Family overtakes the blog Part II

Because my short-term memory is becoming more feeble by the day, in my kitchen I have a whiteboard with many lists on it – things to do, people to pray for, Buster’s busy schedule, etc. One of those lists now reads: Family Medical and Other Concerns and it is becoming a breathtakingly long list.

Happily I was able to strike a line through this item: Older Sister Colon Cancer?

Turns out she does not have colon cancer as originally suspected. Just a hollaring case of diverticulitis. Praise God.

But we have some other stuff up on the list – time-consuming, prayer-consuming stuff. Stuff to do with the kids, my own health, my husband’s still-precarious employment situation.

The most worrisome, to my way of thinking is My Father-in-Law’s small stroke this weekend. The MRI confirmed it, and now he is wearing a heart monitor for a day, heading to a neurologist, making appointments with vasuclar guys and such. His reason is sound, but his vision is blurred, and worse, this fearless man is scared.

I’m scared, too. Pop has endured enormous grief and he’s done it with the stoicism of a samurai warrior…which, I think, is part of the problem. “The eyes of a samurai know not moisture,” is an old proverb, but I don’t know if it is the wisest way to live. Pop has taken his grief – the loss of his son and its effect on his wife, and internalized it, and now his infrastructure seems to be crumbling under the weight of it all. Please pray for him, and for Mom, because she’s not going to last if he does not. This is a couple that will live and die as a couple.

These people did not raise me but they are, in my heart, my parents. This family is my family – an entire clan full of unusually generous, kind-hearted people who have taught me so much, and formed me in my adulthood, drawn me in and called me “daughter” and “sister” in ways that made those words meaningful to me, for the first time in my life. To see them going through all of this…well, it’s heartbreaking. I don’t know what to do for them except to pray and be the loving daughter and sister they have allowed me the privilege of becoming.

And so, blogging continues to be light-to-non-existant. I haven’t much time to read or write, but I did manage to make a few notes over morning coffee today, which I figured I’d share with you:

Third Generation Iraqi Looks After Abraham’s Birthplace Kind of a nice story which leads to a jumping off point to this piece by Diana Muir - wherein she takes a hard look at how the NY Times underplays archeological discoveries, particularly if they are evidence of Israel’s roots in Jerusalem, which – some of you might remember, is something I’ve written about here. If you are interested in archeaology, biblical history or the whole question of Israel/Palestine – Muir’s piece is the read of the day.

Vanderleun has had it with the “It’s 1971-all-the-time” circus in Crawford. Blackfive, in the meantime, has some moving thoughts about Casey Sheehan whom he feels the press has not really introduced to you. It is a must-read…and it includes the names of the soldiers who died with Casey. A real melting pot of names.

Via Hugh Hewitt, Mark D. Roberts takes a look at what Benedict XVI really said to the Muslims, as opposed to what the NY Times SAYS he said.

Do you remember this guy, Kurlansky? All snark and sneer about President Bush’s supposed “reading” of his book? Well, he’s at it again – vomiting like a kid in an out-of-control temper tantrum and sounding like he needs a time-out. Too bad. I thought his book sounded interesting, and I was considering picking it up. But unlike President Bush, who seems to be unprejudiced in his reading, I can’t bring myself to want to spend a dime on the book, now. Maybe I’ll borrow it from the library. Yes, I guess I am that small and petty – I don’t like to reward childishness with my hard-earned coin.

CQ is still covering Able Danger and trying to make sense of the story for us. Thank goodness for folks like Ed Morrissey. Meanwhile Jack Kelly is asking some tough-ish questions about it, and you’ll want to read them and think about it.

Three pieces on military recruiting, one takes the press to task for making much of a muchness about the low recruiting numbers in spring and early summer, but going silent as the recruiting numbers rise. The other looks at whether high-income families are less likely to produce soldiers. World Magazine seems not to have difficulty finding exceptional recruits about which to write.

