Monday, July 28, 2008
To: regina doman
Subject: You Ruined Everything!
Not really. But I did stay up till 1:30 reading your book. Even though I knew the ending -which must mean it's pretty good. And so this morning I woke up late, and grouchy and tired. You see the awful power you have over peoples lives? Please, please use it for good. Write books that are easily cast aside. I suggest a nice dictionary, or "how to" book.
Anyway, I enjoyed all the changes/developments -even though there were actually fewer differences in this draft than I expected there would be. So thanks! This is definitely my favorite of your fairy-tale series. I hope there is more in store! But, as you know, I am a sucker for ANYTHING with a batman-esque scene like where Paul disappears into the shadows and Rachel says "thank you" even though she's not sure if he's there or not.
Thanks Ben! I promise to use my powers for good, but of course that will result in a conflict of interest between being true to my talent and the public's need to finish their homework assignments.... ;)
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Of course, legalism isn’t only to blame. But it certainly is a driving force in the numbers of “Christian” teens and young adults turning to darkness instead of light. Read more...
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
My reactions to the series are mixed: I want to see where she's going with the series and whether or not she intends to do something more than write a very clever romance-fantasy series. Here's a snippet of my review:
Is it a parable? Or is it just a romance story? Is Meyer exploiting a choice dramatic situation or trying to tap some kind of message? Hard to tell. Twilight, determined by Bella’s first-person narrative point of view, could be female fantasy no deeper than shimmers in a puddle. And the book gives ample room to voice the conventional young-romance mix of sex, love, and death-longing, the recurring theme of so much teen poetry and art and rock songs: you can practically see the movie posters and hear the sound track already as you read it. But Edward, the moral compass of the story for all of his toying and sarcasm, might be the way for the author to angle in on a deeper meaning about male and female sexuality.... read more.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Friday, July 18 – for women of all ages:
8:00 – 8:45 Registration/Vendor Time
9:00 – 9:50 Introduction to Blessings God's Way
8:00 – 8:45 Registration/Vendor Time
From Doran Richards, conference organizer: We will be making sample Red Raspberry Leaf Tea and having breaks and Q & A time with so many other fun things… great bonding time with our daughters! We will take a class photo in the morning on Saturday – have developed during the day and will have them for our paper album craft for the girls to have a great memory of their day out!
Please pass on to your friends, family, homeschool group and organizations. Thank you and hope to see you there!
Join us for our conference: July 18, 19, 2008 - for women of all ages!
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
It's the third one in Neal's series of "blessing" books for kids: the first two are Will You Bless Me? and Can God See Me in the Dark? As usual, the books are quality hardcovers with handsome typesetting.
I love Ben's illustrations of Christ and Our Lady in particular as Lozano retells the Gospel story of the loaves and fishes. If you have a chance, check out the website at www.willyoublessme.com.
Monday, July 14, 2008
I discovered that for Thom and Marc, Catholic knighthood was not a fuzzy, abstract concept, but a real way of life. One lament of modern men is that today's lifestyle provides no "initiation" for men, no moment at which boys can say, "Now I am a man." Thom didn't merely regret this fact: he actively sought to change it by creating a Catholic initiation for boys, including endurance tests and skill training. Marc had just completed the course and two weeks before his death, he was "knighted" by a Franciscan priest and vowed to always defend the Catholic faith and serve Christ and Mary.
As the Franciscan father read aloud at the funeral the vows Thom had written whic Marc had made, I was moved to tears, as were many in the church, by the daringness and beauty of them. I will go so far as to call Thom Giard a cultural genius for being bold enough to incarnate his ideals into an actual way of life. Marc was laid to rest in chain mail, and Thom was buried with the great sword of the Franciscan friary, which they gave to him in honor of his service to Catholic men.
And as I watched other new ceremonies unfold: the flying of a Marian banner over the coffins in the cemetery: the formal presentation of the widow of the deceased with a white banner as a commemoration of the departed: I was not the only one who felt that a significant moment in the recreation of Catholic manhood had just taken place.
