Like many of you, I’ve spent the past few days wiping tears from my eyes as I follow coverage of the devastation in Haiti. It occurred to me as I complained about little inconveniences this week that, in addition to people who lost friends and family in the earthquake and had no food or medical supplies, there were undoubtedly many people alive and trapped under collapsed buildings at that very moment. I kept thinking of Archbishops Auza’s comment in this article where he said, “Everywhere there are cries coming from under the rubble.” Perspective.
If you’re tight on cash but want to help, I love the idea of participating in Fast for Haiti, where you fast for one to three meals, then donate the money you saved on food to Haiti (@FastforHaiti on Twitter). It’s informally affiliated with Catholic Relief Services, which is a great charity to give to since they already have infrastructure on the ground (their Port-au-Prince headquarters were not damaged in the earthquake).
On a brighter note, thank you so much to all the birthday “gifts” from earlier this week. I took to heart all your incredibly kind words of wisdom, advice and encouragement, and will be thinking of them for a long time to come. Thank you!
If you’re a writer, I highly recommend checking out Jane Friedman’s weekly “Best Tweets for Writers” blog posts. There’s so much great content there, I don’t even need to read other writing blogs as often — all the good content is summarized there!
Speaking of writing, I have a new timeline set up for finishing my book. It looks like I’ll be able to be done with it by early summer, maybe even sooner. At first it was painful to start again (I’d frequently grumble “Didn’t I already do this once?!”) but now that I see how much better it is, I’m just grateful that I got this second chance.
Want to hear something absolutely sublime? Download Leroy Kyrie, sung by the Tallis Scholars. I often listen to their fantastic Missa Gloria Tibi Trinitas album while I’m writing, and it never fails to move me.
I love it when I discover music that makes it easy to be in a prayerful frame of mind. I’d like to know: What is the single most soul-stirring song you can think of? (I’m thinking here of classical / choral / chant type music, though feel free to recommend whatever moves you.)
One thing I keep meaning to mention is that I’m always open to topic suggestions for things to write about. I can’t guarantee I’ll be able to cover it, but feel free to let me know if you have any post ideas!
I look forward to reading your posts!
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