#7QT: Southern Catholic Authors and Adventures Edition.

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I have a love for certain Southern Catholic writers. One of my English lit profs in college was a Southern convert to Catholicism and introduced me to Flannery O’Connor [love] and Walker Percy. So.

“All human nature vigorously resists grace because grace changes us and the change is painful.” – Flannery O’Connor

Flannery O'Connor. Isn't she just striking? (Source: wordonfire.org)

Flannery O’Connor. Isn’t she just striking? (Source: wordonfire.org)

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“Lives are lines of force which ordinarily run parallel and do not connect.” – from Walker Percy’s ‘The Second Coming’

“I have some Ohio friends. I just like the way they talk. They don’t talk, they tock. Well, nothing personal, not even against the state. I can’t imagine anything more American than Ohio and Ohioans. It’s a partial balancing of the scales too. Usually Mississippians and Georgians are getting it from everybody, and Alabamians. So, what’s wrong with making smart-aleck remarks about Ohio? Nobody puts Ohio down. Why shouldn’t I put Ohio down?” — amusing answer to an interview question

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Actually, if you’re intrigued… my professor was on EWTN’s “The Journey Home” a while back. If you want to hear his great, sloooooow slightly southern drawl, you can watch the clip here. [I know – not a quick take, considering how long it is. But a great professor.] He talks about some fab people in the world of literature. 🙂

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Enough about reading, right? Adventures! Here’s an adventure: I’m done with grad school.

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That deserved it’s own take, it really did. Tuesday my mom and I celebrated that by adventuring to the middle-of-nowhere PA, took a walk on a trail in some people’s backyards, and visited a greenhouse full of gorgeous plants, and grabbed lunch at a “Bubba’s Gourmet Burghers” which we found in a tiny strip mall in the middle of a random road we somewhat took by accident. Wheee!

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Thursday we adventured to almost-middle-of-nowhere WV to the Homer Laughlin China Company. We toured the plant, met some folks who are doing seriously difficult work with clay and paint and things I couldn’t manage if I tried, and saw all sorts of “retired” Fiestaware. Fun times!

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And things aren’t calming down. Brother and his fam – that includes the cute kiddos whose faces sometimes grace this page – will be here for the weekend, as he is running the Pittsburgh Marathon! (Wish him luck and send some prayers for a body that holds up, eh?) Have a lovely one! Enjoy the sunshine if you have it!

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3 thoughts on “#7QT: Southern Catholic Authors and Adventures Edition.

  1. You’re done with grad school! So exciting! Sounds like you have a fun weekend ahead of you. Good luck to your brother in the marathon.

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