When I read Rod's post a few minutes ago, directing readers of Crunchy Cons to this little blog, I was completely surprised; I had no idea he was going to do that! And I haven't been updating this blog all that regularly over the last two weeks, what with Christmas, and my daughter's birthday, and New Year's, and all.
But anyone who clicked Rod's link and came over here to check this blog out is completely welcome; I hope you'll look around a little, especially at the politics/religion posts I put up on a regular basis. And if you like what you read (or you disagree with it vehemently but can say so following the same sort of "beer and pizza" rule we've always had at Crunchy Cons), I hope you'll stick around--regular news-driven opinion commentary resumes Monday.
There are a few things it might be useful to mention up front:
1. This isn't a mommy blog, though as a mother I feel free to post the occasional family-oriented post. There are tons of talented mommy bloggers out there sharing recipes and craft ideas, but my talents lie elsewhere, and except for the occasional whimsy I won't inflict that sort of thing on my readers.
2. This isn't a homeschooling blog, though as a homeschooler I also occasionally mention what we're doing in school, or post generally on the sort of things that homeschoolers think about. I used to do more of this, actually, but again, there are countless talented homeschoolers who have ideas on these topics, and as an "eclectic/textbook" homeschooler I'm actually using methods that are a bit outdated (e.g., we buy and use textbooks for most of our subjects). I am, however, always happy to answer questions about homeschooling if people have them; my contact information in on the sidebar of this blog.
3. This is a Catholic blog. No surprise, right? In addition to posting about Catholic topics, I also post sometimes about my experiences with the choir at our parish, or post things either critical or supportive of various diocesan issues both local and far away. What I don't do, what I'll never do, is post something disagreeing with the official teaching of the Catholic Church; and if I ever do so unintentionally, I expect my fellow Catholics to pile on and straighten me out.
4. This is a conservative blog. Again, no surprise; you'll note that I differentiate here between "conservative" and "Republican" just as I usually did at Crunchy Cons. However, you'll probably note one big difference between the way I post about politics here and the way I posted over there; at Crunchy Cons I was always mindful of the fact that it wasn't my blog, and I wasn't free to ruffle feathers and rile people at random--some of the people who read here, who have also read me there, accused me of pulling my punches over there. And it's true; I did. I don't do that here, which means that the highly partisan are probably going to be mad at me more often than not. If you lean toward the Democratic side of things, you'll think I attack Democrats endlessly and harshly; if you are a 100% partisan Republican you'll probably come to think I do the same for the Republican side. The truth is I've often been kinder to Republicans than they deserve, and have voted for them more often than I'd like--but in any case, though this is an old post, I think it best sums up how I feel about the two parties we currently have available to us.
5. This is a pro-life, anti-torture blog. Well, I know, I already said it was a Catholic blog, so that's a bit redundant, right?
6. Finally, just a few "housekeeping" kinds of things. First, if you read old posts, you may wonder who "The Cardigan family" or "Mr. Cardigan" etc. are. I used to post this blog anonymously, and only put my name on it after a considerable time--so rest assured, the Cardigan family is the Manning family. Second, I'm set up to take anonymous comments, and all comments that are not attacks against me or the other commenters etc. are most welcome--but please choose a nickname if you're posting anonymously. Third, I generally write at least one new post each weekday, but don't ordinarily post on weekends. If something (say, Christmas break) changes that pattern I try to mention it upfront.
With all of that said, I'm flattered that so many of Rod's readers have clicked over here! You are most welcome to stay, and since Rod's blog is changing any of you who are as inclined toward political commentary as I tend to be are very welcome to comment here at this blog on the political topics of the day.