Friday’s Center of the Blogosphere

Julie Neidlinger on Why I Walked Out of Church, and George Grant on Why We’re Losing the Julies of this World.

What she longs for, she says, is her “home town church” filled with “ordinary, uncool people” who actually “know each other.” In other words, she longs for “parish life.”

Sherry here: How do we get back to that “old-time religion” where people related to people instead of to programs?


Trey Garrison in the Dallas Morning News on Why I Don’t Want Diversity in My Neighborhood. I got the link for this article from Amy’s Humble Musings, and it’s a good argument for homeschoolers who get hit with the “diversity” complaint, too. Mr. Garrison says:

Seriously, if the only exposure to other people your kid gets is when she’s sitting in a place where you move about like cattle at the sound of a bell and have to ask permission to go to the bathroom (i.e. school), what kind of sheltered life are you giving your kid?


Dorothy at Urban Servant (got this link from Amy, too) says: “Nine kids, 12 years and 30,000 diapers later and all I am sure of is how much I don’t know about parenting.”

Oh, how true, and oh, how I needed to hear this message both to keep me from advice-giving and to remind me that Engineer Husband and I are the only ones who are truly experts on our eight children, and we don’t know much.

Sallie on Why Sarah Palin Makes Sense to Me: “It is easy for me to accept this situation and believe she could do a good job as both a mom and veep/president because of my marriage.
If I were handed an extraordinary opportunity, David would be right there supporting me. I have no doubt that if God called me to do something, David would adjust his life accordingly so as to make it possible. (I also know because I asked him yesterday.) It wouldn’t even have to be something as extraordinary as running for Vice President. But if it were something that would require sacrifice and his taking over more of the home, he would do it in a heartbeat.”

I, too, have such a husband, and I am oh so thankful for him.

The Media
Mark Steyn: “I would like to thank the US media for doing such a grand job this last week of lowering expectations by portraying Governor Palin – whoops, I mean Hick-Burg Mayor Palin – as a hillbilly know-nothing permapregnant ditz, half of whose 27 kids are the spawn of a stump-toothed uncle who hasn’t worked since he was an extra in Deliverance.

How’s that narrative holding up, geniuses?”

Barbara Nicolosi really, really didn’t like what the filmmakers have done with the new movie version of Brideshead Revisited.

Imagine if someone did a new adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird and it ended up savagely racist? That’s what they’ve done here. A profoundly Catholic novel, in this “adaptation”, Brideshead Revisited is viciously anti-Catholic. They turned a movie about God and the soul, into a lurid love triangle between a homosexual, his sister and a hapless hunk. It’s lame. It’s bad.

I’m watching the 1981 mini-series version, and I think it’s quite good. This admittedly slow-moving film version of Evelyn Waugh’s novel has helped me to understand things about the characters in particular that I just didn’t get when I read the book. Here are my thoughts on the novel from about two years ago.

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  1. (this is unrelated to the post, sorry!)

    Thanks for dropping by my blog for BBAW. Just wanted to let you know that I ALWAYS participate in your Saturday review of books, and that you are a permanent fixture in my Google Reader. Congrats on YOUR nomination, and good luck!

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