1947 St. Paul Minnesota Women Motorcycle Riders Motor Maids of America Press Photo.

Motor Maids off to Indiana meet – St Paul will have two representatives at the annual “roundup” in Columbus, Ind., of the Motor Maids of America, composed of about 275 women motorcycle riders from all parts of the county. Mrs John Barfus, 1493 N. Grotto st., in front above is a character member of the organization and former Midwestern director. She served as a WAC for two and one-half years during the war, 17 months of which she rode a motorcycle while attached to the combat engineers in Oregon. Her passenger is Marie Jungwirth, 343 Edmund ave., and auxiliary member of the organization who expects soon to be riding her own machine. …

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Shelley, Mandel and van den Berg aren’t in denial of the brutalities of a lawless world. Nor are they more nostalgic than their male counterparts…But it seems as if these women are familiar with Margaret Atwood’s observation that what women fear most from men is murder and what men fear most from women is humiliation. These writers don’t need to destroy the world in order to imagine what it might be like to feel unsafe in it. The threat of violence is not something that’s new to them, and thus they’re less likely to fixate on it in narrative form, opting instead for stories about psychological preservation. It’s hard not to think that women just might be better prepared for the end of the world.

It’s the End of the World as She Knows It | Sloane Crosley

Boom. This whole piece is great, and also a perfect response to the criticisms of Station Eleven whining about the lack of violence on the pages.

From the beginning of Christ’s mission, women show to him and to his mystery a special sensitivity which is characteristic of their femininity. It must also be said that this is especially confirmed in the Paschal Mystery, not only at the Cross but also at the dawn of the Resurrection. The women are the first at the tomb. They are the first to find it empty. They are the first to hear: “He is not here. He has risen, as he said” (Mt 28:6). They are the first to embrace his feet (cf. Mt 28:9). They are also the first to be called to announce this truth to the Apostles (cf. Mt 28:1-10; Lk 24:8-11). The Gospel of John (cf. also Mk 16: 9) emphasizes the special role of Mary Magdalene. She is the first to meet the Risen Christ. At first she thinks he is the gardener; she recognizes him only when he calls her by name: “Jesus said to her, ‘Mary’. She turned and said to him in Hebrew, 'Rabbuni’ (which means Teacher). Jesus said to her, 'Do not hold me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father, but go to my brethren and say to them, I am ascending to my Father and to your Father, to my God and your God’. Mary Magdalene went and said to the disciples, 'I have seen the Lord’; and she told them that he had said these things to her” (Jn 20:16-18).
Hence she came to be called “the apostle of the Apostles”. Mary Magdalene was the first eyewitness of the Risen Christ, and for this reason she was also the first to bear witness to him before the Apostles. This event, in a sense, crowns all that has been said previously about Christ entrusting divine truths to women as well as men. One can say that this fulfilled the words of the Prophet: “I will pour out my spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy” (Jl 3:1). On the fiftieth day after Christ’s Resurrection, these words are confirmed once more in the Upper Room in Jerusalem, at the descent of the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete (cf. Act 2:17).
Everything that has been said so far about Christ’s attitude to women confirms and clarifies, in the Holy Spirit, the truth about the equality of man and woman. One must speak of an essential “equality”, since both of them - the woman as much as the man - are created in the image and likeness of God. Both of them are equally capable of receiving the outpouring of divine truth and love in the Holy Spirit. Both receive his salvific and sanctifying “visits”.

Pope St. John Paul II, Mulieris Dignitatem (Apostolic Letter on the Dignity of Women, 1988)

Happy feast of St. Mary Magdalene, the “apostle of the Apostles”!

My honest review that no Aggie Catholic can ever hear is that Awakening was a mediocre Kairos. They did literally everything that Kairos did, but each thing just did not cut as deep. It was to no fault of the retreat though. Because everything is based on relationship on these retreats, it is much easier to see what is happening when talking to people from a school like Pope John where you already know the people talking, are growing up alongside the people with you, and know you will see them in the halls in the days to come, while here, the school is so big, that we were literally all strangers.

The Projection Booth watches Alien 3

The Projection Booth watches Alien 3

Mike White, Rob St. Mary and Cinema Snob’s Brad Jones explore the mystery of Alien 3 and its production at The Projection Booth. “We talked to Vincent Ward who brought the idea of ‘monks in space’ to the game and the late John Fasano who worked on a few drafts of the Alien 3 script. We also spoke with actors Lance Henriksen and Holt McCallany about what it was like to be on the set. And, we’re…

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This year I found great friendship in two great guys, Justin and Greg. At least at this first glance through my eyes, they contrast quite ironically. They themselves are great friends and, according to one, used to be closer.

