Wrapping up the Week – 5.10.13

I’ve neglected the week wrap-ups these past couple of weeks so welcome back! Where I live spring has come with full force and the colors are extraordinary. New life is everywhere – in flowering trees, Lilac bushes, Azaleas, and eight baby goslings following a mama down by the river. Amazing Grace.

Communicating Across Boundaries had a lot of activity this week – particularly around the post on Grief. If you haven’t seen it take a look and be sure to read the extraordinary comments. People were deeply honest about grief and all its power and unpredictability. To those of you who are new here because of the post – thank you for reading and coming by.

On to the wrap-up.

On Abortion: Despite the world surrounding me being pro-choice (including most of my friends and all of my colleagues) I am unapologetically pro-life. At every level. From homeless to unborn to drone strikes. I like to think I keep my friends who disagree honest about the issues in a pro-choice world – they certainly keep me honest. This week The Daily Beast published what I felt was an extraordinary article by Kirsten Powers. Powers is a lifelong Democrat, served in the Clinton-Gore administration and by her own admission has never voted non-democrat. She wrote an article that I feel is a ‘must read’ on abortion calling the abortion rights community the “NRA of the Left” – for those of you who don’t live in the United States – this means they are militant without reason, militant even when all the evidence is pointing to them being in the wrong. Take a look at this article called: Abortion Rights Community Has Become the NRA on the Left published in The Daily Beast. My favorite quote is this:

I cannot legitimately say I am a person who cherishes human rights and remain silent about our country legally endorsing infanticide.

On Moms: I did a full post on the State of the World’s Mothers Report published by Save the Children. In case you missed that post, here is an article on the report from Huffington Post. Moms and babies are important and continue to be an important public health priority world-wide that we dare not ignore.

On Hope: Remember the horrific garment building collapse in Bangladesh? A woman trapped under that rubble for 17 days has survived and is now rescued. This is a miracle – that survival could come this late after the collapse, that the dead have grown in number day after day, this is Hope – this is life in the midst of a horrible tragedy.  The article will bring tears to your eyes today and hope to your world. This is a must read this weekend – 17 Days of Darkness, A Cry of ‘Save Me’ and Joy. Hope in the midst of Darkness, Joy at the end of the road. Unbelievable.

On American Mother’s Day: You’ll love this article posted in Babble Voices – Honoring Mothers, Djibouti Style by Rachel Pieh Jones. A great article giving you some cultural insight as well as a reason to thank your mom.

On My Bedside Stand: In true admission a stack of books that remain unread  – my hope is that will change as my work load decreases this week.

Have a great weekend where ever you live and thank you as always for reading!

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Spring time – Mount Auburn Cemetery

3 thoughts on “Wrapping up the Week – 5.10.13

  1. I awoke this morning full of the “poor me ” syndrome: your reflections have helped me see what a momentous week was behind me.

    It started with the news that a little girl had come into the world: her parents chose to continue with the pregnancy, knowing she had anencephaly. They had named her Anastasia Joy. She chose, appropriately, to be born during Orthodox Easter instead of waiting till July and gave her parents and big brother 80 minutes of time before leaving for heaven.

    I encountered a gentleman who used to be on the checkout at the DIY store: his MS became so bad that he has had to go into care: I was dropping off a lady after church who is now in the same Care Home. It was a real God appointment.

    Our house group celebrated the 90th birthday of one member with lunch at my place. One of my neighbours, Christina cut me a forest of Camellias in all colours to decorate the house! She is a lady with many problems, but wanted to show her love.

    This morning I was in the library reading the local paper (too mean to buy it) WHEN A WARM SMILE ATTACHED TO A PRETTY BLOND WOMAN APPROACHED ME. iT WAS C, ALSO A WIDOW. HER HUSBAND HAD LEFT HER FOR ANOTHER WOMAN, THEN HE GOT CANCER AND THE “OTHER WOMAN” COULDN’.T COPE. C RECEIVED HER HUSBAND BACK AND CARED FOR HIM. this TRANSFORMED HER LIFE, AND SHE EXUDES REAL HOLINESS AND LOVE..

    Please excuse the capitals. i must have pressed a button. Any way the “poor me” bit has gone and I feel thankful that God let me have such precious experiences.

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  2. No time right now, but I will definitely check out that article on abortion. Thanks to you, and your brothers for keeping us up on stuff to read on the internet. We would never find them on our own! I’m reading a book from the library, a novel “The Space Between Us.” It takes place in India, an upper class Parsi woman in Bombay and the servant lady who has worked for her for more than 20 years and lives in a slum. Fascinating read. I suspect it will not be a happy ending – not many books written by Pakistani or Indian authors do end happily.

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