Archive for July 2012

Reconnecting with relatives

A couple days ago I wrote about how there’s no blueprint of what to do with the relatives, when your immediate family is screwed up. I wrote the email immediately after I posted that article. Somehow, writing that article helped me figure out how to write the email. Yesterday, on the train ride home from... Read more »

Reaching out to relatives in times of estrangement

I’m trying to sit down and write an email to one of my relatives after avoiding replying to her for a while. I’m a little scared. I wrote previously about how my therapist said I was taking on roles that I don’t need to take on. I don’t remember the term she used, but basically... Read more »

73 days until the Chicago Marathon: Am I ready?

73 days until the Chicago Marathon: Am I ready?
October seems so far away while we’re suffering through yet another 100+ degree day. We have to finish off July, survive August, and somehow make time for running in September, when school will be in full swing. Then the marathon, on October 7th. 73 more days, according to the marathon website, and 20 hours left,... Read more »
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What's the difference between a terrorist and a toddler?

What's the difference between a terrorist and a toddler?
My therapist had this joke , when I started realizing today in therapy how much my dad acts like a toddler. If you’ve ever dealt with a toddler before, you’ll know the answer to this question: you can reason with a terrorist. The “Me! Mine!” phase is part of healthy development for toddlers, and they... Read more »

Sometimes agnostic, sometimes holy

Sometimes agnostic, sometimes holy
As a kid, sometimes I was rather agnostic. Sometimes it was merely apathy. Other times, I was so enraptured by the stories of the lives of saints that I wished I could experience pain and wounds as they did. I think that I wanted so much to endure what many saints endured, if just to... Read more »

Is it okay to still be angry at your parents?

Is it okay to still be angry at your parents?
As you may or may not have gathered from my last post, I was in my parents’ hometown over the long weekend, to be a bridesmaid in a friend’s wedding. The flight was good, I was glad I rented a car, the wedding was very nice except for the verses from Ephesians I absolutely loathe,... Read more »
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So, a deaf person goes through airport security...

So, a deaf person goes through airport security...
I flew to my in-laws recently, bringing along one of my spare spider plants, stuffing it in a old Macy’s bag in my backpack. It was a replacement for their old spider plant that had finally kicked the bucket, possibly due to being knocked off of the plant stand one too many times by cats.... Read more »

This is how hot it is

This is how hot it is
This is how hot it is. My cat, Pumpkin, demanded that I pick her up and hold her in front of the air conditioner. She normally loves to lay right below the AC, but yesterday morning she meowed at me angrily until I picked her up. Then she started “climbing” up the door, so I... Read more »

Spanking can psychologically damage children

Spanking can psychologically damage children
Studies show that spankings contribute to mental illnesses in children. It makes them more aggressive as an adult. It damages the emotional connection and trust that children have in their parents. It teaches them that hurting people is an acceptable way to “teach” people what not to do. And in very young children, under the... Read more »
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Becoming Episcopalian: Sunday Obligations

Becoming Episcopalian after growing up Catholic has been a bit of a journey. Some things that come naturally to born-Episcopal (or even born-Protestant) people don’t come all that easily to someone who was born Catholic. Well, I technically was born a Protestant, having been a Lutheran before I became Catholic around 2 years old, but... Read more »