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A push to stop midwives | Inquirer | 02/05/2007
I could only wish that the writer had investigated her terminology a bit more.....

book meme

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The Trousered Ape passed me the challenge

1. You're stuck inside Fahrenheit 451. Which book do you want to be?
That is a tough one - because I would have to memorize it and recite it repeatedly. I would be responsible for seeing that the book did not pass into oblivion. I think that I would probably go for The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, because it is not boring and the language is poetic enough to memorize easily.
2. Have you ever had a crush on a fictional character?
I don't get crushes.....
3. The last book you bought was . . .
French Women don't Get Fat. Hey, the Glad Gastronome suggested it and it was for sale at CostCo when I went by there last week...

4. The last book you read was . . .
America's Bishop: The Life and Times of Fulton J. Sheen by Thomas Reeves.

5. What are you currently reading?
French Women don't get Fat
The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History by Thomas Woods
Why Humanae Vitae Was Right by Janet Smith

6. Five books you would take to a desert island:
The Ronald Knox translation of the Holy Bible
The Complete Shakespeare
The Past through Tomorrow by Robert A. Heinlein
The 1940 Hymnal/1928 Prayer Book
Nouveau Petite Larousse Illustré. Dictionnaire Encyclopédique. (I didn't think I could get away with the Encyclopedia Britannica!)

7. What three people are you passing this stick on to and why?
Eutychus Fell I think that he has an interesting perspective on life
Father Shane Tharp of the Catholic Ragemonkeys - just to see what books he would have on his desert island!
Aisling, the Princess Mommy - because moms read too!

Kevin Miller


INterview Questions for Kevin Miller


1. You seem to be all over the blogosphere on matters of Catholic Medical Ethics. What is your day job, and how did you prepare for it?
2. If you were appointed president of a University, what would be the first change you would make?
3. Who is your favorite philosopher, and why?
4. What was the last book you read and enjoyed>
5. What do you see as the most important public action that Catholic families can take to promote the culture of life?

Interview #4


Dale posts his answers here
Kevin Miller asked for an interview - my questions will be up soon.

More interview questions

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My entries (this is 1600) and my comments (now at 1598 since I moved to are almost even!
Hilary asked for an interview - here you go, madame.
1. Who is Philothea and why are your blog posts mostly letters to her?
2. Is it true that you are planning to relocate to Malta? Is it more a matter of not liking where you are or of liking Malta?
3. Your email "quicustodiet66" looks like it comes from a famous Latin phrase about who will watch the guardians. Why did you choose this particular phrase?
4. What saint or biblical person would you most like to interview? What would be your first question?
5. What do you read for entertainment? (or do you read for entertainment?)

Nancy's answers

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1. Tell the rest of my readers a little bit about your kids (don't forget the adopted ones).
ALL of my kids??! Geez, everyone should be sitting...

interview game


Interview questions

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Pick me! Pick me!
Posted by Dale Price at February 25, 2005 10:08 AM

OK, Dale, Here you go.
1. Why did you name your solo blog "Dyspeptic Mutterings"? Do you really suffer from chronic indigestion?

2. Why 2 blogs?

3. What is your favorite devotion, and why?

4. If you could have supper with 2 saints, who would they be and what would you serve?

5. Do you have a favorite Bible verse or saying? What is it? How does it speak to you?


OK, I'll play
Posted by Valerie at February 25, 2005 09:24 AM

Valerie, Here you go.

1. What was your impetus for deciding to homeschool?

2. Do you miss being a childbirth educator?

3. What saint are you most likely to call upon when your children are acting up?

4. What book did you just finish reading? Why did you decide to read that book, and would you recommend it to others?

5. Are you more comfortable barefoot or with shoes on? What are your favorite shoes, and why?

Interview game

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Via Rebecca of Doxology
Here's how it works. She posed me 5 questions and I am answering them here. If you want me to interview you, drop me a line in the combox and I will get back to you. Answer them on your blog and send me a link. If you don't have a blog and still want to play, I'll post your answers on my blog. I'll take the first 5 comers.

