I’m going to tell you right away that this is going to be a much more personal post than usual. You’ve been warned. Hopefully though, it will be one that will jumpstart this blog again. As I’m sure everyone has noticed, I’ve really let things slide in the last year or so, particularly in the last few months.

It used to be that whenever I found it hard to blog as often as I thought I should – whether due to a lack of time or lack of inspiration – I would always feel pretty bad about it. I would also worry that people would stop coming. Which, as fears go, isn’t totally unwarranted. Blogs pretty much rely on a steady stream of new content. However, I’ve also come to realize that it’s perfectly reasonable to not be able or feel inspired to blog regularly week in and week out (I have been doing this for over six years, after all). It’s perfectly natural to have to take a break from time to time. More importantly, forcing myself to write would be completely counterproductive. It would turn a hobby and source of joy into nothing but a chore, and that really wasn’t what I wanted. So, I’ve allowed myself to take a step back. Besides, I also knew that there was enough content available already to satisfy newcomers at least.

To be perfectly honest, the past year has been rough for me on a personal level. My trip to Baltimore Comic Con last September was a real high point, and I’m so grateful I was able to pull that off. It was also a strange reminder of how long it had been since I felt that happy. I’d almost forgotten what that was like and that was a bit of a wake up call as well. Somewhere along the line, I’d lost my spark, and gotten completely stuck in a rut.

At the same time, the past year, and particularly the last few months have been very busy in terms of work. That phase is now behind me, which on the one hand is wonderful (I finally actually have time to blog without having to sacrifice sleep!), but on the other hand has given me too much time to dwell on things. And that can be scary. Burying yourself in work is a great coping mechanism for when there are things you’re just not ready to deal with.

One of the major things I’ve had to contend with over the last year was my decision to finally admit to myself that I’m primarily attracted to other women. Even in a very socially liberal family, in a very socially liberal country, I’ve had a bit of an identity crisis that I’m still in the middle of. Yes, I told you this would be a personal post, and I’m telling you this for the sole reason that it terrifies me to do so. If there’s anything you can learn from Daredevil, it’s standing up to your fears.

Scene from Daredevil 227, by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli

My love of Daredevil has not diminished over time, quite the contrary. It’s a bit ironic that my slump has come at a time when the Daredevil title itself has been so consistently great. Amazingly, it’s often felt like events in the comic have come to me at the perfect time. The current creative team’s handling of Matt’s emotional struggles have been great, and in light of my decision to come out, the gratitude I expressed for the new addition to the Daredevil cast in my review of Daredevil #1 (vol 4) came from a very personal place.

I’ve never really been one of those fans who particularly identify with Matt Murdock. I’ve always cared for the character, obviously, but I’ve never really felt like we had much in common. Now I find myself drawing strength from him. I also recognize the tendency to want to bury things, and it will be interesting to see what Daredevil will have to face in the next few issues. I suspect the current storyline has come at a perfect time as well.

I’d also like to take this opportunity to talk to you about my oft-mentioned “secret project,” which is another thing that needs rebuilding, for very different reasons. The project in question is a book I’ve been researching and working on, on and off for the last couple of years, under the working title of The (Unofficial) Science of Daredevil. This is not something I’ve intended to make a lot of money from (if any), and I’m probably going to either self-publish or, more likely, release it as an ebook. But it’s something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time. Sadly, during the summer, a colleague spilled juice all over my laptop and pretty much annihilated everything on my hard drive. Much of the content was already backed up in various places. The huge Excel sheet which contained sensory annotations of well over one hundred issues was not (though some part of me still suspects I have it backed up on a flash drive somewhere, because I have a distinct memory of saving it somewhere). I was heart broken when it happened.

However, I’ve chosen not to invest the time and energy into looking into whether the hard drive can be restored by someone other than the Apple store, since I know that would still be a long shot. More importantly, I’ve also realized that this particular project within a project, was always a way of stalling anyway. I don’t need it to write the book. It may have even kept me from sitting down to do the really hard work of just writing. So, rather than get discouraged, I’m going to take it as a sign that I should just get on with the book as I imagined it originally. I’m also going to set a new deadline for myself and work to have it ready in time for the Daredevil Netflix series.

I’m now recommitting to this project, and this blog. But I think I need some help from you guys. Now, more than ever, I’d love some post ideas to get me going again. There will be plenty of news to report as we draw closer to the premiere of the Netflix show. That aside, are there any questions you’d like me to answer? Characters you’d like me pick apart? Is there any major topic that I have yet to cover on this blog? Any and all ideas and suggestions are most appreciated.

