Reporter, Rudy Bush, of the Dallas Morning News came to speak to a group of students at UD this afternoon. Among his memorable comments he said that journalism was a lot like being a modern day witness.
UD is founded on Catholic beliefs that teach students to be witnesses to their faith(s). That journalism is the career path that I want to take had nothing to do with this obvious implication. However, now that I think about it, being a witness is precisely the universal title I want to strive for in both my personal and public life.
So cheers to becoming a journalist and a witness all around! A witness to faith, to truth, to justice, to hope, to life.
Just to piggyback on my previous post: my next “youthful” adventure will be to go see “New Moon” tonight at midnight. But actually, this isn’t anything out of the ordinary for me, I simply devoured the whole Twilight Saga. Besides, one thing about which I am absolutely positive is that I am “unconditionally and irrevocably in love with ” Edward Cullen. Yep, I’m definitely on Team Edward. And going to see this movie with a bunch of girlfriends for the midnight premier is going to be a complete blast!
Sometimes the adult world of experience is not enough to keep a person going. Growing up, I can recall just itching to be all grown up so I could so all those wonderful things adults do. What I don’t remember is actually knowing what those things consisted of.
Perhaps if aging was as glamourous as I envisioned, childhood would not sound like the most amazing period of life right now. I mean, who really enjoys doing hours upon hours of homework, or tidying the apartment, or most of all paying bills?
As I really set both feet down in adulthood, I do find plenty of things that are everything I wanted them to be like sharing a bottle of wine with friends or traveling as often as possible.
But, I know I’m still a little girl at heart, which is precisely why on occasion I have a strong urge to do fun kid things like playing at the park (I love swings!) or watching a classic Disney movie.
There is one thing that I have always done and will do for days to come: enjoy an ice cream cone on any sunny day of the year, or really in every kind of weather, because it is innocent moments like these that society has abandoned. Moments, activities, ideas that spark imagination and innovation.
Society today is too grown up from childhood forward. This is why we hear so often that young girls are, like the MTV show presented, “Sixteen and Pregnant”. I don’t want my little girls—because let’s face it, at 16 you’re still a young girl—to miss out on their childhood simply because society dictates that the only “fun” to be had is in adulthood, or because society is blinded by promises of glitz and power that the only way it knows to “have fun” is through provocative statements that forego innocence.
Throughout history people have searched far for the “Fountain of Youth”, but I think it’s been right in front of us this whole time. If people cherished the joys of innocence they would understand that the key to staying youthful was to appreciate the simple and sincere pleasures wholesomeness affords.
University newspapers are both free and well worth reading. Even the printed versions are free, so if you’re nostalgic for the traditional paper with its unique just-off-the-press scent and the smooth texture of the paper go grab a university newspaper. Usually you find a good amount of neat articles on similar topics found in professional papers, yet written from a youthfully serious perspective.
November: best month of the year! Why? A. My birthday is November 16. B. Thanksgiving feast featuring family, friends, and food. C. The warm autumn colors and its crisp cool weather begin to appear in Texas. D. It’s nearly Christmas. E. Need I say more? Oh, fall/winter fashion is on display!
It’s honestly refreshing to see girls dressed with clothes that require more than half-a-yard of fabric. I realize that Texas heat is insufferable, and I admit to wearing teeny outfits, but there is a way to wear clothes in such a way that you do not cause a scandal. The problem of barely-there ensembles is less prominent during the cold season, but that doesn’t mean that ill-fitting and unflattering clothes aren’t still making frequent appearances.
It strikes me as crazy that people don’t have some kind of mental flash bulb that lights up when something fits uncomfortably or not at all. I’m not complaining from a snooty view, but rather out of genuine concern: when people don’t care about themselves, not even enough about how they look to themselves, they lose interest in many other things. People tend to think that it doesn’t matter how you look as long as it makes you happy. But taking pride in the way you appear has a definite impact on the way you feel, act and think, which influences the way you’re viewed in society.
November: still best month of the year! A. Today is my birthday. B. New Moon comes out in just days!. C. I’ve definitely seen an autumn leaf floating around today. D. It’s finally cold enough to drink a cup of hot chocolate. E. Lots of cozy sweaters, leggings, and boots are being seen around campus.
A very unrealistic and actually oddly idealistic answer to my question on how to raise awareness on social justice issues: master the guitar and walk around singing awareness. There’s an artist I recently found and am really into these days named Coffey Anderson. He’s a gospel singer who plays acoustic praise and worship songs. He takes mainstream songs and switches up the words to have a Christian meaning (i.e. Umbrella). He also writes his own songs and plays classic Christian songs that uplift the person body and soul. In turn, the soulful beats of his songs heighten spirituality and the desire to be Christ-like exponentially. Perhaps I can follow his lead and do the same for human trafficking (and other social matters). That is, if I could motivate people to combat this crime through enthusiastic music. But that brings me back to the initial spark of post-grad angst: will I have to forfeit an adequate income in order to pursue a missionary life? Yikes.
This evening I attended an event for “emerging young leaders” with the theme (and title) of “Justice Revival”. Initially hesitant, probably due to my own petty biases, I walked into the room with a preconceived notion that it was going to be all evangelical and preachy and uncomfortable.
Wrong. I consider myself a post-Vatican II Catholic, but I’m still quite traditional in my worship style. However, the revival dinner was fitting and proper to the theme. The night began with local gospel artists singing and rapping about Christ (Nya, Explicit, GTK), followed by a quick talk by Sojourners director, Jim Wallis. GTK called us to remember John 3:30 and Wallis told us to nourish our faith.
