Saturday, January 31
Friday, January 30
Hat tip to First Things blog
Thursday, January 29
Wednesday, January 28
Esther gave me a very nice award. :) I've been very bad about responding to these lately, but I feel guilty (Catholics do guilt very well), so I'm going to try to pass this on. I'll be adding the picture to the sidebar ASAP.
“These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers. Deliver this award to eight bloggers who must choose eight more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award.”
- Jennifer at Conversion Diary
- Julie at Happy Catholic
- The Anchoress, as if she would read my blog! ROFL!
- The Raving Theist, who deserves something big for his big decision. (Maybe I should get him a picture with something manly in it, like gears or power tools or football players or something.)
- The Crescat, for having the flat-out best Catholic eye candy out there!
- Christina, the Hot Carmel Sundae, even if her posts are fewer these days
- Faith and Country, for consistently beautiful photography (check out the recent winter-blues-beating garden pictures!)
- Stacey at Housewife in Flip-Flops, because not much beats her stories about Ace for a good humor break
- suicide hotlines
- Abortion Recovery International
- Rachel's Vineyard (site for men here)
- Victims of Choice
- National Office of Post-Abortion Reconciliation and Healing
- Project Rachel
- Healing Hearts
- Safe Haven Ministries
- Ramah International
- Word of Hope
- Last Harvest Ministries
Tuesday, January 27
This is a post I'd probably like to revisit. Right now, I can't do it much justice, but maybe we can converse a bit about your ideas on this topic.
You might remember that phrase from the "prayer" offered after the inauguration.
Monday, January 26
There were plenty of signs that used the president's own words to point out the hypocrisy of his position on abortion. (Bob Dornan's speech was magnificent in this respect!) I'll post these pictures a little later, in another post, becuase Blogger is not being friendly about allowing me to upload right now.
Sunday, January 25
Contrary to Mainstream Media, Hundreds of Thousands at Giant Washington March For Life
Nellie Gray says larger number this year a reaction to Obama election
By Matthew Cullinan Hoffman and Steve Jalsevac
WASHINGTON, D.C., January 23, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Hundreds of thousands of pro-life demonstrators marched through the U.S. capital Thursday, protesting the deaths of almost 50 million unborn children by surgical abortion since the practice was legalized nationwide in 1973.
The March for Life, held on the anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision that struck down state laws nationwide, attracted large groups from around the nation, including Catholic dioceses and parishes, organizations of priests and laity, and various pro-family and pro-life organizations. Well over half of the participants were under thirty years old, including a very high percentage of adolescents.
March for Life chief organizer Nellie Gray told LifeSiteNews the crowd definitely appeared larger than normal this year. She said there were "definitely over 200,000" participants and noted that one television station reported that there were 300,000 participants in the march. Gray also said the march normally takes about one and a half hours to pass one point, but this year it took over two and a half hours, indicating a large increase in numbers. [emphasis mine -ed.]
Read the rest here.
Friday, January 23
Wednesday, January 21
Tuesday, January 20
In the meantime, if I could talk to him, I'd say thank you. Thanks for all of the things you've done for the country, and may God bless and keep you now and the rest of your life. I'll miss hearing from you on Thursday.
Take care, Mr. President.
Monday, January 19
I'm reading a book called Shattered Dreams, an autobiography of a woman who grew up as a Fundamentalist Mormon and was the second of ten wives to her Fundamentalist husband.
I have to say that the whole Mormon/LDS doctrine is just very strange. And I feel horrible for this poor woman - she was just so brainwashed about "The Principal" that she just succumbed to it - even against her better judgement. (A brief history of Mormonism can also be read here.)
It's the kind of book that just sucks you in when you start it. Engrossing!
What a beautiful story!
I'm grateful because we have good friends in the area that we are visiting for two nights, and because Big Girl's best friend is their oldest child. Best Friend Girl is also getting to go along. (Her Catholic school gives an excused absence to any child who attends the March.)
So, I'm squeezing in as many working hours as I can this shortened week in addition to homeschooling. So blogging might be a bit light. But we'll have pictures galore over the weekend!
Also this weekend: Little Girl has a First Communion workshop and we'll get to sign her up for a date. I'm really hoping we can work in the 9:00 Mass on Pentecost Sunday. That way, family can come for her dance recital, too, which is the night before.
