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No Matter How Hard I Try…

OK, a light-hearted thread to change the mood in the room.

For Orthodox, Lent is coming, and that means eating like vegans. Every Lent, I buy stuff to make miso soup, and every Lent, it goes uneaten. No matter how hard I try, I just don’t think I’ll ever learn to like miso soup. It’s not that I dislike it. It’s okay, and sometimes, depending on the kind of miso, it’s actually tasty, full of umami goodness. But mostly, I’m just not that into miso, even though I wish I were.

Which got me thinking just now about all the other things I wish I could get into, but just can’t get the hang of, no matter how hard I try. Here’s a short list. Add your own in the comments thread:

Sports (except for fishing, but only because there’s cooking and eating at the end)

Bible reading (I know, I know. This is embarrassing.)

Exercise of any kind (though I make myself work out for health reasons)


The great outdoors (it’s hot, and there are mosquitoes)

Sardines and anchovies


That’s my short list. What’s yours?

about the author

Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. He has written and edited for the New York Post, The Dallas Morning News, National Review, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Washington Times, and the Baton Rouge Advocate. Rod’s commentary has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, the Weekly Standard, Beliefnet, and Real Simple, among other publications, and he has appeared on NPR, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the BBC. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his wife Julie and their three children. He has also written four books, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, Crunchy Cons, How Dante Can Save Your Life, and The Benedict Option.

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