Sunday, April 26, 2009

Stress and pain

The connection between stress and pain. (I personally saw some pretty amazing results to back pain issues after reading Dr. Sarno's book on this topic a few years ago.)

Friday, April 24, 2009

Bacon flavored vodka


via Creative Minority Report

Just got this PR email that I thought I'd share

This site does look good:

I want to make you aware of a new website for Catholics called "Big C Catholics." Big C Catholics is for Catholics who are faithful to the Magisterium and seek the fullness of truth. This is a place to reflect on and renew our faith, deepen our commitment to love and receive guidance on our spiritual journey. We seek to promote understanding of authentic Catholic teachings.among Catholics and non-Catholics alike.

We are currently accepting homilies, short to medium length articles, reflections, commentaries, and reviews of publications of interest to orthodox Catholics. All submissions will be considered, however, we focus on theology, the complementarity of faith and reason, and other issues relevant to the life of the Church.
Please tell your readership about this site and the opportunity to submit articles. Again, all submissions will be considered subject to editorial review.

Friday, April 17, 2009

The Daily 7 for a Highly Successful Household

I thought this was a great list of a few very simple things you can do to keep your house running smoothly. (Although I thought #5 wasn't quite as solid as the others. If I that were easily doable for me I wouldn't need to be reading lists like that in the first place!) :)

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Inspiring show about adoption on EWTN on Thursday

I got this press release from EWTN and wanted to share it:

What do you do if you’re Catholic couple faced with infertility? Rather than resort to in-vitro fertilization, in which many embryos are created and destroyed, Donna and John Kurtz of Coatesville, Pa. began adopting. They are now the parents of 21 children (17 adopted, four under their guardianship) from all over the world. To feed, clothe and house them -- and others who need help -- they’ve started a non-profit organization called Saint Joseph’s House. Hear their amazing story at 8 p.m. ET, Thursday, April 16 on Life on the Rock.

Horses with hair extensions


Monday, April 13, 2009

Children and the consumer ethos

Some good food for thought. An excerpt:

The consumer ethos is above all one of individual self-fulfillment and autonomy, of keeping choices open.

This makes it irrational to bear a child, since children represent the commitment of a lifetime. In the wonderfully apt phrase of novelist Michael Dorris, children "hold us hostage to the future." They limit a parent’s mobility, their needs dictate how much of their parents' money is spent, and they create "agendas" a parent otherwise would never have imagined-let alone have chosen. Attempting to stay true to consumption as a way of life, we soberly build daycare centers that label children Precious Commodities, fixate on the monetary costs of rearing a child from diapers through college, and seriously wonder whether or not we should "force" our faith and morality on our children.

Read the rest here.

Surviving Tough Times: 12 Books That Will Help

A great list.

via Happy Catholic

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Facebook for rich people only

It's hard not to snicker at this guy's "problem" when he started his rich social networking site, but it's an interesting idea:

RF: How did you get the idea to start the site?

SM: When I sold my internet business (Tunes.Com) for $180 million in 2000, I had what you might call sudden wealth syndrome. Despite our wealth, my wife and I thought Olive Garden was Italian cuisine's panacea. We thought Apple vacations was how you book travel. We didn't have friends who could recommend travel to the French Riviera.

It took me years to build up that network. So the site was created to give people a network of other wealthy people who are facing the same unique decisions and challenges every day.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

"Love should never be confused with pity"

This is a must-read article about how the world mistakenly perceives people with disabilities, and what the meaning of life really is. An excerpt:

Love should never be confused with pity, a sentiment we feel only for those whom we really don’t know at all. It infuriates me that children such as Domenica are invariably described as "suffering from Down’s syndrome". In what way are they suffering? They have no disease. They have no ailment to “cure”, except - via the process of antenatal screening - their very existence.

What underlies this misplaced pity is a kind of selfish empathy. Someone sees a child lolling in a wheelchair and thinks he himself would rather not have been born than exist in such a condition - and so he decides that it would have been much more humane never to have allowed that child to have been born. He does not, however, consult the child.

Read the rest here. Lots of food for thought.

via Confused Agnostic