Who am I? A few clues should suffice for now. As my first post indicates, I am a Christian and a Conservative. I am also a wife, mother and grandmother, a small business owner (with my Beloved), a writer, a lover of books, music and films, and an occasional golfer.

The picture above reflects I was a flag-waving child, long before I understood how unique my country is. Today, I’m a reluctant observer of the political skullduggery manifested by almost every member of the political ruling class and their allies in the fawning and complicit media. Nevertheless, I am a staunch proponent of Conservative principles and believe those bedrock principles are the core of American exceptionalism.

What is Wise Blood? The title comes from author Flannery O’Connor’s first novel. In one aspect, my Wise Blood blog is a paean to O’Connor. No question, she is a Christian writer whom I admire. When O’Connor refers to the “Christ-haunted South,” she’s describing the place where I live and something elemental about the proverbial air I breathe. My vision for this blog is to explore some of the glaring distortions of this world.

Blood is a powerful image. Scripture states:  “Without shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness (remission).” (Hebrews 9:22) Thankfully, the sacrifice of Christ brought forgiveness … but blood was shed.

Blooding is another powerful image. It’s a primal act, having one’s face ceremonially smeared with the blood of a vanquished foe. Blood is shed.

Blood is the vital principle, the liquid essence of life coursing through our veins everyday. Necessary, but oftentimes messy. This blog represents my observations of this bloody, messy life. Perhaps it should go without saying, but … there may be blood!

13 Responses to About

  1. gpcox says:

    Pleased to meet you. I’m certain I’ll enjoy many visits here.

  2. M. R. says:

    I actually wanted to leave a comment on your post “Not a Tame Lion”, but I couldn’t! Dunno why.
    I wanted to ask if you’ve read Susan Cooper’s “The Dark is Rising” series …? I wonder if we’re the same age … I turned 70 this year, and I’ve loved children’s literature since I was … a child! 🙂

    • wiseblooding says:

      So sorry you ran into a problem trying to leave a comment! Im not sure why you couldnt either. (WordPress is a mystery to me in most ways!) No, I havent read The Dark is Rising series, but I will put it on my list, given your recommendation. I will be 65 later this month. Thanks for reading. I look forward to your pieces as well!

      Rene Oelschlaeger

  3. Pool Service says:

    Great post, I really like your writing style, keep it up.

  4. I am from the Christ haunted South, though now living in upstate NY. I used to live in Fort Valley, GA, not far from Flannery O’Connor home. By the time I heard of her though I was living in St. Louis, but she is certainly one of my favorite authors now. I also am a Christian, though of a somewhat different stripe, being conservative biblically and liberal socially – a hybrid many think does not exist. You have a good blog here, you are literate and well spoken, and I wish you well.

  5. anna mosca says:

    Hi, I wanted to thank you for the follow! Please be aware that my blog is a bilingual one. So you may get links to some poems in English as well as to some in Italian… Pictures, on the other hand, have no language barriers 😉
    Keep up the good work.

    • wiseblooding says:

      It is my pleasure to follow. I did notice the bilingual posts and I admire you for being (and posting) bilingually. Maybe I’ll pick up some Italian as I read your posts? Looking forward to more.

  6. TC Conner says:

    We all know blood isn’t red until it’s oxygenated. Live analogy?

  7. Kelly Grace says:

    I have a secret envy of southern women and your bio could be mine except for the business owner ;). Glad I found you here on WP.

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