4.30.2012

Week Off

Masha gave us the week off the blogalectic; she had a busy Wednesday and needed the break. For me, this is as good a week as any for that; better than most, actually, as my blogalectic-writing days have been spent planting the vegetable garden, making lasagna, and judging essays for a local school's writing competition.

This blog returns tomorrow with Top Ten Tuesday; the blogalectic, should all go well, returns Wednesday with Masha. In the meantime, here are a couple of things that may interest you:

1) Apparently the oft-prescribed drug prednisone can make you crazy, literally. Katherine Coble speaks from tragedy for the sake of making others aware.

2) Bloggers The Ironic Catholic and Jennifer Doloski are hosting an immense giveaway fundraiser for the sake of a family's expedited adoption of a child with HIV and Hepatitis C. Apparently the child's hope of life is fairly good in America, in a loving home, but her combined condition will likely be deadly (perhaps quickly) in an orphanage in her home country. The adoption is through Reece's Rainbow, which looks like a stupendously awesome charity matching special-needs (mostly Down's) orphans to families and raising funds to help cover the innately high costs of international adoption.

3) John C. Wright talks about the relationship of Christianity to science and science fiction in Science, Romance, and the Scientific Romance of Christendom. It's got the standard Wright-blog length and handful of editing mistakes, but makes some very good points about the nonsense we tend to believe about the Middle Ages. Admittedly, it also has a strongly-stated helping of my own disdain for modern art; be ye fairly warned. :)

Back tomorrow...

6 comments:

  1. Okay, so I read the story on prednisone. It is certainly tragic.

    Then I talked to my wife, the pharmacist. Let's just say the situation with prednisone isn't as dire or hysterical as intimated in the blog post.

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    1. Good to hear, as I believe it's pretty widely prescribed. I don't know a lot about it, but thought it worth mentioning simply because if it can cause such problems, it's worth knowing ahead of time to watch for them. Supposedly, according to another person in the comments, shingles can also do weird things to you--but I haven't thoroughly researched that, either. :)

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    2. I've had shingles a couple of times in life. Let's just say that if I never, ever have them again, it will be too soon.

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    3. Ack. More than once--that sounds horrible. I'm one of those people who had chickenpox twice, which supposedly makes you unusually susceptible to shingles, but I haven't had them yet, and I would most definitely rather not...

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  2. Hmm, that piece by Wright was mighty long & in small print. I'll just take your word for it. Especially on modern art. :)

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    1. Shameless admission: I didn't even read all of it. Just most of it. :D

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