The weekly “little of this, little of that” feature here at Like Mother, Like Daughter!
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I’m going with Baptist Fans for the quilting on this one.
Our links this week:
- If you own a house built after the 70s, your struggle to make it pretty might not be just about paint color. It’s my humble opinion that the problem, the reason that a color palette that looks so wonderful in a magazine just doesn’t delight in your development house is… the trim.
Some people might never buy an old house the way I have done because they rightly know how much upkeep it is, how hard to heat, how lacking in amenities. But one thing old houses have: great trim on the doors and windows that makes decorating much easier. When you are looking at pictures of older (even really basic and almost primitive) houses, pay special attention to the trims. Note how when there is wider molding, it sets off the paint color well.
Even if it seems like it will cost too much, I suggest that replacing the stock 2 1/4″ trim in your house (links below for inexpensive ways to do it) will pay off in multiple cans of (not cheap) paint that you keep going back for, because your house just doesn’t ever reach that level you dream of. You could do one room at a time, or if you are able to, you can have the builder do it right to start with.
You don’t have to do “farmhouse trim” — there are other styles (and a quick search will reveal all the permutations) — but this style has the advantage of working well with the “colonial” houses builders tend to offer and most importantly, doesn’t involve expensive millwork or custom cuts. Look at this lady’s BEFORE post, very much like a million other hallways in America, including what looks like the layout not being quite right — and then the AFTER, where the new trim is superior to what you might find in a much more expensive house, just because this is where the builder cuts corners. Here Ana White gives directions. Here is a different sort of house, in Europe, where the trim was switched out for a “farmhouse” style, although there are no good “befores” to compare. It was looking at her Instagram that suddenly made me need to tell you all this!
- Political correctness as taken over to the extent that we find ourselves forced to talk about sexuality as if it’s merely a matter of preference, like window trim. Here is an essay that explains it in terms of how God created us and what sexuality is for, and how misunderstanding these things can lead to idolatry. (The button to open the free PDF is under the author’s name.)
- Fr. Ripperger’s talk about effeminacy is a couple of years old, but well worth listening to. He takes his time, and things get really interesting around minute 45. He doesn’t get into advice about how to raise our boys to be manly until the Q and A, but it’s all worth listening to when you have time. One theme of his is that it’s not just softness that marks effeminacy — what we might call “macho” is also effeminate. A manly man is noted for his self-control and willingness to do hard things, especially for the sake of others.
- Stella Morabito makes a solid case that soon we will be forced to accept pedophilia as just another personal expression, the objection to which will be classified as bigotry. Don’t think so? Well, you are probably at most two degrees away from a child who is being drugged and mutilated for gender ideology — something that was considered (and is) child abuse even to think of, not five years ago.
- The remedy: not being afraid to talk to your family and friends about these things. If we are afraid to have conversations, we will have lost before the fight even begins. The St. Gregory Pocket is a perfect way to make this sort of community — enjoying this blog is a good common denominator! “Have you ever seen Like Mother, Like Daughter? Yes? Would you like to have a couples’ — or moms’ — reading group based on some posts and articles? Let’s do it! And we’ll bring you a meal when you have a baby!)
- My friend Mark Langley explains why it’s a good idea to read Herodotus in high school. I appreciate that he gives an overview of what to expect in terms of digressions and ramblings — the first-time reader really does wonder if he is just not getting it! This is the edition Mark favors (despite his grumblings about the notes — great maps, he says): The Landmark Herodotus (I would recommend trying to find the hardback version if possible). (Affiliate link.)
- Do you love baseball? Do you love comeback stories? Luke Hagerty, a lefty pitcher who had to quit 16 1/2 years ago due to his sudden inability to throw a baseball anywhere near where he wanted to go (a condition known as “the yips”), will head for spring training with the Cubs this spring — at the age of 37.
- Our friend Thomas Mirus says, “A great, pointed send-up of the movement which, by the end of the first half of the 20th century, had destroyed classical music” (fortunately, country music remained untouched):
From the archives:
- Auntie Leila answers a reader who wonders how to respond to anxious relatives as she and her family make changes to “live differently”: A Little Misunderstood.
I know I’m not posting much during the week — so just in case you missed it: How to choose a devotional, with help from Blessed Columba Marmion.
Today is the feast of St. Polycarp of Smyrna. “Polycarp had known those who had known Jesus, and was a disciple of St. John the Apostle, who had converted him around the year 80 AD. He taught, says his own pupil Irenaeus of Lyons, the things that he learned from the Apostles, which the Church hands down, which are true.” We live in a cloud of witnesses, if we but realized…
Early distant warning: March 1 is the feast of St. David, patron of Wales. I happen to be Welsh on my maternal grandfather’s side, but this feast always sneaks up on me. I hereby remind myself to make a dish with leeks for supper on Friday (I will opt for a meatless iteration), and to spring for a bouquet of daffodils to celebrate!
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