Just a note that Amy Welborn has moved to a new blog:
I should probably give a prize to those who have been reading my blogs since 2001 – you certainly deserve it.
Yes, that’s “blogs.” In Between Naps, Open Book, Charlotte Was Both and now, in selling out to both The Man and the requirement, resolutely ignored before, to name a spiritually-oriented blog with a Latin phrase, I give you Via Media.
Pay her a visit.
Salvete AC readers!
OK, I junked the whole Latin title since I figured it wasn’t coming across that well as to what I wanted to do with this bit. So now I’m calling this particular column ‘News & Notes’ (for now). Here is today’s Top Seven picks in the Catholic world:
1. A great new blog by Pat McNamara about Catholic history titled appropriately enough, McNamara’s Blog. I’ve been thinking of starting something like this for the past three years, but never got around to it. I’m happy to say that McNamara’s Blog has great short stories on famous and little known figures in Catholicism as well as stories on non-Catholics and how they interacted and viewed our beautiful Catholic faith. Here is the link to McNamara’s Blog: http://irishcatholichumanist.blogspot.com/
Salvete AC readers!
I’m still tinkering with the format of how I want to do this, mostly just the name of the post from here on out, so any more suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Today I just want to share the Seven Hot Topics/Links of the day:
1. I stumbled across the equivalent of the Catholic Netflix called Pius Media. I haven’t subscribed to it (yet), but it will look familiar to many Netflix users. Here is the link: http://piusmedia.com/
2. Looking for the nearest Catholic book & gift store in your area? Well there is a website that will do just that. It’s called Catholic Store Finder. So far it looks like it only conducts it searches in the United States. Here is the link: http://catholicstorefinder.com/
4. I’ve touched on this before and I’ll go more in depth in a future posting, but for those serious Catholics that are looking to pursue their marriage vocation I would highly suggest Ave Maria Singles by Anthony Buono. It isn’t cheap, but it sure is a highly professional and well done website. Here is the link: http://avemariasingles.com/
5. For those ambitious bloggers and web designers that are looking to make their sites more ‘Catholic’, here is an interesting link called Catholic Desktops. It’s been recommended by Thomas Peters of American Papist so it has a level of approval. Here is the link: http://www.catholicdesktops.com/index.html
7. Speaking of Apple Safari, they have their new Safari 4 out and it is very neat. The graphics have been smoothed out so you won’t get the ‘Mac’ feel on your PC, but their Top Sites feature is pretty snazzy. Check it out.
In the last four years I’ve learned a great deal about a host of topics, including my Catholic Faith, while blogging, reading other people’s blogs, and participating in comment box discussions. And yet there are some notable dangers that come with blogging as well.
A few months ago, I did myself no great credit in a combox discussion on a friend’s post. Someone against whom I carried paper left a comment I disagreed with, and rather than sticking with a basic refutation I went all out: questioned motives, brought up old arguments, put words in his mouth, the works. An hour or two later I got an email from my friend. “Wow. Next time tell us what you really think…”
But I knew I was right. I hit reply and was pouring out the reason I’d been 100% justified in behaving that way at 70wpm. A year and a half ago, this other blogger and said such-and-such. And when I’d pointed out his obvious errors, he’d said that. And then there was that other time. And remember when over on that other guy’s blog he’s said this in the comments? And…
I took a moment to stare at the paragraphs I’d written and realized this would sound a lot more appropriate coming out of my six-year-old as an explanation for why she’d hit another kid than coming out of a thirty-year-old man who fancies himself intellectual.
As bloggers we sometimes live by the word in rather the same way that a duelist lived by the sword. And slights which, when explained to anyone else, would immediately sound small and petty, fester and become long term rivalries.
Given the source of my recent embarrassment, I’ve tried to make it a rule to think how I would feel writing an explanation of my behavior in any given conversation to a disinterested party. Given my pride, this is a strong incentive to charity, or at least calmness. Naytheless, the temptation remains. I suspect that it is a built in feature (or bug) in an avocation such as blogging.
…Salvete AC readers!…
…when my Internet Explorer 8.0 browser is downloading one of my favorite websites, InsideCatholic.com, I notice it takes twice as long as most other websites to download. Is it because there is a lot code that is being downloaded? Does anyone else experience this same situation?…
…speaking of browsers, The American Catholic looks pretty neat on the Apple Safari 3.2 browser…
…came across a great tool to search for Catholic bookstores across the U.S. It’s called Catholic Store Finder…
…has anyone noticed that the homepage for New Advent has changed formats yet again? It looks simple, spiffy, and sharp. I like the layout and how the news is displayed. Kevin Knight has done a pretty good job of transforming what seemed to be a passing hobby into a great Catholic news portal to complement PewSitter.com…
…I enjoy watching the sci-fi series firefly and I have discovered that Firefox 3.0 is twice as fast, if not faster, at downloading streaming video than Internet Explorer 8.0 when viewing the series on Hulu …
…if you still haven’t gotten your fix on Catholic news click here…
Adfero et Iudicium, it’s my attempt at Latin for “News & Analysis”. If anyone knows the correct translation, please leave me a comment. Some highlights around the Catholic blogosphere, or St. Blogs as some would say, so here we go…
…Speaking of American Catholic we’ve added some new blogs and sites on our sidebar:
Apparently Mark Shea, one of the Catholic Blogosphere’s sage’s, has gotten caught up in all the hoopla surrounding President Obama’s ascension inauguration. He has succumbed to change. After six years and eight months of staying faithful to what I believe to be the Sand Dollar template that Blogger offers, Mr. Mark Shea decided to change, in the spirit of bipartisanship, the template he uses for his blog (Catholic and Enjoying It!) from Sand Dollar to Minima Lefty.
Mark Shea, a proficient blogger, writer, and apologist. An insightful and sometimes provocative Catholic with his interminable style of debating has shocked, shocked I tell you, the Catholic blogosphere with this switch to Minima Lefty! In one bold stroke Mark Shea has decided to thumb his nose in the face of traditionalists.