Homemaking

A Primer on Politics and Prudence

The political scene is drawing toward the center of our national consciousness (if it ever left), as Democratic presidential debates have taken place, and as the 2020 election nears. As this happens, faithful Catholics need sound ways to think about candidates, policies, and the landscape in general. Josef Pieper, a great twentieth-century philosopher, provides a [...]

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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