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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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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...

The Trouble with Gurus

Nov. 9 at 12:33am | Comments: 1 | Most recent comment: Nov. 9 at 5:42pm

I used to be a serial guru follower. Not back when I was five or six and my parents were flirting with Eastern religions--I was just a mother-and-father follower in those days. Wherever they went, I followed (and they went all over the place, both geographically and religiously. Eventually we all became Catholic and stopped switching allegiances.).                                    No, I mean that as...

What’s at Stake

Nov. 2 at 10:46pm | Comments: 0

Here’s the message I’ve been trying to get out for years, first of all to myself but also to anyone else who might benefit from it: Just do whatever’s on your plate! Don’t get discouraged and cynical if you don’t see spectacular spiritual or intellectual progress. Live wholeheartedly in the moment. Age quod agis (Latin for, more or less, “Whatever it is you’re doing, really do it!...

“High-Quality Love”: Four Questions to Ask Yourself

Oct. 24 at 10:17pm | Comments: 0

It’s been a few years since I translated Self-Esteem without Selfishness, and I’m finally able to read it with fresh eyes--for enjoyment, not false cognates and typos.                                          One recurring problem I encountered during the translating was how to render “amor de alta calidad.” “High-quality love” just didn’t cut it:...


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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. 

Re: Merry Christmas, You Miserable Pagan!

Oct. 27 at 2:04pm | see this comment in context

Thank you, Gary!

I think it's yet another case of a false alternative: EITHER you don't care about godless cultural trends OR you pour all your energy into political or activist solutions. There is, of course, a place for politics and activism, but if we don't start by making sure we're headed in the right direction ourselves, there's very little we can do for anyone else, much less the culture at large.

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