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Nothing Exciting: Editing and Writing

Editing hasn’t been going so well.  What I’m supposed to be doing is reading the article, then writing down needed improvements on a sheet of paper.  These would then need to be communicated to the writer, so he/she can do a rewrite.  Since I’m randomly pulling articles off the internet there is no communication with… Continue reading Nothing Exciting: Editing and Writing

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Doubt and Tyranny Battle it out

February 3, 2019 My first attempt at editing turned out pretty good. Until I began to doubt whether I possessed the ability to assess good writing. Then it occurred to me as editor I get to decide what's good. I definitely see an editorial tyrant in the making: "It's good when I say it's good!"… Continue reading Doubt and Tyranny Battle it out

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9 Days for Life: Day Nine

From the USCCB website: Did You Know? In the Catholic Church in the United States, January 22nd is designated as a particular day of prayer and penance, called the “Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children.” As Catholics, we are called to observe this day through the penitential practices of prayer, fasting,… Continue reading 9 Days for Life: Day Nine

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9 Days for Life: Day Eight

From the USCCB website: Intercession: May those nearing life’s end receive medical care that respects their dignity and protects their lives. Prayers: Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be Reflection: The dying process is a sacred time—a final season to seek closure in this life and prepare for the next. We know earthly death is not… Continue reading 9 Days for Life: Day Eight

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9 Days for Life: Day Six

From the USCCB website: Intercession: May all victims and survivors of human trafficking find freedom, refuge, and healing. Prayers: Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be Reflection: Those who are vulnerable are most at risk for being lured into situations where they are trafficked. Migrants and refugees often face increased risk factors like changes to language… Continue reading 9 Days for Life: Day Six

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9 Days for Life: Day Five

From the USCCB website: If you or someone you know is suffering after abortion, confidential, non-judgmental help is available. Visit http://www.hopeafterabortion.org. Intercession: May each person suffering from the loss of a child through abortion find hope and healing in Christ. Prayers: Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be Reflection: After more than four decades of legalized… Continue reading 9 Days for Life: Day Five

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9 Days for Life: Day Three

From the USCCB website: If you or someone you know has been abused by a member of the clergy, please report the abuse to law enforcement. You may also contact your local Diocesan Victim Assistance Coordinator. Intercession: May all who have experienced sexual abuse receive justice, healing, and God’s peace. Prayers: Our Father, 3 Hail Marys,… Continue reading 9 Days for Life: Day Three

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9 Days for Life: Day One

From the USCCB's Pro-Life Activities Intercession: May a culture of life grow ever stronger in our communities. Prayers: Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be Reflection: God has carefully, lovingly created every person—in His own image and likeness—to be in a loving relationship with Himself. From each tiny child knit within a mother’s womb, to every… Continue reading 9 Days for Life: Day One

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Discovering a lot about Myself

December 23, 2018 I'm learning quite a bit about myself.   This is surprising.  I knew I would be learning new skills, but I didn't realize learning these things would also teach me about myself.  I learned I like copyediting.  This was a huge surprise as I hate grammar and copyediting involves grammar.  But there's something… Continue reading Discovering a lot about Myself

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Work on the Magazine Continues in Spite of . . . Well, Everything

I'm finally getting a breather.  I was so drug out from all that's been going on I didn't have enough energy to get out of my chair one day.  Life was that crazy.  Things are better now.  I finally found some help and I'm beginning to feel rested. HaHa!  As soon as I wrote "things… Continue reading Work on the Magazine Continues in Spite of . . . Well, Everything

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Day 20: Google Ads Don’t Make Sense

July 28, 2018 It's been almost a year since I've posted a journal about the ministry.  That's crazy.  They say time speeds by faster as you get older.  They sure weren't whistling Dixie. I heard today on an ACT 8 YouTube video that 70% of the online advertising clicks are not from potential customers but… Continue reading Day 20: Google Ads Don’t Make Sense

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9 Days for Life: Day 6

Day Six: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 Intercession: May those near the end of their lives receive medical care that respects their dignity and protects their lives. Prayers: Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be Reflection: When Maggie’s active father suffered an accident that eventually led to his passing, he taught her that pain and loss of autonomy doesn’t… Continue reading 9 Days for Life: Day 6

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9 Days for Life: Day 5

Day Five: Monday, January 22, 2018 If you or someone you know is suffering after abortion, confidential non-judgmental help is available. Visit http://www.hopeafterabortion.org. Intercession: May each person suffering from the loss of a child through abortion find hope & healing in Christ. Prayers: Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be Reflection: Today, on this 45th anniversary of… Continue reading 9 Days for Life: Day 5

