Catholics React Swiftly and Strongly to Archbishop’s Restrictive Guidelines

Pastoral guidelines excluding LGBT people from church ministries and encouraging same-gender couples and others to refrain from Communion have provoked strong responses in the Philadelphia area. Ar…

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The Benefits of Reading

An excellent blog by Lisa Orchard on the benefits of reading, including as a coping mechanism. (Is it ever!)

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Hello everyone. I hope all is well with you. I’m back today with another post about Reading. Since reading for pleasure is on the decline, I thought I’d write about the benefits of picking up a book. There are many, let me tell you.

We already know that there’s a link between Reading and Empathy. ( For more information on that topic, click here https://lisaorchard.wordpress.com/2016/05/15/the-link-between-reading-and-empathy/  )

But did you know that reading reduces stress? It’s true. Since I’ve had kids, I’ve put reading on the backburner. It’s only within the last couple of years that I’ve picked it back up again. I’m so glad I did! I enjoy reading immensely, especially when I’m stressed. Studies show that by picking up a book and reading for just six minutes you can decrease your stress level by sixty eight percent. It’s a great way to deal with the stressors of everyday…

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Stephenie Meyer

The best analysis of the “Twilight” series I have read. While I have not read them myself, I always figured that, despite the enormous negative criticism of her writing, Stephanie Mayer had to be be doing something right. Here Fernanda Guevara describes just what that is.

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Although many people have complained at the shoddy Twilight film series, this is because they have never taken the time to read the books.  Agreed the acting of some of the main characters is questionable (not including the gorgeous Taylor Lautner) and the plotline is not to everyone’s taste but the way the books are written are, in short, magical.  Stephenie Meyer has a  beautiful way with words and paints a picture with her description.

The books are written carefully and with thought and each detail is explained without ruining the whole effect of the book.  Unlike in the films, the book can give you a better insight to each characters and explain their gifts and their lives in more detail which makes for a better story.  I would encourage you to read the books if you have not yet so have fun

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Writing. It’s not for Sissies

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Hello everyone. I hope all is well with you.  I’m back today and I’m talking about how writing isn’t  for sissies. Why do I say this? Because not only after slaving over our masterpiece for hours and days on end (sometimes years), we have to face that notorious foe, rejection. If we’re lucky enough to get published, we then have to market our books and network with other authors.  I know we’re introverts. We like to be in our writing caves tapping away at that keyboard, creating our next masterpiece. Networking and hawking our wares takes a lot out of us. We cringe.

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But here’s the thing. Marketing your book once it’s published is in our hands. We have to get out there and let the world know it exists. I was doing just that this weekend. I participated as a…

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A Veteran Reflects on Memorial Day

So it is Memorial Day.

As a War on Terror veteran (Army), I often feel somber on Memorial Day and Veterans Day.

I do not fault people for using the day off from work to have fun with their families, host barbecues or otherwise enjoy the day.

But, I have a problem that people seem to have forgotten — or to just not care — that we are a country at war, that our freedom is on the line, that the only reason any of us can go to the house of worship of our religion, can go to gay nightclub or listen to music or otherwise do what we want with our lives or with our time is that a small percentage of our country is in the U.S. military fighting for our freedom against a worldwide terrorist element fueled by bigotry, evil, irrational hatred and a narcissistic and sadistic obsession at doing bad things to others.

So out with a group the other day, a woman I know said to a man I know, “My mother got so angry watching the Republican debates. They kept talking about terrorism. It’s not the most important issue!”

In a colossally wacko, wild, out-of-control election season  in which the bedroom behavior of two perpetual tabloid headline subjects, business magnate and reality star Donald Trump and former President of the United States Bill Clinton, has been discussed far too much and the ascension of insipid state laws meant to protect women and girls from the nonexistent threat of transgender people in restrooms, I wish there was more discussion of terrorism, a real issue and a real threat, not a fake issue and a contrived threat, like the genitalia of Clinton, Trump and transgender people.

Please allow me to rephrase that for emphasis:

Terrorism = Real Issue and Real Threat

Genitalia of Clinton, Trump and Transgender People = Not a Real Issue or Threat

So while enjoying your day off, please take a moment to remember all of the brave men and women fighting for our freedom and those who lost their lives doing so and to honor their service by acknowledging the the existence of the evil they fight against.

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Film “Don’t Breathe” Has a Disabled Vet for a Villain!

They actually made a film in which a disabled Army veteran is the villain, and the audience is supposed to root for the people who broke into his house and knocked him out to rob him!
As I have entertainment industry aspirations, I tell myself not to criticize other people in the industry too much, but I seriously hope everyone involved with this movie dies from an incredibly painful paper cut and burns in Hell!
But, you know what else? This is the reason we have so much viewership of foreign films in this country! This is why we have a growing universe of direct-to-online films and web series made without the meddling, insipid influence of the major entertainment industry, colloquially referred to as “Hollywood!”
And, meanwhile, movie theaters sell less tickets every year, and the entertainment suits in their offices wonder why.
In a way, as a producer of an upcoming YouTube web series, I should rejoice in how utterly clueless and arrogant in their clueless condition the mainstream entertainment industry is for it is only because of the rapid recent increases in technology making it more feasible for people to produce and distribute shows and movies we created without having to get a deal with a major film studio or having to deal with how out-of-touch they are about giving the audience entertainment we actually want that all of us outsiders have this opportunity to fill this vacuum and have our low-budget but more original works to be seen and appreciated by people.

 

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the eve of st. agnes

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This poem hinges on the superstition that virgins might receive visions of their future husbands on St. Agnes’ Eve.  Here’s the brutal story of St. Agnes herself:

According to tradition, Saint Agnes was a member of the Roman nobility born c. 291 and raised in a Christian family. She suffered martyrdom at the age of twelve[2] or thirteen during the reign of the Roman EmperorDiocletian, on January 21 304.

The Prefect Sempronius wished Agnes to marry his son, and on Agnes’ refusal he condemned her to death. As Roman law did not permit the execution of virgins, Sempronius had a naked Agnes dragged through the streets to a brothel. As she prayed, her hair grew and covered her body. It was also said that all of the men who attempted to rape her were immediately struck blind. When led out to die she was tied to…

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