Happy Birthday, Gioachino Rossini

Looney Tunes was responsible for my love of classical music. Why can't today's cartoons be as smart? Le sigh. … [Read more...]

Farmer Kat…

... or things I kill on any given day.I've decided that since I finally have enough land, I was going to start farming. "Farming" in the urbanized definition being a couple of raised garden beds and maybe some chickens. Ok. I'm totally sold on the idea of having chickens. Just look at this cute coop!That's a legitimate reason to have livestock right? Because of the cute accessories? Sure. I mean look at it. It's in Tarheel Blue!I'm even going to Raleigh's Tour d'Coop this … [Read more...]

they make specific outer-wear for a reason – so you won’t have to show up for church looking like you just came back from milking the cows…

... There is never an excuse, ever, for a lady to don the denim or plaid jumper.Yes, I understand the functionality of the jumper; you can farm, garden, herd cattle, and chop wood simultaneously while nursing a set of twins in a sling. I've heard this is the jumper's main appeal. It is sturdy, washable, inexpensive and stain resistant. But so is a burlap sack.If you advocate a jumper for it's functionality while doing chores and chasing children then why on earth would a women want to … [Read more...]

I will say it again and again till I’m blue in the face and passed out on the floor – WOMEN DESERVE BETTER THAN ABORTION …

... Abortion hurts women. It crushes their spirit. Destroys their lives. Breaks their hearts. Leaves them emotionally raw and vulnerable. Makes them feel their self worth is diminished.Abortion is not just a "medical procedure", if it were there would be no need for post-abortive support groups like Rachel's Vineyard and Silent No More. People aren't typically suicidal or racked with life long guilt after a simply surgical procedure. If abortion is nothing more than the medical removal of a … [Read more...]

‘The Bachelor’ reaffirms the important role of fatherhood…

... I never thought a show like the Bachelor would be one to reaffirm the traditional family model, but there it is. Nancy French, a contributing blogger at What She Said, writes about one Bachelor's encounter with his 'girlfriend's' father. It went something like this;Bachelor: If we get engaged I expect to live with your daughter in sin.Father: That's not how we do things around here, son.Fast forward.... Dad scared Bachelor and Bachelor dumps girl. Score one for Dad and one … [Read more...]

Girolamo Romanino c. 1542…

Today's link: The Hospitality of Lent … [Read more...]

priest fired over improv prayers…

... this story reminds me of a local parish I visited once where the priest changed the Agnus Dei to something like, "Protector of the Earth, you take away our carbon footprint" and some other such nonsense."In a rare letter of explanation about an internal personnel dispute, Bishop Edward Braxton of Belleville, Ill., publicly responded to the firing of the Rev. William Rowe, who has been pastor of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Carmel, Ill., for 18 years.Braxton said in the Feb. 14 l … [Read more...]

Spongebob and the Seven Deadly Sins…

... I'm going to have to test this lesson on my son, the connoisseur of Spongebob Squarepants. Paul Cat takes the seven deadly sins and examines each one as personified by characters on the television cartoon Spongebob Squarepants. Clever chap, that Paul Cat. … [Read more...]

what’s on the menu in Catholic Heaven…

... There's this place in Charlotte that serves the best Mexican food I have ever tasted - I'm sorry, Abuelita, forgive me. But yes, the two sisters from Nuevo Laredo who run Las Margaritas on Independence Blvd can make you feel like your stomach has died and gone to Catholic Heaven.Catholic Heaven; that culturally diverse part of Heaven where all the Papists hang out and dine, drink, and dance. It's also the part of Heaven where the taps never run dry and there are rivers of beer. … [Read more...]