7 Quck Takes: Random Stuff Edition

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I accidentally missed the voluntary blackout to stop SOPA/PIPA on Wednesday. 🙁 Are YOU familiar with SOPA and the possible consequences it could have for you? For your blog? For your freedom of speech? Or your access to many different sights on the internet, such as Youtube, Wikipedia and popular mainstream sites?

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If not, I URGE you to take a look at the following sights. Or, do your own research. Consider writting to your representatives and ask them to STOP SOPA or PIPA from passing into law.

Stop Online Piracy Act

PDM Editorial

Video ( A little over the top, but explains SOPA very well.)

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Another thing weighing on my heart is the plight of this little girl. Apparently she is being denied a transport to save her life because she is disabled. I don’t know all the details. I don’t know both sides of the story. And know that many people are denied transplants for many different reasons. But, if what this girl’s mother is saying is true, than shame on the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. To deny a person the chance to live or to to have a better life because he or she has a disability is sick.

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I think I’m a little over sensitive to the above because I am disabled. I have mild Cerebral Palsy. I’m fortunate. My condition is more mild than most. At first glance, you wouldn’t even notice that I have CP. But I do, and I  have physical issues that I have to deal with. So, I guess the thought of any disabled (or “challenged” person – be it mental or physical) person being denied care strikes close to home.

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On a happier note, I got a Kindle Touch for my birthday! It arrived on Tuesday and I couldn’t be more thrilled! I’ve been wanting a Kindle for a while now. I’m having a blast finding books upon books to download. It’s going to take a lot of discipline NOT to snuggle in a corner to read all day! 🙂

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My son starts back up with karate tomorrow. Well, if we don’t get the freezing snow and sleet we are supposed to get. I hate driving as it is and I won’t drive in snowy, freezing weather unless I.HAVE.TO. And with karate, I don’t have to! In any case, it has been hysterical listening to him practice: jumping around the house “karate chopping” everything within reach, and screaming “KEEYI!”

Karate stance

Taken a few months ago after one of his Karate classes

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Finally, I’d like to wish one of my closest friends, Terry, a happy birthday today. 🙂 We have been friends since the summer of 1982. (Yep, that’s almost 30 years we’ve been friends, folks!)  She is a great gal and I am blessed to have been her friend for all these years.

Terry & Jen

Terry is on the left and my other friend Jen is on the right

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  1. Your son is just adorable..please know I am praying for the prayer request that you left.
    Angela…recently posted…FEARLESS FRIDAYMy Profile

  2. Another source of free books for bloggers is NetGalley (http://netgalley.com) You register with them and then review the current offerings. You request those that interest you. If approved by the publisher you can then download. The idea is that you review the books on your blog,but there is no obligation to review particular books.
    RAnn…recently posted…Sunday Snippets–A Catholic CarnivalMy Profile

    • SimpleCatholic says

      Oh, yes, I forgot about net galley. I actually signed up for an account with them, but was only on the site once. I don’t like reading on my computer, so I never bothered. I’ll give them another look-see. 🙂

  3. I did not know you had CP! I heard about that situation and I’ll admit I was a little hesitant. But yesterday we had a training session with a person involved at the national level in disability issues, who knows many of the players, and she said yes, it was indeed as it appears on the surface–though she was careful to add that there’s always two sides to every story. Clearly we have a lot of work to do in disability awareness. 🙁
    Kathleen Basi…recently posted…Sunday SnippetsMy Profile

    • SimpleCatholic says

      Yes, I do. I try not to make a big deal about it, though. As a matter of fact, since I’ve had it since I was born I sometimes even forget I have it, because the issues have always been a natural part of life for me.

      Wow. I was really wanted to give the hospital the benefit of the doubt. 🙁 You are absolutely right, we certainly do have a lot of work cut out for us.

  4. Congratulations on getting a Kindle touch! Yay! I know you’ve already entered my free e-book contest, but I’d be happy to send you any or all of my books on Kindle!

  5. Sooner or later, if we live long enough, we will all become more or less disabled. The Baby Boomers are the first “throw away” generation – if it doesn’t work well, don’t try to fix it; just throw it away. It’s an easy move from that mentality to throwing people away. I am very concerned about my own disabilities, my sister-in-law’s Parkinsons, and other family members with physical issues. The death panels Sarah Palin wrote about already exist. Being pro-life is a lot more than being against abortion. Catholics need to hear this from the pulpit.

    • SimpleCatholic says

      Absolutely. Euthanasia is a huge concern, too. If you aren’t young and/or “useful” away with you. Not must different from pre-Nazi Germany. It scares me at times.

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