DIFTS: Do It For The Story
So I was over at a friend’s last night for dinner, and she let me in on something kind of awesome that’s swirling among the existentially-hungry, generally-affluent Catholic school boys she teaches. Wow. (If any of them reads this I guess I’m going to sound majorly out of touch for even mentioning it, but that’s…
Mother/Daughter Chat: Catholic School
“What was that kind of school you went to, Mom?” asked my seven-year-old daughter, Margaret, the other day. “Catholic, honey.” “And what were those things—those outfits?” “Uniforms?” “I’m glad I don’t have to wear those. And what else did you have to do?” “Go to church, learn about God, line up a lot, I don’t…
From the Desk of the Principal The Very Special School 11 Leafy Lane East Coast, USA Dear Parents, As you all know, our middle school Divinity Club has worked really hard this year raising money to bring a musical show from Ireland to TVSS for our traditional Second-Semester Convocation. Unfortunately, the much-anticipated “All Priests Show”…
Just a Few Questions
SS. Dismas and Gestas Elementary School New Student Questionnaire Parents: Please fill out the following questions so that we may get to know you better! 1. How was your child conceived? ___ Naturally ___ Unnaturally (IVF, Donor Egg, Contraception Failure) ___ Adopted 2. What is your parental arrangement? ___ Heterosexual, married ___ Heterosexual, divorced ___…
No French Kisses
There is a transcendent and overarching God at work. His kisses taste like chocolate.
Second Man on the Moon
Forty years after the moonwalk, a reflection on a childhood obsession for fame, a friendship and one more autograph.
Give Up Now, Young Writer
I was 15 when Kurt Vonnegut blew my mind. Good timing. I had never read anything so fantastically alive as Cat’s Cradle, his apocalyptic story of invented religion in a banana republic. At the time, I had just recently converted from being an obsessive TV-watcher to, inexplicably, an in-over-my-head bookworm. Now, with Vonnegut in hand,…
Naked and Guilty
Young Christians encounter sex, violence, and the eros of evangelicalism in a Texas hell house.
Victory Through Daughters
An exclusive excerpt from Quiverfull: Inside the Christian Patriarchy Movement from Beacon Press.
Must One Describe?
The air here is always dry. Thin, but also thick. A white pipe the width of a soda can reaches from floor to ceiling, making the never-ending music of a rainstick. From it comes enough heat that even on the coldest days of winter I’ve had to keep the window open at least a crack…
Proof Enough for Me
When the usual proofs for God don’t do the trick, sometimes you have to think up your own.