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Seven Pieces of Advice

What advice would you give your 18-year-old self? Or, for that matter, an actual 18-year-old? Alexa, very good old friend of mine, sent out an email recently that brought out some surprising things among those of us who received it and responded: a request for advice. Apparently, her brother’s teacher wrote to parents asking for…

From Scott Clark, via Flickr.

I Laughed When I Saw Him, in Spite of Myself

Learning to lie to your kids.


Freak Flags Flying

Being a parent is an endlessly surprising enterprise. My children perplex me in ways that are both deeply disturbing as well as off-the-hook, beyond brilliant. I can say with absolute surety that, at this point in my life, they are my best and most important teachers. In the last few weeks, as the spate of…

Mike Warnke's "Coming Home"

Wicked Funny

The pseudo-ex-Satanist Mike Warnke and me.


We’re All Gay Now!

The recent spate of bullying of gay and possibly gay children—to the point of multiple suicides—called my attention to the use of the word “gay.” It’s still quite frequently heard as a synonym for “uncool.” I think this needs to be dismantled ASAP, not only for the physical and mental health of our children and…

"SUBURBAN UTOPIA - Jefferson, Ohio" by  joiseyshowaa, via Flickr.

Car Culture Audio

The purposeless driven life of Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs.

Mary's Tiny Blog

Tiny Blogger

Recently unearthed: my religion notebook from third grade. My husband left it on top of my desk with a note attached that said “This explains a lot.” Here’s just a sample: The Parable of the Dancing. In it, we see hints of my later struggles with my behavior. Don’t do bad things, Future Mary, I’m…

Text painting by David Kramer. Click to enlarge and read.

Santa by Faith Alone

She knows. My much-loved, hyper-aware six-year old daughter—a little cable-starved urchin (her parents will only spring for basic) whose television hero and role model is the obsessive-compulsive detective, Monk—has discovered there is no Santa Claus. Given her gumshoe mind I shouldn’t have been surprised, but I was. One of the joys of parenthood is finding…

Killing the Buddha

Bill Gates vs. Baby Jesus

Kids! Get back over here! Look, it’s Albert Einstein. The father of relativity! And Eleanor Roosevelt! She kick-started feminism! Yes, the donkeys are very cute,Tallulah. The baby? Well, some people think— Here, want a free-thinkers’ coloring book and some soy crayons? What’s that, Milo? Yes, their lights are very pretty, but you know what? They’re…


The Rosary

Bringing it down to earth.

Killing the Buddha

Content to Find the Planet Mysterious and Beautiful

Peter Bebergal’s new piece on KtB, “Bedtime Stumblings,” has prompted a number of reactions. Over on our Facebook page, where some of our most vibrant discussions have been lately (become a fan if you aren’t already!), there were three glowing comments: Milton W. Kliesch: This is an excellent article about grief and the struggle of…


Bedtime Stumblings

Somewhere between Jedi and G.I. Joe, there must be an explanation.

No Kissing Sign

No French Kisses

There is a transcendent and overarching God at work. His kisses taste like chocolate.

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Christian Dojo

A high kick to the anti-Christian tendencies of an aspiring Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle.

Killing the Buddha


The 12-year Chafe Polyester-blend uniforms are hairshirts for children The first time (I confessed) I made sure I would get Father Riordan, the dreamboat Irish priest. Face-to-face? Definitely. First confession, pt. 2 I had to make up sins which is, of course, a sin

"For a kid who struggled with a sense of shame, I’m amazed at how shamelessly I pursued some of these guys."

Second Man on the Moon

Forty years after the moonwalk, a reflection on a childhood obsession for fame, a friendship and one more autograph.

Killing the Buddha

Fairies or Princesses?

We recently received a delightful short essay from James Royce McGuire, writer of fiction and plays, called “The Fairy Land.” Let’s wander through it together! It’s extremely easy to lose our way spiritually. Tennessee Williams, in his play Suddenly Last Summer, compares the delicacy of a poet to that of a spider web. In a…


The Good, The Bad and Bumping Uglys

Some thoughts on masturbation, Mailer, and the Good Book.