More Catching Up: Articles and f5’s

An interesting article from Christian Singles Today:

Despite what you may think, part of being a man after God’s own heart is being a bad boy. And wanting a bad boy isn’t some genetic flaw like power shopping. God designed it this way. He knowingly instilled the desire in women to have an impact, to be part of an adventure. Women like bad boys because they’re dangerous and bold. They don’t set out to be nice. They break rules, ignore traditions, stir up chaos, and live life on the edge. They’re rebels who are tough, unbound, and free. They’re not just going through the motions — they’re fully alive. In many ways they’re like … Jesus.

During the Eucharistic Congress earlier this month, I wondered how the deaf students from Gallaudet would be able to receive Confession. They obviously couldn’t have interpreters; that kind of defeats the concept of privacy. As it turned out, their priest knew ASL, though he wasn’t deaf. As this NYT article (reg. req’d.) points out, there aren’t that many deaf priests in the country, and the experience is a lot better with the few that do exist.

Friday Five: Bits and Bobs (April 6)
1. Do you like chicken? Yes, very much so.
2. What is one food you can’t live without? I think French fries. I have no idea what I’d do without fries. I thought about giving them up for Lent, but I just couldn’t do it.
3. Are you an early bird or a night owl? A bit of both. I like staying up late. I feel most comfortable at night, for some reason. But I also get up early after staying up late. I really hate getting up early, but I do it anyway.
4. Chocolate or vanilla? Vanilla.
5. Are you more of a cat person or a dog person? Neither. I don’t really like pets. We haven’t had one I’d consider “mine” in over ten years.

Friday Five: A Photograph’s Worth 1000 Words (April 13)
1. What is your favorite photo? I really love my current Facebook photo, of me before the Prom for Parkinson’s back in December. The one before that was good too, of me in profile with a flower in my hair.
2. Who took the photo? One of the blond boys. I honestly forget which one, but they both had cameras that night and I struck a pose for them. I know Scott took the flower one, though.
3. If you could photograph anything or anyone what/who would it be? I don’t take good pictures, usually, on either side of the camera.
4. What makes a good photo? Light. I love black and white photos of people. Everyone looks beautiful in black and white. I also know from experience that if you’re posed comfortably, you’ll look awkward in the picture, and vice versa. Weird but true.
5. Which do you prefer: digital or print? I like digital pictures a lot because they’re so easy to share and manipulate, but print pictures are so much easier to display.

Friday Five: Taboo (April 20)
1) How do you feel about people who commit suicide? Such as, do you feel that they are too lazy to deal with life, have depression, do you feel sorry for them, etc.? I feel like suicide is quitting. Life is hard. Sometimes it’s really, really, really hard. But I believe in an afterlife, and I believe that our lives are not entirely our own. We didn’t give ourselves life, so it’s not our place to take it away. I do feel sorry for people that commit suicide, because they made such a huge, irreversible, and sad decision.
2) What do you think people say about you behind your back? Many things. I can be bossy, way too sarcastic, too mothering, too picky, judgmental, snobbish, and other negative things. I have flaws, but I work on overcoming them. And I know people say nice things, too. I have enough to worry about without adding in all the things people say that will probably never even be made known to me.
3) If you could own and operate any major business, what would it be? I don’t know. A school? A publishing house?
4) Are you/would you be embarrassed to talk to your friends or family about sex? Definitely my family. This I know from experience. I’ve always had communication issues. It took a long time for me to open up in a relationship, and then with my friends. My family and I are still on iffy ground, especially since I don’t live at home most of the time and therefore have fewer opportunities to communicate with them at all, about anything. I don’t talk with my friends about sex all that often. It comes up, especially around Hana, but we rarely have deeply serious discussions about anything. When we do, though, it’s awesome. The other day at lunch — possibly yesterday — we got to talking about romantic relationships and marriage and such. It was great. Though not about sex, per se. I’m not much of a talker. I like to write. What you’re reading now is excellent evidence of that.
5) In some cultures, young women are married and begin families as soon as they start a menstrual cycle. Do you believe this is right or wrong? Why? Wrong. Marriage and parenthood requires a lot of emotional maturity. Sometimes I think we should have to get licenses to become parents like we do to own guns or exotic pets. Carrying a child to term also takes a huge physical toll on a woman’s body, which I don’t think such young girls should be subject to.

Friday Five: Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Baby (April 28)
1. Who was your first kiss (your mom does not count)? That was sexist; do dads count? My family doesn’t kiss on the lips, anyway. And it was Greg.
2. What is your idea of the perfect date? April 25, which is strangely appropriate for this week. (That is my roundabout way of saying I hate this question.)
3. What music needs to be on when you are “getting your thang on”? I wouldn’t know.
4. What is the most amazing experience you’ve ever shared with a partner? Erm?
5. Sex is best saved for: love, marriage, alcohol, days that end in “y”? A loving marriage.

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