On November 2, 2016 I joined Pantsuit Nation, an online community of Hillary supporters. The group, now almost four million strong, comprised people of many different backgrounds and beliefs, united by our support of Hillary and fear of a Trump presidency.
I posted an introduction after joining, which you can read here. And I was overwhelmed and overjoyed by the welcome I received. Over 3,600 people liked my post, and there were 412 comments. Many people asked for permission to share what I had said elsewhere. I was showered with love and affirmation, not only from fellow pro-life Catholics but from people of every imaginable ideological stripe, including many, many pro-choice women. After a year of feeling adrift and alone, it was a heady sensation.
Too bad it didn’t last.
It turned out that without Hillary to hold us together this great movement of women is breaking down along tired and predictable lines, and those of us who are both pro-life and progressive are left out in the cold once more. The New Wave Feminists, erstwhile official partners of the upcoming Women’s March on Washington, are now officially NOT. Pantsuit Nation now overflows with post after post of women sharing their positive experience with abortion.
I felt this backlash coming and it’s one reason I’ve mostly only lurked on the pages of the state and local offshoots of Pantsuit Nation. I’m so tired of being marginalized for one reason or another. I am sick at heart over the notion that there is only one kind of feminist–our pro-life feminist foremothers be damned!–that the right to unlimited abortion apparently trumps all and that some of us are not woman enough to participate in a Women’s March! As I posted on Facebook, “It’s like you are not an actual woman if you are not pro-choice.”
Rebecca Bratton Weiss makes an excellent case for why the feminist movement needs to embrace pro-life feminists. This resonated with me especially: “We have risked personal and professional relationships in our staunch opposition to Donald Trump, our refusal to accept him as representative of anything remotely pro-life. I personally lost a business associate when I spoke out against his boasts of sexual assault, and the latent misogyny in those who dismissed this as ‘locker room talk.’ I’ve been spied on and screen-shotted by right-wingers who seem more interested in controlling women than in saving lives.”
I, too, was attacked for my constant opposition to Donald Trump. As I wrote days before the election: “Already today I’ve received tweets hashtagged hypocrite, babykiller, and cafeteriaCatholic. It’s just another day in an election season during which I’ve been unfriended by an actual family member, deemed excommunicated by the friend of a friend, and attacked in a public Facebook post by someone I thought was a friend, all because I shared political articles that they didn’t agree with.”
Alice Paul, author of the original Equal Rights Amendment, said that abortion is “the ultimate exploitation of women.” For pro-life feminists who risked a lot to vote for and publicly support Hillary, it’s adding insult to injury to not only end up with Trump as President but also to be sidelined by those who should accept us as allies.
Note: I am happy to report that the Knoxville Women’s March has chosen not to officially adopt the national march’s platform and is aiming for an event that is unifying and non-partisan.
Posted in Abortion, Catholicism, Life Issues, Politics, rants, Uncategorized | Tagged Abortion, advocacy, Clinton, Democrats, Election2016, feminism, Feminists for Life, GOP, Hillary, marginalization, New Wave Feminists, Pantsuit Nation, Politics, pro-choice, pro-life, protest, right to life, Trump, Women's March on Washington | 6 Comments »
Oh, y’all, I feel so bad about this. I received this product in exchange for my honest review, and somehow I did not get around to writing the review in a timely manner. Now it appears that the company may have suspended operations.
And I hate that, because not only did I like the product, but it’s a Knoxville company (something I didn’t learn until after the fact).
This much of the website is still up and you should take a look. If you are from Knoxville you will probably see some places you recognize in the promotional video. If you find the product interesting you might want to follow the company on Facebook in case they make a comeback.
I received two carriers to try, and I gave one to my son who is always doing things like hiking and caving. He was especially impressed with how strong it was.
I keep mine in my car for hiking. I’ve used it to carry my phone and my water bottle. The website suggests tons of other uses. It is very versatile and yes, quite strong and secure. I didn’t have any fears that my phone would drop along the trail.
The company was still operational as late as November so I am still hopeful they will reopen. Keep your eyes open for Kangeaux products in the future.
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So, y’all, I am WAY behind in my reviews for US Family Guide (I am always behind). I received this product in December in exchange for my honest review.
Here is the company’s description of their unique nightlights: 3DLIGHTFX 3D Deco Lights are the perfect gift. They have a full range of comic book, super hero, Disney Princess, sports and car lights that look as though they are popping right out of the wall! They are battery operated and cool to the touch so you can place them any where in the room! Your kids will love having these in their rooms and they’re also the perfect editions to a den, family room, man’s cave or office!
