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!

20 thoughts on “About

  1. 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! 🙂

    1. So sorry you ran into a problem trying to leave a comment! I¹m not sure why you couldn¹t either. (WordPress is a mystery to me in most ways!) No, I haven¹t 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!

      Renée Oelschlaeger

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

    1. 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.

  4. I’ve enjoyed reading through your website. God, family and country. These bind us to each other, just as with millions of others. They are the essence of a human life well lived. God bless and good luck. Thank you for following my blog.

    1. Thanks for your comment, K.Q. I’ve been enjoying posts on your blog as well. I look forward to more. God bless!

  5. WB, Thank you for your kind follow. I think you might enjoy the book that I’ve recently had published. You’re welcome to have a look at the test readers’ enthusiastic comments, and, if you find it interesting, I’ll be happy to send you a (free, of course) .pdf copy:



    No worries if you aren’t interested. If you are, please email me at themirrorbooks@gmail.com. Forgive me, but I am chuckling at the last sentence of your lovely About. “… there may be blood!”

    There may, indeed. Thank you for the large smile you’ve placed on my face. I think you’ll really enjoy the book. The rampant political skullduggery is a function of a narcissistic culture, which I will get into in the sequel. Feminism is also the result of narcissism, and I get into this in the current book.

    Once one understands gender narcissism, it becomes so easy to understand those ugly feminists and why they do the the wicked things that they do. There’s a pattern.

    1. Thanks for your comment and I look forward to reading more of your blog. Yes, I’m interested in your book. I will email you.

      Definitely with you on the gender narcissism. Our experiences may have similarities I won’t go into here. Thanks again!

  6. Cannot find any area with bio information on any of these sites and the contact site displays an error 404, page does not exist or cannot be displayed.

    1. I’m sorry to know you’re getting an error 404 message. Not sure why. The site currently appears to be functioning as designed. I hope you’ll try again.

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