7QT, Vol 68: Series, piano, and controversial issues

Two weeks in a row?! That’s right. I’m on a roll. Mostly because:


NEXT WEEK we’re kicking off that series commemorating Humanae Vitae’s 50th anniversary! Freedom’s Calling is a seven part series, and I’ll be releasing one at a time on Mondays and Thursdays. Be sure to follow along somewhere so you see them! If you’ve not heard me talk about it yet, each piece is the story of someone coming to embrace the Catholic teaching on sexual ethics, or sticking with it over time. These women are beautiful, wonderful, people, and I’m excited to share with you their stories and testimony of the freedom the Church calls us to.


Do you consider yourself a competent cook? I would mostly say yes to that, but every once in a while something turns out weird and reminds me I don’t actually have much technical prowess and am more the beneficiary of flying by the seat of my pants. It made me feel more accomplished to read these 18 Basic Cooking Skills You Should Learn in Your Twenties and only have a few that I’ve not done. There’s not really an occasion I would cook a whole chicken for, and mussels? Gross. What’s your score?


You know I can’t do a quick takes without some controversial issues too. You might have heard that earlier this week, the Supreme Court ruled 7-2 in favor of the Colorado-based cake artist Jack Phillips. Jack was approached by two men planning a same sex wedding, who requested a custom wedding cake. Jack declined to create this custom order just as he’s declined custom Halloween cakes, divorce cakes, and cakes disparaging people who identify as gay. He doesn’t do those kinds of custom cakes, because he believes those things are wrong and does not want to use his artistic ability to express his support of them.

Colorado’s Civil Rights Commission had ruled against Jack, finding him guilty of discrimination. However, I thought this article made a good point: He wasn’t refusing service to these men because they were marrying each other. He offered to sell any of his baked goods. He simply declined to participate in the specific custom artistic process of celebrating the occasion. Justice Kennedy wrote: “The neutral and respectful consideration to which Phillips was entitled was compromised here. The Civil Rights Commission’s treatment of his case has some elements of a clear and impermissible hostility toward the sincere religious beliefs that motivated his objection.” It is encouraging to see that some people still recognize that sincere religious beliefs shouldn’t be attacked in the public square. Aren’t religious people a protected class anyway? Oh the irony.


Another good read this week! Joanna Gaines: “If I could tell the younger generation something it would be to start from within.” I just appreciate her public presence. Her family-first, no-drama, integrity is refreshing.


California recently voided the so-called End of Life Option Act that legalized doctor assisted suicide, ruling that it had been rushed and not passed correctly (true). This is good, but not the end. Here is a beautiful little interview with Stephanie Packer, a 37 year old mother of four who is suffering from the terminal illness scleroderma and using her voice to be a proponent for “aid in living”, not “aid in dying”.


Switching to a lighter note: Do you know of any good online resources for learning piano? I was generously gifted with a keyboard for my birthday last month, and have loved tinkering with it a bit. I took lessons here and there, so I know the basics already. But ideally, I’d like to be able to play songs using basic cords. I found this course already (which I’ve started), but would love to hear of what else is out there. Maybe a youtube channel?


Alright, that’s it for now folks. Have a good weekend and see you soon for the series!

And head on over to Kelly’s place for more quick takes!

To Life,


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6 thoughts on “7QT, Vol 68: Series, piano, and controversial issues

  1. Oh a chicken is actually so useful as a single person! Why? It’s like a whole week of meals. Day one you have roasted chicken. Day two you can make chicken salad. Day three some drum sticks with bbq sauce. Day four take all those bones and left over meat and make chicken broth. Day five soup!! Or a freezer full of homemade chicken broth!! It’s also super easy to do!!

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    1. That sounds like a great strategy! I’ve done something similar with a store bought rotisserie chicken, just not one I’ve roasted myself. Homemade broth is so great to have on hand! Just refreshed my supply of it recently. I’ll have to try roasting a chicken at some point 🙂

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  2. That cooking skills article is so interesting! Mussels strike me as such a random element to include. I don’t know if I’ve ever eaten mussels! We don’t really drink or eat steak, so I haven’t done those things-but most of the other stuff on this list I’ve done. I second the advice about chicken. I don’t roast chicken, I like to throw it in my crockpot so I don’t have the oven on, and it is SO USEFUL! I eat it for 1-2 meals (with potatoes, or as chicken salad or with BBQ sauce or whatever) and then we freeze little zip-lock bags of chicken to pull out over the following weeks to use in different meals. And the chicken bones can be used for bone broth (also make it in the slow cooker) which is good to drink by itself or use in soups or gravies or that kind of thing.

    I love the name of your HV series! Looking forward to that. Also, I was pleasantly surprised by the ruling surrounding the Colorado controversy 🙂


    1. Crock pots are awesome! Love having easy things ready for quick meals like that. I thought mussels were random too. I’ve never tried them and think most sea food is gross, sooo probably not going to try that one out.

      I was surprised by the cake ruling too, I guess because I’m so used to it being OK to publicly bash religion. The case certainly doesn’t extend as far as some would prefer as a protection for religious liberty. But I really appreciated that 7 of the 9 judges could see religious beliefs were improperly treated.

      Glad to know you’ll be around for the series! I’ve never done a series to this extent and am excited.


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