Wrapping up the Old Year with some randomness for you to savor.
1. Looooooved this article about introverts, and all you sassy little extroverts out there need to read it and digest!
I especially love #2. I could scream it from the rooftops: "INTROVERTED DOES NOT MEAN SHY!!" If I had a dime for every extrovert who has said to friendly, talkative me, "Whaaaat?? No way! You're not an introvert!" even though I am about as classic an introvert as they come, I would have at least 37 dimes. Yes, I am an introvert, and introverts are not necessarily shy. Introverts can even be the life of the party. If they feel like it. Tell your friends.
2) Y'all have probably seen this one, but it's just so… right.
Here's a peek. See if it doesn't resonate with you:
Once upon a time, women wanted to project an innocence. I am not idealizing another age and I have no illusions about the virtues of our grandparents, concupiscence being what it is. But some things were different in the back then. First and foremost, many beautiful women, whatever the state of their souls, still wished to project a public innocence and virtue. And that combination of beauty and innocence is what I define as pretty.
By nature, generally when men see this combination in women it brings out their better qualities, their best in fact. That special combination of beauty and innocence, the pretty inspires men to protect and defend it.
Young women today do not seem to aspire to pretty, they prefer to be regarded as hot. Hotness is something altogether different. When women want to be hot instead of pretty, they must view themselves in a certain way and consequently men view them differently as well.Read it all, and with apologies to Justin Timberlake, let's bring pretty back!
3) Here is family law attorney Rebecca Kiessling who should have never been born:
|Mother of five|
Well, at least according to most folks. You see, Rebecca, like many other people in this world, was conceived in rape. A violent rape by a serial rapist. She is only alive today because abortion was illegal when she was conceived. For everyone who says, "I am pro-life, except in cases of rape", I hope you will read her story and those of the others like her, and never say those words again. I applaud their courage, as it must feel pretty yucky living in a culture that believes you should have been killed. There are stories, as well, from courageous mothers who gave birth to their children conceived in rape.
4) I saw from Betty Beguiles that some bloggers are ending their year with links back to their favorite 2011 posts. Well, I am notorious for linking certain of my posts all over the blasted universe, but some of the lesser known ones would be fun to revisit. Many of which I'd forgotten I'd written!
2011, you had your moments. There was...
My correspondence with a sex educator (in three parts)
Answering "L": The Culture War and more
Oh, and this was a good one...
The power of a nun in a habit
…which in turn made me think of this next post to which no secularist or pro-"choicer" even responded (other than to suggest these women were lying). The total silence from the left honestly shocked the heck out of me:
Laughing at dead babies and the avenging conscience
Who is obsessed with sex?
And of course this one is becoming scarily more true by the day:
Catholics: Your misguided compassion will come back to bite you in the rear
So, let's end with a funny one that makes me smile:
Motherhood: It ain't all wine and roses
5) Speaking of funny, Andrew Centrella (who let several of us bloggers
|(Why yes, that is Danya's left ear in the third frame!)|
Thanks, Andrew! And the world thanks you for not going with your original idea of drawing me in a trashy-looking superhero bikini costume.
6) No words needed. Just read it:
See, we Catholics have real superheroes.
7) So excited! Tomorrow we will meet my daughter's boyfriend Carter, who arrives in town to stay with us for a week! We will be trying desperately to convince him that we are normal. But the fun part is that he and my daughter were introduced a year ago by a fellow blogger, the lovely Mary at the Screllos (now private). The Catholic bloggy world is amazing, people!
Happy New Year, and thanks to Jen for hosting!!!