carl King’s 10 Myths about Introverts, here are a few misconceptions many have of us reflective and reserved types. . . . → Read More: If I Could Just Be More Extroverted…
What say you: is it a sin to speed … especially on the way to Mass? . . . → Read More: Is it a Sin to Speed?
What better time to spotlight the work of these good Benedictine monks and brew masters than today, August 2, International Beer Day? . . . → Read More: Celebrating International Beer Day, Catholic Monk Style
Meet Father George Komo, a Kenyan priest who’s been serving in our diocese for a handful of years. In a few months, Father George will leave behind the life as a parish priest and enlist in the Armed Services, on loan to the Archdiocese for the Military Services as a chaplain. We can’t help but wonder if somehow we ran him off. Not we as in just us Schmidts, but we as in first-world Catholics who may very well be just a little too used to getting exactly what we want. . . . → Read More: When the Priest Doesn’t Look Like Us
Consider the following scenario. Your best friend hasn’t returned emails in weeks other than some variation of, “Super busy — get back to you soon.” Do you: A) Fire off an email letting her know how offended you are at her neglect, being careful to recall the times when you were there for her. B) Back off and just wait it out until she decides to get back to you. Try not to get too steamed if it’s a long wait. C) Have fun picking out a humorous “I miss you” card. Send it with a note saying, “Would love to catch up with you when you’re up for it. If there’s anything you need, I’m always here.” Alternatively, if she lives nearby, drop off a batch of homemade baked goods. Maybe she feels guilty over her neglect and is now too embarrassed to re-establish contact. A kind gesture will go further than recriminations. . . . → Read More: Why Don’t Friends With Kids Have Time?
Nothing hollers, “Welcome to the South, y’all!” like this row of wooden rocking chairs I encountered at the Charlotte Douglas International airport while traveling to Birmingham last week for a Catholic media event. (More on that trip in the weeks to come!) What images come to mind when you you see a wooden rocking chair? . . . → Read More: The Sacredness of a Rocking Chair
Pornography is not just a topic for the ol’ boys clubs. Research indicates that pornography viewing among women is spreading widely. Why should I care about what you do in the privacy of your own home? I care because of the image St. Paul gives us in 1 Corinthians 12:26, “If [one] part suffers, all the parts suffer with it…” When a person is caught up in a sexual addiction of some kind, the impact on family members and others can be devastating. . . . → Read More: Porn-addiction: No longer a taboo topic
I recently received an email from a young at-home mom with limited access to transportation requesting advice on how she can get involved in the pro-life movement given her current stage of life and vocation. With the help of my Facebook friends, here are 20 ways busy, at-home moms can be engaged in the pro-life movement. . . . → Read More: 20 Ways (and counting!) At-Home Moms Can Volunteer for the Pro-Life Movement