Thursday, July 25, 2013

Just checking in

It has been such a busy summer that I've hardly blogged at all, and in a way that's been rather peaceful.  On the one hand, I miss my daily blogging routine and the terrific readers and commenters I've been so lucky to have since this blog began; on the other, I've enjoyed a bit of detachment from the habit of voracious news-reading and the urge to write about anything I find even remotely interesting (but especially those areas of interest and concern I have as a Catholic living in America in 2013).

I've been sort of wondering where these ideas will lead me.  I love writing and will always do it, but as our oldest girl starts taking college classes and I look at what my responsibilities will be in the near future I wonder how much longer I can put the effort into regular blogging.  The truth is that fiction writing has at least the potential for me to make a bit of money, even if it's only a bit.  But as we sit in a very hot house having a new heating/air conditioning system put in (which we really should have replaced last winter) and I find myself thinking about other rising expenses, I am starting to think that my blogging habit is stealing productive time away from time I should spend working on my children's fiction books.

Then again, I haven't finished editing book two yet because the summer has been so busy (aside to fellow homeschooling moms: do you ever think you're going to have actual free time during the summer, only to laugh at yourself when reality hits?  Cause I do).  So does blogging really take too much time away from my potentially paid writing, or is that just an excuse?  Does daily blogging (during the week, anyway) make me more accountable or at the very least give me a good reason to sit down at the computer which can lead to actual work on occasion?  Or does the work that goes into a blog post (reading news and commentary and other blogs, doing a bit of research here and there, adding links and so on) add up to a bad idea when this kind of writing is only a hobby for me?

I'm just starting to kick these ideas around in my head, but I welcome any feedback from anybody who's still out there, especially if you've had to make these kind of decisions before.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Spiritual bouquet for Thomas Peters

Many of you already know that young writer/blogger Thomas Peters of Catholic Vote (and son of canon lawyer Ed Peters) was in a serious accident yesterday and needs our prayers.

Since some people have been rude enough in the comments over at The Anchoress's post linked above to add criticism of Thomas to their prayers and well-wishes (which she had had to moderate and remove), I wanted to create a space for those who wish to add to a spiritual bouquet for him instead.  This is simple: post (in the comments) what prayer(s) you will be saying for Thomas' recovery and for his family.

I'll say a rosary tonight, and a daily Memorare for him with my morning prayers from now until he's well.

Feel free to add your own prayers to the comments here, if you like.  Because my blog is relatively small and unknown, I think it will be a safe place for people to add their prayers--and in any case, all my comments are moderated so nothing rude will get through.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

The pursuit of happiness

Just in time for tomorrow's holiday comes this great video from the funny people at BlimeyCow on YouTube:



Yep.  That's America, circa 2013.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

What Wendy Davis really stands for

Just in case we needed a reminder, here's what Texas pro-abortion politician Wendy Davis was really standing for:
In July of 1993, a 15-year old mother was brought to Women’s Health Care Services to abort her little girl in the late stages of pregnancy. In fact, so far advanced was the pregnancy that the baby was already in position for delivery.

Not having yet perfected his induction method of abortion, according to accounts, Tiller “injected the baby’s head, in two places, the left side of her forehead above the eyebrow and at the base of the skull, with Potassium Chloride, leaving permanent burn marks and needle track scars.”

When the young mother returned the next day for the actual abortion procedure, it was found that the baby had not died, as intended, from the lethal injections into her head. The mother was sent to a local hospital where the baby was delivered, wrapped in a blanket, and left in a bassinet without attendance to die.

Amazingly, after 24 hours, the child continued to live in spite of the fact that she had not been cleaned up, her umbilical cord was still attached and she had received no hydration or nourishment. A nurse took pity on the baby and contacted an attorney, who in turn contacted a loving family that adopted the little girl, whom they named Sarah.

Although doctors said Sarah would not survive eight weeks, under the loving care of her new family she lived for five years. Tiller’s attack on Sarah impaired her growth and left her brain damaged, blind, and unable to walk. Nevertheless, her family members never viewed her as a burden and were blessed to be a part of her short life.

Now, let me clarify: Wendy Davis does NOT stand for little Sarah's survival.  Wendy Davis does NOT stand for the value of little Sarah's life.  To people like Wendy Davis, the only tragic part of the story of Sarah Brown is that Sarah survived the abortion that was supposed to kill her, and lived for five short years, bringing love and joy to her adoptive family.

No, Wendy Davis stands for the right of women to go to an abortion clinic when their babies are already in position for delivery and to have those babies killed.  The injection of deadly chemicals into the brain didn't work, so now abortionists prefer to jab a pair of closed scissors into the head of a child like Sarah, and then open those scissors, wreaking immediate destruction on the delicate brain tissues, after which the tiny corpse will be delivered.  And that's what Wendy Davis really stands for, in those fetal-tissue-pink tennis shoes of hers.  We should try to remember that as the media attempts to make a hero of this woman.

UPDATE: Read the stories of more abortion survivors here.