Category Archives: Youth

Obamacare vs. Beer Money

In the Rose Garden the other day, President Obama insisted that, while the federal Obamacare exchanges weren’t working very well, the product they were selling was a good product. Once the IT “glitches” were solved everything would be hunky-dory. Unfortunately for the President, and for Obamacare, the disastrous roll-out of the federal exchanges presents problems [...]

Don Jon & the Destructive Nature of Porn

Note: Viewers beware – this film is sexually graphic and filled with clips of pornography. Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt has captivated Hollywood and the public with his approach to the subject matter of the new film he wrote and directed, Don Jon. Don Jon follows the life of a young man named Jon, who has a [...]

Serenity. Now.

In the science fiction movie Serenity, the follow up to the too-soon-cancelled TV show Firefly, the hero, Captain Mal Reynolds, is being pursued by an assassin (and the entire military), whose job is to protect Mal from discovering secrets he is not supposed to know.  At one point the assassin says to a cornered Mal, [...]

Dating Rules for Teenage Girls

  This piece, by Theresa Thomas at her blog Everyday Catholic, is really good. I have to admit my first reaction when I saw the title of her post was not the most charitable.  I don’t rush to judgment – I put on cleats and sprint. So when I saw “Teenage Dating for Girls,” I [...]

The LOVE Revolution

WYA Revolution is a project started by a young man named Jon Jorgenson.  Over the weekend a bunch of my friends sent me the link to two of Jon’s videos in the Anima Series. Now, they don’t have millions of views (yet), but they must be catching on because a bunch of people sent me [...]

I Work At Our Lady’s College

I work at Our Lady’s college — you know, that college with a long history in the Midwest, a winning football tradition, a memorable fight song, and a beautiful Lourdes grotto that people visit from all over the country to light candles … Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. That joke, which Benedictine College’s president likes [...]

The Pope Francis Effect: Confession Boom Continues

  Back in May, we were delighted to share the news that a dramatic increase in confessions in Italy and Latin America was taking place in the wake of Pope Francis’ election. Well, it seems now that the British are getting in on it too. In a survey of Catholic priests throughout England and Wales, [...]

“Same Love” Ain’t About Love

Maybe you’ve heard it on the radio. Or maybe you saw Ellen Degeneres laud the singers of “Same Love” as her “heroes” for being the first hip-hop musicians to speak out in favor of gay marriage. Or maybe you’re new to the game and only heard about the song “Same Love” after Macklemore and Ryan [...]

One Test to Rule Them All?

“I gave you the chance of aiding me willingly, but you have elected the way of pain.” – Saruman, The Fellowship of the Ring The state of New York released results of its Common Core-aligned tests recently; scores fell dramatically.  Kentucky has also used Common Core-aligned tests and saw a similar pattern.  Scores on large-scale [...]

10 Ways Living with a Toddler is Supremely Awesome

The Huffington Post blog had a post yesterday entitled “10 Ways Living With a Toddler Is Like Being in Prison.” Yes, it was mildly humorous, and yes, some of the sentiments will resonate with parents of children of that age, and yes, there is some comfort in sharing stories and jokes about our kids to [...]


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