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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  • Lumerit (formerly College Plus) had this on their Facebook Feed - funny kinda, but maybe they don't mean to insult the people who are in their target advertising group?

  • Last year, one of Noah's friends with an ACT score over 30, and a grade point average over 4.0, applied to every single ivy league school - and got turned down from all of them.  Oh...he's a white male.

But if he had only known this, I'm sure he could have tweaked his essay and gotten a better result!

This New Jersey student’s unconventional approach to applying for college paid off for him.
On his Stanford University application, Ziad Ahmed was posed the question “What matters to you, and why?”
The 18-year-old activist from Princeton, New Jersey, decided to use the opportunity to write “#BlackLivesMatter” 100 times.
To his surprise, the answer caught the attention of the California school’s admissions office and Ahmed received his acceptance letter on Friday.

Within 20 years, more babies will be born to Muslim women than to Christian women world-wide, the latest sign of the rapid growth that could make Islam the world’s largest religion by the end of the century.

Islam is already the world’s fastest-growing religion, according to a new study released Wednesday by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center, with the Muslim population increasing by more than 150 million people between 2010 and 2015, to 1.8 billion.

Meanwhile, Christianity remains the world’s largest religion. It is growing more slowly, however, largely due to its declining numbers in Europe, which was long the seat of Christendom. As of 2015, there were 2.3 billion Christians.

While Christians accounted for 33% of births world-wide in recent years—slightly outpacing the number of Muslim births—they also made up 37% of world-wide deaths, nearly twice the share of deaths from any other religion.

“Christianity is literally dying in Europe,” said Conrad Hackett, the lead researcher on the study.

The outlet states that Andraya Yearwood, a freshman at Cromwell High School, recently won the girls’ 100 and 200-meter dashes, helping her team take second place at her first track meet.
“I’m so happy and so excited to be doing this and so thankful for all of my support,” said Yearwood according to the Courant.
Indeed, Yearwood does have a lot of support. Her mother, Ngozi Nnaji, has defended her from the backlash that apparently comes with being an actual man competing against women in physical activities.
“I know they’ll say it is unfair and not right,” said Nnaji to the Courant. “But my counter to that is, why not? She is competing and practicing and giving her all and performing and excelling based on her skills. Let that be enough. Let her do that and be proud of that.”
Her father has taken a similar stance.
“She is running who she should be running with,” he said. “We’re born into a body. We’re born into a situation. But we grow into a person we’re going to be.

This one just made me kind of angry, and then kind of sad. For YEARS I was the mom grabbing the skim milk and the margarine, and counter intuitively removing the skin off of the chicken.  I'm done trusting the "common knowledge".

Nutritionists, Leslie explains, had decided that dietary fat was the enemy of good health, based in large part on a huge Seven Countries Study, published in 1970, which looked at 12,770 middle-aged men in countries ranging from the U.S. to Yugoslavia.
"The Seven Countries study had become canonical, and the fat hypothesis was enshrined in official advice," Leslie writes. By 1980, the U.S. government issued its first Dietary Guidelines telling the country to cut back on saturated fats and cholesterol, and Americans dutifully complied.
That's precisely when the nation's obesity rate started to skyrocket. While the obesity rate barely changed from 1960 to 1980 -- going from 13% to 15% -- over the following two decades – 1980-2000 – the rate jumped to 35%.
"At best, we can conclude that the official guidelines did not achieve their objective; at worse, they led to a decades-long health catastrophe," Leslie writes.
Nutritionists are only now grudgingly beginning to admit that their approach to nutrition guidelines could have been, well, wrong, and Yudkin's work is only now being rediscovered. The federal government, for example, quietly admitted recently that there's nothing wrong with eating cholesterol.
So why didn't scientists wise up sooner?

Another study published in The Lancet Oncology in 2011 demonstrated, for the first time, that women who received the most breast screenings had a higher cumulative incidence of invasive breast cancer over the following six years than the control group who received far less screenings.

Yep, apparently referring to the fact that mothers are, in fact, WOMEN is now offensive to some people. Like one transgender dad whose baby is due in April and hopes to breastfeed his child.

He’s accused the midwifery community of “transphobia” in The Huffington PostMacDonald argues that suggesting that trans guys who give birth are not men — but actually women, because of their biology — is “highly offensive to trans individuals because it denies our gender.”
Some midwife organizations have already begun to remove offensive references that suggest that mothers are women, moving to instead call them “pregnant people” and “birthing individuals.” However, in a sign that all may not be lost in our culture, some midwifes, mothers and experts are pushing back.

Coupling nature with motherhood, however, can inadvertently support biologically deterministic arguments about the roles of men and women in the family (for example, that women should be the primary caretakers of children). Referencing the “natural” in breastfeeding promotion, then, may inadvertently endorse a controversial set of values about family life and gender roles, which would be ethically inappropriate.” [Emphasis added.]

Anyway, Rebecca Tuvel examined the logic behind white Rachel Dolezal identifying as black (transracial), and male Bruce Jenner identifying as female (transgender), and concluded that the premise was one and the same and we could either affirm both identities, or neither. Further, she argued that society had reason to support such identities, and had precedent in doing so. You can read her paper in full here:

All of this was well and good until a site specifically concerned with women’s liberation, the (ostensibly) feminist philosophy journal Hypatia, reprinted Tuvel’s article. Like all places and spaces dedicated to the specific interests of female human beings Hypatia was heavily monitored by those who wish to preserve sex-roles and police the women who protest or critique them. Particularly the men who identify as transwomen and those who champion them in that endeavor. Long story short, the shit hit the fan!

No one had any idea how to counter her logical arguments. They could easily prove Rachel Dolezal wasn’t actually black, but the same arguments applied to Caitlyn Jenner proved he was a sexist man performing a ghastly pantomime of womanhood. Not only could they not rebut her argument but they couldn’t stop people from reading it, so they did what every gender panicked soul who hates the idea that sex roles are culturally created to ritualize female subordination to males is left to do: Silence, censor, smear, threaten, defame.
Heterosexual white female Nora Berenstain of the University of Tennessee accused Tuvel of being a violent perpetrator:
“Tuvel enacts violence and perpetuates harm in numerous ways throughout her essay. She deadnames a trans woman [Bruce Jenner]. She uses the term “transgenderism.” She talks about “biological sex” and uses phrases like “male genitalia.” She focuses enormously on surgery, which promotes the objectification of trans bodies. She refers to “a male-to- female (mtf) trans individual who could return to male privilege,” promoting the harmful transmisogynistic ideology that trans women have (at some point had) male privilege.”

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