Monday, June 30, 2014

An apology...

I have, on occasion, been less than complimentary to the Supreme Court of the United States.

Today, however, I realize that I owe five of the nine justices a bit of an apology.

To the majority, then, I address this heartfelt apology:  Dear majority who ruled in favor of religious freedom today, I apologize if on occasion I have insinuated that the members of the present SCOTUS could not find their hindquarters even if provided with a map.  Today’s ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby proves that at least five of you can do so.  Even if the map has to be both detailed and narrowly constructed.

Still, I will--gratefully--take what I can get.  Every little bit that stands between religious believers and the tyranny of the secular majority counts.  A lot.

Now, protect the nonprofits coming your way, such as the Little Sisters of the Poor or EWTN, and you may earn an actual cheer.  Possibly even two.  (I am reserving three cheers for times when the Court appears to remember to read the actual Constitution before ruling, but to be honest, I don’t expect to see that in my lifetime.)

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Checking in...

I feel like an absentee blogger these days!  On the bright side, I’m nearly finished with the mermaid/vampire young adult book I’m writing.  Next up: finishing Book Five of Tales of Telmaja while starting to edit Book Three.  Advanced reader team: you may be getting emails soon(ish) to ask you if you want a draft of Book Three sent your way!

If you haven’t found my books’ Facebook page, I think this will take you to Erin Manning, Tales of Telmaja on Facebook.  I’ve been posting regular updates about my writing endeavors as well as my mostly impossible goals there.

My plan is to resume regular blogging sometime in August, when it’s too hot to do much of anything anyway and people might be reading blogs again. :)  See you then!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Happy Birthday, Hatchick!

Technically, I’m still on a bit of a blog break as I work to finish some writing projects and restore some much-needed sanity to the end-of-the school year homeschooling endeavors.  But today we are celebrating the 16th birthday of our beloved youngest girl, affectionately nicknamed “Hatchick” on this blog, and as is our custom I will turn the blog over to her to post whatever she likes!  Without further ado, then, here’s our birthday girl!


Hello, this is Hatchick!
So far 16 seems a bit different than 15, though I am not sure quite why. Today, I am having a lot of fun with my family, and a certain kitten is having a lot of fun with the blue streamers hung from here and there about the rooms. I am very excited to be 16!
Speaking of kittens, I have been having fun with the camera this year:

It’s Super Smidge!

...Emmett prefers to sleep.

These flowers showed up in our backyard near Easter. They were very small, about the size of a finger. I have no idea what they are, but they were pretty!

Action shot! I waited for a long while to catch a picture (and video, but it isn’t posted here) of these planes as they flew close-by in this formation!

I had hoped that there would be a lot of drawings that I could add here, but unfortunately it appears that I haven’t drawn nearly as much as I thought that I had this past year. Oh well. This picture is a picture of Team Rocket from Pokemon. I first did a sketch of the picture, then colored it with markers, and then uploaded it to the computer and colored it with Seashore.

Thank you so much for reading this post! I am looking forward to a great year!