Chrenkoff is feeling optimistic about Iraqi democracy, and one of Rich Lowry’s readers says don’t freak out about Islam being mentioned in Iraq’s constitution. Even better, Michael Ledeen is reading the Italian press, getting some different perspectives and feeling much better about the Iraqi constitution than he was. He writes: The new constitution makes Iraq a Federal Republic, NOT an “Arab Republic,” which is again revolutionary. And the federal nature of the new republic is revolutionary for the whole region.

Meanwhile Gateway Pundit wonders if Libya will be the next Middle East Democracy?

Michelle Malkin is still being guest blogged very ably by Brian Maloney, Lorie Byrd, Betsy Newmark and Byron Preston. But we still miss her.

The widow of Steven Vincent gives Juan Cole a well-deserved smackdown.

In the mood for a Monty Pythonish send up of Democrats and Republicans?

A coupla questions: Is there an oil “crisis’, and Isn’t Turn-About Fairplay (that second one looks closely at the ideology of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, whose ideology was soundly ignored when she was nominated for SCOTUS).

For the record, I think David Frum is right
and the WH is doing a really dreadful job of communicating the war to America. But it’s not like I could do it better. But really…SOMEONE could. A new speechwriter, perhaps?

Which brings me to this excerpt, part of an email sent to me by a blogger who does not advertise the fact that her husband is in Iraq: I don’t think I mentioned this
you, but my husband is a soldier in Iraq. He is supposed to be coming home in about two weeks. He is really concerned that the public is turning more and more against the war, and that there will be increased pressure for us to pull out. One thing he mentioned is that this could possibly put untold numbers of Iraqis at risk. Are the war protesters thinking at all about the Iraqis who will be systematically executed if we pull out? Whether or not someone agrees with why we
went there, why can’t they understand that to pull out now or before things are stable would be disasterous for the Iraqi people. Don’t people even care about them?

Plus, people can say they are anti-war, but pro-soldier all they want, but the protesters are really hurting the soldiers’ morale. It is hard enough to be a soldier in the first place, to fight, and possibly kill people. But when you have the American people questioning what you do, it just adds to the burden tremendously.

I can’t disagree. When I see posters like this I recall how shabbily our returning Vietnam Vets were treated and it does seem like some folks are doing their utmost to relive those days.

Sigmund Carl and Alfred are wondering about Pete Singer’s quest for Ape-Personhood. And more. Just keep scrolling.

That’s it for today, I think. Ya’ll be well.

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  • SigmundCarlandAlfred

    You and your family are in our prayers- you can count on that. That bench is a lot deeper than you think.

  • Bernard Higgins


    Omnipotent and eternal God,
    the everlasting Salvation of those who believe,
    hear us on behalf of thy sick servant, The Anchoress’ father-in-law,
    for whom we beg the aid of Thy pitying mercy,
    that, with his bodily health restored,
    he may give thanks to Thee in Thy church,
    Through Christ our Lord.


  • Bender B. Rodriguez

    the WH is doing a really dreadful job of communicating the war to America. But it’s not like I could do it better. But really…SOMEONE could. A new speechwriter, perhaps?

    Sadly, press secretary Scott McClellan simply isn’t up to the job and never has been — Bring back Ari!

  • Beth

    I’m thankful everyone’s prayers have been answered with regard to your sister; that’s great news!

    Amen to Bernard’s prayer above for your FIL!

  • Myssi

    Your family will continue in my prayers. (If you get a minute, e-mail me first names please – it helps me pray – if not, God knows you and yours without them.) And praises go up for your SIL not having cancer.
    You are right about the Salt book. No way would I buy it now.
    Could someone communicate the war better? I don’t know. I don’t think at this point that the MSM would let them.
    hugs to you and yours,

  • Julie D.

    Praise God for your sister’s good news! WOOHOO!

    I understand EXACTLY what you are talking about when you say that your husband’s family is yours. It is the same in our household too. My prayers are with all of you in all the conditions and situations in which you find yourselves.

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  • ForNow

    You & yours have my best wishes.

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