Beef Stroganoff is Rocket Science, Too

So a rocket scientist died, and the New York Times, in some kind of effort to be witty and ironic, led off her obit with this: She made a mean beef stroganoff, followed her husband from job to job and took eight years off from work to raise three children. ‘The world’s best mom,’ her son Matthew said. And it wasn’t that we didn’t get the joke, it’s that it wasn’t funny, so when Twitter reacted by mocking the outdated notion that it’s somehow incompatible with rocket science to know how to cook (career women being All One Thing, and … Continue reading Beef Stroganoff is Rocket Science, Too

Beef Stroganoff is Rocket Science, Too

So a rocket scientist died, and theNew York Times, in some kind of effort to be witty and ironic, led off her obit with this: She made a mean beef stroganoff, followed her husband from job to job and took eight years off from work to raise three children. ‘The world’s best mom,’ her son Matthew said. And it wasn’t that we didn’t get the joke, it’s that it wasn’t funny, so when Twitter reacted by mocking the outdated notion that it’s somehow incompatible with rocket science to know how to cook (career women being All One Thing, and housewives … Continue reading Beef Stroganoff is Rocket Science, Too

More on Patience

Because you are all brilliant and are keeping the comment thread going on John Kass’s column*, there’s something I want to ask, in all sincerity: Is there an age after which you no longer have to grow and change and work and learn? Because like 90 percent of the frustrating conversations I have with my fellow rapidly-approaching-middle-age humans revolve around how they’ve never learned a skill or changed an opinion and they think it’s cute not to have done so. I’m not saying you have to WANT to text, or code, or spend all day playing Candy Crush on Facebook … Continue reading More on Patience

Friday Guest Catblogging: Cam and Robert Observing a Suitcase Being Packed

These are my friend Kevin’s kitties looking pitiful for classic feline reasons. They all hate suitcases. Cam is the tabby and Robert is the black beast. They shouldn’t pout: they have a good home after being adopted by Kevin from the Louisiana SPCA. Picture by Kevin and post title too. Continue reading Friday Guest Catblogging: Cam and Robert Observing a Suitcase Being Packed

The beginning and the end (Abby, Part 1)

HOLDEN: I know this sounds pretentious as hell, but I like to think of us as artists. And I’d like to get back to doing something more personal – like our first book. ALYSSA: Well when are you going to do that? HOLDEN: As soon as we have something personal to say. The term “Spring Break” has been a misnomer around my house for years. Since I stopped taking Easter Vacation trips with my folks somewhere around age 15, the “break” usually meant a chance to catch up on work, take on a part-time job or find some other thing … Continue reading The beginning and the end (Abby, Part 1)

Friday Ferretblogging: Claire vs. The Sick Edition

So Claire decided to get whatever hell-flu-cold-plague is going around Casa Athenae again this week (I went to a conference over the weekend and brought back my third virus in two months, WTF) and Mr. A and I have spent most of the last couple of days anxiously watching her. She’s perked back up, is eating on her own and kicking the ass of her favorite toy, so I think she’s going to be just fine: A. Continue reading Friday Ferretblogging: Claire vs. The Sick Edition

Traditional Procreative Concept

Start breeding or get divorced, ladies: Attorney Charles Cooper, the former Reagan administration official arguing in support of Proposition 8, stressed that recognizing same-sex marriages would “sever (marriage’s) abiding connection with its traditional procreative context.” In turn, Justice Elena Kagan countered with the example of elderly couples and others who marry, despite being past child-rearing age. “There are lots of people that get married that can’t have children,” Breyer added. Yeah, but they’re not REAL families. They’re not families with 2.5 kids and a dog and a white picket fence. They’re not families with soccer practices and PTA meetings. They’re … Continue reading Traditional Procreative Concept

Who Will Speak Up for Christianity in an Age of Rampant Girl-on-Girl?

If only it had a champion, such as the Tribune’s John Kass: I’m not opposed to same-sex unions. Americans have the right to equal protection under the law, and same-sex couples should be able to expect the same tax benefits and other considerations allowed to those of us who are now being called, in some quarters, “opposite-sex couples.” As far as I’m concerned, Americans have the right to do as they please as long as they don’t infringe upon the rights of others. America is all about liberty and freedom. But this all comes now during the season of Lent, … Continue reading Who Will Speak Up for Christianity in an Age of Rampant Girl-on-Girl?

