- The Washington Times - Friday, June 16, 2000

True sisterhood

"The Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia, better known as the Nashville Dominicans, are one example of an ancient order that is enjoying a burst of vocations.
A teaching congregation of 163 sisters, the Nashville Dominicans, accepted a record number of 17 postulants last year and another 15 this year. Attracting young women between the ages of 17 and 30, the congregation has 43 young women in initial formation, probably more than in any female congregation in the United States.
"These young women, bright-eyed and beaming, are eager to wear the long, white Dominican habit, considering it an honor rather than a penance to wear, as they say, their "wedding dresses everyday." …
"Disillusioned by their lack of spiritual inheritance from two generations of adults, young people realize they are often formless and yearn to nourish their spiritual hunger. They understand that consecrated life is the most radical, or rooted, fulfillment of our spiritual nature … .
"Sr. Catherine Marie relates a recent experience in an airport, when she passed several young men swathed in black leather and alarmingly punctuated with body piercings. Awestruck by a sister as distinctively dressed in a non-secular way as they in their secular mode, they remarked, "Hey! Nice outfit!"
"Young people today want a witness to the spiritual dimension, Sr. Catherine Marie says. They are looking for orthodoxy."
Anne Husted Burleigh in "Nashville Revives" in the May issue of Crisis

Al's hotel upbringing

"The cascade of Oedipal analyses leaves one wondering about the perhaps greater impact that Barbara Bush and Pauline Gore have had on their sons … .
"[Al] Gore's upbringing was very weird. He was raised at the Fairfax Hotel in Washington surrounded by hotel employees and elderly co-residents. Supposedly, Pauline Gore tried to make the hotel more like home by baking her own bread and preparing breakfast for little Al.
"The question no one seems to ask, however, is why the senior Gores chose to raise young children in a hotel instead of a house. Senators and congressmen who bring their families with them to Washington do not generally live in hotels.
"Why did Pauline never insist on her own home in Washington? Did she not worry about the relative isolation from other children and families the hotel created for her son?
"Or was that the point? A hotel is a kind of fantasy world, a place many people associate with escaping real life. Might the world of the Fairfax provide a clue to Al's apparent inability to distinguish between fantasy and reality, whether his starring role in the book "Love Story" or his invention of the Internet?"
Melinda Sidak in "Like Mother, Like Son" in the spring issue of the Women's Quarterly

Twisted values

"Who'd have thought that a heavy metal band harangued by Tipper Gore back in the 1980s would end up endorsing her husband for president?

"Yes, Twisted Sister has gone on record to say that Al Gore should be elected, despite lead singer Dee Snider's uncomfortable appearance before Gore's Senate committee on commerce in September 1985 … .

"For Snider, that's all yesterday's news. Gore's love for the great outdoors now trumps everything … .

"Snider is not alone in forgetting the past. His bandmates are also backing Gore, as are Frank Zappa's heirs … . [V]arious Zappa offspring Moon, Diva, Dweezil and Ahmet have also made contributions to Democratic candidates and causes, including some directly to Gore 2000.

"Diva has gone so far as to invite Tipper, the woman her dad once termed 'a cultural terrorist,' to sit in on drums during a performance last December."

Jeff A. Taylor in "Twisted Logic" in the July issue of Reason

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