keeping my sanity this season …

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... Having awoken from my Thanksgiving food coma, I am ready to tackle the season of Advent with pious gusto. The first order of business, get an Advent wreath. Last year I set the greenery on fire. I like to use real greenery around the house for wreaths and take holly boughs from my bushes, mostly because it's free but also because it smells oh so good. When everything else is dead and bare the bright green of real garland strung around the house livens the dreary cold atmosphere of winter. I … [Read more...]

what the new translation taught me…

Because nothing says "I'm here to adore you, Jesus" better than thoughtless robot responses.

... After the congregation stumbled through the mass last night, myself included, with a few "and also with your spirit" responses it became obvious that I wasn't paying hard enough attention to the mass itself. I wasn't truly present, just merely on auto-pilot.I think the start of Advent is a good time to be reminded not to spiritually take mass for granted. There was a time in my formation process during conversion where I knew all the scriptural references and symbolism involved in … [Read more...]

and nothing caught fire…

... Normal blogging will resume after this brief moment of parental pride.Tonight The Boy served mass for the first time. I'm not sure who was more nervous but I can proudly say that no altar linens were set ablaze. That is all.Side note; when I posted these and other photos on my facebook page a few commented wanting to know if this was a mass in extraordinary form. Nope. It's just a regular solemnly celebrated novus ordo mass at my wonderful parish. A vigil mass no less. … [Read more...]

novena for Philip Johnson begins Nov. 30th…

It took me awhile to notice Philip was in this picture too.

"The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge has announced a novena to Our Holy Mother, patroness of the Diocese of Raleigh, on behalf of seminarian Philip Johnson. The novena will begin on Wednesday, November 30, 2011, and culminate on Thursday, December 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception." Follow the links provided for Novena details and prayers.Kind readers, please include Philip in your prayers and join me for this novena. I will post reminders closer to the 30th. … [Read more...]

hump day humor…

obama love note

... In the news yesterday, an OWS supporter slipped Obama a love note that reads like a Christmas Wish List. The supporter, gazing at B.O. with doe eyed admiration, handed him the shopping list which reads;"Organic eggs Buttermilk syrup Ruined American economy Vegetable Medley Socialized Medicare"photo credit: BMP and John K. The Photoshop Genius. … [Read more...]

apparently there is a time and place for down-twinkles…

... My son had quite an eventful day today. Now I have to make an appearance at the principal's office. Luckily, for your amusement, he blogged about it. My mom and her friend went to see the people living in tents downtown. She said they were down there protesting being poor and that they hate the government and taking showers or something like that. She told me about their hand signals and we watched a youtube video. We thought the twinkle fingers were really funny. Anyway, my new teacher … [Read more...]

Pretty frock give-away…

If I wore this in my kitchen I might actually look like I do something at my counter other than mix drinks.

... Mrs. Betty Beguiles is having a pretty frock give-away sponsored by Shabby Apple. Follow the link provided below and enter her give-away for any dress from Shabby Apple. Seriously. Any dress your heart desires!Mrs. Beguiles & I share the opinion that ladies should dress the part, even if you're doing nothing more than sitting about blogging at your computer and having a morning margarita.WIN A FREE PRETTY FROCK! … [Read more...]

Tips for surviving the Thanksgiving holiday…

... Thanksgiving can be stressful; dealing with the family and that one crazy uncle compiled with all the endless cooking. Something always get burnt or catches fire and the drunk, true to form, drinks too much and gets belligerent. It's even more stressful if you are a first timer undertaking the monumental task of preparing the whole meal.Whatever the circumstances may be, please let me share with you my sage wisdom on dealing with Thanksgiving. This is carefully gleaned advice from years … [Read more...]

Guido Reni, St. Cecilia in her Glory…

When I make it back to Rome I intend to visit Santa Cecilia in Trastevere. She's a dear saint to our family of musicians. … [Read more...]


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