Monthly Archives: September 2015

Not Historical – Opinions on Pope Francis and the Catholic Church’s Modern Progress

With the understanding that this post may end up being a bit controversial to some, I was inspired by the Pope’s trip to the United States to express my feelings.

I was raised Catholic.  I was an Alter Girl for nearly ten years and when I received the Rite for the first time, I took the Confirmation name Michelle after the Archangel St. Michael.  Today, I do not consider myself a Catholic per se: I consider myself Agnostic if asked, though I do not put a label on it and see no need to do so.

That being said, I do not agree with some of the Catholic Church’s decisions and stances on some modern issues, but I believe in Pope Francis.  When I was born, the reigning pontiff was John Paul II, and I remember people talking about him with great respect and enthusiasm.  He was even beautified in 2011 and canonized in 2014.  I see people hold perhaps an even higher regard for Pope Francis today.  The 78-year-old pontiff is definitely doing his best to reshape the Church, and this is being taken in several ways by may people, though the general reaction is one of celebration and pride.

Sometimes all it takes is one person to make a difference in the world, and I believe Pope Francis to be just such a person.  He is certainly not like other Popes we have had in the last century and possibly even later.  He lives with other priests in a humble home in Vatican City as opposed to the grandeur of the Papal Apartments.  He has asked other priests and nuns to drive “humble cars” and himself rides in a simple Ford Focus.  He is certainly a humble man and a compassionate individual.

I con honestly say that I have the utmost respect for Pope Francis.  I believe with all my heart that this man is capable of great things, of perhaps changing the world for the better in a time when the world needs such.  Perhaps even one day he will be canonized himself, but for now, I look forward to seeing where this man will lead the Church and the Catholic community as a whole.

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Posted by on September 24, 2015 in Today in History


Not Historical

This is where I will be posting my original writings from now on.  I’ve tended to post to my old website, but since it was hacked by an unknown party last month, I’ve deleted it.  Probably for the best honestly.  Whoever hacked me laced a virus into the site, causing me to nearly lose my laptop altogether.  A few of my friends have been asking what happened, so here is the whole story.

I do not know who hacked me or why or when.  Honestly that website had not been updated in a long time since I had not written or posted anything in recent months.  Once I found out what had happened, it was too late and my computer was infected, so as soon as I was able to get rid of the virus, I deleted the site completely so the issue would not happen again.

Now I’m back to FictionPress.Com, a bit old school when it comes to this kind of thing, but a layout that I’m comfortable and familiar with.  Anyway, if you are interested, please feel free to check it out via the link above.

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Posted by on September 18, 2015 in Uncategorized


1701 – James II of England dies in exile

A brain hemorrhage brought down the former King of England, Scotland, and Ireland at the age of sixty-seven.  He died in exile in Paris, France after the “Glorious Revolution”, having been replaced on the throne by Prince William of Orange (William III) in 1689 once it had been declared that “no Catholic monarch would ever again rule the country”.  James’ daughter Queen Anne of Great Britain later succeeded the throne in 1702 when William III and his wife Mary II (also James’ daughter) both died childless.

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Posted by on September 16, 2015 in British Royalty, Today in History


Documentary Sunday – Inside The Court Of Henry VIII


2001 – Remembering September 11th

It was a Tuesday morning.  I was eight years old when the reports came in that America had been attacked.  Two planes had crashed into the World Trade Center (AKA the Twin Towers) and the Pentagon had also been struck.  A fourth plane rumored to have been headed for the Capitol in DC had crashed in a field in Pennsylvania.  Everyone was terrified and no one knew what to expect.  As children, we knew nothing other than school had been dismissed early and everyone was sad and worried.  From our hometown in New Jersey, you could smell the smoke from the collapsing buildings across the bay.  Nearly 3000 people lost their lives that dreaded day.  Below is an interview with former President George W Bush on what exactly unfolded on 11 September 2001.

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Posted by on September 11, 2015 in Uncategorized


1533 – Elizabeth I is Born

Happy birthday to the last monarch of the Tudor Dynasty.  Henry Viii’s second living child was expected to be a long-awaited boy, but Elizabeth’s birth was just another blow to the king’s pride.  Little did he know that this girl would become one of the most revered monarchs in English history.

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Posted by on September 7, 2015 in British Royalty, The Tudors


1548 – Former Queen Katheryn Parr Dies

When Henry VIII died on 28 January 1547, he was survived by his sixth wife.  Katheryn Parr had been widowed twice before reluctantly accepting the king’s proposal.  Their marriage lasted nearly four years and soon after Henry’s death, Katheryn eloped with Thomas Seymour, Baron of Sudeley and brother to Henry VIII’s third wife Jane Seymour.  Nineteen months later, at the age of thirty-six, she gave birth to her first and only child, a daughter named Mary, before dying of childbed fever.  Thomas Seymour survived her by less than a year before he was executed by order of his nephew, the young King Edward VI, on charges of treason.

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Posted by on September 6, 2015 in The Tudors, Today in History