Mary Kochan of Catholic Exchange asks that we implore readers to check out her latest, an interview with Catholic artist and prolife activist Nellie Edwards. Here's a portion of one of her paintings:
To see the whole thing you'll have to go to the article and click on the picture. Mary has company, shall we say.
At the other end of life's journey, news comes via TSO via Disputations via Mark Shea that the hostess of From the Anchor Hold, Karen Marie Knapp, has passed away. We've shared blogroll links since sometime in about 2002. She used to consistently participate in my Sunday Guessing Game, which I eventually tired of and shut down. I think she even won once. (Considering the absence of prize money, I never figured out why anyone wanted to win, but a lot of people tried.) I remember snapping at her once in comments for her position on some matter of violence (she seems not to have liked it very much), probably during the Iraq war run-up, and now I feel bad about it. Actually, I felt bad about it before, but never apologized.
I've been arguing some of those matters again at another website, but maybe Zippy (who's better at it than I) has the right attitude: shut up a while, "be still... and honor a good woman's wish."
She certainly had afflictions to bear that most of us don't, and was denied pleasures in life that we take for granted. Well, the suffering's over, and now she knows a hell of a lot more than any of us. TSO dug up something in her archives, and it turns out that all she ever wanted when her time came was that someone would pray for her. I trust, Karen Marie, you'll return the favor. And, uh, sorry for the tirade. I might have said it another way.
Anyway, go to TSO's and read her own words. I'll bet she's thanking him right now for being the kind of guy who troubles to do such things.