A couple of weeks ago, a memorial Mass for Michael was held here in Birmingham at the Cathedral. The bishop presided and offered a very nice, even charming homily in which he first focused on the Scripture readings of the day, and then turned to Michael, whom he remembered, among other things, as one who […]
Dave Andrusko of National Right to Life News writes about a new book:
The book is Surprise Child: Finding Hope in Unexpected Pregnancy, by Leslie Leyland Fields. In all the hundreds of related books I’ve read, never have I encountered a more telling, moving, or compelling account of what women face when they encounter an unplanned pregnancy. Not only is Fields a terrific writer, she uses her own two pregnancies in her forties as a jumping off point to talk with more than 25 women of all ages about pregnancies that came â€œunbidden. All faced enormous difficulties. All chose life.
From 1980-1981, Leslie and Duncan spent a year backpacking through Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. They embarked on a second trip in 1986, starting in the Middle East on the back of an expedition truck, through Egypt, Sudan, Central African Republic, Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya.
After graduate school, Leslie and Duncan created a homestead on an uninhabited island, eighty miles from the town of Kodiak. They have fished commercially with extended family on Harvester Island each summer since 1979 in a salmon fishing operation. During the winter, Leslie teaches in Seattle Pacific University’s Master of Fine Arts Program and works as an adjunct professor at University of Alaska, Kodiak.