Meet Catherine!

Hello all!
 My name is Catherine Hawthorn. I'm also sometimes known as Farm Lassie. Please, call me Catherine!

I'm a young woman in my mid 20s, who currently resides in the great (and expensive) state of Pennsylvania. By academic training, I am an agricultural historian - meaning that I have focused on the history of farming. I am the proud owner of a dual degree in agriculture and history, and plan on entering the public history sector as soon as I can. 

When I'm not chasing the ever elusive "dream" job or chatting with my blogging buddies, I love to read, cook, bake, sew, knit, crochet, write fiction, play music and even draw occasionally. I love all things feminine but that doesn't stop me from loving the outdoors, riding horses, farming or marksmanship. I'm always interesting in learning something old-fashioned: whether it's hearth cooking, handspinning or learning how to drive horses.

Though I tend to be a stubbornly independent little shield-maiden, I sure wouldn't mind if a handsome man (prince, Mountie, cowboy, I don't care) came riding up on a horse in conquest of my heart. As long as he courts me instead of dates me. 

In terms of music, I love to listen to Celtic, country, instrumentals, medieval music, and musicals, though I will also listen to the occasional classical, jazz, or clean pop/rock piece. My favorite artists/music groups include Clamavi De Profundis, Anúna, Celtic Thunder, Celtic Woman, Maddie and Tae, and Josh Turner, among others. I'm also a huge lover of Gregorian chant and polyphony. 

My bookshelves are full of historical and contemporary fiction, as well as a few fantasy books. Though, I'll pick up almost any clean book that I get my hands on. If I had to pick favorite authors, they would include J.R.R. Tolkein, G.K. Chesterton, C.S. Lewis, Jen Turano, Jane Austen, and Lucy Maud Montgomery.

My favorite movies are also an eclectic mix, which include period dramas, Catholic saint movies, Disney (especially Disney Princesses), musicals, and Marvel. 

I'm also a life-long diehard Philadelphia Eagles fan. #FlyEaglesFly! 


But first and foremost, I'm a Traditional Roman Catholic.

What is a Traditional Roman Catholic?

Well, to put it in simple terms, I'm a Catholic that is in love with the old traditions of the Roman Rite. I love the old Latin Mass, I still observe the "no meat on Fridays" rule, and I try to bring my Faith to the forefront of my life instead of in the background.

My patron saints are St. Megan, St. Catherine Laboure and St. Michael the Archangel. Other favorite saints include St. Monica, St. Augustine, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, St. Padre Pio, St. Bernadette, and others. I'm also striving for greater devotion to the Blessed Virgin.  

My personal motto is this:

Desciscendum et labore ad Deo


It is Latin for "Detach and work for God".

 In all of my works, I try to present a Catholic/Christian worldview and present hidden themes, similar to great Catholic writers such as J.R.R. Tolkein, G.K. Chesterton and Flannery O'Connor. Writing for my own pleasure is good, but writing for the greater glory of God is better.

 I look forward to chatting with y'all!

Scribblingly yours,

Catherine

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19 comments:

  1. Hello there! I am in your Cabin at Camp Nano. I will definitely wander around your blog. Oh, and I'll leave notes. I love commenting. XD

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    1. Hi MiddleEarthMusician! It's so much fun collaborating with you in Camp! Can't wait to read them!

      Catherine

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  2. Nice to "meet" you Catherine!
    I smiled to see that we have similar music tastes! Have you ever heard of Two Steps from Hell or E. Posthumus? They are not Celtic like I noticed many of your other favorites were but they still write epic music.

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    1. Hello!

      Haha, those artists are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the music I like. If I listed everything I listen too, the post would be three times longer.

      I've heard of Two Steps from Hell, but I haven't really checked them out. I've not heard of E. Posthumus though, I'll have to check that one out.

      Thanks for commenting!

      Catherine

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  3. Hey, Catherine! Thanks so much for your comment on my blog. I’ve seen you in comments, but for some reason, I could never find your blog!

    It’s so awesome that you’re writing for God’s glory! That’s my goal as well. I hope you have a wonderful new year, and I’m looking forward to reading your posts :)

    ~ riley aline

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    1. Hello Riley!! Thank you for stopping by!!

      All for Him!!

