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Catholic Preppers?

Two years ago, I wrote and shared an article entitled “Universal Manhood: Integrating Manly Proficiency and Catholic Self-Sufficiency.” If I’m honest, I was not-so-subtly hinting at something I couldn’t bring myself to say out loud quite yet: I have a latent prepper streak. There is a part of me that is increasingly convinced that, if not my bride and I, certainly my children and grandchildren will experience basic deprivations of many of the comforts and freedoms we enjoy today, and will have to make do or improvise to survive. This morning, for kicks, I googled “Catholic Prepper” and was surprised

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Drifting to Distraction

Kickoff for Super Bowl XLIX is only 90 minutes away. Our family, like many others, will watch the game. Do we have any dog in this fight? Not so much. It’s worth asking, “Why even watch?” It’s a great question, and personally, I have no good answer beyond “family tradition.”  Every year we sit down together; pick a side to pull for; enjoy glutenous, fatty, sugary foods; drink soda and beer; and laugh — or more often cringe — at the the commercials and half-time show. We just do. Artemus suggested that sport may be our last American idol. He may

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Our Missing Rib, Part 2

Blogger’s Note: This is the second in an irregular series of posts on the differences between the genders in order to spread peace and understanding. The first such post is here. A friend recently posted this column from The Washington Post, from a dad who blamed his stay-at-home wife for their messy house, until he realized what she was really doing with her time. This could have been a I’m-so-sorry-for-being-a-guy sort of thing, but I actually found that it resonated with me on two levels: I’ve had the same thought processes and frustrations as the author, only to realize that my wife is great

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From the Mouths of Babes….

I found this article to be of interest, especially since at our last Junto meeting we briefly touched on a trend that certain restaurants are establishing “child-free” dining times. As a parent of six children, I can relate to the subject matter. In the course of raising our family, my wife and I have joined a number of different parishes and have been exposed to both modes of children / Mass interaction. I personally found the crying rooms to be less of a “time-out” place for the loud children, but rather more of an allowance for a “free-for-all” environment. I sympathized (and still

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Speechless…..

I recently had this article pop up on my Kindle USA Today application. Needless to say, I could not believe that 1) a so-called journalist would actually write something so ridiculous; and 2) that a media outlet would publish it. Has our family structure been so decimated that one could seriously promote stuff like this? So I step back and think, the concept of government-sanctioned legal homosexual unions probably started out the same way. Start rolling the ball up the hill, and at some point the ball is at the top and it starts rolling down the other side. Articles like these

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