Thank you all for “listening.” And to all of you who comment and keep the conversation going here at The Other Murdock Papers, your contributions mean so much to me. More than you’ll ever know.

Christine Hanefalk

Christine Hanefalk

Based in Stockholm, Sweden, Christine is a die-hard Daredevil fan who launched The Other Murdock Papers in 2007 to share her passion for Matt Murdock and his friends with other fans.

36 comments

  1. I admire your courage, Christine! Looking forward to your project!

  2. Hey Christine,

    I just wanted to show some support here; I have been perusing your blog for a few years now, maybe commenting once or twice. I think you are the only person who likes DD more than me. I think it’s totally awesome and honourable of you to do what you have done, which is being true to whom you are. As the wisdom goes “Discover who you are, and be that.”

    The trials and tribulations (and infrequent victories) of Matthew Michael Murdock always seem to have something for me to draw inspiration from; glad it seems to work that way for you as well!

  3. Congratulations, Christine.

    Your bravery is commendable and thanks for taking us along on your journey.

  4. Big hugs for you! ((Christine))

    I haven’t commented more than once or twice, but I thoroughly enjoy this blog, and have read through all of the main posts on it. I had been wondering about the recent lack of posts, but hearing that you’ve been busy with work, I understand completely.

    Congratulations on coming out! It’s a step that takes a lot of guts, and you’ve handled it really gracefully, I think. Nothing but support for you from your readers in the comments, I see!

    I am excited to read your Daredevil book/ebook whenever it comes out. I have information books about Hulk, Iron Man and Spider-Man, but I’ve never seen one like that about DD. =)

    ~Threshie <3

  5. Christine,

    Always great to see you back. And I hope you come out the other side of that identity crisis stronger and happier than ever.

    I look forward to the book.

  6. I don’t post much here, but really I just don’t post much anywhere. That said, I simply had to post today.
    You’re an amazing person Christine. Don’t ever forget that. However you wish to address this site, I’ll continue to follow and read it.

    Clayton

  7. Shakespeare’s advice of ‘To thine own self, be true’ is often easier said than done. You’ve shown remarkable courage Christine in sharing your recent personal trials. That you’ve been able to draw inspiration and hope from these here comics just goes to show that sometimes, they are able to become so much more than four-color fun. Thank you for your bravery.

    Second, your project, even revamped, sounds way cool so I look forward to reading it.

    Third, as for possible blog suggestions, that’s a good question. What occurs to me immediately is inspired by discussions over on Kuljit’s site (the manwithoutfear.com) on the implied importance of a secret identity for Matt. How central is that to the core of the character and, based on what Waid has done so far with it, is Matt better off without one?

    The landscape of comics has changed over the past few decades and I think it’s more creative to showcase Matt without a secret id but I can understand why some believe it is necessary for him.

    It’s great to see you back Christine. Looking forward to what’s coming next.

  8. Christine,
    In your journey toward self discovery, I highly recommend reading the book “She of the Mountains” by Vivek Shraya. It addresses the very issues you are dealing with. Best of luck.

  9. Just wanted to say I really enjoy your blog and I’m excited for the book project. It sounds fantastic! You’re such a great writer and I’m looking forward to your take in the TV show when it airs. Thank you for sharing with us. I started reading Daredevil at a very difficult time in my life and I was inspired by Matt’s courage as I’m sure you have to. All the best and keep up the good work.

  10. Terrific post. I am in awe of your honesty.

  11. Your blog is just great, keep up the good work, I am glad you are getting the coffedence to tell every one about your demons like daredevil you are now a woman without fear.

  12. Courage is not the absence of fear, but the realization that some things are more important. Figuring out who you are and who you want to be is certainly more important. It is something that we all struggle with. We all have to discover what makes us happy and what gives our lives purpose and fulfillment. Many of us never achieve it. Thank you for sharing and I hope that this community that you have created will help support you on your journey! I have enjoyed your blog for years and I can only hope that expressing our joy at the fruit of your labor helps to lift you up. I wish you the best.

    I am not sure about post topics. But how about a nice upbeat post about Matt’s happiest moments? A look at what Matt is fighting for and what inspires him to be the lawyer and superhero he is? What’s important to him and brings a smile to his face; the thing he pictures in his head when his back is against the wall and only his truest inspiration can motivate him to stand back up for one more round. No one takes a beating like Matt and keeps getting up without fighting for something higher than himself. Maybe an in-depth look at what that is will bring some motivation to us all!

