My kids set me up with a Facebook page, so I could see the photos that they posted of their children and of their activities. They would email me the fact that they posted something on Facebook, and I could “open” the Facebook link and “like” it or “comment”. But I had to “friend” them first.
I soon found that if I “friended” someone, a long list of people’s names and faces paraded down the page, as possible friends, and I could choose to “friend” them or not. Shorty after I started this activity, I was at a party, and a woman I knew said, somewhat accusingly, “I friended you on Facebook, but you didn’t friend me back!” (Uh-oh, I thought. Have I just started a new stream of obligations?) All I could say was, “I don’t have to ‘friend’ you on Facebook for you to know you’re my friend!”
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For the young exhausted mothers, families who are trying to make ends meet, and providers who bring home a paycheck, I can only say, regardless of the messages from the world, and from your own hearts, “It’s worth it”.
I know I am speaking from another generation and another set of circumstances, but I don’t believe my view is really that different from experiences in the lives of human beings throughout the world. Families are important. I rejoice at the image of a child being rescued from a collapsed building, and I grieve at the sight of a lifeless body being carried from a disaster, no matter where it happens in the world. I know those people are valued and loved, and their rescue or their loss is felt deeply by those who love them. Continue reading Just Compensation
I was asked to write an article about my views on abortion for the January issue of New Christian Woman. This is a welcome invitation, as I will turn 70 this year and I have a long history of writing about abortion. Rarely are my views on abortion requested for publication.
When I was growing up, abortion was illegal. Doctors swore to the “Hippocratic Oath” when they graduated from medical school, vowing not to perform abortions as a part of their pledge to “Do no harm”. Only “therapeutic” abortions were legally permitted, supposedly reserved for the most difficult circumstances that threatened the lives of both the mother and the unborn child. In those days, the “fetus” was always called an “unborn child”.
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