      So far, the year has been going well! I look forward to yours as well!

      Catherine

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  4. Okay, so I was like....99% certain I had already followed your blog...and then I started thinking "Why do I never see Catherine's posts??? Does she even post???" So I looked and yeah...I haven't been following...SO SORRY!!!

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    1. You're not the first person that has said that....

      I do, albeit on a rather random schedule...

      Glad to have you aboard, Julian!!!

      Catherine

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  5. Hey, Catherine! I nominated/tagged you for the Liebster Award on my blog, and the post just went up!

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    1. Got it and done! (Sorry I forgot to reply to this comment....)

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  6. Hi! Thanks for stopping by my blog.
    I have to ask, what is historic agriculture? I mean, I feel like that’s self expanatory in a sense, but like what do you study to major in that? It sounds absolutely fascinating!

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    1. Hi Maddie!! I love your blog - especially the farming posts :).

      *giggles* Don't worry, I get asked it a lot, especially since it is a sort of blanket term. For the past couple of years, I was working at what are called living history sites. Basically, those sites recreate what life (and sometimes farming) was like in a certain time period for the public. I concentrated in the farming side of that field - taking care of farm animals and doing hand work (hoeing and harvesting) in the fields, especially.

      So, there is no set academic path for historic farming - a lot of people just seem to pick it up from mentors. Not having that advantage, I went to a regular 4 year college and double majored in Agriculture (Animal Science) and History.

      Right now, because I'm unemployed, I'm looking to rejoin the "normal" agriculture field for a time in order to help pay off the ever present college debt (which may call for an edit to this page...LOL.)

      If you have any other questions, I'll be happy to answer them! Thanks for the follow!!

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    2. Thank you!!
      Oh I see! That sounds really fun. There’s a living history museum about an hour from here and I always wanted to work there during the summer when I was a kid, but never got around to it. It’s still my favorite place to visit though.

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  7. Hello Catherine! I was delighted to find your blog. So far I have loved everything I`ve read!! It`s always great to find fellow Traditional Roman Catholics, as well as awesome blogs like this! I`m really excited by your Celtic music recommendations because I have been looking for music like that to listen to while writing stories. And I love Celtic Thunder and Celtic Woman! God Bless! ~Giselle

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    1. Hi Giselle!! Thank you! I tend to write more of my Catholic posts on my other blog Working by Candlelight (you can access it via clicking on the title picture in the sidebar), but I'm so glad you enjoy this blog too!

      Aww you're welcome! I'll have to write a post one of these days with Celtic novelling music (I've been exploring a lot of different artists, too many to name!!)

      God bless you as well!!

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    2. Definitely going to check that out!
      Yes please do! That`d be awesome!

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  8. Hi there! My friend Nicole (@Legend of a Writer) pointed me this way after I mentioned that I'd like to know more about the Catholic faith. Your blog looks like a lovely place-- also can I just mention, did you say you enjoy writing in third-person omniscient POV? I have found a kindred spirit! No one else I know seems to think that third-person omniscient is great. :P

    I'm an aspiring writer too, hoping to create art for Jesus. (I'm a missionary kid living in Beijing, China, and discipleship has always been part of my life.) I look forward to reading more from you on The Rebelling Muse!

    I blog at https://imperialscribis.wordpress.com/ :)

    ~ Merie

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    1. Welcome Merie! I've seen you around the blogosphere before and have longed to get to know you better!

      I'd love to start a conversation with you about the Faith! I tend to talk more about my Catholic Faith on my personal blog Working by Candlelight (frugallyfancyfarmlass.blogspot.com). If you have any specific questions, definitely email me using the contact form (it's right under the castle picture in the sidebar).

      Ahhh! Someone else also loves third-person omniscent other than me! You get all the thoughts, feelings and motivations of the characters with it, and that makes it so much more enjoyable!

      Hey that's awesome! People can really connect with art on so many levels (I suppose that's why the Church was always a large patron of the arts in the day).

      I look forward to talking with you more!

      God bless,

      Catherine

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How are you, dear friend? Come closer to the fire, and make yourself comfortable! I'd love to hear what you've been thinking about, even if it's an old post! I only ask that proper decorum be observed.

I always try to reply to my correspondence! Have a blessed day!
~ Catherine