  13. Dear Christine,

    After spending a day with you at the 2013 Baltimore Con, I’m proud to know you, and proud of you for taking this major step forward in your life. You have my support in everything you do, whether in your personal life or in regard to this amazing blog/website. I look forward to seeing the blog continue to be informative and fun, and I can’t wait to see your book, in whatever form it takes.

    Big hugs from Maryland, and all my best wishes!

    Steve

  14. Great post Christine! You reminded me of the importance of getting out of your own way. I myself have projects I’ve been talking about more than working on. Fortunately I’ve just given myself a hard deadline. Good luck to you!

  15. Courage cannot erase our fear
    Courage is when we face our fear…

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    The book sounds like a great idea and as long as it’s supported on Kobo, put me down for a copy! Love this blog!

  16. Dear Christine

    I have to say that it is very brave of you that you feel comfortable sharing this part of yourself with us as your readers. I personally feel that no human ever has the right to judge another in any way shape or form. And that right never has never will belong to another human in my view. I think you’re a hard working person and i love reading the posts you have about Daredevil( particularly about the science of his powers). I especially love the history of the radar sense and your analysis of it. When it comes to a question about something……for now ill just stick to one. back sometime ago when you were doing a history of the radar sense I seem to remember that you were going to at one point talk about the Daredevil movie’s version of it that came out back in 03. I know that it had so many contradictions no doubt within it, but i’ve always kinda hope that you would talk about your views of it as to what they got right or what was not right about it at all. I was reading somewhere at one point that the way Matt’s powers were portrayed in that movie made it seem like that he really had a superhuman form of synesthesia( example: when matt is walking up the stairs to elektra its like matt can “see” the scent or the heat from the dish that the waiter is carrying). I was just wondering would it make sense to you that in light of when one goes blind that perhaps the brain will still use the cerebral cortex to process other pieces of sensory information including taste, smell, sound, touch and try and produce a “image” of them? like would the taking in of one piece of information say the sense of smell cause the cerebral cortex to instantly try and produce a “image” of that scent although this has nothing to do with that part of the brain in a way? If you would ever like to talk about that I would truly look forward to it. Please keep the good work and remember that we all will continue to value your blogs and you as a person.

  17. Dear Christine

    *Im sorry about not referring to the part of the brain in the correct term. I meant would it seem logical to you that in the movie Matt really didn’t have to concentrate so much as to visualize/or use his imagination in determining what his world looked like through his other senses because whenever he would take in any kind of sensory information be a scent, vibration, echo, or taste it was not only processed by its respective parts of the brain but also primarily processed through his Visual cortex thus resulting in “instant involuntary imagery” 24/7? I felt the movie portrayed his radar sense as the result of all superhuman sensory information being “fused” and processed together in Matts brain and processed mostly by the visual cortex overall.

  18. Wow, Christine. Just wow. Big news, beautifully written. I am glad we’ll be seeing more of you and I am honored to be one of the people you’ve shared this with. (Okay, me and the whole internet, but I’m going to sit here feeling glowy and honored because I love your writing and I love your site and I love anything that means you are happy and well. So there!)

    I’ve always found it appropriate that a comic with the tagline “Man Without Fear” spends so much time so intimately exploring its title character’s fears and his battle to overcome them. Thank you for reminding us all why that matters so very much.

  19. Thank you all so much for your support! I’m in complete awe. I never expected this.

    And thanks for the post ideas you’ve submitted here and through email, Twitter, and Facebook. Now it’s time to start working my way through the list! 🙂

  20. Wishing the best of happiness in the future. Post idea would be for you to take a look a the rivalry between Daredevil and Punisher. How they are two sides of one coin.

  21. By the way, if you’re still looking for suggestions, did you ever do the promised third part of “Matt and Foggy’s Rocky Relationship”? Cuz I’d love to read it!

  22. First things first. Good for you to figure out who you are and what you want.

    Secondly, don’t worry about the frequency of posts. I just keep an eye out on the Facebook updates and hop over when there is something new. I can’t imagine the time and effort you put into your posts, so I just enjoy them when they’re available. (Plus, I’m usually about a month behind on my issues, so have to delay my reading of your reviews of new issues anyway.)

