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…

"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…

... 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…

... 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...]

next they’ll come for the felt banners…

... word on the street is there's gonna be a crack down on ugly churches.Well, there goes all my fun. I guess it's back to ridiculing crappy art. … [Read more...]

should girls be allowed to be altar servers…

... here's a fun poll.You can make the obvious guess how I voted. If the purpose of being an altar server is to ignite the fires for the priesthood than why have a girl serve? To what purpose? And as a mother of a boy, I can attest that young men have no interest in pursuits that are considered girly. In fact, call me crazy, but women shouldn't be lectors either.That being said, I know quite a few young ladies who are altar servers and I know their parents. I know it would be … [Read more...]