Marilyn Monroe and the Sexual Revolution

06/26/2015

I just heard that Marilyn Monroe’s biographer said that she had 12 abortions over the course of her lifetime.

TWELVE!

How old was she when she died? The poor woman died of a drug overdose and we don’t know whether it was murder, suicide, or an accident.

How did that “Sexual Revolution” thing work out for her again?

#truth

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Shut Up and Listen!

06/12/2015

I had a difficult conversation with a friend yesterday about an awful circumstance.

We talked about talking to and listening to God. Talking is easy. It’s the listening… the true, honest listening… that’s the hard part.

Isn’t it easy to belt out our needs or requests for the latest favors? We get so wrapped up in our daily crises, it gets difficult to think of anything – or anyone – else. Sometimes we don’t ask. We get so wrapped up in what we’ve done wrong, all we can do is say “I’m sorry, God. Please forgive me.”

And we are so busy talking to God we don’t shut up long enough to listen for the answer.

So whaddaya do?

I have a suggestion.

I’ve mentioned repetitive prayer before. It is the ultimate cure for insomnia. Bar none! No drugs required. One of the benefits of being Catholic. Try the Rosary. Try the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. They work! 100% guaranteed!

Don’t believe me? Okay, let’s say it doesn’t work. What’s the worst that just happened? You spent your time praying!

Win/win.

But it will work. Try it!

 

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So why do I mention repetitive prayer in this context?

Two reasons.

Because we can get lost in the familiar. As we recite the familiar prayers, our minds can wander. Sometimes in the wrong direction. But sometimes in an unexpected direction.

And when our attention is focused on the Father… or Jesus… or the Spirit… or the Creed… or Mary, we focus on them, we contemplate their being (or lives), we ruminate on the words of the prayer. Our understanding blossoms. God permits us a glance into the infinite.

If we are open and receptive to it.


How You can Write Your Way out of Writer’s Doubt

06/04/2015

I’m stepping aside today to introduce you to a friend and fellow writer, Lorna Faith. Lorna has words of encouragement for you when seeds of doubt begin to take root.

Lorna loves to write romance, mixed with adventure and suspense. She teaches music during the day and listens to other people’s stories for her podcasts and blogging, yet she still finds time to, as she says “scribble on my next fiction book.”

Lorna is passionate about helping writers step past resistance to get their stories into the world! She says she gets her inspiration to keep writing every day from her husband, who loves all forms of art, and their fun-loving, encouraging teenagers.


How You can Write Your Way out of Writer’s Doubt

by Lorna Faith

Doubt is normal part of every writer’s life.

The simple truth is: None of us can ever get totally away from it.

Even the best writers battle self doubt.

First, you need to know there’s nothing wrong with you for doubting yourself. It’s perfectly normal.

As I’ve talked with many writers I’ve had the privilege to know, this is perfectly normal.

Because all writers doubt themselves.

The problem comes when doubt overwhelms us so much that it holds us back from creating the work we are meant to create.

If doubt isn’t faced square on and tossed out on its ear, it won’t allow you to say what you really wanted to say.

You might have written something really good, but if the words don’t resonate with you as much as they would have if you’d said what you really wanted to say, then you’re a victim of Writer’s Doubt.

We’ve all struggled with doubt

Doubt is something that won’t quit. Doubt is a formidable opponent. It can hold us back from being true to ourselves and keep the real words we need to say locked up inside of us.

But here’s the good news. You can overcome doubt.

It is true, that doubt will always be part of your creative life, just like any resistance. But, it doesn’t have to cause you to stop creating.

You can choose to create anyway. You can overcome doubt. You can write your way out of writer’s doubt.

Here’s the awful truth of what Doubt can cause us to do:
• Stops us from uncovering our authentic voice.
• Holds us back from reaching our true potential.
• Prompts us to question whether we should be writing at all.
• Compels us to seek other people’s approval over and over again.
• Makes us wait for someone to pick us.

My Struggle with Writer’s Doubt

I’ve experienced this firsthand.

It wasn’t until I was 41 years old that I started writing my first book. When I was little I wrote stories, but only in secret. I hid them because I doubted my stories would be good enough for anyone else to read them.

I think serious doubts crept in when I was told my handwriting was awful when I was in grade 4. My teacher forced me to write by hand an hour everyday after school. Although my handwriting really improved a ton, I didn’t like to be kept away from playing with my animal friends at home.

It wasn’t until I was in my mid-thirties, when I was homeschooling our four munchkins, that the dream of writing began to come back again.

I still remember the questions that ran through my mind. ‘Is it possible that I could actually become a writer – am I good enough? So many amazing writers are out there, why would any reader bother to read what I have to say? I’ve never had any training, or even been encouraged to write, am I just being silly thinking I could do this?’

On and on the thoughts twisted around in my head like a funnel cloud tossing me back and forth. This continued for weeks until I came to the end of it.

