My Spring Reading List!

After the heavier reading of Lent, I thought I'd like to continue some inspirational spiritual reading through the Easter season as well. 

Here's my book list!

Private and Pithy lessons from Scripture - Mother Angelica
Little Book of Life Lessons - Mother Angelica
Three to Get Married - Fulton Sheen
The Little Oratory
Diary Sister Faustina
Getting Past Perfect - Kate Wicker
The Words We Pray - Amy Welborn
Perfectly Yourself - Matthew Kelly 
Crossing the Threshold of Hope - Pope John Paul II

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Links of Interest

The Traveling Praters have a bucket list of things to see in Ohio! They've got some interesting things on there too!

Things to do in Ohio Bucket List

How to destruction proof your family! via Like Mother Like Daughter Awesome, awesome, awesome - read it, share it, and give it to the young women in your lives!

Journey from 3 cesareans to a home birth. I was delighted to read this, but saddened too - because after almost 25 years, women are still being treated like dirt when it comes to how they have their babies. An excerpt:
I did not pre-register at the hospital with my first homebirth attempt and I think it made the transition for care very difficult, but the registration meeting this time around was enough to send me to homebirth, if I had not already decided on it. I asked for very few things in regard to my repeat c-section and was flat denied on all counts.
“Could we take pictures of our son's birth?”
“No. No cameras allowed in the operating room.”
“Please don't give me amnesic drugs. I want to remember his first moments.”
“Well, they usually don't.”
“But, they did last time.”
And lastly I asked, "Could my husband be present while I am getting the spinal?" I had great fear about being treated the way I had been before. The answer was again, no. I could not understand why it was OK for him to be there while I got an epidural in an L&D room, but not while I had essentially the same thing done in an operating room. I know there are sterile fields, but they let students observe, who have never been in an OR before. I know this because I was one of those students, and then, I worked as an OR circulating nurse. It was one of my jobs to ensure sterile technique was always observed. They could not give me a sufficient answer other than, "It's hospital policy." My most important request was to have immediate skin-to-skin with my baby in the operating and recovery rooms. I was told, “We will try, but it will depend on if we have the staff.” Really? The most important hour of bonding will depend on if you are staffed correctly? I told her the studies I had read showed it was very important for establishing breastfeeding. She agreed with me, but told me her hands were tied. The idea of doing it all again overwhelmed me, and I cried right there in her office. She offered that if I scheduled my c-section she would personally come in for me. She was so kind and understanding, but could do nothing to change the all-powerful hospital policy. She encouraged me to talk to the floor manager and gave her my name and phone number. When I spoke to her, it was all business. I felt like she was patting me on the head and saying "Oh, don't you worry your pretty little head." Treating me like I had no idea what I was talking about and constantly saying "Well, that's just hospital policy." I could tell it was all a lesson in futility, but I felt I had to try to make them see how wrong their policies were. I ended the conversation feeling so very grateful I would not be dealing with them, or their policies.
The taboo subject of vaccine injuries.  We're having practically mass hysteria here in Ohio because of a mumps outbreak in Columbus.  This article brings up points I have not been hearing in the local news.

Raising a Pure Son in a Sex Crazed World.  - sigh.

The Common Core Project.
The following lists provide information for homeschool parents relative to the Common Core Standards (CCS) - alternately known in some contexts as the Next Generation (NexGen) Standards or the College, Career and Civic Life Framework (C3) - currently being implemented across the country.

The MASTER LIST identifies which homeschool-related companies and products have explicitly chosen to align with the CCS/NexGen/C3, which have some sort ofcoincidental connection, which are correlated, and which have chosen to remain independent. It containsimportant explanatory notes wherever necessary for clarity.

Measles Witch Hunt: Anti-Vax Parents Burned at the Propaganda Stake -  Uh yep.  Just try to suggest that there might be a valid reason not to vaccinate and watch the ensuing frenzy. See also this from the Financial Post. 

How becoming a Doctor is the most miserable profession.
Neither patients nor doctors are happy about that. What worries many doctors, however, is that the Affordable Care Act has codified this broken system into law. While forcing everyone to buy health insurance, ACA might have mandated a uniform or streamlined claims procedure that would have gone a long way to improving access to care. As Malcolm Gladwell noted, “You don’t train someone for all of those years in [medicine]… and then have them run a claims processing operation for insurance companies.”

Lastly, there was this article about useless degrees, but I found this in the comment section to be the most helpful.
My arts degree (major economics) couldn't hold a candle to my husbands business/co-op degree.  One was theory while the other was practicality.  Arts degrees are a minimum eight year investment - Masters minimum to secure a position.  I've told my children consider your talents, how hard you want to work and the aspects of lifestyle you currently enjoy and/or dislike.  Their father is successful but absent a lot - Do you want to spend lots of time with the kids at home - then a strict nine to five is your answer and there's a ceiling to that salary.  I hear everyday about how we need trades people - carpenters, electricians, plumbers.  Its hard physical work that does not lend itself to the lifestyle that we define as successful (big house, big car) but it can pay off in family time and if you manage the money right.  Do you want to live in a city or a rural area?  Well nice neighborhoods in big cities cost money - STEM - is how it should be.  These are the conversations you need to have with your kids and not at sixteen.  While changing the world is a noble ambition it won't pay the mortgage.  Its almost as if we forget our children have to "live" on their own.  Passions are pursued on the weekend and during vacation - its a sad fact of life.  Grow up.  I'm encouraging my son soon to graduate high school to move away from us, stay with family and work a low paying job for a year or two while doing some college credits to keep the studying skills.  I've seen this work before.  A friend flunked out of college - worked as a security guard for a year and returned to college making the dean's list.  We all want to change the world but our kids own their own lives, successes and failures.  (When we ourselves succeed at work or after a lot of hard work in our jobs, with our hobbies or volunteer work - how many of us really think Mom and Dad deserve the credit.  When we fail do we think Mom and Dad are to blame.)  As parents our ownership has to stop at some point.  There are way too many thirty year olds with arts degrees, crappy jobs and over indulgent parents.  I often joke about these kids waiting for Mom and Dad to kick it so they can live on the proceeds - after reading articles like these its less and less funny.