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Reese Gone Wild…

... It happens all the time in Hollywood. Whenever an actress wants to prove she's all grown up the clothes start to come off.Hollywood, where everyone is a feminist and a sexist at the same time.Emma Watson, who spoke at the UN demanding equality for all sexes, doesn't even see the paradox within the industry she works for. I'd like to know her thoughts on why male actors aren't encouraged to get naked and compromise their morals to prove their acting chops.Most recently, Reese Witherspoon, has decided to shed her girl-next-door image by doing, what else, "racy" sexually explicit sex scenes in her newest film, Wild.According to Vogue, for her role in Wild, … [Read More...]

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Stupid things people assume about my small Catholic family…

... In a religion where family size is looked upon as a marker of piety and fidelity to Church teaching, the woman with only one child, or no children, is often treated with a certain degree of suspicion.Is she selfish, contracepting, or just not that fertile?Mom bloggers often write about the rude comments they encounter from strangers, and even from some family and friends, who ridicule their choice to have a large family. I know the comments can be truly awful, thoughtless, cruel, and ignorant. I can empathize. Because I've had my share.Let's take a moment to consider the mom with one child.Wait. Why would we do that? I mean, really. Why bother?What … [Read More...]

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When did lunch time become so complicated…

... So my son comes home from school and tells me about this new lunch time trend. Bento boxes. A Bento what?Bento boxes are elaborate and intricately designed lunch time meals stuffed in cutesy little boxes. They usually have a popular theme and, like all things nauseatingly adorable, originated in Japan.In other words...Firstly, depending on the age, kids should be making their own lunch. Secondly...I'm doing good to throw a can of soup in a bag and remember to toss in the can opener.I mean, seriously. What is this? It's cute and all, but come on.Remember when lunch looked like this...And we liked it.Well, maybe not liked … [Read More...]

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Can Parents Protect Their Children From Abusive Relationships…

In a previous post I discussed why women choose to stay in violent relationships. In response, this question was posted,So, how do we protect our children from marrying abusers? Do we just accept that mistakes happen and people are just hoodwinked by sociopaths now and again? Can you think of anything that would have inoculated you against marrying someone who would hurt you?Excellent question. But the answer isn't simple.Unfortunately, there is no guarantee against abusive relationships. I would also caution that thinking we, as parents, can somehow prevent abuse inadvertently places the blame on parents of abuse victims for not properly "educating" or "protecting" … [Read More...]

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Diocese of Charlotte Eucharistic Congress…

... It's the weekend, y'all, and the Diocese's Eucharistic Congress is in full swing. And I have to tell you, I've really been looking forward to it this year because I've been dying to spend some time with "my own kind", if you know what I mean.I live in the rural south surrounded by *whispers* Protestants and I work with *whispers* Masons.I've also been going to the same church for four years now and two weeks ago was the 1st time someone actually stopped me to say "hi."If it weren't for the friends that live inside my computer I'd have no one to talk to about religion or politics... all those forbidden topics that polite people shouldn't discuss. Good thing … [Read More...]

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#whyIstayed Why Women Stay In Domestically Violent Relationships…

... After a disturbing video of Ray Rice hitting his then-fiancée, Janay Palmer, surfaced online, hundreds of women who escaped abusive relationships flooded social media to respond with hashtags, "#WhyIStayed" and "#WhyILeft."The responses are heartbreaking but need to be seen so people can finally stop blaming the victim. Also, so they can see that domestic violence doesn't always look like this...It sometimes looks like this..So why did I stay... for much of the very same reasons listed below. (copied and pasted with permission)Why I Stayed - an incomplete list:-Isolation from anyone who would have provided support and understanding; -Getting … [Read More...]

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The Ultimate Fine Art Friday…

... My good friend, Colin, recently wrote a post about his ten favorite paintings. Each painting he chose moved him in some fashion and left a lasting impression.Which in turn got me thinking about the works of art in my own life that I've experienced. I say "experienced" because that is exactly what I did. Certain works move us beyond seeing. They are felt and stamped in our memories.Below is my list of the ten most influential works of art that were responsible for indelibly shaping my views on religion, life, and beauty.Click each picture for a larger more detailed image.Thomas Cole, The Voyage of LifeThe series, by Cole, is in order … [Read More...]

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Meet The Most Amazing Women (To Me) That Ever Lived…

... Meet my granma, Katherine. The lady I was named after.To me she was the most wonderful woman that ever lived. Today would have been her birthday.Born in 1922, she was witness to many of modern history's major events. She volunteered with the USO and sang for the troops. She had a terrible singing voice but always added with a wink, "the boys never much cared about how I sounded."Her friends called her Sissy, the soldiers called her a Looker.I wish I had asked her for more stories about her life, what she'd seen, and what she experienced. Sadly, I also wish I had been at least half as interested in her life as she was in mine. You can't tell teenagers … [Read More...]

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Positively the Most Epic Catholic Kitsch Ever…

...Behold, Glow Jesus, in it's all splendor.Photo credit, Liesa G. H/T Scott B.It brings a tear to the eye.It's positively perfect in every way, aesthetically (as kitsch goes) and theologically with it's rich use of symbolism.The the sea shell, especially the scallop shell, is the symbol of Baptism, and is found frequently on Baptismal fonts. Here, the shell at the bottom can be used as a holy water font.And those five silk roses. Betcha didn't know when five roses are grouped together they symbolize the five wounds of Christ?Jesus glows in the dark because He's a light in the darkness, naturally.Even the use of "Florida" contains deeper … [Read More...]

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Lifelong Effects of Abortion on Men – A Robbed Manhood…

... Once I saw a bumper sticker, “Having an abortion doesn’t make you un-pregnant. It makes you the mother of a dead baby.” The same could be said for a father whose child has been aborted.Little attention is given to men when the topic of abortion is raised. Many believe since men don't have a uterus they don't have the right to an opinion on the matter. But a pregnancy doesn't involve just the pregnant woman. Many people are involved - a child yet born, future and/or existing siblings, grandparents, and yes, a father.Not only does abortion hurt women, it ruins the lives of men as well. It robs them of the fatherhood and effects the way they see themselves as a man. … [Read More...]


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