Sunday, May 07, 2006

A Star Is Born...

As readers here know, I am a big fan of the Dawn Patrol's Dawn Eden.

Latest news is the release of the cover of her forthcoming book on chastity and sexuality, The Thrill of the Chaste.

Looks like a knockout.

Dawn is a fascinating woman and a wonderful writer: from a Jewish family, she is a walking encyclopedia of the history of rock'n'roll, and a recent convert to the Catholic Church.

Her blog regularly covers issues of contemporary sexuality, and her insight and raw emotional honesty make her irreplaceable. Please set aside your volumes by Freud, Foucault, and Camille Paglia; and make some room for Miss Eden.

I include here a snippet from her blog of last year that for me was particularly memorable...

A single bases her actions on how they will or won't affect her single, lacking state. She goes to parties based on whether or not there will be new men to meet. She chooses friends who are also single and lacking—again, think Carrie's gang in "Sex and the City"—who will reinforce her own cynicism.

A singular bases her actions on how they will enable her to be the person whom she believes God wants her to be. She trusts that God has a plan for her and that—assuming she longs to be married—a husband is only part of that plan. Moreover, she trusts that God will provide a husband for her if she follows His will for her life, making the best use of the gifts that He has given her.

I spent many years of my life being single. I have nothing to show for it except the ability to toss my hair fetchingly, and a mental catalog of a thousand banal things to say to fill the awkward and unbearably lonely moments between having sex and putting my clothes back on. Those are moments they never showed on "Sex and the City," because they strike to the heart of the black hole that casual sex, even—no, especially—when done in the hope of marriage, can never fill.I may spend many more years being singular. But not a single day of them will be wasted. And that, of course, will be a singular achievement. [boldfaced added].

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