I’m thinking of starting a new feature where I round up my favorite clicks from the week behind us and throw them up for your hungry eyes instead of just clicking “like” on Facebook and moving on…but that means they have to be really, really good clicks. Worth your time and my energy curating them into a tidy little list.
(Also, who am I kidding, Dave just got home from a 4 day business trip and when daddy is gone the kids can smell my maternal fear and did you know that fear causes insomnia in toddlers? No?)
So this list…it won’t be all blogs, some of the links might even lead to – gasp – scholarlyarticles. But you know what? I know you can handle them. And I commit that by sharing them here I hereby testify that they are worth the 5-20 minute investment of your time to ingest. Especially the longer one. (Because I really, really wouldn’t post it if I didn’t feel strongly that every parent and non parent and human in America needed to put their eyeballs on it.)
Without further ado:
1. This is the longest piece I’ll share, hands down, but it’s a critically important read. And it describes my undergrad environment (at CU Boulder) to a T. Parents, if you think your “good kid” who’s away at college isn’t getting involved in some terrifying stuff, or at the very least standing witness to it in their dorm/sorority/frat, you probably have another think coming.
(disclaimer: not all college students are behaving like animals, and not all colleges are complicit in their behavior. Some are working very, very hard to foster an environment that goes so far as to encourage virtue in their student body. And of course everywhere, even on the darkest campuses, there are FOCUS missionaries and Newman Center’s fighting for your children’s lives. But overall, this is a very, very apt representation of what college is like for a large majority of co-eds across the US.)
2. Remember the worldwide push for “safe” sex and access to free contraception and abortion on demand and all that fun and essential business? Well, here’s one unforeseen consequence that many European countries are pulling their heads out of their … sand hills and beginning to panic over. I’m curious to see how long it takes them to realize they cannot only encourage procreative copulation but also marriage and a traditional family structure to go along with the fruitful success of their efforts? (Because somebody’s got to raise those babies to become hardworking patriots, no?)
3. (and 4). Did you hear about the passionate crew of enthusiastic and “prominent, faithful catholics” who are presumably better catechized and more deeply converted of heart than San Francisco’s Archbishop? Well, undeterred by pesky little details like the fact that a full page ad in their lame local newspaper is probably not landing on Pope Francis’ desk every morning (silly narcissists, nobody outside the Bay Area reads the Chronicle) these brave evangelists are calling for their local shepherd to be ousted by their universal shepherd because, um, nobody explained the inner workings of the Church’s ecclesial structure to them, I guess?
And also temper tantrums! Because we’re vewy, vewy frustrated by our stodgy old Church (which we actually stopped attending regularly back in the 70’s. Except at Christmas time.)