July 25, 2009

The Love Edition — because there can never be enough love in the world. 1 Tonight husband and I went to a local pizza place near downtown (not the famous Jockamo’s  of previous entries), then did some walking and browsing in local shops. We found a fair trade store. When something is sold as “fair trade”, what that means is that the person or people who created it were compensated with a just or living wage appropriate to the area… Read more

July 13, 2009

This may not actually make a whole lot of sense to people unfamiliar with the series, but, then again, themes of good and evil are universal.  “It is Voldemort’s fault you were able to see into his thoughts, his ambitions, that you even understand the snakelike language in which he gives his orders, and yet, Harry, despite your privileged insight into Voldemort’s world, you have never been seduced by the Dark Arts, never, even for a second, shown the slightest… Read more

July 12, 2009

Life has loveliness to sell, All beautiful and splendid things, Blue waves whitened on a cliff, Soaring fire that sways and sings, And children’s faces looking up, Holding wonder like a cup. Life has loveliness to sell, Music like a curve of gold, Scent of pine trees in the rain, Eyes that love you, arms that hold, And for your spirit’s still delight, Holy thoughts that star the night. Spend all you have for loveliness, Buy it and never count… Read more

July 11, 2009

  1. In just under a week, we’re taking a family vacation! Husband and I, along with his parents and sisters, are taking a five day trip to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks! YAY!  I’m really excited to see this: and this:   and hopefully these: and of course:  I will post REAL pictures from the trip once I return!   2. T-minus 5 days until Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince comes out on video. I am about… Read more

July 7, 2009

“A mother is the most important person on earth. She cannot claim the honor of having built Notre Dame Cathedral. She need not. She has built something more magnificent than any Cathedral — a dwelling for an immortal soul, the tiny perfection of her baby’s body.”   -Cardinal Mindszeny   **************************************** Thanks to the wonderful ladies at Building Cathedrals, I’ve been thinking about modesty today. I’m off to Spirit and Truth (an adoration and community group in Indy) but will… Read more

July 6, 2009

I went on a weekend retreat with my husband in May at a place just outside Chicago called “Marytown”. It’s the national shrine to St. Maximillian Kolbe, and the home of the Conventual Friars of St. Francis. It was a wonderful and relaxing weekend, during which I was able to peruse their fabulous Catholic bookstore and get my hands on a little book which has been really thought-provoking, insightful, and challenging.  So much so, that it’s leading me to re-think… Read more

July 3, 2009

As tomorrow is husband and I’s six month anniversary of marriage, and we’re going to celebrate by painting our bedroom, then going to dinner — I probably won’t have time to post tomorrow.    1. I have had an eating experience that I simply must share. In my neighborhood there is a pizza place called Jockamo’s Pizza. It’s a pretty unassuming place, but they serve the most delicious pizza I’ve ever had — and I’ve had a lot of pizza. … Read more

June 29, 2009

Hello All — I meant to do this Friday, but had to flee my home because the AC broke and it’s been in the mid-90’s. So away we went to the in-laws, where it’s nice and quiet, and the AC works. 🙂 1. Agatha Christie — well, she’s wonderful. Any mystery you’ve read written after 1950 has probably stolen several of it’s plot dimensions from Dame Christie’s prodigious works. I just finished “The Mysterious Affair At Styles”, which was her… Read more

June 20, 2009

WOAH — I have been gone a long time! This summer is going by quickly and busily. I submit for your approval, the first 7 quick takes in a long time… 1. I have a new house! Husband and I moved from Chicago to Indianapolis last week. We moved from a small one-bedroom apartment in Lincoln Park to a three bedroom house in the eastside neighborhood of Irvington. Irvington is named after the author Washington Irving. It’s one of the… Read more

May 14, 2009

Well…a lot has been happening! I have finished grad school, and will actually receive my diploma in August when I finish my thesis. WOOHOO. Needless to say, I am glad to be finished with school for now (forever?).  I’ve started my own business as a Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant. Basically I get to help women look and feel their best, and help provide for my family. I’m learning so much about setting and achieving goals, and the importance for… Read more

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