    Thirdly, I’ve enjoyed all of your posts from the last few years since I discovered this blog (and the earlier ones I’ve lost hours wandering through), especially the funny ones like the glasses comparisons and hairstyles. The topic that sprang to mind when you asked for suggestions was a comparison between Matt and Echo, since their powers and weaknesses are mirror images of each other.

    I enjoyed your section on “The Devil is in the Details: Examining Matt Murdock and Daredevil” and I look forward to your new book. Let us know if/when it is ready for us.

  23. I never post on any site, but I felt compelled to do so after reading your latest entry. First off, I want to say that I am a big fan of you and this blog. You often point DD fans towards manwithoutfear.com and it is a great site. It helped me get started. It’s also great for the latest DD news. But I find myself on your blog the day of every newest DD release, anxiously awaiting your thoughts and insightful perspective. After reading your blog about the current issue, often times find myself going back to look at the things you noticed that I did not.

    I didn’t read comic books growing up. Now, the only comic I read is DD, (and very recently Southern Bastards) -highly recommend btw. Your blog helped ignite my passion for all things Daredevil. So much in fact that I have the very first issue and the seventh on my wall. I only say that to say this… Your blog is as much a part of my DD passion as my prized #1 and #7. From one Daredevil fan to another, I can’t think of any higher praise.

    As far as the personal side of your post, all I can say is I greatly admire your courage for putting something so personal on here. Christine – Woman Without Fear! (yep, corny… one of the many reasons I never post haha).

    Post ideas: How can we (your fans), start a petition for you and Kuljit Mithra to be extras on an episode of DD… And it would be cool to see the fans of your blog post their comment on which single issue made them die hard Daredevil fans and what was it about that particular issue.

    Best of luck in everything you do

  24. Don’t beat yourself up too much; you’ve put in a lot of work, so make it easy on yourself!!!!
    I agree witth the poster that you & Kumit should have Cameos in the Netflix movie, for all thhe time you guys put in!!

  25. Hello Christine,
    I’ve stopped reading Daredevil since the end of vol 3 but I’ll surely check it again someday.
    Those past years, I didn’t have much time for blogging or drawing or even cocktailing. I found another hobby that was compliant with my family duties : custom action figures (by the way, Daredevil is not the most well treated character in the action figure department…) But why am I telling you all this ? Well, I’m just trying to say I think I understand the way you felt about not updating your site as often as you would like to but if it was not bringing enough enjoyment, then it was just not the best thing to do.
    These past months, I’ve had health issues, though being relatively young I’ve been reminded life is short. So enjoy the ride and do things that make you feel good. You’ve already done a lot with this great site and you can do a lot in the future. I wish you all the best.
    JP

  26. Ok. I think I do have a science-type question. I’ve read enough of your posts and rants to get why feeling the difference between colors is a major no-no. However, what about smell? Not that each color would automatically have a different scent but… let us say that someone wanted to create some 2D artwork that Matt could appreciate. They use natural inks derived from berries and vegetables. Or they use scented candle wax (probably lasts longer).

    I’m thinking that the major challenges would be

    1) Scents tend to diffuse over time. Is there a way to slow it down?
    2) Let’s call it “bleeding”. There’s probably a more scientific term, but call it that. In other words, let’s say that the red smells like strawberries and the blue smells like blueberries. How large an area would each scent need to occupy/how far apart would each scent need to be to stay distinct? Maybe use a technique similar to stained glass windows, where each piece/section is enclosed by lead strips, for example. And can the scents be kept distinct,or would they quickly intermingle?
    3)Gut instinct tells me that once a scent has been chosen to represent a color, mixing red and blue to get purple would be a problem. There would have to be a separate scent associated with purple. This would mean that a wide variety of shades and hues would just get too confusing. Probably stick to the eight colors in the basic crayon boxes (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, brown, and black).

    It wouldn’t be “smelling” color, so much as being told “okay, where it smells like cedar, that area is green,” etc.

    IF the theory (from the English Lit major who hasn’t taken a science class in 25 years) holds up, then maybe Matt could get some sense of an image on a 2D canvas. (And probably be touched by the gesture.) What do you think?

  27. Late to the game, but let me offer my support as well. I’ve followed the blog for a long time and enjoy the work you do and the way your fandom manifests on the page. You’ve proven once again that people of courage and character are fans of the man without fear!

  28. Christine.

    You are brave. I admire you. I’m proud of you. That’s all I can say after reading this.

    You are our Daredevil/Matt and we are your Foggies.

    We love you.

    Hugs from Argentina!

