An Online Bill of Rights?

In the summer of 2019, a friend posted a quote from St. Augustine on his Facebook feed and then received a notice from Facebook that it violated their terms of service and wouldn’t be visible to others. I thought it was odd because the quote... [Continue Reading]

Raising the Betts #082: Happy New Year

In this episode, Dom and Melanie ring in the new year watching Avengers and then celebrate Lucia’s birthday on liturgical Epiphany with sushi, pho, and Grogu. Melanie bakes an amazing almond torta caprese, Dom watches Soul and Now You See; they... [Continue Reading]

2021 in the sand

Looking Back on 2020

I’ve been writing year-end retrospectives for seven years as a kind of exercise to help me process, but also as something to leave for posterity. I started at the end of 2013, which I characterized as a “good year.” It would be... [Continue Reading]

Raising the Betts #081: Merry Christmas

This week, it’s Merry Christmas from the Betts! It’s a low-key, stay-at-home Christmas this year and the Betts have experienced the sacraments, opened the gifts, eaten all the food, and watched the Christmas movies, including showing Home... [Continue Reading]

Meat sauce over pasta

Recipe: Sunday Gravy

I wrote last week about introducing my kids to Sicilian Sunday Gravy, the Sicilian-American pasta sauce that so many of us grew being served to us by our nonnas. I had a mild revolt when I didn’t include a recipe, which in my defense I... [Continue Reading]

US Air Force fighter jet concept art

A Real Space Force?

Bear with me. I don’t think it’s the months of forced isolation talking, but you never know. I also acknowledge that I co-host a podcast focused on mysterious happenings, including UFO sightings, although we try to remain focused and... [Continue Reading]