Planning a Bachelor Party

SourceElder Son is "known" for his speechifying--he is a natural wordsmith who peppers his public remarks at such things as Eagle Ceremonies and Anniversaries with puns, and literary/mathematical references; he uses humor in such a disarming way that you don't realize exactly when his words became touching and sincere, only that you are suddenly wiping away a tear.He is is quite honored to act as Best Man for a fellow he's been friends with since the fifth grade and has already begun writing … [Read more...]

Elder Son's Sweet Girlfriend

I've never given her a name; Elder Son and she are both happy to keep their private lives pretty private, but Sweet Girlfriend -who I have decided to call Kitty- has pulled off a sort of "time-management/personal-drive" coup that is so impressive, I have to give a public shout-out to a kid (okay, they're all grown up, but "kids" to us) who put herself through college while working part-time and then commenced attaining outstanding grades in a tough out-of-state graduate program, all the while … [Read more...]

Young Women of Good Intention

I'm going to ask a favor of my readers who pray, to keep the intentions of a few young women in their prayers, particularly for the next week.First up, Elder Son's Sweet Girlfriend. This kid has been going to grad school full time (and earning all-A's) while working full time, and managing to pull it all off as she commutes between two states. Last semester was an absolute killer, but she never gave up. Now, it looks like she may have an opportunity to snag a much-desired assistant's job on … [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...]

Oh, nuts! Obama Speech Reax

I have not one, not two but three things I have to start writing for various deadlines, so I'm going to offer you a quick look-around from my email and a few sites and then tip the hat and ride off into the sunset for most of the day, pardners.Obama was going to bring "his own plan" on healthcare to the Congress yesterday, wasn't that the pre-speech meme?"This is the momentism!": Again with the Broadwayesque-Bombast. Every Obama speech is "the moment." Say, isn't that the big song from … [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...]