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Occasionally I’m asked where I get the photos I use on my blog. Usually I go to the advanced search page on Flickr, check the box at the very bottom that says “Only search within Creative Commons-licensed content, ” and then search for pictures that might fit my post. I then make sure to give the photographer credit at the bottom of my post. (Before using it I also click the link that says “Some rights reserved” on the bottom right to make sure I know the conditions of its use.)
I’m sure that there are other ways to get pictures that I’m not aware of. For those of you who have blogs: Where do you get pictures for your blog?
In response to my last post, a couple people asked if anything like that has ever happened to me. The answer? All the time. Here’s how it usually goes:
- I go out with my four kids under age five.
- Someone makes a comment about how many kids I have.
- I say that my husband and I both converted to Catholicism, and make a joke that that’s what happens when you become Catholic. (I know, I know, I should throw in something about the effectiveness of NFP and make it clear that it is not Catholic teaching that you have to have a big family. Still working on that part.)
- They ask what my religion was before I converted.
- I say I was an atheist.
- They seem sincerely interested and ask why I converted.
Nine times out of ten, when someone comments on my children, that is exactly how the conversation plays out. Hence the helpfulness of having a good “elevator pitch” ready, since these conversations often come up in line at the grocery store, out at the park, with nurses in doctors’ offices, etc. where there’s not a lot of time to go into detail. Although I once ended up in a 45-minute discussion with two bank tellers who had both lost their faith and were bombarding me with tons of questions about reasons to believe.
Internet, I need your help: My lips are killing me. They’re flaky, dry and cracked. Sometimes it actually hurts to smile. I’ve never dealt with this before. Other than temporary remedies like moisturizers, is there any way to get rid of this?
Last weekend was the big premier of my friend’s community theater play that I mentioned in #5 here. It was a great success! Over 200 people turned out, everyone bringing picnic blankets and food to watch a 45-minute production of Jack and the Beanstalk. I really think she’s on to something with this idea.
On Tuesday night my husband and I went to see a talk by Mother Antonia, a nun who lives in a cell in one of Mexico’s most notorious maximum-security prisons and ministers to the prisoners, particularly those who are dying. She’s the subject of the book Prison Angel, which I’ve been wanting to read for a long time (which gets some amazing reviews on Amazon).
I plan to do a post detailing more thoughts on her talk and her mission, but one thing she said has stayed with me ever since I heard it. She was imploring us to show mercy to others as our Father is merciful to us and, in particular, to make sure never to gossip. The quote that has stayed with me is:
“Remember that every single word you say to someone will either curse them or bless them.”
I’ve been thinking about that all week.
I’ve finally started reading The God Delusion after being asked about it by readers many times. I was going to do a post on it, but realized that it’s such a long, dense book that to cover every topic would require writing a whole separate book (as quite a few people have done, with books like Greater Than You Think). Since I don’t have time to write a book-length response, I was thinking about doing a series of informal posts where I just write up my rough notes with musings on each chapter.
Would anyone be interested in that?
I look forward to reading your posts!
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