So Let's Try a Coffee Talk Here

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By Danielle Bean

Okay folks, we still don't have many of the changes we are anticipating putting in place here, but I thought we could give a preliminary Coffee Talk a try over here at ...

Let's have an Open Forum and see how it goes. I'm sure many of you have been holding onto ideas, thoughts, and questions over the past couple of weeks while we were Coffee Talk-less. 

Have at it! What's on your mind? Let's talk!

Danielle Bean


  • Just testing the comments ...

    Posted on Nov 1st, 2012 at 8:15 AM by Danielle Bean

  • Just wanted to say that I LOVE the new Catholic Digest. I feel like it speaks to me as a woman and mom so much more.

    Posted on Nov 1st, 2012 at 8:16 AM by Chaunie Brusie

  • I disagree. I'm very glad that Faith and Family will continue, but this site looks very businessy to me.

    Posted on Nov 1st, 2012 at 8:39 AM by Sarah

  • I don't care one way or the other about the look of the site but I miss F&FL! I hope everyone makes their way over here!

    Posted on Nov 1st, 2012 at 11:05 AM by Becky Le

  • I love this page. If anyone is intersted I have a blog too, visit me and post a question or comment:)

    Posted on Nov 1st, 2012 at 12:10 PM by Carrie

  • Okay, I'll start...any ideas for surviving peri-menopause??? Yesterday was the first time in two months that my husband and I were able to be intimate because of peak-type mucus all month long. I've tried progesterone, cryo-surgery, Optivite, etc. Our doctor is NaPro certified, so I know he's doing everything possible. But it's becoming quite a burden on our relationship. I know that sex isn't everything, but we miss that intimate connection. Any help would be appreciated!!!

    Posted on Nov 1st, 2012 at 2:14 PM by Amy

  • I am thrilled that there's a new venue for Coffee Talk, but I'm concerned that not all of the "regulars" will find it. I clicked here from Facebook, but I couldn't figure out how to get here from the Catholic Digest home page. As for format, I'm not a fan of it either, but Danielle noted in the header that this is far from a finished product, so I'm not too worried about it!

    Posted on Nov 1st, 2012 at 2:25 PM by MR

  • If you build it, they will come. You'll just have to get the word out via F&F.

    Posted on Nov 1st, 2012 at 7:53 PM by michelle reitemeyer

  • I also tried unsuccessfully to find the Coffee Talk without going through the facebook link. Is there a way to do this?

    Posted on Nov 2nd, 2012 at 8:52 AM by Sarah

  • Does this mean the blogs are gone?

    Posted on Nov 2nd, 2012 at 11:58 AM by Mary Breiner

  • Amy, I have battled the same problem of constant fertile type mucus for 20 years, and have just recently discovered the Marquette Method which uses the Clearblue Easy Fertility Monitor and the Digital Ovulation Predictor Kit. Although I approached the method with skepticism, I found it very easy to learn and to use. The first month of charting, I tried to combine the monitor readings with the mucus, but it was a complete failure. So for the past five months, I have only been charting and using the monitor readings. Additionally, for the past year, I have been working with a NaPro doctor to identify the underlying cause of the mucus, without success. After looking at my charts last week, she agreed that I should discontinue Creighton and use Marquette. The Marquette Method can be found online. I only wish that I knew about this method earlier, because the failure of the other methods of NFP caused so much damage to our marriage that we now must work to repair our relationship.

    Posted on Nov 2nd, 2012 at 3:29 PM by Deanna

  • Yes, I agree with Sarah that I only found this via FB after almost commenting on the general "what happened to f&f" post something that is definitely off topic for that thread, but something that I would have immediately posted at the old F&F. Six months ago, I had a benign brain tumor removed and suffered a major stroke as part of the surgery. It has been a long and difficult recovery as I have three boys, ages 7, 5 and 2. This morning was the first time I was able to kneel at mass without leaning on the pew behind me. Yesterday was a rough day, marking the six month anniversary of my diagnosis and hospital admission, so it made today's accomplishment especially sweet. Thank you, Lord.

    Posted on Nov 4th, 2012 at 3:38 PM by Katie

  • I agree that it is a little hard to find this spot. Also agree that I am wondering if all the regular bloggers from F&FL will be blogging here too. Here is my question of the day, if anyone is hanging out here. I have really been suffering lately from anxiety related to being a mom in the world we live in today. I mean, it seems like there is just so much bad news - kids getting killed by nanny, kid mauled by wild dogs at the zoo, girl kidnapped and killed, hurricanes, the election, etc... I want to be an informed person, I do read a lot of news, but it honestly makes me want to shut everything down and just become a hermit! My DH says, "just don't read the bad news," but I can't seem to help clicking on the links and obsessing that that bad news will somehow become mine. I worry so much about how we will be able to protect our kids in a world like this. I have 4 kids 6 and under and I am just terrified that something bad will happen to one of them, and I'm just one person - how can I protect them all? At the end of the day - I think it boils down to the fact that I am really suffering from a lack of faith and hope. I feel beat down emotionally from it all. Does anyone else ever get like this?

    Posted on Nov 6th, 2012 at 3:46 PM by Jen

  • Jen, I think we all get that way from time to time, if we are aware at all what goes on in the world. My son is 25, and I still worry every day what his life will be like, and if his generation will have the opportunities mine did. I too sometimes become overwhelmed with all the "bad" out there. I know it is not easy, but I've been trying very hard to do what I know I CAN do, and then just give the rest to God. It may sound cliche, but it really works for me when it all just gets to be too much. I know I can't protect my loved ones from all that is out there, so all I can do is pray for them when they leave the house, make the sign of the cross over them, and give them to God. I hope this helps a least a little dear. Blessings.

    Posted on Nov 7th, 2012 at 12:54 PM by Mary Breiner

  • I can't believe this Coffee Talk has been going on since November 1, and I just found it. It seems like there should have been a way to make it more obvious to the F&F readers. Also, it's disappointing that there's no way to be notified of follow-up comments.

    Posted on Nov 27th, 2012 at 9:01 AM by Claire