From a Guest post by MK at Donal’s blog:
I recommend critically examining every cultural event then ask: “Would I have created this myself? If the answer is no, just walk away. Life is too short.
In this light, here’s some events I (and now my family) gratefully sidestep:
Valentine’s Day (modern version)
TV parties (e.g. sports, movies)
Expensive, garish weddings
Non-active, non-local vacations (rare exceptions)
May I say what a relief it is to hear someone disavow birthday parties! Good grief the bigger my family gets the more obnoxious they become. I’ve done birthday parties for my children in the past and have enjoyed them, usually just family members present and sometimes we double up the parties. But they are getting old, (heh) the parties I mean, and between my family and my in-laws it’s more than a birthday party a month. No thank you. Though I doubt we will skip them altogether, sizing down the pomp is inevitable as our family grows and guess what- that’s okay.
P.S. I also hate Thanksgiving, but my husband enjoys it so turkey and stuffing it is I suppose.
When a woman stays at home and cooks with good judgement and understanding she watches with satisfaction as her children grow up capable and strong and her husband maintains the good health and disposition that allow him to succeed in his work. She also maintains her own good health. . .
Sally Fallon. Nourishing Traditions
I’ve followed The Nourishing Traditions blog for awhile but finally have my own copy! It is an incredibly informative cookbook (I am actually reading it cover to cover) and I’ve tried a few recipes. Her sourdough pancakes, basic muffins, salad dressings have all been a big hit with the family.
The Ivy Lee Method for managing one’s time works. It has been more effective than waking up earlier in an effort to make more time (which left me burnt out by 9am). It works so well because it forces you to make difficult decisions before facing them, it gives you a vision, it makes you focus on a single task and it’s ridiculously simple:
THE IVY LEE METHOD
- At the end of each workday, write down the six most important things you need to accomplish tomorrow. Do not write down more than six tasks.
- Prioritize those six items in order of their true importance.
- When you arrive tomorrow, concentrate only on the first task. Work until the first task is finished before moving on to the second task.
- Approach the rest of your list in the same fashion. At the end of the day, move any unfinished items to a new list of six tasks for the following day.
- Repeat this process every working day.
“Since the fall of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, a Jezebel spirit roams about the world seeking to convince women to usurp authority within the family – take the scepter from the man – while an Ahab-like spirit infects countless men causing them to flee from responsibility – shrink from exercising their God-given authority. Granted that men and women are equal in their human dignity, God has brought order to this equality. Remember that Adam was created first and then came Eve. First the head of the family was created and then the helpmate – created from Adam’s side making Eve the heart of the human family. But then came sin and with sin infection within the divine institution of marriage. The key to restoring marriage – the key to defeat the Jezebel spirit and the weakness of Ahab is found in St. Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians: Wives should be submissive to their husbands as if to the Lord because the husband is head of his wife just as Christ is Head of the Body the Church, as well as her Savior. As the Church submits to Christ, so wives should submit to their husbands in everything. . . “
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“The husband and wife should be similar to the hand and the eye. When the hand hurts, the eyes should be crying. And when the eyes cry, the hand should wipe away the tears.”
— St. John Chrysostom
Oh, the horrors! Women in the White House are (allegedly) being told to actually dress like one! Some women claim they feel pressured to wear dresses. Unbelievable!
President John F. Kennedy stands with his wife, Jackie, and two children, John, Jr., and Caroline. The family attended a private Mass at the home of Joe Kennedy in Palm Beach. April 14, 1963 Palm Beach, Florida, USA