Homework & Hospitals

Elder Son & Buster, long agoLongtime readers may recall that while he was in High School Buster frequently landed in the ER usually from a rash move on the playing field:Now he's away at college, and here we are again. Only Buster can apply himself to his homework and land in the hospital! He had an assignment to videotape reactions to the breaking of social norms, and then to analyze them. His partner taped him intruding on a game of catch by making a play intended for another.His … [Read more...]

A wee prayer request

Buster says: Pray for me!For any so inclined, if you could whisper up a prayer for Buster, today. He is auditioning for a singing job that actually pays and if he gets it, it will be a big help to all of us, while he is still in school, plus it will give him some professional singing experience. Thanks!For newer readers who are unacquainted with Buster -of whom I have not written much since he went fo college- you can meet him here, here and here. … [Read more...]

Little Black Book of Violence

Over at PJTV, Dr. Helen talks to Lawrence Kane about his book, The Little Black Book of Violence: What Every Young Man Needs to Know About Fighting. I had seen this book recommended at Instapundit last year, and put a copy of it into my son Buster's Christmas stocking.Watch Dr. Helen's enjoyable chat with Kane, which I enjoyed and think you will, too.After watching the video, I gave Buster a call. He says he is almost halfway through the book and likes it quite a lot. "It goes out of its … [Read more...]

"You will always have this…"

A Puffy-Eye'd Crybaby with Monkey FaceInside Catholic is reposting something I'd forgotten that I'd written, and upon re-reading, I think it's worth recommending to you:I knelt at my seat, thanking and welcoming Jesus, as I'd been taught, and suddenly I was in the grip of something I had never felt before -- an indescribable sweetness, an overwhelming sense of . . . what, exactly? I could not have then articulated the ringing sense, deep within myself, of "holy, holy, holy" like the peal of … [Read more...]

Funk, Priesthood, Military & Jobs – UPDATED

I know that header could describe the state of the whole nation, right now; we're in a funk.But really, I am simply down with a bit of a fever/sore throat/immune system thing, and shivers. So I am taking it easy today.Woke up with this on my mind, though: "someone's son has to be the priest; someone's child must be the soldier, and the cop." I have no idea why that was with me. When my kids were growing up my husband and I always made it clear that whatever would make them happy … [Read more...]

Would he piss on an image of Obama?

Larry David found comedy fodder in piety on the latest episode of his series, "Curb Your Enthusiasm.'On the show's most recent installment, which aired Sunday, David urinates on a painting of Jesus Christ, causing a woman to believe the painting depicts Jesus crying. ... During Sunday's episode, David, who created, wrote and produced "Seinfeld," visits a bathroom in his assistant's home and splatters urine on a picture of Jesus. Instead of wiping it off, David leaves the restroom. Minutes … [Read more...]

"Say 'Man & Wife'!"

Nothing like your nerves finally having their way with you.A great bit of fun courtesy of Tom Elia. Love the Princess Bride reference.Speaking of Princess Bride, this is still my favorite scene. Good memories of my kids running around the house in cowboy boots and swords repeating the line...I believe Buster once got a time out for scaring a playmate in pre-school by declaring "Hello! My name is Inigo Montoya! You killed my father; prepare to die!" … [Read more...]

"I Love My Life"

I don't know why it is but my nightstand drawers routinely get filled and then overfilled with the weirdest, most random stuff, until finally I cannot close them anymore. This morning became "clean up" day, and aside from finding scores of broken pencils and no sharpeners, a paper I'd written for an Anthropology class 15 years ago, a worrisome number old invoices, some snarled up threads and a small tube of toothpaste, I also found a little card Buster had made for me when he was about 5 or 6 … [Read more...]

Why you need an IT guy in the family

You need an IT guy in the family because things fall apart.Centers do not hold.Also things like mail programs get corrupted. Other things get messed up because Firefox crashed.Then, when you are whimpering in the corner, because you haven't a clue how to deal with any of it, your Elder Son, who is back in school to get all kinds of mysterious computer certifications, comes in. Behold the IT guy: he is a hero in the mold of classic heroes. He is grave, but compassionate. He scolds you … [Read more...]

No Hernia!

The oddest title I've ever posted!Thanks to all of you who offered prayers for Buster; nothing humbles me more than knowing that perfect strangers are taking the time to pray for my family members. God bless you. … [Read more...]