Book Nook

I don’t have a children’s book for today’s post, but am instead posting about a book I’m reading. Some months ago Fr. Robert Barron released a DVD series of his Catholicism Project. Some of the parts were aired on TV, though not all 6 parts. I managed to record 3 of them, and haven’t been able to get the other parts. As always, the videos are very well done: beautiful and informative.

On our last library trip, I was poking around in the religion section. I was actually looking for some C. S. Lewis, but then my eye stopped on Fr. Barron’s name. As it turns out, there’s also a book that is basically derived from the video transcripts! I was excited and so of course picked it up. I’ve not been disappointed, and I highly recommend the book. You needn’t be a theologian to read it, thankfully , since I’m not one. I think Catholics and non-Catholics alike could get a lot from the book: Catholics to be reminded of the beauty of our faith and non-Catholics to learn more about how and what we believe.

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Crafty Thursday

Well, I’m still plugging away on my sweater.  I think I have about 3 more pattern repeats before the garter stitch edging.  I’ve decided on just doing cap sleeves instead of long sleeves, as then I can wear it longer.  I can always put a long-sleeved shirt on under it when it gets colder.  Ignore the purple, pink, and red threads.  I’d had the purple one there from when I was trying it on to ensure the ribbed part was long enough; the other threads are holding the sleeve stitches.

Ages ago, I found this wrap skirt.  It never quite fit the way I wanted, but I hung on to it for some reason.  Well, I had the brilliant idea that I’d turn it into a shirt.  I figured it couldn’t be too difficult, just use an existing shirt as a template and voila: new shirt.  Well, it would’ve been that simple, had I used the right shirt as a template.  I made the mistake of using a stretchy shirt for the template, when the skirt material is not stretchy.  So yeah, didn’t work out.  However, with just a little more work, it’ll make a nice dress for Charlotte, so hopefully I can do that.

And finally, I pulled out some ribbon yarns, just for fun.  I found this black/white/grey/gold sparkly one, and decided to try making a scarf with it.  I wanted it narrower than the pattern, just for my personal preference. I think it’s turning out nicely.

Meaningless Choices

There is, rightly, a push to ensure informed consent for medical choices. There is also, rightly, a push to ensure the full range of choices is available, of course ensuring that such choices are made with all the facts in mind. Various medical associations have released statements affirming that these options should be available. This sounds well and good, until you realise that, in some cases, these statements are meaningless due to various factors.

For example, The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) states that a woman should have the option to have a VBAC, and that this may be appropriate even after two Caesarians. This is something for which some have been campaigning, since the Caesarian rate in the US is rather high. However, in practice I’m not sure how much of a choice this actually gives women. ACOG doesn’t have the authority to enforce this. Some doctors continue to have a policy of “once a c-section, always a c-section”. In smaller towns, there might not be any doctors willing to oversee a VBAC, meaning that the woman doesn’t even have the choice of switching doctors, assuming her insurance would allow that anyway. Speaking of insurance, I suspect, though am not certain, that the doctor’s malpractice insurance plays a role in the refusal to attend VBACs. I certainly don’t think the doctors are just being mean. But in this case, the statement from ACOG doesn’t translate into a true choice for all women in the US.

A similar case is found in the case of vaginal birth of frank breech babies. ACOG states that vaginal delivery of a frank breech baby may be appropriate if the doctor is experienced in such births, the risks have been discussed, and it is carefully monitored. The key here is the doctor having experience. Through no fault of their own, many doctors lack experience delivering breech babies, as the standard protocol was to do a caesarian. As more research has been done, it’s again been determined that vaginal birth of frank breech babes may be appropriate, but now fewer doctors have the experience to attend such births. Therefore, it is still a meaningless choice for some women (though hopefully not for long since I would think more medical schools would be training doctors for this given the more recent research).

I am in no way criticizing the doctors, nor do I think they are just keeping women from making these choices. In fact, i imagine some doctors wish to accommodate these choices, but cannot due to lack of experience or other factors. These are complex issues, with many factors coming into play. I simply lament that circumstances are such that, while women have the choice for these things in theory, it is not yet practice everywhere.

Book Nook

As an older child, someone gave us The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka. I remember laughing a lot, enjoying the different take on the fairy tale classic. Today, I pulled the book out to read to my children, who also enjoyed the story. Just remember, there are two sides to every story. 😉

Sunday Snippets – a Catholic Carnival

Happy Easter! Alleluia! Thank you, RAnn for hosting, as always. As is appropriate for Holy Week, most of my posts have centered on the Church this week, the one exception being the Book Nook post. I linked to a post about children in Mass, and mused about how my 2-year-old teaches me about God. I rambled a bit about the silence of the past few days, and rejoiced in Easter. May everyone have a blessed start to the Easter season.

He Is Risen! Alleluia!

Christ is risen! Alleluia! Happy Easter, everyone! While we didn’t make it to the vigil last night, we were there bright and early this morning for a beautiful Mass. The fact that I was at the marriage supper of the Lamb was really pronounced, especially as the organist played the Trumpet Voluntary before Mass. That is the song that was played as I walked down the aisle at my own wedding. And to see everything unveiled, to see my Jesus today after the silence from Good Friday and yesterday. It was amazing. It is amazing. He is risen! Alleluia!