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Devra Torres

Joined: Feb. 26, 2012

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Roman Catholic of Jewish background; Master of Philosophy turned homeschooling mother of eight. Freelance writer, editor, and translator.  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. Beginning to emerge from intellectual semi-hibernation with the impending maturity of my littlest boy, who has now attained the ripe old age of six.


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The Weary World Rejoices

Dec. 15 at 11:09pm | Comments: 1 | Most recent comment: Dec. 16 at 6:29am

Happy belated Gaudete Sunday!                                         Here’s a quote brought to my attention by my, let’s see, brother-in-law’s brother. Thank you, John Herreid. More than ever before the Lord today has made us conscious of the fact that he alone can save his Church. …We are called upon to work with all our might,...

Assessment Run Amok

Dec. 7 at 10:06pm | Comments: 2 | Most recent comment: Dec. 15 at 12:37pm

When we started homeschooling, I was apprehensive about a good number of problems that turned out to be imaginary.                                         One was whether I’d enjoy my children's company if I were with them all day, every day. (I did: it turned out they were much more pleasant people when they weren’t in a state of chronic exhaustion.)...

The Banks and Beauty Parlors of Grandma Europe

Nov. 26 at 12:59am | Comments: 0

I want to call your attention to a strikingly candid (but little-noted) address that Pope Francis gave to plenary assembly of the council of the bishops' conferences of Europe back on Oct. 3rd.                                        Do read the whole thing here. As Sandro Magister explains, this is not the prepared text: he distributed that but then said this: What is...

Who Cares What You Think?

Nov. 22 at 1:04pm | Comments: 2 | Most recent comment: Nov. 22 at 4:41pm

When I came home from college for the first time, my eyes were opened to just how strange my family was. Everything I had thought “that’s just the way it’s done” about had turned out to be just one option among many. Other people didn’t share my assumptions: In fact, some thought my family’s ways were just as bizarre and alien as I thought theirs were. Then I got home...

Death with What? Brittany Maynard, Veterans Day, and the lure of the pseudo-obvious

Nov. 12 at 10:24pm | Comments: 2 | Most recent comment: Nov. 17 at 2:47pm

The suicide of Brittany Maynard, may she rest in peace, and her efforts to persuade others to follow suit, have brought on a lot of conversation about “death with dignity.”                                      Everybody has an opinion. But we'll get nowhere until we back up and address the question, “What do we even mean by dignity?” Here are two common...


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Re: Assessment Run Amok

Dec. 15 at 12:37pm | see this comment in context

Yes, it's so nice to have "objective" evidence for the skeptical. I have nothing but respect for teachers who manage to give personal attention to many students. We do our homeschooling with a large amount of delegation and keeping a close eye on our own objectivity, but assessing where the kids are has certainly not been a problem!

Re: Who Cares What You Think?

Nov. 22 at 4:41pm | see this comment in context

I was wrong! It was a youthful misunderstanding! I still like the French toast the way we always made it!

Re: "The Third Way: Homosexuality and the Catholic Church"

Nov. 19 at 9:44pm | see this comment in context

Or maybe this one:

http://brandonvogt.com/third-way-homosexuality-catholic-church/

Re: "The Third Way: Homosexuality and the Catholic Church"

Nov. 19 at 9:42pm | see this comment in context

Rose, here's a link I found: 

http://vimeo.com/93079367

I'm not sure if it will work--maybe if you cut and paste the link to your browser?

Re: Death with What? Brittany Maynard, Veterans Day, and the lure of the pseudo-obvious

Nov. 17 at 2:47pm | see this comment in context

Gary--and all I can say is, thank you so much! I have always heard that writing a lot is good for writing, and I am very grateful for the chance (and the challenge) to do that, week after week, here at the Personalist Project. 

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