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Introducing My Niece!

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Prayer Request

Dear readers,

I beg your prayers today for a very special intention.  Late this afternoon, my sister Sarah should be going into induced labor.  Please help me pray for a safe and smooth labor, and a strong, healthy baby.  We ask the intercession of St. Gerard Majella, Blessed Gianna Molla, and Our Lady of Lourdes.

I'll update as possible tonight and tomorrow.

~A very nervous Auntie Rebecca

Book Review: Don't You Forget About Me

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Erin McCole Cupp blessed me by giving me a copy of her new book, Don't You Forget About Me, from Full Quiver.  I love the power of the written word, and it's a joy to find a new gem of literary quality.  I have to admit, I approach modern (post-Inkling) novels with trepidation.  I've been burned too many times.  Erin's book, however, did more than provide a pleasant antidote to the crap on my local public library's shelves.  It riveted me, forced me to stay up into the wee hours and wake up earlier than normal to finish it. Trust me, I am a college student and do not take the importance of sleep lightly!As a brief synopsis, Don't You Forget About Me is a mystery centered around a Catholic grade school and the class of 87's strange "curse".  Mary Catherine Whelihan, a children's writer with endometriosis, must return to her hometown and face the present conflict, and her past sufferings.  DYFAM includes murder and martyrdom, birth and death, fr…

Life as a Minion

Greetings and salutations! I spent the last week in my alternate personality, Chief Minion of the Catholic Writers Conference.  Several other lovely people have posted about the conference, with pictures.  Read the blogs of Ellen, Erin, and Iris, as well as the Guild blog which has pictures including me.

My conference adventures began when Ann Lewis picked me up on Monday to begin the trek towards Chicago.  We picked up the second minion, Amy, and arrived in Schaumburg, Illinois, mid-afternoon.  I enjoyed my first experience of deep-dish pizza, Chicago-style!  It's like upside down pizza with about an inch of cheese...very different, but good.  We checked into the gorgeous Renaissance hotel and conference center, and prepared for Tuesday's set up day.  Oh yeah - the hotel had a tv screen in the bathroom.  Yes, the bathroom.  1984, anybody?!

My duties as Minion involved fetching and carrying, setting up the trade show booth and registration desk, preparing nametags, unpacking box…