The Adventures of the Irish-German Family Robisons

Just a heads up, my family is going on vacation, which means I’m taking a blogging vacation too.

If you need me, we’ll be in the South because Lord knows, when it’s hot, it can always get hotter. Also, my sister found a cabin on a lake where our dog is allowed to frolic too.

How could we leave her behind?!

Emily of Day in the Life tagged me in a blog meme where you pick seven of your favorite blog posts. I’m sure I’ll miss a few, but here goes:

1. Most Beautiful Post(s)

“What is Real? asked the Rabbit” — later became my first post for TIC

“Master, to whom shall we go?” — Thomas Aquinas’ poetry and reflecting on the Eucharist

2. Most Popular Post(s)

“Hail, Mary!” and “Hillsdating and Other False Realities” both cleared over 1,000 views each.

3. Most Controversial Post

“Going to the Mattresses: One Girl’s Take on Faith and Feelings”Bright Maidens post no. 5, my issue(s) with the Catholic Church (for more insight into my thoughts on this subject, here is an earlier post/ excerpt from a FOC letter: “Flannery on Faith and Feelings”)

4. Most Helpful Post(s)

“I will be the one/ Drenched in Proverbs 31” — someone else’s helpfulness

“A Last Lecture, How Romantic” — a former professor and an excerpt from his wonderful article (which I heard as a last lecture), “The Romance of Domesticity”

“What’s Love Got To Do, Got To Do With It?” — most helpful post to me and my future discernment, especially in understanding the idea of wives submitting to their husbands and what that means

“Tamed, Thanks to Hillsdale College” — Dr. Jackson’s spring 2010 convocation speech is amazing, especially his voice, his beard and his discussion of Le Petite Prince

“I been leavened by the yeast he don’t believe in,” he said, “and I won’t be burned.” — from my college days; an excerpt from a FOC short story and one scholar’s take on it (and life)

5. Post(s) Whose Success Surprised You

“Saint Who?” — Bright Maidens post no. 4 on patron saints; nicest shout-out ever on CatholicVote

Also, “And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church” — a short quote by Pope Benedict XVI on making the Church “more attractive” and “credible”

6. A Post You Feel Didn’t Get the Attention it Deserved

“Thursdays with My Mom’s Side” — death of a dear one, James Joyce, W.H. Auden, and coming home.

7. Post you’re Most Proud of

“Oh College Days, What Art Thou?” — a response to a friend who graduated summa cum laude

Here are some more honorable mentions:

“Confessions of the Un-Domestic” — is a person born domestic? or is domesticity thrust upon them?

“Happy Birthday, William Faulkner!” — read him.

“Homeless in Columbus” — a fateful meeting with a homeless man and his poetry

“Shun the Hipsters” — from a Paris Review interview with John Updike

“A Caucus-Race! In Alexandria, not Wonderland” — a game I played walking to the metro

Fun trivia from Weez and the USCCB: this week is NFP Awareness Week! Who knew?

The Bright Maidens reached 200 FOLLOWERS over the weekend; have you “liked” us on FB yet? Our next topic will be summer reading and will be due the first Tuesday in August.

See y’all in August!