One of the friars there present wrote:
All of us, including myself, take so much for granted. I was always so busy that I did not give Thom nearly the amount of time I should have. My loss.
The grace of our consecration to Our Lady we also take for granted. So much more could be done with a knighthood based on Marian Chivalry. Time is too short not to see this. The men have pulled together in the last week in the face of this tremendous loss. It is my prayer that we recognize this grace for what it really is and not let the hour of our visitation pass...
We are all looking for something transcendent and beautiful in life. Thom and Marc have gone before is in finding it. We have also, in a sense, found it too. It certainly hasn’t been what we expected, but I for one treasure not only memories of the last week, but the overwhelming providence of God hidden just beneath the sorrow. We cannot forget or become complacent, too much has been lost in the service of our Queen and too much is at stake. To arms, then, in the service of the Queen.
I hope that this is indeed a new birth for Catholic knighthood. I also feel I've been complacent in my own consecration to our Lady, and in the work she has for me to do. Please join me in praying for all Catholic men, and in thanking God for the gift of Marc and Thom Girard.
To learn more about the Knights of the Lepanto, Thom's apostolate, click here.
I am continuing to accept donations to the Girard family. Please use the PayPal button above to donate, or send checks to The Girard Family Fund at Bank of America, 590 West Main St (Rt 82)Norwich, CT 06360.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
In tonight's chat, I'll be answering any questions about writing and publishing, but I'll specifically focus on my experience of self-publishing on Lulu this past year.
Those of you who are members, I hope to chat with you online tonight!
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
The Girard family had been through a lot. Last year they suffered two hardships in a row: first, their home burned down. The only thing in Marc's room that survived the fire was his picture of Padre Pio.
Marc swam out to Hannah. He pushed her towards shore until she was safe, told her to pray, and then dove back in to find their father.
Re: Lord, what are You calling me to do?
I was so happy to find a thred wich focased on vocations. Just some words of wisdom, First, you are so right when you say long and short term vocation. Like being a good student was mine and being a good son, but now that I'm done with school. It's now to be a good son as well as a good friend. In August I will be leaving to enter the FI (Fransican Friars of the Immaculate) and am very excited about doing so. The thing is though, in my case, I'm almost poitive that this is Our Lords will for me, but as I grow closer and closer to the day i leave, I get spiritually attacked more and more (with emotions and worries such... I'm not talking about Emily Rose stuff ). I was warned by two very holy Friars about temptation and think it would be very helpful to everyone on this fourm especally for those who are looking into religious life. And that is that you will be tempted in ways you didn't think were possible, and if you do end up entering religious life it's still pretty hard. Its the transistion of being more contempt and 'unplugging' your self from the world. Many of the Saints went trough temptation and trial so just be prepaired and persivere. This also goes for those who are asking the question "what do you want from me". Satan will try to lead you against your vocation, just pray, hope, and don't worry and you'll end up doing His will.
c/o the Ethier Family
My husband and I attended the funeral at St. Mary's Church in Connecticut. It was beautiful. I hope to post more about it later.
For more about the Girard family, see this link from the Friars of the Immaculate.
Update: Since some of you have asked, by all means feel free to copy or excerpt this post for your own blog or email. And yes, the family does need financial help. If you would like to make a donation through Paypal, you can send a donation to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Attach a note saying that your donation is for the Girard family and specify the amount in your email. I will make sure it gets to them.
I am looking into finding out if they have a paypal account of their own that we can use instead: when I find out anything, I will post. But for now, feel free to use my address, and I will have the money sent to them. Thank you!
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
For those of you who have been waiting, you can get The Midnight Dancers through Amazon Merchants by clicking here.
And could I ask any of you who've read the book already to consider posting a review on Amazon? Feel free to just copy something you've already written about it (say, on your blog).
Oh, and if you have reviewed the book on your blog or website, please let me know! Email me at email@example.com.