This week has been adventuresome, to say the least. I can say with great authority: Anyone facing chemotherapy where you may lose your hair–buzz it before you even start. It’s horrific to watch your hair come out in clumps. It’s just horrific. I had a processing mishap and watched my hair fall out until three or four dangling strips remained. I got out the clippers and buzzed it off. It’s liberating, really, and I recommend the ladies try it at least once in their life. At least my Halloween costume is pre-made. Ripley, anyone?
10 Reasons Why Men Should Not Be Ordained
This was a funny list from Deacon Greg Kandra‘s blog. My personal favorites are #7 and #5. Enjoy! Turnabout is fair play!
I participated in the International Three-Day Novel Contest this past Labor Day weekend. Three days of (nearly) uninterrupted writing to create an original first draft of an entire novel. My novel draft was 28,000 words. As a first attempt, I’m feeling pretty good about that offering. I learned a few things that will make this year’s contest easier.
I chose to write a dystopian young adult book about vampires and humans in a post-apocalyptic world. I know, it’s been done to death by now, but it’s also a compelling genre and the books that are of the same type are still selling, so I thought I’d throw my hat into the ring.
So, I sent off Evolution and I am currently working on the edits for that as well as an initial outline for the sequel. Yes, I’m planning a trilogy. The odds are that if I create a third book, twice the size of either of the first two, J.J. Abrams will direct both movies they make from the last book.
Plan big or go home, right?
- Parties need to be abolished-immediately.
- Fact-checkers are called that for a reason. They check facts. Facts are indisputable and cannot be lied away, no matter how many times you say they aren’t true or deny their existence.
- Religion should never be a reason for running for President and should never be a reason for oppressing any demographic. Leave religion in your home when you come to Washington D.C., please.
- American people just want a chance, not a lecture and certainly not a brush-off. Over 47% of us voted for President Obama. Including folks in the military.
- This country isn’t made up of Quakers and Pilgrims any longer.
- My womb is magical and deeply fascinating and mysterious to old, white, Republican politicians.
- We are a country that sees these things as non-threatening: same-gender marriage, pot, and women.
- We are a country with folks who still see these things as very threatening to the point of crippling their thought process: same-gender marriage, pot, and women.
Thank goodness it’s over. Congratulations, Mr. President.
Bonus thought: My ideal 2016 Presidential ticket would be Elizabeth Warren/Hilary Clinton.
This is an outstanding and humorous blog entry reflecting on the outlandish statement from Mr. Todd Akin this weekend.
Todd Akin Has Figured Out My Secret «.
In case you missed the hoo-haw:
Here’s the President’s response:
“Rape is rape,” the president said. “And the idea that we should be parsing, qualifying and slicing what qualifies as rape doesn’t make sense to me and doesn’t make sense to the American people…. What I think these comments do underscore is why we shouldn’t have a bunch of pols, the majority of whom are men, making health-care decisions on behalf of women.”
Mr. Akin has since apologized:
“Rape is an evil act. I used the wrong words in the wrong way and for that I apologize,” Akin says in the ad. “As the father of two daughters, I want tough justice for predators. I have a compassionate heart for the victims of sexual assault. I pray for them.”
I’m personally just glad to know my reproductive system is so advanced.
UPDATE: Mr. Akin will NOT leave the race for Governor. He is in it to the end.
My favorite response? “Imagine the anguish that the GOP must be feeling: being compelled by law to carry to term something that they really don’t want…”
Vagina is a 6 Letter Word « Margaret and Helen.
In light of the banning of two female representatives from speaking on the house floor due to using the anatomically correct term “vagina,” I am thrilled beyond measure to read this blog written by an octogenarian.
If you can’t stand to even hear the word, gentlemen, don’t tell us what to do with ours.