So, I was pretty excited about this because I requested the Darth Vader light, and John has kind of a thing about Darth Vader. He already has a 2.5 foot high model that talks standing on his desk. So this seemed like it would be a great addition.
But then it arrived and we were just kind of underwhelmed. To be honest, I don’t think I really understood this product completely before I saw it in person. You are supposed to attach it to the wall and it comes with a transparent sticker to look like it’s bursting through and the wall is cracking. Which might be cool in a kid’s room but we really didn’t want to do that. And the mask is asymmetrical because it is supposed to look like it’s only partway through the wall I guess, but since we are not using the sticker it doesn’t make a lot of sense. It does have light up red eyes but it doesn’t talk to you in Darth Vader’s voice or anything if you are into that sort of thing.
So I guess what I am saying is that there is nothing at all WRONG with this product. It’s just that we did not like it as much as we were expecting to. And keep in mind that there are many other options and they may be more appealing to you. You can check them out right here.
Posted in home decor, review, shopping, sponsored, Uncategorized, us family guide | Tagged 3DFX, 3DLIGHTFX, darth vader, nightlight, Star Wars, su family guide, USFG | 1 Comment »
Don’t laugh, but high up there on my list of personal goals is a desire for greater holiness. I’ve known a few holy people in my life–have you? They radiate peace and God’s love and you feel blessed to be in their presence. I’d like to be one of those people, but they are rare.
I’d also like to be the kind of person with a prayer routine, or the kind who keeps a prayer journal, or attends daily Mass and/or adoration, or has a spiritual director. While other women are envious of the well-kept houses and perfectly behaved children they see on Facebook and Pinterest, I’m jealous of the spirituality of the Catholic women I have encountered online.
Wow, how messed up does that sound?
As a someone who delights in reading and learning, you would think that at least I could manage some regular spiritual reading. Yet the inspirational books with scriptural reflections for each day lie unopened on my nightstand, and my pile of unread religious books grows ever higher. Whenever I manage to open one of those books, I fall asleep within minutes.
Life is busy and life is hard, and most of the time I have to content myself with at least the notion that I am living my faith through my actions instead of devoting time to prayer and spiritual reading. I think that’s a bit of a cop out, though, and that’s one reason I was grateful for the opportunity I was given to read A Walk in Her Sandals: Experiencing Christ’s Passion through the Eyes of Women.
In exchange for my honest reflections and as part of my participation in the Siena Sisters blog hop, I received an advance copy of this creative take on the Passion of Jesus. One thing I AM good with is deadlines so I was able to make time to read this book so I could share it with you.
Not that it was a big sacrifice. I really enjoyed reading it, and I stayed awake too. Written in sections by a team of ten Catholic women, this book is meant to be used as a Lenten study, either for an individual or a small group. It is divided into six chapters, each showcasing a spiritual gift unique to women with accompanying scripture and exegesis, personal reflections, suggestions for prayer, questions for group discussion, and guidance for evangelization.
The heart of the book for me, though, were the stories that make up an imaginative thread that gives the book its title and its life. Each chapter introduces us to some of the women who knew Jesus or his disciples, and invites us to experience the events of Holy Week through their eyes. I’ve read things like this before, and they can easily seem a little too precious, but these stories were well done, the women carefully characterized, the narrative compelling and moving as each woman encountered Jesus and His message in her own way. I just loved these stories. They really brought the scripture, which I of course have heard hundreds of times, to life in a new and exciting way for me.
I recommend you go here and order Walk in Her Sandals before Lent. I plan to read it again myself at that time, and maybe I will be able to move a little further down that road to holiness by Easter.
This post is part of the CWBN Siena Sisters Blog Hop. Click the picture below to see what everyone else had to say about Walk in Her Sandals.
Posted in book review, books, Catholicism, Lent, review, Uncategorized | Tagged bible study, book, Catholicism, Easter, Holy Week, Kelly Wahlquist, Lent, Prayer, review, Scripture, Siena Sisters Blog Hop, spirituality, The Passion, Walk in Her Sandals, Women in the New Evangelizatio | 5 Comments »
Dear Facebook Friends:
Next time you are tempted to gleefully post about how happy you are to see ObamaCare repealed, I want you to think about the people whose lives are going to be affected dramatically when that happens. I want you to think about people who are terrified of losing their coverage, who went years uninsured, who saw doctors only when in dire need, who went bankrupt due to medical bills, who visited the emergency room for care because they didn’t have the money a clinic would have demanded up front, who spent hours researching online and filling out forms and chasing down doctors for signatures to get prescription medication payment assistance, who figured out which of their medications they could forgo in a given month, who held their breath in the pharmacy drive-through line while they waited to hear the terrible total.
