Articles from August, 2013

Autism and the Mentally Disturbed

You've likely heard about the letter from “one pissed off mother” that was delivered to the home of the grandmother of an autistic kid in Newcastle, Ontario. The vicious letter hit Facebook the other day and when I saw it, I hoped it was a scam because it was bad. When news bytes about the police investigations began turning up I was floored to find out that it was a real letter, written to a real family, about a real ... (Continue reading)

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Am I dumb because I have eight kids?

The Guardian UK recently published the article "Should we care that smart women aren't having kids?" The piece was based on the work of Satoshi Kanazawa, a London School of Economics psychologist who conducted research on the link between intelligence and maternal urges and wrote the book The Intelligence Paradox based on his findings. He concluded that the higher a woman's IQ, the less likely she is to have babies. According to Kanazawa's research, maternal urges decrease 25% for every 15 IQ points ... (Continue reading)

To wear or not to wear: church veils and mantillas

If you do an Internet search for "church veil" or "mantilla," you will come across many websites dedicated to wearing a piece of lace covering your head during Holy Mass. You'll also find many blog posts and articles that ask the question: should I or should I not wear a mantilla? The reasons for veiling are numerous: humility, reverence, modesty, bringing tradition back to the Mass. The reasons against veiling are just as strong: subjugation of women, false humility, holier-than-thou attitudes, ... (Continue reading)

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Eating Corn

When I was growing up, my family planted a vegetable garden almost every summer. It was never a very big garden, just big enough for a decent crop of corn, peppers, tomatoes, eggplants, and watermelons. When I was little, I thought the food we grew was the absolute best in the world. Now that I’m a grown-up and have some more objectivity, I’m pretty sure I was right. The downside of growing up eating what was arguably the best fresh food ... (Continue reading)

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The Perks of Being Childless

Time magazine published an article recently called “The Childfree Life: When having it all means not having children.” Since I don’t subscribe to Time and the library is only open for two hours every second Monday of months that end in “y” I didn’t get to read it. But I did hear news reports about it and I can guess what it might suggest, subtly or not. A child-free life is the way to go. Kids bog you down, ... (Continue reading)

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Empowering our youth to make a mess

In one of his World Youth Day homilies, Pope Francis told the throng of enthusiastic young adults that he wants a "mess." "I want to tell you something. What is it that I expect as a consequence of World Youth Day? I want a mess. We knew that in Rio there would be great disorder, but I want trouble in the dioceses!" he exclaimed. The participants embraced his words, reacting with the customary jubilation we have come to expect every ... (Continue reading)

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