Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Potluck Wednesday, Volume Ten

Is it just me, or are the weeks just flying by? It seems that every time I turn around it's time for another Potluck Wednesday post!

This week's Potluck has a theme: things I'm thankful for.

I'm thankful that even here in Texas, it's finally fall.

I'm thankful for all the little pumpkins out there, who remind me how precious it is to share a new season with a sweet little love.

I'm thankful, like Jen, that we live in a country where every grocery store is a cornucopia of good things to feed our families--and I'm thankful she wrote so eloquently about it! :)

I'm thankful that there are people ready to love and welcome God's four-legged critters with gracious warmth and good humor (even if I'm not one of them).

I'm thankful that sometime a church renovation project really is a church renovation project.

And even though it's hard to see the good in this, I'm thankful for the reminder that the things we value on Earth are so fleeting and that it is life that is far more precious than possessions; I'm also thankful for the chance to come together as God's family in fervent and heartfelt prayer for those who are suffering so much loss.

One more thing I'm thankful for: you! When I started writing this blog back in January I wondered if anyone outside a family member or two would ever read it. I'm grateful to have so many intelligent and thoughtful readers who check in each week, motivating me to write every day!


Jennifer F. said...

Thank you!!

Also, did I know that you're a fellow Texan? I think I did, but thanks to my complete lack of memory these days I get to re-discover that cool fact all over again! :)

Jennifer F. said... more thing...I'm not surprised that your blog has grown so quickly. Your writing and your unique "takes" are really excellent. I continue to be amazed by your writing and how consistently you post really interesting, thought-provoking stuff.

Opal said...

Well, I am not a Texan (yet) but do enjoy your blog! I guess I would be one of the oddballs that won't go away. :)
We are soo enjoying the rain and cool weather too! We, unlike some in Texas, are 16 inches below the regular rainfall. What a blessed relief!
We also pray for California and those in the middle of the fires!

Divine Mercy said...

i thought summer was over here in western canada! usually where we live in october, its around -5 -10this time of year. all we got is warm weather. blah. being a canadian, you generally get used to the cold and you even expect it. not alot of us canucks enjoy the warm weather. summer has been dragging out and i hate it. its not one of my favorite seasons at all. too hot, no rain, no relief from the heat. so what do we get stuck with in october which is tradtionally a cold month? 70 degrees. yuck. might as well put on a swim suit and go for a swim in our local river. what am i thankful for? blue sky's which we get even in winter:) and my husband's baptism!

Anonymous said...

Kind of going along with Jennifer's comments, have you ever thought of writing for a large, nationally-syndicated journal or paper?

Red Cardigan said...

Jennifer and anonymous, thanks so much for your encouraging words! :)

Anonymous, I do have writing aspirations, but I know that actively pursuing free-lance writing involves the kind of time and effort that will have to wait a few years. I'd love to do it someday, though!

Divine Mercy, around here 70 degrees is sweater weather! :) Congratulations on your husband's baptism!!

Anonymous said...

Well, Red, I'd imagine that for as important you must consider your own brilliant thoughts to be I'd think you could be writing Presidential addresses.

I suppose that is a wonder of the underground blog world - a world of great egosim.

Granted I would never deny that you write quite well but there is a marked self-importance that seems to exist often in the blogosphere of those whose thoughts otherwise would not be quite common.

Anonymous said...

Typo: "...whose thoughts otherwise would not be quite common" is actually meant to say "...whose thoughts otherwise would be quite common".

I betray my blogging disabilities.

S.C. said...

As on on-again off-again reader of the blog, I'll agree with Jennifer and anonymous that you do write well and it doesn't surprise me that you have writing aspirations. I often regret the tone you take with most people who disagree with you in the comments (which haven't been many, I must say!), and that has always bothered me...but perhaps that's just one of the many parts of the blogging world that I don't understand.
God bless. I'm sure I'll check back in some other time to see what topic you are covering.

Red Cardigan said...

Anonymous at 11:38 (and :39), I'm curious as to why you think the way you do.

It has been my experience as a Catholic blogging mom that blogs don't exist for one's self-satisfaction or ego so much as they do to help people forge a sense of community, something sorely lacking in our day and age.

For example, when I read the blogs of other Catholic homeschooling moms I can see how other people are handling the day-to-day challenges of our world while attempting to live as faithful Catholics in the midst of a secular society that is either indifferent or downright hostile to our way of doing things.

Would it be better, nicer, more authentic etc. if I could meet all these moms in person and live in a neighborhood or town with them? Of course; but that's not our world today, is it?

I grew up in a large family that began homeschooling when I was in high school. I can assure you that the loneliness and isolation homeschooling moms of that era (pre-Internet) experienced was a significant factor in burnout, depression, and the like. Moms who got "fired up" about homeschooling while attending national conferences could easily give up in despair six months or a year into the experiment, because there was no support, no one to talk to, no one to listen, no one to care.

Now, you can argue, if you like, that needing that support, encouragement, feedback, etc. is merely a manifestation of one's ego that should be struggled against, and that true Christian women soldier on in stoic silence, never voicing their opinions on any topic because, after all, as you put it, "their thoughts are quite common..."

But such an opinion would come as a surprise to the women of previous generations, who met for coffee, gathered for group activities like garden clubs and church fund-raisers, and shared their thoughts on myriads of topics over the back fence.

The Internet is my back fence. This blog is my kaffeeklatsch (or sometimes tea). People who know me personally can assure you that I talk exactly the same way that I write (one of my sisters used to cut me off mid sentence with the warning that I was drifting into 'lecture mode'). If it's a manifestation of my ego for me to want to share my thoughts with my friends, even my virtual ones, then I guess I'm guilty as charged.

Red Cardigan said...

S.C., I sometimes do betray some frustration in the comments boxes. That said, I'm attempting to work on it, but it's not always possible to "hear" the tone of one's writing.

For example, the tone of my comment to anonymous should be taken as sincere, not hostile. I'm genuinely interested in his/her opinion, and hope he/she will respond. I realize that there are some people who think that having a blog at all is horribly egotistical, but I still haven't unraveled why this is so--why is it egotistical to *write* what you think but not egotistical to say it?

I guess I'm both puzzled and troubled by the accusation.

Anonymous said...

It can be egotistical to say what you think if you say it with the belief or intention that your thoughts are somehow so poetic, so wonderful, so worthy that everyone ought to listen to if they were of infinite value to all who hear...

I'd never claim that only to write them is egotistical. I'd equally claim that it can be egotistical to say them too.

When one exclaims, "Come listen to my wonderful words!" then it makes one wonder...

And I have nothing against community. That is necessary for us all and I can see building it on the internet. But there does seem to be an aire in your writing of a certain superiority or wonder at the magnificence of your own thoughts. But maybe that is not so. I hope it is not.

Red Cardigan said...

You'd be surprised, Anonymous. I am frequently dissatisfied with what I write, tweak it with a growing despair of ever making it say what I want it to, and finally post it with the thought that perhaps I'll do better tomorrow.

For years I didn't show anyone any of my attempts at fiction writing, either, out of the complete conviction that it would only take one other person concurring with my deep suspicion that I was absolutely no good at it to give up writing forever.

Does this mean that I'm unaware that I do, indeed, have some facility for written expression? No, but it takes more than a knack for words to be a writer, however essential that facility might be.

I write because I love to write. I certainly don't write because I think I deserve to be read, or out of a sense of superiority. It's actually kind of painful to me that you or anyone would think so.

Anonymous said...

I am glad that you write because you love to write and I think I may have been a bit too harsh in my appraisal. Hope your writing only gets better and you find the sense of community that will strengthen you in your journey.