1. What made you decide to become a midwife?
short question, looooonnnnggg answer!
I grew up fascinated by the history of health care, and I remember reading books on the history of obstetrics and midwifery when I was 8. I actually wrote a school paper related to that when I was in the 5th grade. I am the oldest of 6 kids, and I remember lots about my mom's pregnancies as well as her breastfeeding the two youngest. It never occured to me that it would be controversial! When I was 10 I read my mom's copy of "Childbirth Without Fear". When I was in High School I read "Thank you Doctor Lamaze" and I also saw a lot of UCLA student films (my dad was taking classes) and I think about 1/3 of them were home birth films. When I was pregnant with my first child I read through three libraries on everything I could find related to childbirth and parenting and that included a dissertation by Lester Hazell (home birth and midwifery proponent) on home birth in the San Franciso bay area. I knew that I wanted to have those kinds of births myself, but at the same time I was scared (my mom nearly died at age 21 during her third pregnancy from blood clots) and I saw myself as being a bit of a wuss. I mean, I was the kid who if anyone else threw up promptly did likewise. I had two disappointing hospital births (not nightmares, just not the way that I think they should have or could have gone) and after my second child I decided that I was going to do something about it.

2. What is your favorite Catholic tradition?
You know I'm a convert, right? I don't know about a lot of the small t traditions.
There are many that were part of my Anglican upbringing, and one that I regularly follow is pancakes on shrove Tuesday. I am also very fond of blessed palms and we always have them in the house from Palm Sunday to Ash Wednesday. For the last several years, we have followed the tradition of abstinence from meat on Fridays. But I don't know if I have a specific favorite tradition. My favorite devotion is the Rosary, even though I have trouble getting in a complete one daily.

3. If you could be in a movie, what would it be?
I'd like to make a movie that would be a Catholic version of the book Immaculate Deception (about the lies women are told about childbirth). As far as already extant movies, I have no idea. I am not a movie watcher, either at home or in the theater.

4. What's your favorite book and why?
If I told you that when we moved cross country we gave away over 1000 books, and still half our shipping weight of household goods was books, would that help you to realize how impossible it is to answer that question?
There are about 250 books on my collection that I re-read on a regular basis. Asking my favorite book is like asking me my favorite child. Some I love more than others from time to time, but that is enormously variable. My favorite genres are science fiction (hard techno but also some other subgenres) medical oddities and history ( like Rats Lice and History or Rh, the intimate history of the conquest of a disease), and apologetics, but I have been known to read the phone book under sufficient provocation.
Why? I'm a conpulsive (some say convulsive) reader.

5. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
Physically, I would like to have the body I had when I was 20, in the space between birthing my first child and getting pregnant with my second. I don't want to be that girl - I just want to have that body back! And this time I would take better care of it. I also wish that I had been more generous with God. 6 kids seemed like a lot at the time (not including the many miscarriages), especially since I was also slowly working my way through the education and training to become a midwife. But we could have done more. There were times when I hoped that God would surprise us with another one but He respected what I told Him I wanted. Now it is almost too late barring a miracle.

no big surprise

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(seen several places around the parish)
Your Medieval Personality Type
You are a "nervous" Melancholic, with an abundance of black bile. Melancholics are characterized by the element of Earth, the season of Autumn, middle-aged adulthood, the color blue, and the characteristics of "Cold" and "Dry." Famous Melancholics include St. John of the Cross, St. John the Divine, St. Francis, and St. Catherine of Siena.

If you were living in the Age of Faith, perfect career choices for you would be contemplative religious, theologian, artist, or writer.


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Which character from Alice in Wonderland Are You?


Alice is very anxious and curious to discover new things.

Alice in Wonderland, how do you get to Wonderland?

