Bloggerhood Etc. 2/2//15

Cornelia Seigneur at home.

Cornelia Becker Seigneur (Photo: Vern Uyetake/West Linn Tidings)

Best News.Walking On: Longtime (West Linn) Residents Working to Get Back on Their Feet After Serious Accident” by Patrick Malee at West Linn Tidings.

Best Parenting Post.Sympathetic Pregnancy Hits the Chaos Team” by Evelyn Shoop at Momsicle.

Bravest.Good Girls Don’t Get Depressed” by Cara Strickland at Tanya Marlow’s Thorns and Gold.

Best Special Needs Post.Sharing in the Sorrow of Others” by Sandra Peoples at Not Alone.

Best Answer to a Stupid Question.Pope Francis, Radical Leftist?” by Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig at The New Republic.

Best Rant.If Any of You Mention Oils, I Will Punch You in the Face” by Melanie Dale at Coffee + Crumbs.

Best Essay.What the World Will Speak in 2115” by John H. McWhorter at The Wall Street Journal.

Best Reminder.The Holocaust’s Forgotten Victims: The 5 Million Non-Jewish People Killed By The Nazis” by Louise Ridley at Huff Post UK.

Best Literary Analysis.‘I am No Man’ Doesn’t Cut It: The Story of Eowyn” by Mariah Huehner at The Mary Sue.

Best Book Review.Apraxia Monday: A Meditation on Play” a review of Savage Park by Leslie Lindsay at Speaking of Apraxia.

Best Interview.Cardinal Marx on Francis, the Synod, Women in the Church and Gay Relationships” by Luke Hansen S.J. at America.

Best Video.I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” by Peter Hollens, featuring Sabrina Carpenter. (via YouTube).

Twelve Years and Two Days Ago

The Moving Wall in Florence (9/9/2001)

Photo: Julia Ozab

On Sunday, September 9, 2001, Julia and I visited the portable Vietnam Veterans Memorial (“The Moving Wall“) during a stop over in Florence, Oregon. I’ve never been to the permanent memorial in Washington D.C.—it was built three years after my family moved to California—so this was the closest I would get unless I ever made it back east again.

Under normal circumstances, this would have been a memorable visit. But that week was anything but normal. Two days later, almost 3,000 innocent people would lose their lives on a day none of us will ever forget.

And in my memory, these two events that came two days apart by coincidence will be forever linked in my memory. I pray every year at this time for the families that lost loved ones on 9/11, and I also pray for those who lost loved ones serving in Vietnam, in Afghanistan, and in Iraq.

Some September, I hope to make it back east again. To visit the Vietnam War Memorial and also to visit the September 11 Memorial. To return to the place where the towers once stood, and to pray for peace.

The North Tower Fountain (9/17/2011)

Photo: Kai Brinker (CC BY-SA 2.0)