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9 Days for Life: Day 4

Day Four: Sunday, January 21, 2018 Intercession: May all people embrace the truth that every life is a good and perfect gift, and is worth living. Prayers: Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be Reflection: Our culture is obsessed with perfection—a superficial perfection. Photos are edited, and social media sites depict seemingly perfect lives. God calls us to… Continue reading 9 Days for Life: Day 4

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An Open Book: January 2018 Reading List

Welcome to An Open Book where bloggers share what they're reading each month.  You can link up or view what others are reading by going to My Scribbler's Heart or CatholicMom.com. I've found some very good books to read this way. I'm starting off this month by telling you what I'm not reading: Karl Marx. … Continue reading An Open Book: January 2018 Reading List

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9 Days for Life: Day 3

Day Three: Saturday, January 20, 2018 Intercession: For victims and survivors of human trafficking. Prayers: Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be Reflection: Pope Francis calls for a renewed commitment to end human trafficking, which he aptly describes as “deplorable…cruel…criminal” (Angelus, 7/30/2017). International Labor Organization’s 2014 estimate placed the number of traffic victims — men, women, and children… Continue reading 9 Days for Life: Day 3

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9 Days for Life: Day 2

Day Two: Friday, January 19, 2018 Intercession: For the end to abortion. Prayers: Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be Reflection: More women and girls consider abortion than we may realize. They are our relatives and friends, people who work with us or for us, married or unmarried. Even if someone identifies as being pro-life, the shock of… Continue reading 9 Days for Life: Day 2

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9 Days for Life: Day 1

Day One: Thursday, January 18, 2018 Intercession: May a culture of life grow ever stronger in our communities. Prayers: Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be Reflection: From each tiny child waiting to be born, to people nearing death, all are precious and deserve our care and protection. Women and men suffering after abortion, individuals tempted… Continue reading 9 Days for Life: Day 1

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Theology and Revolution – An Open Book: July 2017

A new month and new books to read.  That's the great thing about books: one never seems to run out of them, especially with the advent of the ebook.  Now we not only have a choice of new books to read, but old books that were no longer in print or were hard to find… Continue reading Theology and Revolution – An Open Book: July 2017

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Lopsided Relationships

The best analogy of God and man’s (excepting the saints) relationship that I’ve ever heard. She totally nailed it!

Reflections on My Catholic Journey

Tower of Pisa for blog

There’s an old saying that you have to kiss a lot of frogs before you get your Prince Charming.

That was certainly the case for me. One young man, with whom I had a summer romance, had to have everything his way. And I mean everything. A sandwich, for example, had to be made to his exact specifications: “First the mayonnaise, then the lettuce, then the meat, then the tomato, in that order only.” If the sandwich had all the same ingredients but the mayonnaise was next to the tomato, he absolutely refused to eat it.

This attitude of his drastically affected our relationship. Any behavior of mine that wasn’t completely up to his standards was cause for criticism. For example, he told me how rude I was for phoning him while he was watching television—as if I could have known what he was doing while I was dialing…

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Organization is Key when Starting a New Ministry

Many challenges come with starting a new ministry from conquering a huge learning curve to tackling bureaucratic red tape.  You can expect to spend your time researching, planning, and brainstorming resulting in a copious amount of notes, tasks, and ideas.  What you may not expect is how fast you can forget or lose track of… Continue reading Organization is Key when Starting a New Ministry

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My Reads for An Open Book: June 2017

MyScribbler's Heart and Catholicmom.com are hosting Open Book: June 2017 where you share what you're reading for June.  One would think a blog all about words would include more posts about what I'm reading, but those type of posts have been few and far between.  So I'm taking advantage of this opportunity to make up… Continue reading My Reads for An Open Book: June 2017

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Book Review: “Discover your Next Mission from God” by Julie Onderko

So you’ve been trying to discern what your mission from God is or whether “mission” even applies to you.  You’ve heard about Julie Onderko’s book "Discover Your Next Mission From God" and you’re wondering if you should pick it up.  My advice to you is yes, you should. The book is an admixture of how-to… Continue reading Book Review: “Discover your Next Mission from God” by Julie Onderko

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Today was a Day for Lessons or . . . I’ve Been Schooled

May 8, 2017 As the magazine is a one woman show at the moment I'm trying to learn every facet of magazine publishing.  What one soon finds out is putting theory into practice isn't that simple. This has been especially true for me in the area of design where I've been trying to test out… Continue reading Today was a Day for Lessons or . . . I’ve Been Schooled

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Yay! I Have a Mission Statement for the Magazine!

May 7, 2017 Well, today was a good day.  After, not being able to quite figure out the types of stories that would be included in each department I took some advice from the books I've been reading and decided I needed a mission statement.  The idea behind the mission statement is that it will… Continue reading Yay! I Have a Mission Statement for the Magazine!