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Blog Exchange with N.N. Light on Monday…and Bristol Palin News?

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Monday, June 29, 2015, will be a very interesting day, folks.


Well, N.N. Light will be “exchanging” her blog for mine, meaning she’ll be here tomorrow and I’ll be over at her place (the Princess of the Light blog) instead. (Mrs. N., I’ll try not to disturb the furnishings. Promise.)

Why are we doing this? Well, we did this once before, and we enjoyed it so much we thought we’d try it again.

Besides, Mrs. N. always has very interesting things to say.

So do look for that tomorrow, will you?

Now onto the Bristol Palin news.

Late last week, Ms. Palin announced her new pregnancy on her blog over at Patheos. And by the way she announced it, she must be expecting a firestorm of controversy.

Here’s a bit from her blog regarding her pregnancy:

I know this has been, and will be, a huge disappointment to my family, to my close friends, and to many of you.

But please respect Tripp’s and my privacy during this time. I do not want any lectures and I do not want any sympathy.

As I said to my Mom once I heard this, “Well, she’s not leaving a whole lot of room there, is she?”

Look. Ms. Palin is a full-fledged adult now at age 24. She is no longer the innocent child most of us got to know during her mother Sarah Palin’s run for the Vice Presidency in 2008.

She has a right to make her own decisions, her own choices, and to do whatever she wants with her life.

To my mind, becoming pregnant again at age 24 is not a terrible thing. (Yes, she’s unmarried. Yes, this will be her second out-of-wedlock pregnancy. But so what?)

I don’t know Bristol Palin, obviously. She’s made one hard choice already in keeping her first child, Tripp; now, she’s made another hard choice.

Ms. Palin has already said she wants neither lectures nor sympathy. But I hope she’ll accept something from me anyway.

My respect.

And my wish that she’ll realize just how strong she is, inside, to be able to make this choice. (Because if she realizes her own strength, nothing the rest of the world says will ever be able to harm her.)

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  1. I can’t wait! It should be so much fun! 🙂

    MRS N, the Author

    June 28, 2015 at 7:57 am

  2. The first, Trip, was the result of rape (deliberately planned by that A—–e “boyfriend,” of his _virgin_ girlfriend). This was _probably_ anticipation of the marriage, before something broke it up. (Better to decide that they are “wrong for each other,” *before* than after.) *My guess* is, something between them became something they *couldn’t* overlook/compromise on. It takes a *lot* of courage to make the decisions that she has. I respect her more, not less. She is _Human_ and admits it. As Christ said. “Let him who is without sin, cast the first stone.” I certainly can’t, and respect those who do *not at all.*

    Walter Daniels

    June 28, 2015 at 8:36 am

    • I agree with you about the last, Walter…we need to forgive more and condemn a whole lot less.

      As for Bristol’s ex-boyfriend, well, I never had a ton of respect for him. The way he conducted himself in the public eye was not particularly heartwarming or pleasant, IMO…I don’t know the particulars, and she’s never said publicly anything like what you’ve just said as far as I’m aware, but I think she did well in keeping her first child.

      It’s very hard to do what she did. Her whole family should be commended.

      I am pro-choice, mind, but encompassed in that choice is exactly what Bristol did. (I mostly have the belief I do because of what happened to many of my late grandmother’s friends when they, innocent Irish lasses, got pregnant. Back then, there was no such thing as sex ed, and those poor girls were ostracized. Then they’d go to back-alley abortionists and perhaps end up sterile or dead. We need to keep abortion safe, legal, and *very rare* to avoid this happening again, as Hillary Clinton has said. I know you don’t like Mrs. Clinton, but she’s right on that one.)

      Barb Caffrey

      June 28, 2015 at 10:09 pm

  3. Meh, we all sin in our own ways. What one person considers immoral another might not. Let her do her own thing.


    June 28, 2015 at 4:54 pm

    • I agree wholeheartedly.

      Besides, she’s done her best. She is a good mother. I’m sure she’ll do right by this child. And that’s all that counts.

      Barb Caffrey

      June 28, 2015 at 10:06 pm

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