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Why We Do What We Do

You know, I got to thinking that perhaps this is a horrid time to do this to you.  Instead of giving you an uplifting, inspirational, pre-Easter review, I’m giving you a why-do-you-do-what-you-do kind of piece, and that might ruffle a few feathers.  If so, feel free to ignore this post.  You won’t hurt my feelings. […]

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Hand Wash Cold

A quiet, gentle introduction to an exquisite book.  I took off work one day in January to read a galley copy of it. It took my breath away. Order your copy today.  It’ll arrive before Easter, just in time for some spring cleaning–inside and out. Come back here on Monday, April 5th, and I’ll tell […]

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Ritual Observance

In all fairness, if you’re going to read Religion Explained, you might feel the need to read some other book–Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis, perhaps–that will tilt the balance the other direction.  I, for one, was ready to read Religion Explained.  It makes sense to me…and I’m ready to hear the hard truth, as uncomfortable […]

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Immersion: The Way We Learn

Last fall, we had Liliana in a local Montessori school.  I was ecstatic.  I’d done my reading on Montessori philosophy (and my homework on Marie Montessori), and I was convinced that my child would soar to the moon, being surrounded by such an exquisite (and accepting) take on learning. Still.  In our situation, we received […]

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When God Doesn’t Explain

Today requires few words.  I found this piece hilarious, especially because it validates how I felt after doing the many months of research for Eve. Roz Chast crystallizes the moment just so.  [This is from The New Yorker, March 8, 2010.] It would have been wonderful to clear this up right away… [Post image: Partial […]

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