Another week speeds by, and I have a tabbar full of stuff I meant to share with you, opine on, or whatever. Is it just me or does it seem like time is speeding up? I am so not ready for Christmas, but Advent will slow us down a little, and help us to get into focus.
Today, let’s focus on what’s new:
You know Ed Morrissey? Nice guy from Hot Air, with the radio show, the great interviews and so forth? Well, he’s not the only writer in the family anymore! His wife, Marcia, recently answered a question from Patheos.com: What does God Really Look Like?
It took a year for me to lose my sight completely. During that time, I fought against the daily ebbing-away of my vision with medical intervention — both laser and major surgeries — and a lot of prayer. It was exhausting physically, emotionally, and mentally to endure the procedures, but to face the daily dimming of my whole world was a particular challenge to my spirit.
Physically, I kept going, and kept busy. I continued my job as a Montessori teacher; I drove until I could no longer responsibly do so. I tried to simply go on with my life, but I never stopped thinking about what was happening to me. I looked at everything I could still see with great intensity, trying to brand things into my memory, but also into my heart — the blueness of the sky, the color of new grass. I studied my photo albums over and over again, pressing each face, each smile, each shy or exuberant expression on the faces of my family members and friends into my memory like flowers between pages. Even today, all these years later, when I want to picture someone, these photographs come to my mind.
When I finally lost sight completely, I was very depressed, and angry. On New Year’s Eve, I needed emergency surgery on one eye, and the next day I lay in my hospital bed and felt like I had reached the end of myself. I felt like during the past year of my life, as I had anticipated this great loss, I had been only an existence; I had not really been living.
I think Marcia Morrissey is going to be a great source of comfort and practical advise for the life of faith, in the coming year! Funny how things happen, isn’t it? God works as He does!
Or some more people sharing their heavenly ones:
Colton, still 4 years old, told his mother “you had a baby die in your tummy didn’t you”, which completely shocked them both because they had never told him about their miscarriage. They asked him how he knew and he said that he met his sister in Heaven and she told him what happened.
As Wired reports, the Obama administration and Congress are engaged in a little hypocrisy here. Hillary Clinton just got done warning China not to censor the internet in almost exactly the way this bill would allow Eric Holder to do. It’s not the first time in recent weeks that we’ve barked at China for actions that the US has either proposed taking or actually has taken, like devaluing currency to boost exports.
And this is surprising, why?
Nintendo in the Communion Line? Come on, parents! This is your job. Bring them to church and then teach them to worship by example, and tell them the electronics stay off or they are lost for the day! This one is a no-brainer!
The Age of Adoration. People who do not engage in it (or worse, sneer at it) don’t know what they’re missing!
21st Century America seems a lot like 18th Century England. Fascinating.
John C. Wright: the Age of the Accuser
Fr. George W. Rutler: 1943; Light the Candles
Thank you, Mrs. Pelosi
Joe Carter: Best Blogs of 2010
So now, we’re all crazy. Obviously, we shouldn’t be in charge of our lives, then!
Up for Harry Potter this weekend? I’m not, actually. Book 7 was my least favorite of J.K. Rowlings books, but I suppose I have no choice but join in! Meanwhile this is a thoughtful take on the Harry Potter series