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I became Catholic in 2012, after having resisted for over a decade. I'm a philosophy nerd, a science/technology nerd, an early music lover, a soprano, a bassoonist, an artist, and a writer. Not necessarily in that order.
I would have continued resisting Catholicism as an option if not for my husband, who refused to marry me if I wouldn't at least consider it.
We don't have any children, and this isn't anyone's fault. We may have considered adoption if we weren't mired in the care of elderly relatives, which consumes a good deal of our time and energy.
I don't always think to tell people things about myself, but I'm always willing to answer questions people ask about me.
Veteran attends Yale at 52, shares his story as “My Semester with the Snowflakes”
The fun part is that 90% of the advice I've been able to find for dealing with my lip shape is "don't allow kids with this lip shape to even try playing the flute because they won't ever be able to be good at it".
The other 10% is "it'll be fine, just figure it out", which is not helpful either.
I didn't want to play saxophone either, and the saxophone and the clarinet were the only two beginner instruments I could make a satisfactory sound on. I did end up good enough at clarinet that the same band director also refused to allow me to switch to bassoon after the beginner class (but my family moved, and at the next school they let me).
To this day I cannot play brass instruments at all. I assume that is probably also related to something about my upper lip shape. I never had any interest in that anyway.
When we did band tryouts in 5th grade, I wanted to play flute but the band director refused to let me, saying that because of the shape of my upper lip, I wouldn't be able to produce a clear tone.
I didn't want to play clarinet, so I signed up for choir instead... and because of scheduling issues, ended up in band anyway, playing clarinet.
I'm 38 years old, and for Christmas I am buying myself a flute. I don't care (and never would have cared) if the tone is airier than ideal, or whatever. I still want to play the flute, so I'm going to.
Writing for Crisis Magazine, Austin Ruse recounts what happened when his parish pastor decided to install an altar rail.
“A beast gnawing at its prey can be happy too, but only human beings can feel affection for each other, and this is the highest achievement they can aspire to.” #Solzhenitsyn
“One should never direct people towards happiness, because happiness too is an idol of the market-place. One should direct them towards mutual affection.” #Solzhenitsyn
“You only have power over people so long as you don’t take everything away from them. But when you’ve robbed a man of everything he’s no longer in your power — he’s free again.” #Solzhenitsyn
“Patriotism is an integral and persistent feeling of love for one’s homeland, with a willingness to make sacrifices for her, to share her troubles, but not to serve her unquestioningly, not to support her unjust claims...” #Solzhenitsyn
This time of year is a freaking minefield. I was on my way home from the dentist and this song came on the radio: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNmtxXP4UCs
Apparently it's from 2008, but I hadn't heard it before. It would have made me cry even then, but as it is...
"No, all hope cannot be pinned on science, technology, or economic growth. The victory of technological civilization has also instilled in us a spiritual insecurity. Its gifts enrich, but enslave us as well.” #Solzhenitsyn
Catholic convert, wife, cantor, mantilla-wearer, huge nerd.
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