Homemaking

Science Is Never Settled

In his 2006 documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore promotes the view that anthropogenic (man-made) global warming (AGW) is fact and has caused nearly every malady in recent history from hurricane Katrina to the spread of malaria. What’s more, things are going to get worse; it’s not a question of if but when and how [...]

In Defense of Domesticity

The Norwegian secret to enjoying a long winter is to see the freezing months as something to be enjoyed, not something to be endured. According to a seeker of human happiness, this makes all the difference. They even have a word, koselig, which means a sense of coziness. People gather around the table for a [...]

Outsourcing

A quick look around the Catholic mom-o-sphere might leave you with the impression that most Catholic moms -- especially those with large families -- are a bunch of Frugal Frannies. And that might be so. Depending where you click, you can find articles about sewing your own clothes, baking your own bread, and making your [...]

Rats, Roaches, and Queens

I keep an orderly kitchen -- spices fresh and organized; cereal safely resealed into sorted Tupperware containers; a fitted lid for every pot, pan and roaster. I have been heard to screech, "Who loaded the dishwasher without rinsing the dishes?" Scissors, tape, and push pins all have a right place, and the telephone book remains [...]

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