May 30, 2014
Six Quick and One Long Quick Takes
1 - Travis and I watched The Secret Life of Walter Mitty the other night. (It was sweet and cute and good.) I liked most of the soundtrack and this song especially caught my attention. Super mellow and delicious.
Yes, I just described music as delicious. It's lush too. How about that?!
2 - Maya Angelou died on Wednesday. May she rest in peace.
Someone shared this article of hers on FB and it was so beautiful and I wanted to share it here. She writes about being a teen mom and her relationship with her son. Please read it; it's so lovely.
3 - You've probably already read Jenny's brilliant post on vasectomies. If you haven't read Dennis' comment please go back and do so! I love that he spoke the Truth!
4 - Hey! Did you know that my blog has a Facebook page? I am 14 fans away from hitting 500 so I thought we could just go ahead and make. it. happen! It's a silly goal but it would make me happy if I hit it. So go ahead, make my day.
5 - If you live in the Peoria, IL area I hope you and your family can attend the Sheen Family Day on July 12th.
My friend Katie and I have been working with the Sheen Foundation on this and we're so excited about it. There will be snacks, age-appropriate crafts, family-friendly guided tours of the Sheen Museum, and Sheenazing tours of the Cathedral where Venerable Sheen was an altar server and later ordained. There's a suggested donation of $1 per family member - which means even my family could afford to attend! It's an open house style event so you can start at the Cathedral or the Museum or with the crafts and just move at your family's own pace. And everyone's welcome to stay for the Vigil Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral.
6 - Today we paint, tomorrow we move, Sunday we clean carpets, Monday we close. I am an odd mix of sad, excited, nostalgic, and stress paralyzed.
7 - When I published my post on not burying statues of St. Joseph I knew that I would ruffle some feathers. I didn't write anything in that post that I wouldn't or haven't said to people, including people who have buried St. Joseph. So I was more than a little surprised when it led to some people making hurtful comments about me as a person instead of just critiquing the work.
After talking to several people about it and thinking it over I've learned a few things:
- Leave any attempts at humor to others.
- When writing for the masses, remember that one sentence is just not enough to explain to people "If you don't do it this way I'm not talking to or about you."
- People are sentimental and emotional about the way they practice their faith. That's a good thing and should be respected.
- People will read "I did it this way and it was a great experience" type posts as "I did it this way and you should too because I'm holier than you" unless you word things very carefully.
I'm thinking of rewriting the post in the future to build off the lessons I learned. I still stand by what I wrote and I don't like the practice but I think a rewrite would be a good exercise in writing and humility.