  29. Hey interesting post!

    I hope you don’t mind that I’m not as encouraging as some of the other posts here, but I grew up Catholic. What that means (in as far as what the Church teaches) is that I do not believe that being gay or having gay feelings is sinful or wrong. I know that some churches in the past tried to “pray the gay away”. That is NOT the position of the Catholic Church.

    However, the Church does frown upon homosexual conduct (gay sex, to put it crudely). Probably because it goes against what Pope Benedict refers to as the “ecology of the body”. The Church believes that nature has an ecology, and that humans (being part of nature) also have an ecology.

    I guess I’m trying not to be lecturing or preachy. Or accusatory. I just wanted to say what I thought in the hopes that I wouldn’t be taken as being too critical. I also didn’t want to leave a post encouraging a lifestyle that I think is harmful.

    Anyway, this video might go some way to explaining the position of the Church.

    https://vimeo.com/93079367

    I love the blog and am looking forward to reading new posts 🙂
    God Bless,
    Fletch

  30. Fletch,

    Can I ask your thoughts on polygyny, polyandry, and slavery in the Bible? Also, any thought about this site’s interesting position.. http://www.buzzfeed.com/omgitsanf/19-things-the-bible-forbids-other-than-homosexuali-b83k

    I’m not Catholic, but I’m pretty sure the Pope is pretty important.. Also, Pope Benedict XVI resigned in February 2013. Oh hey, look what I found.. “If someone is gay, who searches for the Lord and has goodwill, who am I to judge?” -Pope Francis (the current pontiff)

    I respect your position, I honestly do. But if you truly are a fan of this blog and the author, do you think maybe you could have commented negatively on just about any other part of this post, rather than the deeply personal 5 lines that stuck out to you?

    For example: Hey Christine, I don’t care what you say, I think Matt’s puffy blue Member’s Only jacket worn throughout the Born Again storyline is dope! There is a vast difference between disagreeing with opinions on DD and someone’s actual personal REAL life.

    Everyone please remember, if you do not have anything nice to say…. Fletch, would you like to finish it??

  31. BIGFAN, I’m sorry if I upset you. The Church does have positions on things that people find hard to understand. I didn’t set out to make a negative comment, but I believe in what the Church teaches as regards what is right and wrong, and that I ought to say something if not saying anything will endanger someone’s soul.

    By the way, Matt Murdock is Catholic and his mother is a nun, and Catholics believe that God gave us the Church on Earth to guide us to what is true.

    As far as what the Church definitively teaches on homosexuality, it can be found in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (which is also online).

    2357 Homosexuality refers to relations between men or between women who experience an exclusive or predominant sexual attraction toward persons of the same sex. It has taken a great variety of forms through the centuries and in different cultures. Its psychological genesis remains largely unexplained. Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity,141 tradition has always declared that “homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.”142 They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.

    2358 The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. This inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most of them a trial. They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God’s will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord’s Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition.

    2359 Homosexual persons are called to chastity. By the virtues of self-mastery that teach them inner freedom, at times by the support of disinterested friendship, by prayer and sacramental grace, they can and should gradually and resolutely approach Christian perfection.

    http://www.scborromeo.org/ccc/p3s2c2a6.htm#2357

    Again, I must stress that the Church does not consider homosexuality itself to be a sin, but does frown on homosexual conduct.

    As far as Pope Francis’ comment, it must be taken in context.

    Let’s begin with the fact that the pope has always been “OK” with homosexuals. In fact, by the demands of his own religion he is required to be much more than just “OK.” The Christian faith teaches that every person is endowed by God with an inviolable dignity and therefore deserves our unconditional respect and love.

    A section of an Associated Press report also got the story very wrong. Summarizing the pope’s comments on homosexuals in the priesthood, the AP reported: “Francis was much more conciliatory [than Pope Benedict], saying gay clergymen should be forgiven and their sins forgotten.”

    Pope Francis didn’t say that, and the report is wrong on so many levels.

    First of all, it suggests that being gay itself, is a sin. What Pope Francis really said, in response to a reporter’s question about homosexual priests who are living a celibate life was this: “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?”

    Pope Francis simply and compassionately reiterated Biblical teaching. The Bible and the Catholic Church have never taught that it is a “sin” to be homosexual. They teach it is a sin to have homosexual sex because it goes against the laws of God’s nature, specifically his plan for human sexuality.

