Monthly Archives: July 2016

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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