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Dear God (On The Catholic Church And Abuse And Evil And Crises Of Faith)

posted by Catherine Connors

This weekend, I read an article in New York Times Magazine about the crisis surrounding the Catholic Church in Ireland as new, horrible, stories emerge about sexual abuse of children and efforts by the Church to cover up those stories. […]

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There But For A Rocking Chair: On Love and Fear and Keeping Our Children Safe

posted by Catherine Connors

Before Emilia was born, I fussed endlessly about babyproofing. Never mind that it would be months before she would even enter the world, let alone move around it and find its electrical outlets: I was convinced that when it came […]

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Just Ask The Children

posted by Catherine Connors

A very good argument for supporting the BornHIVFree campaign: An even better argument: Please pass it on.

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What’s In A Name? HOPE

posted by Catherine Connors

Tomorrow, I leave for Africa, to see this project in action. While I’m gone, please consider signing the petition to support it. And then tell all your friends. And tell them to tell all their friends. If you all sign […]

Words Can Make A Difference

posted by Catherine Connors

For most of the last year, I’ve been working to help my nephew, Tanner. I’ve been telling his story for a few years now, but – as you probably already know if you read this blog, and/or my other blog […]

Sugar And Spice And Everything Skate Punk

posted by Catherine Connors

Emilia, at four years old, is a daredevil and a tomboy and a sports enthusiast and a thrill-seeker and an all-around rapscallion. To say that I think that’s awesome is extreme understatement. And sure, being a rapscallion tomboy means that […]

Fear And The Common Phone Call

posted by Catherine Connors

So my mom called me the other day, to talk about this, that and the other, and in the course of our chatting she says, in passing, words to the effect of ‘… and so after I saw the vascular […]

And The Moon Is The Only Light We See

posted by Catherine Connors

I’ve been struggling with depression. I’m always struggling with depression, in some respects, but it feels harder, these days. My husband asks me if I’m sad, and I tell him no, because depression is different from sadness, but there’s an […]

Let’s Bring Compassion Into The Abortion Debate

posted by Catherine Connors

I don’t expect everyone to agree about abortion. I find it difficult enough, as someone who is emphatically pro-choice but deeply ambivalent about her own experience, to come to any clear terms (beyond believing that women’s freedom of choice must […]

Just Do It. Because Somewhere Out There, There’s A Little Boy Who Can’t

posted by Catherine Connors

In which I explain why – and, more importantly, how – I am running 100 Miles For Tanner: “Just put on your running shoes and run.” It’s that easy. Except for Tanner, it’s not, and never will be. Which is […]

My Year Of Believing Dangerously

posted by Catherine Connors

I’ve been struggling with faith this year. I’ve been struggling with faith for a lot of years, but this year has been particularly complicated, with the death of my father figuring as the most complicated – and painful – of […]

Being A Princess Is Hard. Running Is Harder.

posted by Catherine Connors

So. Last month I started training for the Tiarathon, a half-marathon that will take place in March, two months from now, give or take. I managed about a week and a half of training and then I got sick. I’m […]

I’ll Do Anything For A Tiara

posted by Catherine Connors

I think that I’ve committed myself to running a half-marathon. Actually, I know that I’ve committed myself, because I announced it on Twitter, and we all that what happens on Twitter stays on Twitter as permanent evidence of whatever it […]

The Year In Review: Feel The Fear And Sob On Stage Anyway

posted by Catherine Connors

The most viscerally terrifying experience that I had this year: reading ‘Lost Boy’ for BlogHer’s Community Keynote. It was awesome and wonderful and all those things that one expects from feeling one’s fear and doing it anyway, but I was […]

Teaching Our Children To Remember To Never Forget

posted by Catherine Connors

Most of my family has served in the military in some capacity or another. My grandfather was in the (Canadian) Navy. My mother was in the Air Force. My father (pictured above) was in the Air Force. My father-in-law served […]

God And The Good Parent, Part II: If God Were Like Santa, This Would Be Easy

posted by Catherine Connors

As I wrote yesterday, I have a complicated relationship with God. Have had for a long time. But I’d always been comfortable with that – until I had kids… I wrote yesterday that I want my children to know God, […]

Hard To Tell

posted by Catherine Connors

I think that I might be having an existential breakdown. That, or I’m just exhausted and depressed after a month of dealing with the aftermath of my father’s death. Or both. I think both. The death of my father rattled […]

Ashes

posted by Catherine Connors

This is the skyline as we approach our temporary home, the place that we are staying as we attend to the business of my father’s life and death. It’s the sky, behind a thick veil of smoke. Today, a few […]

Going On

posted by Catherine Connors

My husband and children are finally with me now, after two long weeks apart. And tomorrow we say goodbye to my father, formally, for good. And then life will go on. I will continue to struggle through the work of […]

Time Enough For Questions

posted by Catherine Connors

I had said that I wanted – that I needed – to narrate this process, this journey through the experience of my father’s death. But it’s hard. I return to my bed (so far from home) at the end of […]

A Story Bridges A Distance

posted by Catherine Connors

Two weeks ago, a week or so before my father died, I read a post, as part of the Community Keynote at BlogHer. My father figured in the story that I told in that post. It was a post that […]

That’s Why We Pray

posted by Catherine Connors

I’ve written about prayer a few times here. I’ve been pretty clear that I’m ambivalent about the idea the idea of intercessory prayer – that is, of praying to God to intervene in the life of others, to save a […]

(Nearly) Worldless Wednesday: BlogHer Flashback Edition

posted by Catherine Connors

Me at my first BlogHer conference, in 2006. Yes, those are pasties. And a fake tattoo. Both of which make one look way more confident than one feels. (Which, yes: I am far less confident, far less outgoing, than I […]

Life Is A Highway

posted by Catherine Connors

Yeah, so. This is going to sound crazy – I am going to sound crazy – but I’ve decided to drive across Canada. Well, not just me – I actually don’t drive, so this crazy lady is going to do […]

Feel The Fear And Fear It Anyway

posted by Catherine Connors

I spent yesterday morning in a hospital waiting room. Two hours or so, waiting for a doctor to see Emilia, whose face and neck had swollen grotesquely in reaction to a bug bite. Was she allergic? Had the bug bit […]

The Fast And The Furious: A Birth Story

posted by Catherine Connors

This post is part of the online celebration of Baby Week, hosted by Discovery TV. Because what better way to celebrate babies than to relive the terror miraculous experience of giving birth to them? It was the most awesome experience […]

Jon & Kate Plus A Few Lessons In Being A Difficult Woman

posted by Catherine Connors

So, yeah: Jon and Kate Gosselin. They’ve, like, got this TV show, right? About their life raising eleventeen kids? Wait – eight, is it? Whatever. I’ve never watched the show. Which, I suppose, means that I shouldn’t really comment on […]

A Prayer Before Dying

posted by Catherine Connors

Last week, I wrote about prayer. I wrote about how prayer – a certain kind of prayer – centered me and calmed me during pregnancy. Mostly. I also wrote about how, in certain desperate moments, I resorted to petitionary prayer, […]

A Prayer Before Birthing

posted by Catherine Connors

It’s been years since I’ve attended church regularly – it has, in all honesty, been years since I’ve set foot in a church at all – but I still pray. Not every day, but a lot of days. Usually when […]

What Makes A Mother

posted by Catherine Connors

For years – since my early childhood – my mother has recounted for me the story of my birth. On my birthday, of course, but also, sometimes, on her birthday, and always, always on Mother’s Day. The day of my […]

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There But For A Rocking Chair: On Love and Fear and Keeping Our Children Safe
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