Over the hill or underland, or just behind the tree?

When clouds go rolling by, they roll away and leave the sky.

Where is the land beyond the eye, the people can not see, where can it be?

Where do stars go, where is the grass that's blue?

They must be somewhere in the sunny afternoon.

Alice in Wonderland, where is the path to Wonderland?

Over the hill or here or there, I wonder where.

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Via Rebecca

Courtesy the Sleepy Mommies

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(see also the commentary over at the Summa Mammas)
1. Egg nog - yum or yuck?
It's a great cooking ingredient and sets off rum really well. I prefer the homemade cooked custard style, but usually end up buying a quart or two and then am the only one consuming it.
2. Stay up until midnight on New Years?
3. Prefer white or colored lights?
4. Favorite holiday song?
O Come O Come Emmanuel
5. What is your tackiest holiday decoration?
Chili Pepper lights in a wreath
6. Do your kids have too much and you wonder just WHY you are getting more??
No and Sometimes
7. If you celebrate Christmas, when does your tree go up and come down?
It goes up sometime after Dec 15 (my oldest kid's birthday) and comes down on or after january 6 (Epiphany)
8. Christmas again - open presents on Christmas eve, morning, or other?
9. Favorite holiday tradition?
Midnight Mass
10. What do YOU want for Christmas?
Besides world peace and an end to abortion? Joy tea (from Stash, at Starbucks), Chanel # 19, cute socks, a new kitchen, all my kids together at the same time for a happy occasion, grandkids...........

more quiz


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what I feel like post-call

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You're Sudan!

Every time you get a headache, you reach for some aspirin, only to realize that someone destroyed it.  
That's just how things are going for you right now... it's hard to eat, hard to sleep, hard to not have a headache.  
You try to relax, but people always jump on you about something that doesn't make sense.  
If you were a goat, you'd be a Nubian.

Take the Country Quiz at the Blue Pyramid

Link via M'Lynn
(The flag is on the next page)

I'll bite too

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create your own visited states map
or write about it on the open travel guide
(Click on the "continue reading" to see the map. Visited states are red)
I may actually have visited some of the states left blank, but I have only included the ones I can remember. I have never been to Hawaii, though.
One of the (?) advantages of being an Air Force brat and have done the cross country drive at least 6 times that I can remember!

Data in, Garbage out?


I got the link to this from Steven Riddle.
What is interesting is that, before his flip-flop on abortion, I was leaning towards Kucinich. Of course, none of the below is a viable candidate to me now. See Mr. Riddle's cogent analysis for why.
1. Your ideal theoretical candidate. (100%) Click here for info
2. Kucinich, Rep. Dennis, OH - Democrat (71%) Click here for info
3. Dean, Gov. Howard, VT - Democrat (64%) Click here for info
4. Green Party Candidate (63%) Click here for info
5. Kerry, Senator John, MA - Democrat (58%) Click here for info
6. Sharpton, Reverend Al - Democrat (57%) Click here for info
7. Edwards, Senator John, NC - Democrat (55%) Click here for info

Friday Five


You have just won one million dollars:

1. Who do you call first?
My husband and children.
2. What is the first thing you buy for yourself?
I pay off my student loans.
3. What is the first thing you buy for someone else?
A car for my husband.
4. Do you give any away? If yes, to whom?
10% at a minimum, to the various Catholic organizations that we are already supporting. Probably piecemeal, unless we think there would be enough to get a new project off the ground (like Catholic radio? - but I don't think it would be enough?) Maybe a residential facility for teen moms?
5. Do you invest any? If so, how?
I might invest in business like starting my own midwifery practice or starting a Catholic radio station with my husband, or it might just be investing in my children's higher education. 1 Million seems like a LOT until one actually starts trying to figure out how to spend it wisely and in accordance with Christian principles.
Friday Five


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Jane Austen
Jane Austen wrote you. You are extremely aware of
the power of a single word.

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