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Are there Standard Procedures for Romantic Relationships?

When I wrote about How to Tell Your Catholic Parents you’re Moving in with your Boyfriend last week, a commenter who disagreed with my decision suggested every relationship, no matter how unique, must go through “standard procedures.” He was respectful in his disagreement and this post is in no way intended to bash or disrespect him. It’s just that his words made me think. Are there indeed standard procedures that every relationship must have and, if so, what are they?

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Violent Attacks Against the Family: Single-Parent Families

Single-Parent Families constitute a violent attack against the family, or so says the priest I saw the first weekend of the year. I gave him the benefit of the doubt in that post, but not so here. Today, I am going to talk about the reality of sing-parent families and how they are not wrong. They are not a symptom of sin or in some other way shameful. Sure, they’re different from the stereotypical family, but that doesn’t make them any less. Single-parent families are just as valuable as any other.

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Imperfect Assumptions | A Struggle Unseen

Today’s poem is one of my favorites, despite the dark cloud that hangs over it. I remember my high school speech teacher admiring my poems because they not only described a struggle, but came to a resolution. This poem isn’t quite to that point, but I think it takes some steps in that direction. It revolves around the imperfections of perfection. Continue reading Imperfect Assumptions | A Struggle Unseen

Parents and Teenagers at Odds: Until I Get Away

In any fight or disagreement, there’s a disconnection. Somewhere among the words and actions being tossed about, there’s at least a little misunderstanding which acts as the catalyst. This is true for large wars and petty fights between children. Continue reading Parents and Teenagers at Odds: Until I Get Away

Generation Frustrations: Understanding the Generational Divide

When I was in high school, I had a lot of pride for my poems. While I was afraid to share any of them until the end of my grade school education, I still had a lot of pride in them. It’s funny looking back and seeing just how young I sound. Continue reading Generation Frustrations: Understanding the Generational Divide