The beginning and the end (Abby, Part 1)

HOLDEN: I know this sounds pretentious as hell, but I like to think of us as artists. And I’d like to get back to doing something more personal – like our first book. ALYSSA: Well when are you going to do that? HOLDEN: As soon as we have something personal to say. The term “Spring Break” has been a misnomer around my house for years. Since I stopped taking Easter Vacation trips with my folks somewhere around age 15, the “break” usually meant a chance to catch up on work, take on a part-time job or find some other thing … Continue reading The beginning and the end (Abby, Part 1)

Friday Ferretblogging: Claire vs. The Sick Edition

So Claire decided to get whatever hell-flu-cold-plague is going around Casa Athenae again this week (I went to a conference over the weekend and brought back my third virus in two months, WTF) and Mr. A and I have spent most of the last couple of days anxiously watching her. She’s perked back up, is eating on her own and kicking the ass of her favorite toy, so I think she’s going to be just fine: A. Continue reading Friday Ferretblogging: Claire vs. The Sick Edition

Friday Guest Catblogging: Cam and Robert Observing a Suitcase Being Packed

These are my friend Kevin’s kitties looking pitiful for classic feline reasons. They all hate suitcases. Cam is the tabby and Robert is the black beast. They shouldn’t pout: they have a good home after being adopted by Kevin from theLouisiana SPCA. Picture by Kevin and post title too. Continue reading Friday Guest Catblogging: Cam and Robert Observing a Suitcase Being Packed

More on Patience

Because you are all brilliant andare keeping the comment thread going on John Kass’s column*, there’s something I want to ask, in all sincerity: Is there an age after which you no longer have to grow and change and work and learn? Because like 90 percent of the frustrating conversations I have with my fellow rapidly-approaching-middle-age humans revolve around how they’ve never learned a skill or changed an opinion and they think it’s cute not to have done so. I’m not saying you have to WANT to text, or code, or spend all day playing Candy Crush on Facebook (fuck … Continue reading More on Patience

Another Huck Upchuck

I’ll start by apologizing to my fellow NOLA blogger Jimmy Huck for borrowing his blog name for this post but, hey, it fits Mike Huckabee’s latest hissy fit: Though some conservatives are shifting course and backing gay marriage – like Bill O’Reilly and Sen. Rob Portman, for example – Mike Huckabee remains adamant that if Republicans change course they will lose the support of evangelicals. Republicans may begin to support gay marriage in full force, Huckabee said, “And if they do, they’re going to lose a large part of their base because evangelicals will take a walk.” “And it’s not … Continue reading Another Huck Upchuck

Another Huck Upchuck

I’ll start by apologizing to my fellowNOLA blogger Jimmy Huck for borrowing his blog name for this post but, hey, it fits Mike Huckabee’s latest hissy fit: Though some conservatives are shifting course and backing gay marriage – likeBill O’Reilly and Sen. Rob Portman, for example – Mike Huckabee remains adamant that if Republicans change course they will lose the support of evangelicals. Republicans may begin to support gay marriage in full force, Huckabee said, “And if they do, they’re going to lose a large part of their base because evangelicals will take a walk.” “And it’s not because there’s … Continue reading Another Huck Upchuck

In Which We Just Become a Kerryblog Again

Guys.There is news about him EVERY DAY. WASHINGTON (RNS) Secretary of State John Kerry is calling for the release of an Iranian-American minister from a Tehran prison, a welcome step for advocates who had accused the State Department of being “AWOL” on the case. “I am deeply concerned about the fate of U.S citizen Saeed Abedini, who has been detained for nearly six months and was sentenced to eight years in prison in Iran on charges related to his religious beliefs,” Kerry said in a statement released Friday (March 22). “I am disturbed by reports that Mr. Abedini has suffered … Continue reading In Which We Just Become a Kerryblog Again

In Which We Just Become a Kerryblog Again

Guys.There is news about him EVERY DAY. WASHINGTON (RNS) Secretary of State John Kerry is calling for the release of an Iranian-American minister from a Tehran prison, a welcome step for advocates who had accused the State Department of being “AWOL” on the case. “I am deeply concerned about the fate of U.S citizen Saeed Abedini, who has been detained for nearly six months and was sentenced to eight years in prison in Iran on charges related to his religious beliefs,” Kerry said in a statement released Friday (March 22). “I am disturbed by reports that Mr. Abedini has suffered … Continue reading In Which We Just Become a Kerryblog Again