Joined: Feb. 26, 2012
Roman Catholic of Jewish background; master of philosophy turned homeschooling mother of eight. Studied at the Thomas More College of Liberal Arts and later at the International Academy of Philosophy in Liechtenstein. Happily married to Max Torres; happily settled, God willing, in unexotic Ann Arbor, Michigan after stints in Israel, Rome, Liechtenstein, and Barcelona. Ready to emerge from intellectual semi-hibernation with the impending maturity of my littlest boy, who has now attained the ripe old age of four.
May. 21 at 8:38am | Comments: 0
One of my favorite books is Fables, by the delightful Arnold Lobel. (If you have children, don’t miss his “Frog and Toad” series.) One chapter is called “The Crocodile in the Bedroom.” It goes like this (bear with me--the personalist angle will become evident shortly): A Crocodile became increasingly fond of the wallpaper in his bedroom. He stared at it for hours and hours. "Just look at all those neat and...
May. 12 at 6:41pm | Comments: 2 | Most recent comment: May. 15 at 7:22pm
Once in a while, my weekly deadline finds me floundering around, vainly trying to wrestle some complex metaphysical truth down to 800 words or so. This time it was a centuries-old misunderstanding about the hypostatic union. I was having about as much success as you might expect. Well, the hypostatic union will have to wait. Having remembered Mother’s Day, and what a personalist mother I have, I’ve decided to write about her instead (here...
May. 3 at 4:05pm | Comments: 3 | Most recent comment: May. 8 at 4:52am
Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in. --Robert Frost, "Death of the Hired Man" Some people hear this as an insult to home and hearth (and I see what they mean), but I think it captures something. There’s something about family—which is pretty much synonymous with “home” here—that inspires the invention of counterfeits. I heard an ad the other day...
Apr. 26 at 3:05pm | Comments: 4 | Most recent comment: Apr. 28 at 12:27pm
Lately I've run into some exceptionally interesting articles on mental health (by John Janaro Steve Gershom and Gregory Popcak). It occurs to me how closely related to personalism this subject is. In the quest to “become who you are” (not somebody else, and not some lesser version of yourself)—in the struggle to sort through all the bogus and genuine paths to fulfillment and maturity, where exactly do mental illness and its treatment fit...
Apr. 18 at 9:30pm | Comments: 5 | Most recent comment: Apr. 26 at 3:15pm
To say that fiscal policy is not my forte is—let’s put it nicely— an understatement. (In fact, I chose this graph because it was so pretty.) But there is an important personalist point to be made about it anyway, and maybe I can express it in a way that other liberal-arts types can understand. Many labor under a perceived conflict between taking seriously the Church’s concern for the poor, on the...
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