40 Years Ago Today, a Big Day

January 24, 2013 Leave a comment

Nope, it is not my birthday –  the graying of me hairs & the lines on me face, they do betray me and give me away.

Rather, it is a Big Day because 40 years ago the Supreme Court ruled on the landmark case, Roe v. Wade, which has indelibly impacted the lives of millions. On this day, 40 years ago, it became legal to terminate a pregnancy.

Singles of all ages are free from the certainty of the social stigma associated with pregnancy outside of marriage. The distraught & embarrassed parents now have an avenue to protect the family name, other than sending the problem away for a while.

Married couples and career-minded individuals are able to take complete control of their lives, able to decide when it is convenient to have a child and when it is not. Accidents are a thing of the past as they can be erased.

We are free to live as we please, indulge in whatever pleasures we fancy, with whoever is willing. The anxiety caused by missing a pill, or bypassing other protection methods in the heat of the moment – health concerns aside – isn’t the end of the world.

It is no longer necessary for anyone, of any social strata, to resort to clandestine & shameful, back alley, ‘clothes hanger procedures’ to free oneself from the shackles of unwanted pregnancy. To each & every one – regardless of race, creed, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation – there is the freedom to be child-free.

Indeed, this ruling has impacted the lives of the many millions since its inception. But none more so than the millions of victims of this ruling.

Yup, victims. Who are these Victims? (To be continued…)  See the related article here.

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Lessons From the Past

May 15, 2012 Leave a comment

I ran across this article a little while back. I found it interesting, as it mirrors some of the discussion we have on occasion in our house. I also found it hopeful, as it attempts to bring to the fore an alternative that just hasn’t been “acceptable” in the mainstream of education for so long (if ever). But you have to begin somewhere. Hopefully, this idea can gain some traction and coverage. Hopefully, those “who know best for all the rest” will take a moment to listen, rather than lecture.

Innovation doesn’t always come from that which lays ahead, the untried. Sometimes you have to look behind you.

Wise Beyond Her Years

October 26, 2011 2 comments

At least it seems to me.  Some might say I am biased.  Tough toodley.

Wisdom comes in doses, mostly small ones.  As with every good thing, you have to persevere.  If you really want it.  This good thing is learned.  It is a gift.  It is given only to those with a heart turned toward our God.  A humble heart.  A contrite heart.  Which is why it is difficult to obtain Wisdom.  Who wants to be humble?  Who seeks out humiliation?  Only One I know of.  But He makes it possible to do the impossible.  We have the Comforter.  Availed always.  Present.  Leading.  Urging.  Guiding.  Protecting.  Patient.

Forward Ho!, my dear one.  The Pearl is before you.  Always.

Calling & Vocation

October 25, 2011 Leave a comment

Do you ever wonder about your calling, your vocation, and how God’s will for you figures in? Do you have difficulty discerning His will for you? Do you wonder, worry, or fret about whether ‘this’ (whatever ‘this’ might be) is really what you should be expending all your energy on? I imagine most everyone does, at least to some degree. There are some, however, who feel certain they have it nailed – and do. May they be a blessing to all they come into contact with as God has surely blessed them. I can say with certainty that I am cannot be counted among them. <sigh> I know that comes as a shock to everyone 🙂

Well, the whole point to this is that there is an excellent article that may be of help. I hope you find it worthwhile.

Fresh Scribbles

October 20, 2011 Leave a comment

There certainly is no shortage of blogs in this world. There isn’t even a shortage of good blogs. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for one more good blog. Check this lady out for some fresh, delicious and fun posts, with a side of seriousness:

trial & error

Enjoy!

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Nativity of the Theotokos – First Feast of the Church’s New Year

September 7, 2011 Leave a comment

The Christian Church observes an annual calendar of feasts and fasts, which begins anew each year on the 1st of September.  The Church uses its calendar to teach the Gospel, the story of our salvation; it invites us to participate in these very same events & the reality they represent; it makes real, here & now, the Truth that is Christ.

The first feast of the new year is the Nativity of the Theotokos, where we celebrate the birth of the Virgin Mary on the 8th of September.   We celebrate the birth of her who gives flesh to God Incarnate, Who is both our Creator & Redeemer, that He may be the Salvation of our souls.

Theotokos, which is Greek for “God-bearer” or “Mother of God”, was established as the title for the virgin Mary by the 3rd Ecumenical Council in 431 A.D. as an affirmation of both the divinity and the humanity of Christ. If Christ is both God & man, then the virgin is the Theotokos, otherwise Christ is not God in the flesh.

Tonight we celebrated the feast with a Vesperal Liturgy.  If you’re interested in learning more, tonight’s homily by Fr. Gregory does far more justice to the topic than I can offer. It is worth a listen.

A Peak Into Our Past

September 19, 2010 Leave a comment

Ben Wisdom, a virtual acquaintance that I follow on Google Reader, shared the link to this photo collection quite a while back. Many (many, many) weeks went by before I finally took the time to go to the link to view the collection. I kept saving the link in Google Reader until I finally got around to it.

The collection, titled “Captured: America in Color from 1939-1943“,  offers a brief glimpse into our past. It is a an interesting view into how things were for some folks in America in the not so distant past. My parents were children and teens during this time, so this is part of their experience. I hope you enjoy it.

Captured: America in Color from 1939-1943

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