Again, I’m Catholic, so I don’t have the Bible memorized, luckily I quick pulled up John 3:30 on my phone: “He must grow greater, I must grow less.” Hmm, I’m not so sure that’s the sort of quote to incite revival, eh? But, it does teach to praise God, walk by faith with humility, which is the whole point of social justice.
Soujourners is a Christian movement promoting justice and peace in faith, politics and culture. Wallis challenged us to redefine our careers as vocations. I took that to mean that we must strive to serve Christ in all that we do, including our professional lives. If you walk by faith, then you probably act with justice.
Next up was Lauren Winner; convert, author, teacher, leader. She has a beautiful story of how she struggled to incorporate a Jewish practice, keeping the Sabbath, she so valued into her newly Christian outlook. Devoting one day to resting and conversing with God was a practice that she felt would only enhance her Christianity. It also helped her realize her social justice vocation.
Keeping the Sabbath is a luxury and privilege that very few have because most people literally can’t afford to rest even once a week. This reality encouraged her take a proactive approach to relieving poverty: a form of social justice.
During the prayerful discussion period my friends urged me to volunteer to share my “justice revival” story, which I did, but only because I knew this could be a form of positive outreach. I talked about wanting to become a journalist with the hope of connecting with more people willing to take on social justice issues.
Winner asked what was our moment of realization that we need to tackle social justice issues as a part of exercising our faith and performing our human duties. What is yours and what will you do?
While Mr. President continues his ‘hope’ and ‘change’ mission with his current strategies, the rest of the US citizen population should remember why he was voted into office and perhaps reconsider the options for 2012.
In this article for the NY Times, opinion writer, Bob Herbert is right on target about two very important issues that Mr. President needs to factor into his ‘hope’ and ‘change’ mission, not just for the sake of his political future, but more so for the welfare of the US citizenry. (Read the article to find out the two critical issues that are being neglected.)
Thank you, Congressman Stupak (Dem) for your faithful devotion to supporting pro-life views!
Now that the Stupak Amendment has passed in the House (240 to 194, some not-so-brave members did not vote), let’s hope it passes in the Senate so that the Health Care Reform does not wrongfully spend MY tax dollars on the criminal enterprise of abortion-against my religious convictions, which are protected by my First Amendment rights (and other case precedents).
The ivory linen comforter is carelessly tossed to the side of the bed. The matching pillows are scattered throughout the otherwise spotless carpet. The closet door is left ajar exposing clothes-less hangers and a few empty slots on a shoe rack.
A bubblegum pink, pop-art rendition of an Audrey Hepburn frame stares musingly towards the relaxing beach scene on the opposite wall. But the poised and tranquil mood typically exhibited by the room’s inhabitant is currently only traceable to the posters that would any other day incite these emotions.
The initial thought is that the missing person is gone indefinitely, but then there is a “click, click, click” of heels outside the small window. And then she enters the room, clearly puzzled at the intruder, and offers, “I was halfway home when I realized I forgot the raspberry lipstick I need to do my little sister’s make up for her homecoming tomorrow!”
No need to file a missing person’s report. The roommates failed to notice all the obvious signs of a short weekend trip: jewelry box still on top of the dresser, perfume collection still on the hidden ledge of the closet, a nearly full wardrobe, and most importantly, a guitar still in its case propped up next to a photo of the “missing” girl and her family the last time they traveled.
This New York Times article on the Obama’s marriage is a great example of what a relationship looks like. Political views aside, the Obama’s demonstrate all the signs of a healthy and functional family. They appear to be a supportive, loving, and positive family who share wholesome values. Hopefully these values will permeate the American view of marriage, and in turn strengthen American families.
What does it take to be fashionably modest today? Last week I went hunting for Halloween costumes, but all I could find were provocatively unflattering numbers or unflattering numbers period. The options for women (and girls!) are limited to one of two categories: trashy temptress or childish fool. Regardless of the category, the pre-manufactured costumes sold in Halloween superstores around America are overpriced for the poor quality, and in the case of the vixen outfits, minute amount of fabric. What does this say about contemporary society? It says that we as a public are okay with paying $50 for costumes that demean femininity. It also implies that women are apathetic about, or worse, satisfied with playing an objectified role and that their male counterparts agree.
Needless to say I walked out of the store flustered and empty handed. Instead I went shopping in my own closet, but a few of my friends were more determined to make commercial costumes work. A friend of mine purchased an incredibly revealing “Eve” costume. She played around with it and managed to make it into a modest, yet sexy outfit that brought out the mysterious appeal of “Eve”. Another friend of mine exchanged barely-there shorts that came with a cheerleader costume for Soffe shorts, which both accentuated her figure nicely and removed the store-bought costume’s initial tacky and unrefined appearance.
So what does it take to dress fashionably modest? I think self-confidence exudes beauty that when translated into fashion allows for both modesty and sexiness. It’s not what a person dons, or doesn’t for that matter, that makes the outfit, rather how that outfit is worn. Fashion today is fun, exciting, constantly changing, just like the rest of society. I believe a person’s style is essential to their personality, but as such it is a reflection of their moral standards. If young girls are exposed to these standards now, what are we to expect when they’re grown? Our young vixens will be the next generation of temptresses unless we as a culture begin to put modesty back into our wardrobes.