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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From My Domestic Church on Facebook - where I put most of my controversial finds during the week!

I'm seeing a lot of articles like this lately -
The Kids are Not Alright

As far as I was concerned, I already had one mother; I did not need another. My dream was that my mother would decide she wanted to be with men again, but obviously that dream did not come true. My grandfathers and uncles did the best they could when it came to spending time with me and doing all the daddy-daughter stuff, but it was not the same as having a full-time father, and I knew it. It always felt secondhand.

From a public school in Canada - adding to another reason to avoid those.
How I Convince Kids to Accept Gay Marriage Starting at 4- years old

Strong, who is in an open relationship with another woman and who has been a teacher for about five years, focused her workshop on what she called the “power of conversation” for promoting LGBTQ issues in an elementary classroom. She began her talk by relating how she reacted the first time one of her students called another student ‘gay’ as a putdown.
“With [the principal’s] encouragement, we decided that I would go from class to class and talk about what ‘gay’ means, what does ‘LGBTQ’ mean, what do ‘I’ mean,” she told about 40 attendees, all educators, at her workshop.
Strong related how she began with the junior kindergarten class.
“And I read a [pro-gay child’s] book [King and King], and I started to realize that conversations can be very difficult, and they can have the most power when they are the most difficult.”
“But difficult conversations are a part of what we do as teachers, right? And when these conversations are properly supported by teachers within the safety of the classroom, they provide a rich environment for our students as they unpack these complex social issues and they reflect on their own preconceptions, rights, of gender, sexuality, love, all these different things,” she said.
From Forbes - Why the Maternal Mortality Rate is Rising.

In 1990, 12 out of every 100,000 mothers in the United States died giving birth. In 2010, that number had risen to 21 maternal deaths per 100,000 births. And by 2013, the most recent year with available data, that number had risen again to 28 in 100,000.

That lack of advocacy can be a major problem even before birth, and even when no patients actually die. “Most of the near misses occur because providers didn’t listen to women,” said Turner. “We need to be consumers of healthcare just like we’re consumers of plumbing or electrical work…. You need to raise a ruckus.”

And I particularly loved this part!
 When we experience a near miss, women blame themselves,” Agrawal said of women who come close to death during pregnancy and childbirth.
“Women want to share these stories,” Simpson said of her experiences bringing patients together to talk about their experiences. “How are we creating these spaces with our healthcare providers?”

In my own experience, no one wanted to talk about my traumatic first birth. Mr. Pete listened with the patience of Job, and my mother was sympathetic, but my health care providers and other family and friends thought I was nuts.  It was very hurtful and it's still a bit sad all these years later. What happens during birth stays with a woman for a lifetime.

The Risks of cutting the umbilical cord too soon - scientific evidence after a 10-year fight!  Another key in the autism puzzle?

It made me reflect on my own practice as a midwife and how we were trained to cut the cord immediately. I realised quickly that there was no evidence to back this practice up and set about challenging this non-evidence based intervention.
I explored my theory, and found research suggesting that immediate cord clamping is linked to autismbut there wasn't much evidence out there.
I wrote to a number of experts. They said if I wanted to change the practice I had to find the evidence.
So I started campaigning and raising awareness - giving talks and explaining the situation to my local community.
It didn't take much to convince people, especially parents, because there’s just no need to cut the cord early - it isn’t rocket science to leave the cord while it’s still pulsating.
When the blood has finished transferring, it goes white and theoretically, you wouldn't even need to clamp it.
Slowly, the evidence to support my theory has started to come out. In 2010,a study found that when the cord wasn’t clamped immediately, babies gained up to 214 grams in weight

The newer young ladies are trying communion veils- and loving them!

Every wonder the difference between a regular IRA and a Roth? Me too - Dave Ramesey explains it all!

Lately we have had an influx of new moms starting out in homeschooling in our area!  They have a  lot of anxiety and questions about it all!  I remember that very well.

Julie Sweeney of Bravewriter has a post on finding the best curriculum for a six-year-old. 

The Barnes and Nobles - Summer Reading Program!

From Teachthought - what does College Ready mean anyway?  Here's an excerpt:
o then, how can we recognize those students who might apply to, be accepted by, and otherwise excel in college?
A high school student might be ready for college when they can say:
  1. I read well, both for pleasure and understanding.
  2. I write well, either creatively or for communication.
  3. I understand how to research, extract key information, and evaluate its credibility and utility.
  4. I have personal reasons to learn–things I want to see, know, and understand.
  5. I see college as a trade–4-8+ years and X amount of dollars in exchange for something else. If that’s a good trade or a bad trade depends on my own measures that are personal to me and only me.
  6. I can either manage money, or am perma-funded by my parents or endless scholarships and loans that will drown me in debt.
And lastly, if you need a reason to avoid public schools, a least in kindergarten -here you go!

She took a deep breath and laid out the facts for us, “We are going to treat your children more like first graders. We will focus mainly on arithmetic, reading, and writing. We won’t have time to develop the little fingers of the hands for skills like cutting or handwriting like we did in the past, or help them learn how to tie their shoes. You’ll have to do that now.” It felt like she was not only trying to prepare us, but that she was warning us.