    When Pope Francis says “who am I to judge” he is saying—and I think we need to hear more of this from religious leaders—that active homosexuals deserve the same kindness, love, and mercy that all of us sinners would hope to receive from God and from others.

    We don’t make judgments about anyone’s personal worth—God has already done that when he created us out of love.

    http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2013/07/29/what-pope-francis-really-said-about-gays-and-no-it-not-new/

  32. @Fletch: I hope that your comments make you sleep better at night. Because I’m pretty sure that was your purpose. In order to be a good Christian, in your own view, you feel compelled to make these kinds of comments to be right with God. Good for you.

    Two things upset me though:

    1) Do you honestly think that I’m not aware of the fact that many (possibly the vast majority) of religious denominations – all religions included – consider homosexual acts to be sinful? Seriously? Do you think you pointed something out to me that I’m not aware of? Nothing annoys me more than the suggestion that I’m stupid or uneducated. I’m highly intelligent and well-read on a vast number of topics, something that I think is apparent to most people who visit this site.

    2) I wasn’t going to respond to your comments (nor did I wish to remove them since I believe in keeping a fairly liberal commenting policy on this blog), but your suggestion that Matt Murdock would share your opinions on this matter is hysterical. And deeply offensive in my view, not because I’m gay, but because I’m a Daredevil fan. (Do you seriously think you speak for all people who self-identify as Catholic?)

    Don’t bother commenting on this topic again. You’re not saving my soul. As a non-believer I’m doomed anyway as far as your religion goes. I just hope that no one close to you, for whom your opinions would matter on a personal level, are in my shoes.

    @BIGFAN: Thank you.

  33. @Fletch

    Your opinions about Christine’s personal life are thoughtless and insensitive. With regards her personal life no one asked you for thoughts on what your view of right or wrong is. It never has been nor will it ever be mans place to judge or condemn another based on their personal view of things. Even if as “you said” this may go against what Pope Benedict teaches why dont you take sometime to actually read what God and not man says at Psalms 49:7: No one can redeem the life of another or give to God a ransom for them. That verse means in the end NO MAN CAN BY ANY MEANS REDEEM HIMSELF. One cannot and has no right to speak out against someone else’s way of life as to judge when you can’t even guarantee your own position before God. You nor any man has the right to say how one should live their life. For myself there was a friend that asked me something about myself and how I viewed a matter and instead of respecting my view of my situation she tried to shove down my throat how wrong she felt I was when I didn’t ask her whether or not my view was good or bad. Im grown and am entitled to my own view/feelings about things as does everyone else. To this day I can’t stand those that feel they have to give their opinion to someone else who didn’t ask for it when it comes to something personal to them. If you don’t agree with ones personal life choices then that’s you. But keep your insensitive opinionated and unwarranted negative thoughts to yourself. If you want to practice what you feel is religious and what some would say is scriptural then don’t let your speech be negative but rather it should be upbuilding and positive. Not condemnatory or judgmental. Or better yet if all you have to offer is something negative to start with then you shouldn’t have open your mouth in the first place.

    @Christine

    I apologize for this blog turning into something like this. I think it was very brave that you felt comfortable with sharing something personal about yourself on your blog like this. I feel you deserve respect and dignity as does everyone.This is your page and your work. I personally have strong feelings towards those that try to force their views on someone.

  34. @Christine, any time:) And please forgive me for adding to this… But the Vatican spoke on this very topic less than 12 hours after we all said our piece.

    @Fletch

    In no way do I want this subject to go on any further. It’s just so difficult not to post this considering the timing of it… I saw you cited a Fox News link, so I did the same. This came across the wire earlier TODAY.

    ‘Vatican calls on churches to accept gays and lesbians, says they offer gifts to church’
    http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2014/10/13/vatican-calls-on-churches-to-accept-gays-and-lesbians-says-offer-gifts-to/

    Religious thoughts and opinions aside, I find the timing of this… incredible!

    So @Fletch, considering the timing of it, would you consider this ironic or divine?

  35. Christine,
    Warm wishes from Oakland, CA. I’ve been reading your blog for a couple of years now and have really enjoyed your postings, particularly the ones with the more scientific leanings. I also admire your courage for sharing something so personal about your life – my admiration for you grew leaps and bounds after reading your recent post.
    Take care,
    Gordon

  36. I applaud your inmense courage. Most of the people have issues , some unsolved, but I would never expose mine on a blog. I just am afraid of negative feedback, you are truly a woman without fear.

    Be well Christine.

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