You are entitled to your opinion and the ACA isn’t perfect, but it’s sure better than the nothing many people had before it was passed. You can suggest changes and discuss drawbacks and talk policy without appearing to be enthusiastic about the fact that millions of Americans stand to lose their care and that some of them are going to die.
Consider, please, how it makes me (and others) feel when I see people who are supposed to be my friends celebrating the fact that my family may soon be without health insurance and thus effectively without care. In my posts on this topic in the past I have always been careful to affirm my friends who told me that the implementation of the ACA had caused them difficulties like higher premiums and changes in doctors. I was always sympathetic and willing to concede the imperfections in the ACA, as evidenced by my many honest posts (which I will link at the end). I agreed that improvement–although not repeal–was needed.
Remember that there are suffering people who see your Facebook posts, people who are frightened, for whom this isn’t about politics or partisanship or finances but about staying alive. Remember that, and if you care about those people, watch the tone of your posts.
A Once and Possibly Future Uninsured American
My previous posts on ObamaCare:
The $64,000 Question, Answered
Who Are the Uninsured?
Uninsured No More
ObamaCare Update 2
ObamaCare: My Latest Update
More on Our Journey to Health, Brought to You by Obamacare
It’s Good to Be Insured: An ObamaCare Update
Obamacare in Practice: An Update
Posted in family, health, Life Issues, Politics, rants, Uncategorized | Tagged ACA, Affordable Care Act, Facebook, GOP, health, insurance, ObamaCare, uninsured | 28 Comments »
There’s just something about a new year, isn’t there? It feels fresh and new and full of possibilities. Hence the talk of resolutions and the increase in gym membership purchases!
I am reluctant to commit to something so definite and portentous as resolutions any more. Not sticking to them seems like failure and who needs more reasons to feel bad?
Still, I can’t deny that some of the good health habits I worked so hard to form a few years ago have become somewhat less habitual. And a new year is as good a time as any for taking stock and making some changes. I’m still lighter and healthier and stronger than I was before my healthy journey began, but let’s just say that pie has a lot of carbs, and that we don’t hike every weekend any more. And I’ve got a BIG birthday coming up this year (gulp!), and I’d like to feel healthier and stronger by then.
So I’m going back to the gym and walking and healthy eating, but I’m not calling it a resolution. In case you are feeling like doing something similar, here’s what I am going to do. For the rest of this month I am going to reshare posts I’ve written on health, low carb eating, recipes, and hiking, to help motivate myself and anyone else who could use some motivation! If you want to see what I’m sharing, follow Life in Every Limb on Facebook and be sure to check “see first” so you don’t miss any posts.
Happy New Year and good luck to you on your resolutions or goals for the year or whatever you wish to call them! Tell me about them in the comments, if you want.
Posted in food, health, Uncategorized, Walking in Knoxville | Tagged ACA, diet, exercise, fitness, goals, gym, health, hiking, low carb, new year, ObamaCare, recipes, resolutions, walking | 14 Comments »
Before I even give my usual disclaimer let me tell you that I LOVE LOVE LOVE my crabpot tree!
Yes, I received said tree for free in exchange for my honest review of it here, in my capacity as a blogger for National Family Guide. But it’s not even stretching the truth a little bit to tell you that I love this thing and I would like to own many more of them.
First of all, the details the company wants me to share: Crab Pot Christmas Trees are remarkable, perfectly shaped trees that are pre-lit, fold flat for storage, sparkle from EVERY angle and are easily set up. What makes these holiday trees so unique and the MUST HAVE of the season for home decor? Crab Pot Christmas Trees are made from the very durable PVC Coated Crab Pot Wire which withstands all that Mother Nature throws at it.
You can see the company’s pictures and their explanatory video on my first post here. But let me tell you about my personal experience.
This thing comes folded flat in a triangular box. It takes literally two minutes to set up, tops. We set it on our front porch for instant festiveness. It came with anchors for putting it out in the yard if we had wanted to do that. I was a little worried it might blow over in the wind but it never did even though we have had strong winds and rain, too, and our porch does get wet when it rains.
I have one complaint only which is that the cord is a little short. It would be perfect for an in-floor or in-ground outlet but we had to attach ours to another strand of lights to reach the wall plug. No big deal but just one detail that could be improved upon.
We love this tree and would buy more of them. They are having a sale right now if you want to get your own–check out their site right here!
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