Archive for April 2012

Vatican v. Nuns: Sr. Iphielya Weighs In

Sr. Iphielya, the alter ego to my alter ego, is an occasional contributor to Mary Tyler Mom.  She is also the patron saint of empathy, hence, her name.  Sr. Iphielya is a little riled up with all this business about nuns in the news this week.   I’m a good nun.  Or at least I... Read more »

Disney's Chimpanzees: Is it kid friendly?

Meet Oscar.  He is the toddler hero of Disneynature’s just released documentary, “Chimpanzees.”  It’s his eyes that got me — just look at them. Like my Mom, I’m a sucker for chimps. Completely on a whim, Mary Tyler Son and I went to go see it this afternoon. We had house guests this weekend, friends... Read more »

Oreos v. Breasts: Don't Cry Over Spilled Milk

I saw this advertisement yesterday on some media outlet and didn’t think a thing of it.  Today, it is causing an uproar all over the Internet and for the life of me, I can’t figure out why. There are three elements here:  a breast, a baby, and an Oreo.  Most offensive to me is the... Read more »

Take time to smell the dandelions.

In many ways, Mary Tyler Dad is a better parent than I am.  He has a capacity to be with Mary Tyler Son and not feel pressured by the dirty dishes or the laundry or the piles of toys that have migrated out of the playroom and into the living room, bedroom, bathroom, closet, etc. ... Read more »

Ladybugs are a Good Thing.

Three years ago today, a little ladybug of a girl was diagnosed with leukemia.  Just 17 months old at the time, Atia went through two years of aggressive daily chemotherapy.  Gratefully, Atia’s treatments worked.  Today she is an active four year old, busy with school, gymnastics, soccer, ballet and jazz. Atia’s mom, Laura, a fellow... Read more »

Rosen v. Romney: The Mommy Wars Continue

Last night, Democratic political strategist Hilary Rosen referred to Ann Romney, wife of Mitt and mother of five sons, as, “never having worked a day in her life.”  For a political strategist, that was an incredibly impolitic thing to say.  I understand what her point was, but because of Rosen’s unfortunate language, her point is not really the point... Read more »

Easter for Heathens: Religious Holidays When You're Not Religious

Yesterday was Easter, which also happened to coincide with Passover — two of the highest of Holy Days in Judeo-Christian traditions.  For many, these days hold extreme relevance, for others, they are another day on the calendar.  For me, well, it’s complicated. I was raised Catholic.  Irish-Catholic.  Parochial school education, Church every Sunday, Midnight Mass... Read more »