Kelly Alvarez

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Our Children’s Busyness Is Not A Badge of Honour (And Why We Need To Change It)

He was nowhere to be found. I’d only been inside for a minute.<p>In the few panic stricken seconds it took me to find him, I had wild visions of a …

If You Want to Understand the Times We’re Living In, Read This

Reading matters. It trains the brain in a particular way. The printed word has two great advantages over a culture based on images: permanence (or at …

The California Wine Trip You Haven't Heard Of

Not long ago, it was a dusty backwater with the nickname “Los Almost”: a former stagecoach stop with a single main street on the fringe of the Santa Ynez Valley. Though just an hour northwest of Santa Barbara, it felt a good deal more remote. Flash forward to now and once-sleepy Los Alamos (pop. …

I'll be speaking with @hallielord about my Top Ten Albums of 2016 today. Tune in to @siriusxm 129 at 1pm. (Currently the albums are arranged alphabetically.)

How to Defeat the Noonday Devil and Sanctify Your Daily Life

One of the oldest tricks of the Deceiver is disguising his temptations so that we do not realize what they are. Very recently I had a revelation …

Homeschooling

Why Do We Judge Parents For Putting Kids At Perceived — But Unreal — Risk?

Many parents who grew up playing outdoors with friends, walking alone to the park or to school, and enjoying other moments of independent play are now raising children in a world with very different norms.<p>In the United States today, leaving children unsupervised is grounds for moral outrage and can …

Psychology

I Hate NFP (But Need it Anyway)

Have you ever noticed how NFP (Natural Family Planning for the uninitiated) is marketed? It’s sold with glossy photos of couples holding hands and …

Family Planning

Disturbed by the Presidential Election? Take My Advice…

If you’re like me you are aghast at the choices now before us. It is almost certain that the American people will choose between a corrupt, scheming, …

Amoris Laetitia – Chapter 8 and That Footnote…

Readers have asked for my opinion about the Holy Father’s Apostolic Exhortation, and apart from a couple of posts over the weekend about the issue of …

Beach-Front Camping, Danish Food & Beer – Central Coast, CA

Doggie is happy to be back on the beach!As is hubby….Following our somewhat emotional <i>au revoir</i> to the desert, we headed back West to reprise our …

RVs

The Thirst Is Good

When my husband and I were in the very early stages of our relationship, we both hid from each other that we used tobacco. He chewed. I smoked. But …

Alcohol

Not For Wimps

<i>I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again… this week’s column</i>I pulled down an old reading book the other day, dusted off the cover and got ready to …

Parenting

Welcome!

Welcome. I’m glad you’re here!<p>I am a writer and speaker who helps struggling moms to know their dignity and worth so they can find peace, balance, …

Friendship in Marriage

November 9, 2015 by Melinda Selmys<p>This is a talk that I gave this weekend for a marriage retreat.<p>There are two dimensions of the role of friendship …

#edel15 The Quotes

As you can probably imagine, coming home after a weekend away means spending all day Monday catching up. I’ve got some laundry to start, some meals …

Heroism

Some Advice on Same-Sex Marriage for US Church Leaders From a Canadian

In June 2015, the US Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples can marry in all 50 states, setting off a flurry of reaction by Christians and …

Same-sex Marriage

#GayMarriage, Love, and Lessons from Canada

June 28, 2015 by Lisa Mladinich<p>As a result of the Supreme Court’s new ruling, the American legal system now upholds a right to gay marriage, and …

I Missed a Miracle

I knew a young woman in college. When I saw her around campus she was always smiling and funny. She tended to stay on the outskirts of crowds but …

What Moneyball Reminded Me About My Catholic Faith

June 14, 2015 by Tod Worner<p>I know. I know.<p><i>I’m way behind.</i><p>Ever since it was first released in 2011, my wife and I have wanted to see the movie</i> …

What if Contraception Won't Make You Happy?

I’ve written so many times about what contraception <i>is</i> (bad medicine, bad for the environment, bad for relationships, to name a few) and so I want to …

Catholicism

Throwback: My Not So Simple Life

Infographic – Spirits of the Priesthood: Priestly Libations for Trivia Nerds

Warmer weather is on its way, and along with it, millions of Americans lighting up their grills and enjoying a beer while they flip burgers. Our …

TV shows

"I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love." http://t.co/6hDgjBvJuc

RT @go2steubenville: "God has created my heart only for Himself..." | St. John Vianney | #ShareJoy http://t.co/nyqhGNIwXz