Daily Archives: January 29, 2010

Out There — 1984/85

I got a lot of mileage out of this poem. I wrote it in the summer of 1984 or 1985. I remember it was summer, and I was either just starting or just finishing second grade. In 1988, when I was in sixth grade, my dad submitted it, along with some of my other works, to a local amateur essay contest.

I got to go to some workshop with some weird old hippie poet. The other poem was from a creative writing class I took with my dad, and it was about a wolf. It was modeled after “Tyger, Tyger,” IIRC. In any case, the old poet spent most of the workshop screaming at me for stereotyping wolves.

Later, “Out There” was published in the USC Sumter literary magazine when I was in college. A few years ago, I sent it to one of those “You could win $10,000 if you send us your poem” book things, and supposedly it was published.

Out There

(Grade 2)

What could be,
Way Out There
Beyond Pluto,
Beyond Solar Flare?

What could be?
If only we’d see,
Out There
Out There

What could be?
maybe a sea;
a sea of stars,
a sea of being –

What I see
is another Earth;
The opposite of ours:
One of Peace.

Conversion Stories: Helen Joy Davidman Gresham Lewis

There followed a day of frantic and vain telephoning. By nightfall there was nothing left to do but wait and see if he turned up, alive or dead. I put the babies to sleep and waited. For the first time in my life I felt helpless; for the first time my pride was forced to admit that i was not, after all, “the master of my fate” and “the captain of my soul.” All my defenses — the walls of arrogance and cocksureness and self-love behind which I had hid from God — went down momentarily. And God came in.

— Davidman, Joy. _Out of my Bone: The Letters of Joy Davidman_. Don W. King, ed. Eerdmans, 2009. P. 128.

Trivia Questions!

What do these people all have in common have in common with Glenn Beck?

Bill O’Reilly
Sean Hannity
Rudolph Giuliani
Arnold Schwarzeneggar
Nancy Pelosi
Kathleen Sebelius
Kathleen Kennedy Townsend
Joe Biden
Cokie Roberts
Alec Baldwin
Susan Sarandon
Tom Daschle

What has Glenn Beck done that these folks have not?

Jeanne Tiller: My husband was a good bread winner

Making a statement on the sentencing of Scott Roeder for murdering her husband, Dr. George “the Killer” Tiller, Jeanne Tiller had the following to say said her husband would be

“remembered for his legacy of service to women, the help he provided for those who needed it and the love and happiness he provided us as a husband, father and grandfather.”

Service??? Killing babies for fun and profit is service??

Yes, they needed it so they’d be in good shape to go to baseball games (one the “mental health” reasons cited in Tiller’s documents).

But the best was “love and happiness”.

I don’t know how a cold-blooded killer can be capable of, but they’re Lutherans, so they probably don’t have any concept that love involves self-sacrifice.

But the most honest part of her speech is the one about the “Happiness” he provided, if, by “happiness,” she means, “we’re loaded. We own most of the politicians in Kansas and several in Washington.”

Pray with Me: Novena to St. Blaise, Day 3

Praying for the intercession of St. Blaise for Allie, and my neck, and all physicians, particularly Allie’s pediatrician Dr. Albert and ophthalmologist Dr. Wilson and my brother Joe:

Novena to St. Blaise

Almighty and Eternal God! With lively faith and reverently worshiping Thy Divine Majesty, I prostrate myself before Thee and invoke with filial trust Thy supreme bounty and mercy. Illumine the darkness of my intellect with a ray of Thy heavenly light and inflame my heart with the fire of Thy divine love, that I may contemplate the great virtues and merits of the saint in whose honor I make this novena, and following his example imitate, like him, the life of Thy divine Son.

Moreover, I beseech Thee to grant graciously, through the merits and intercession of this powerful Helper, the petition which through him I humbly place before Thee, devoutly saving, “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Vouchsafe graciously to hear it, if it redounds to Thy greater glory and to the salvation of my soul. Amen.

Prayer in honor of St. Blaise
O GOD, deliver us through the intercession of Thy holy bishop and martyr Blase, from all evil of soul and body, especially from all ills of the throat; and grant us the grace to make a good confession in the confident hope of obtaining Thy pardon, and ever to praise with worthy lips Thy most holy name. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Invocation of St. Blaise
St. BLASE, gracious benefactor of mankind and faithful servant of God, who for the love of our Savior did suffer so many tortures with patience and resignation; I invoke thy powerful intercession. Preserve me from all evils of soul and body. Because of thy great merits God endowed thee with the special grace to help those that suffer from ills of the throat; relieve and preserve me from them, so that I may always be able to fulfill my duties, and with the aid of God’s grace perform good works. I invoke thy help as special physician of souls, that I may confess my sins sincerely in the holy sacrament of Penance and obtain their forgiveness. I recommend to thy merciful intercession also those who unfortunately concealed a sin in confession. Obtain for them the grace to accuse themselves sincerely and contritely of the sin they concealed, of the sacrilegious confessions and communions they made, and of all the sins they committed since then, so that they may receive pardon, the grace of God, and the remission of the eternal punishment. Amen.


My LORD and my God! I offer up to Thee my petition in union with the bitter passion and death of Jesus Christ, Thy Son, together with the merits of His immaculate and blessed Mother, Mary ever virgin, and of all the saints, particularly with those of the holy Helper in whose honor I make this novena.

Look down upon me, merciful Lord! Grant me Thy grace and Thy love, and graciously hear my prayer. Amen.