7 Quick Takes Friday (vol. 82)
It’s been a while since we’ve talked about books, so I’m just going to ask: Read anything good lately? Got any exciting books lined up for summer reading?
I love how various handheld email devices automatically include footers at the bottom of emails like:
Sent from my iPhone
It’s helpful to let people know that if the email seems abrupt, contains misspellings, etc. it’s because the sender wasn’t sitting in front of a computer and normal keyboard. I’ve decided I need something like that too. I try not to use the computer much when the kids are up, but sometimes I do catch a moment to jump on email, and I need an auto footer that says something like:
Sent while holding a squirming baby with one hand and hearing increasingly ominous shrieking sounds coming from the living room
That way if my responses seem scattered, incoherent, incomplete or contain random bursts of jklfdasfdsa from chubby hands banging on the keyboard, people will know what’s going on.
Anna Mitchell and I had another fun discussion for the SonRise Morning Show the other day. Our book this time was the super-short Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss. You can take a listen here:
Here’s something I’ve found helpful for meditating on the mysteries of the Rosary: sometimes when I get stuck and can’t seem to “get into” the meditation, and I ask myself, How could this have played out differently, and what does it say about God’s nature that he didn’t do it that way? For example:
- At the Wedding at Cana, when they ran out of wine Jesus could have announced that this was an opportunity for the hosting family to work on humility and not worry about superficial things like parties. But he didn’t.
- At the carrying of the Cross, Jesus could have had winged angels come down and carry it for him. But he didn’t.
- At the Annunciation, Mary could have told the Angel Gabriel that she needed to think about it, or asked for a few more details about what exactly would be involved in following this call. But she didn’t.
And so on. Then with each one, I consider, What does that say about God and his Son that these mysteries played out the way they did, instead of alternate ways they could have unfolded? I’ve found that little exercise to be a great help when praying the Rosary.
One amusing/unexpected thing I’m finding as I work on the book is that it’s kind of awkward that my maiden name is Bishop. Any time I refer to “the Bishops” as in my family, I need to make sure it’s clear that I don’t mean “the bishops” as in the shepherds of the Church. Kind of awkward.
Considering that Bishop is a pretty common last name, it makes me wonder if there’s ever been a Bishop Bishop.
A few years ago my family was asked to participate in a study of HNPCC, a genetic mutation that causes colon cancer. My dad’s family is known to carry it, so some researchers who combine genetics with genealogy wanted to get info from us to find out more about how this mutation has spread. Thorough the study we found out that my dad has it (hence his colon cancer 25 years ago); I had a 50/50 chance of inheriting it, but I didn’t get it (whew!).
What I found most interesting was the fact that they’ve traced all cases of HNPCC back to one man who came to America from Hesse, Germany in the early 1700’s. All of us who have or have parents who have the HNPCC mutation are related to one another. I’ve seen the researcher’s chart (names omitted) that shows all these thousands of people spread out all over the country, all going back to this one guy. I found that fascinating.
Happy Memorial Day!
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