Greg is deeply emotional and very personal. While I welcomed his niceness, it was extremely off-putting at first, and I am still adjusting. Over text, when we were first meeting, he suggested we ask questions about each other, the most uncomfortable moments of it all. Last time we hung out, it was after daily mass, and, before we left, I had to follow him around as he made sure to say goodbye and chat with nearly everyone in a very special way, almost as if it was a compulsive requirement. At his place, we watched Netflix. I had just finished the Office, which in the middle of he told me he loved so we talked about that. From there, I got him started on Parks and Recreation. We didn’t watch it though. With it on, he just talked and asked everything, starting with going over our days to our dark pasts. I had been wanting this and needing this, especially from a guy for a long time now. For the first time, it was being done to such an extent though, that I was the one that felt uncomfortable with it. It should not stay a problem. I have always been able to let anybody vent, and he is the first person to let and ask me to vent in a long while. He might ask for more than I want, but he will not ask twice, so I only share what I want. It is nice. I will share more when I am more comfortable. I will also mention he lives at the Beach House, so it is also nice to see Marc, Shawn, and Tim when I go.

Justin is close to the opposite in how all of this works, and I love it. We do not have a problem having a conversation, but no one’s being forced to talk about suicidal friends from our past or what sucks about the now. We talk about Batman v. Superman, who is our favorite Robin, how great Age of Ultron was, or how much Suicide Squad’s gonna suck. He’s a guy guy, or a college one at least. He’s nice like Greg, but in a natural, say hi in passing kind of way. I know both of them from SMYRT, but I had been hanging around him and his girlfriend since. By the way, his girlfriend is awesome, and so is he. They are the perfect couple. She is into Night Vale, and I got to finally talk to somebody about that. At several of the SMYRT lunches I would just be talking with them, and they would just be hanging on each other teasing each other with things she kept finding on Pinterest. I feel like the most non-awkward third wheel around them. Greg complained that when they first got together PDA was a huge problem, and I could definitely see that since they have been together for a while and they are still being cute. Maybe I would find it less cute if I had seen them before, but now they just look perfect. Last time we hung out we met up for lunch and then went back to his place planning to watch Gods and Monsters but ended up playing Smash 4. Also, he lives with Soriano, another nice dude. 

In hindsight, I really wish I had this kind of friendship in high school, one of trustworthy and worthwhile male companionship. When I use the word hindsight, here, I do not mean ‘in going back,’ either, but only ‘in looking back’ I would have felt this more intense than I had. At my school, or in my circle of peers it just was not how the dice were tossed. Looking back at high school, the seven closest friends during those years were female. Probably next would be Cameron who gets that place for the time I inevitably spent with him due to cross country, art, and shared classes, the conversations we could have due to shared religions, and interest in nature, but after high school he falls off of the list due to characteristics of being inconsiderate and lazy. Alec would be next for mostly the same reasons. He proved to be more worthy of conversations, but his ego made it hard, and while we are much closer today and I consider him a good friend his ego keeps him from being the same type of friend as these others. Senior year, when we knew we would be living together told us to take more chances to talk, but we had had more than half of our classes together since freshman year anyway. I spent the most time outside of school with Noah due to cross country and the misfits, but, in the end, we had nothing in common and he proved untrustworthy. With the hindsight of the present it feels like both Cameron and Noah’s friendships were more ones of humoring due to circumstance. It was hard to speak about much with Noah, and he had been caught lying to me in order to compete for a girl, once sophomore year and then again senior year. Much time distances this, however, I have long since forgiven him, and I would much more than welcome a reopening of our friendship, although it would of course not be the same due to trust and the fact we will no longer see each other every day. I am sure n time I will feel the same about Cameron, and I would not mind hearing from him again with my newly formed expectations for him. I guess it turns out Katie was more than right when she said Pope John lacked in quality guys.

None of this is to bash any of the female friends I made. My best friend remains the same, and I still trust her with everything. I will not say that you can never have too many friends or the more the merrier. It is nice to be well liked, but it is better to be loved. Even if my girl friends share a platonic love with me, it is a different companionship than I can have with one from another guy. They may be able to fill the part very well, but to have a sister is not the same to having a brother. 

Dansk Flowers, London

The variety is huge at this indie florist: from delicate, petite bouquets to grand and bold arrangements, it offers a bit of floral chic for every budget. For those who really want to get their money’s worth, there’s also a strong selection of potted plants at both this branch and the St John’s Wood outpost.        

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