Finally, I just said ‘enough. I’m at least going to try to write.’ I pulled out some lined paper and a pencil and wrote one page of a story.

With that one little action, I felt like I had turned a corner. Something inside me had shifted. I had stepped through the invisible barrier that had held me back for so long. I felt like the warrior inside of me – that had been in hiding until that day – had slayed the dragon of resistance.

Since that time, almost everyday has brought doubts about my ability to string words together.

However, I learned something important. You can write your way out of writer’s doubt. Movement does bring clarity.

The more you write, the more you’ll believe you can.

I know I’m not going to be the next Suzanne Collins and I’m never going to write like James Joyce. But I do want to be the best writer that I can be. With my authentic voice. I am committed to continue to:

Write words that matter and share them with the world.

Despite the doubts and the very real possibility that the odds are against me.

Even as I write this, self doubt is questioning me. Who do I think I am to be able to write this to you, considering all my struggles and doubts I’ve had.

I’ve had no formal training, only time invested in learning from other writers, bloggers, podcasters and listening to Webinars. But I’m convinced that if I can overcome doubt and resistance – and battle it everyday – to write and publish books, you can too.

So, If you’ve struggled with doubts or fears that you can write or that you could possibly publish your words for the world to read, I want to help you.

I know much of the doubt and insecurity you’re feeling. I’ve been there. And i would love to show you how you can unlock your authentic writing voice, write and publish your book in my upcoming Webinar on Saturday, June 13. If you can’t make it to the Webinar, you could always add your name to the group of people who want to be notified when the online course on how to Write and Publish Your First Book is ready to go.

Don’t let doubt or fear hold you back from taking the risks that you know need to be taken. Don’t wait for someone to pick you. And most of all don’t let doubt steal your writing dreams.

Make the choice today to take that first step. To believe you are a writer. Lean in, and write your way out of writer’s doubt.


 

I hope Lorna’s words helped you. I didn’t know the exact topic Lorna was going to write about, but was eager for her to guest post on my blog. Reading her words helped me sort out a few “issues” that crept into my writing time lately.

Here’s how you can connect with Lorna:

Or sign up for her June 13 Webinar at http://www.lornafaith.com/writing-webinar-2/
Or sign up for her upcoming writing course at http://www.lornafaith.com/signup-writing-course/

Bruce Jenner, Transgenderism, Caitlyn Jenner, Transsexualism, and Monsanto

06/02/2015

Bruce Jenner has decided that he’s not a man, he’s a woman.

Definition Transgender: Of, relating to, or being a person who identifies with or expresses a gender identity that differs from the one which corresponds to the person’s sex at birth.

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/transgender

His name isn’t Bruce any more. His Her name is Caitlyn, not Bruce.

Definition Transgenderism: A state or condition in which a person’s identity does not conform unambiguously to conventional ideas of male or female gender.

http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/transgenderism

Italics in the above definition are mine for emphasis.

Definition Transsexual: A person who tries to look, dress, and act like a member of the opposite sex; especially someone who medically changes himself or herself into a member of the opposite sex.

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/transsexual

Definition Transsexual: A person who has undergone treatment in order to acquire the physical characteristics of the opposite sex.

http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/transsexual

Italics in the above Oxford definition are mine for emphasis.

God created mankind in his image;
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.  –  Genesis 1:27

Man didn’t create man. God created man. Man cannot be God, nor play God.

God created mankind in His image.

Who created whom?

Male and female He created them.

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This is not as random as you might first think.

Hardly a day goes by that I don’t see a post from someone wishing to put Monsanto out of business because they have done the unthinkable and genetically modified food.

God made every kind of wild animal, every kind of tame animal, and every kind of thing that crawls on the ground. God saw that it was good.

God blessed them and God said to them: “Be fertile and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it. Have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and all the living things that move on the earth.”

God also said: “See, I give you every seed-bearing plant on all the earth and every tree that has seed-bearing fruit on it to be your food; and to all the wild animals, all the birds of the air, and all the living creatures that crawl on the earth, I give all the green plants for food.” And so it happened.  –  Genesis 1:25, 28-30

So let’s not play games with our food, with that over which God has given mankind “dominion.” But when it comes to that which God has created in God’s image… it’s okay to tinker with that.

And we all need to accept it.

Okay. Sure.

The end.

Some Pharisees and Herodians were sent to Jesus to ensnare him in his speech. They came and said to him, “Teacher, we know that you are a truthful man and that you are not concerned with anyone’s opinion. You do not regard a person’s status but teach the way of God in accordance with the truth.  –  Mark 12:13-14a

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Thanks for taking some of your precious time today to read my thoughts. My intention, beginning Friday, April 17, 2015, is to post a brief, daily meditation based on the readings from the day’s Catholic liturgy. I would appreciate your help and encouragement. This is something I’ve been called to do for some time. I’m finally embracing it. Father, forgive me for procrastinating.

 

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