May 17, 2009, 8:39 pm
Today my son graduated first in his class from the Notre Dame Law School.
I’ve been on campus for the last four days.
Call it the eye of the storm.
(Photo credit: Reuters)
President Obama was the commencement speaker at a Catholic, no, at the premier Catholic university in the United States.
You’ve been reading the news, you’ve read about it on blogs, you’ve heard about it on talk shows. It was everywhere.
But here, on the campus of Notre Dame, despite what you have been seeing on the news, things were relatively peaceful.
Here, on the campus of Notre Dame, discussions and debates took place in a respectful and dignified manner. Over dinner. Over wine. On the quads. In the bookstore. With family, friends and people never before met whose only connection was the fact that they, too, were celebrating with their families.
My son had three tickets to the Joyce Center for the commencement; there were 15 family members present. I knew my oldest daughter and her husband were avid Obama supporters and would appreciate being in the Center while he spoke.
My husband and I gave them our tickets. We watched from a conference room on a large screen TV.
Let me tell you, the excitement was palpable. The crowd went nuts.
And that was just in our conference room.
And then the most amazing thing happened.
The President of Notre Dame, Fr. John Jenkins, stood up and spoke. Eloquently, passionately and clearly. He did not dodge the issue. He stated very clearly the Catholic views on abortion and he did not apologize.
I don’t think I took a breath the entire time.
His first point: while much was made of the decision to invite the President to Notre Dame, little was said about what it meant that he accepted the invitation.
That is very true.
Read his words here.
It is necessary to read his words before you read President Obama’s speech.
Now (and good lord, I’m linking to the Huffington Post!), here is the full text of the Obama speech, only this time, you can see it for yourself in the embedded video.
If you really want to see what happens when two men of character and courage take on a controversy without mincing words, you will want to read/see both those speeches.
Go beyond the pictures and the sound bytes and read for yourself what was said on this campus today.
It’s no secret that I am not a huge fan of President Obama, a stance that has nothing to do with the Notre Dame controversy.
I disagree with him on many issues.
But not the ones he spoke of today. The need for open minds, open hearts, fair-minded words and the need to not demonize those who stand on the opposite side of an issue.
(Can I hear an AMEN on that?)
I’ve never felt Obama was all that and a bag of chips.
But today, on this campus, at this commencement and with this speech…
And for the first time since November, I see a President.
He did a hell of a job and deserves respect and recognition for it.
As does Father Jenkins.
“And our hearts forever, praise thee Notre Dame!”
May 13, 2009, 8:27 pm
Welcome to Change of Shift, the blog carnival by, about and for nurses!
There is no Star Trek theme, although I did actually go see the movie again, hence the enhanced post title.
(Check this out: for $9.95 and a boxtop you can get a Captain’s shirt from Cheez-Its. The family is halfway through the box, with orders from Captain Kim not to throw it out.)
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Like the latest Star Trek movie, this edition of Change of Shift will make you smile and get you all riled up at the same time!
But enough about my delusions of Star Fleet, on with the main attraction!
Let’s start with a smile! Our very generous action figure colleague from The Adventures of Bob the Nurse, invites us for an after work libation in Bombay Bob! Make mine a double!
An unexpected illness allows Keith at Digital Doorway time to ponder our profession and review his career experiences in Calling in Sick on Nurses Day.
Hmmm….looks like some of Sean’s colleagues decided to come to work sick in Hard Worker or Just Hard Headed? over at Be the Next Step. Why do we do that? I feel a post coming on…by the way, Sean, great looking site! : )
I’m on the mailing list for the new U.C. Davis Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, an institution I hope to someday refer to as my “alma mater”. Dean Heather M. Young, Associate Vice Chancellor for Nursing, mailed out a beautiful Salute to the Nation’s Nurses in Honor of National Nurses Week. I thought it would be great to share it with you.
Get ready to get angry. ER Murse advises us on How to Tell if You Have Been Studerized. Somebody, anybody, tell me they can’t be serious about this! Sutter Health is involved (I’m shocked…shocked….not) and for all the frustrations that I have with the California Nurses Association, this is exactly when you want them having your back. Read to the bottom, and be sure to click on the links to the leaked memo from a Sutter Health chief nursing officer, along with CNA’s response. Forewarned is forearmed.
Oh my. Reality Rounds sends in a story that will have you reeling: In the Eye of the Beholder. There is absolutely nothing I can add. Bring a Kleenex. If I wasn’t sitting in the middle of a Starbucks, I’d need a full box.
Bob Dylan wrote, “….Your old road is rapidly agin’, Please get out of the new one if you can’t lend a hand, For the times they are a’changin’.” This is the line that came to mind as I read Barbara’s post from Florence dot com noting While It’s Tempting to Eat the Young, Here’s a Better Recipe. They will question; will you be able to answer?
The future may be upon us, but the past is our heritage. Dr. Val from Better Health sends in a tribute to nurses everywhere in Nurses and the Military: A Historical Perspective from Walter Reed.
“When does a seasoned or retired nurse pass the torch on to the new generation?” This question is asked in a beautifully poignant post from Nurse Connect blogger Laura Webb entitled the Nursing Rites of Passage.
Karin at 12-Hour Nurse has a list and she’s checking it twice! Checking for What Not to Wear, that is! I’m down with the list, but I do love my earrings. It’s my only splurge!
I’ve been in ER for 18 of my 31 nursing years and I have never heard of what Nurse Connect blogger Kathy Patton describes as a Rare Cardiac Phenomenon! Fascinating…I wonder if I actually have seen it and did not know it!
Thanks to all who submitted and, of course, for reading!
Be sure to keep your eye on the BlogWorld/New Media Expo 09 website; registration for the Medblogger Meet-Up should be beginning soon!
Gina at Code Blog: Tales of a Nurse will be hosting the next edition of CoS on May 28th, so send your submissions to “codeblogrn at gmail dot com”. Thanks again to Gina!
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May 10, 2009, 1:22 pm
It isn’t a well known fact, but I am an absolute, total, bona fide Trekker.
That’s TrekkER, not TrekkIE.
So believe me when I tell you that they NAILED the new Star Trek movie.
Freaking NAILED it.
You MUST go see it.
It. Is. Stunning.
“I have been and always shall be your friend.”
Best line ever written.
Oh, and take Kleenex.
(Yes, I bawled my eyes out. And yes, I was the only one. But I don’t care!)
Go see it.
And look for me, because I’ll probably be there.