Saturday, January 17
Friday, January 16
These are my actual glasses. I couldn't remember what brand I wound up with. Big Girl picked them out, Travel Man approved them. (He is, after all, the one who has to look at my face all the time.)
In a scene straight out of the movie "A Christmas Story," a 10-year-old Hammond boy got his tongue stuck to a metal light pole.
Marilla came briskly forward as Matthew opened the door. But when her eyes fell of the odd little figure in the stiff, ugly dress, with the long braids of red hair and the eager, luminous eyes, she stopped short in amazement.
"Matthew Cuthbert, who's that?" she ejaculated. "Where is the boy?"
"There wasn't any boy," said Matthew wretchedly. "There was only her."
He nodded at the child, remembering that he had never even asked her name.
"No boy! But there must have been a boy," insisted Marilla. "We sent word to Mrs. Spencer to bring a boy."
"Well, she didn't. She brought her. I asked the station-master. And I had to bring her home. She couldn't be left there, no matter where the mistake had come in."
"Well, this is a pretty piece of business!" ejaculated Marilla.
During this dialogue the child had remained silent, her eyes roving from one to the other, all the animation fading out of her face. Suddenly she seemed to grasp the full meaning of what had been said. Dropping her precious carpet-bag she sprang forward a step and clasped her hands.
"You don't want me!" she cried. "You don't want me because I'm not a boy! I might have expected it. Nobody ever did want me. I might have known it was all too beautiful to last. I might have known nobody really did want me. Oh, what shall I do? I'm going to burst into tears!"
Burst into tears she did. Sitting down on a chair by the table, flinging her arms out upon it, and burying her face in them, she proceeded to cry stormily. Marilla and Matthew looked at each other deprecatingly across the stove. Neither of them knew what to say or do. Finally Marilla stepped lamely into the breach.
"Well, well, there's no need to cry so about it."
"Yes, there is need!" The child raised her head quickly, revealing a tear-stained face and trembling lips. "You would cry, too, if you were an orphan and had come to a place you thought was going to be home and found that they didn't want you because you weren't a boy. Oh, this is the most tragical thing that ever happened to me!"
-Anne of Green Gables
Ad hat tip: Jean
Thursday, January 15
Wednesday, January 14
Several conservation groups including the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Birds Australia said the problem was not the original eradication effort itself — but that it didn't go far enough. They said the project should have taken aim at all the invasive mammals on the island at once.
"What was wrong was that the rabbits were not eradicated at the same time as the cats," University of Auckland Prof. Mick Clout, who also is a member of the Union's. "It would have been ideal if the cats and rabbits were eradicated at the same time, or the rabbits first and the cats subsequently."
Wren said plans to eradicate both rabbits as well as rats and mice from the island will begin in 2010. Helicopters using global positioning systems will drop poisonous bait that targets all three pests. Later, teams will shoot, fumigate and trap the remaining rabbits, she said.
Father de Souza's sermon was one of the finest I have ever heard and it was the most apropos. He began where most priests and deacons woefully and adversely omit: "we pray for the merciful judgment of Almighty on God on the immortal soul of Father Neuhaus for any sins he committed in life; for speedy purification of his soul; and for divine reward for all his goodness and acts of charity while he sojourned here on earth."
I can't even remember what we were talking about, but Little Girl was saying something about my awesome cooking powers* and finished it off with, "And then...boom! It's done." Or something to that effect. Travel Man and I had the exact same reaction at the exact same time.
Tuesday, January 13
Yes, Jesus with glow-in-the-dark hands.
Police have arrested a Greenfield man for allegedly arranging to sell his 14-year-old daughter into marriage in exchange for $16,000, 100 cases of beer and several cases of meat.
It's not a tablecloth, a hen, and a handful of cigarettes, but it's close.
Monday, January 12
- Sister Mary Martha discusses the different kinds of gluttony. (Travel Dad might want to look into this stuff for his Crusades stuff that he's working on.)
- Father Philip has a link-o-rama of his own - all good Catholic sites.
- First Things has a post on the 40th anniversary of Humanae Vitae. (I told you I'd been hanging on to this stuff!) Turns out the pope was right. (Shocker, I know.)
- First Things also had a bit about the shenanigans going on in the Minnesota Senate race. Did you know that the review board was acting in a biased manner, and (shocker, again!) it all seemed to be in favor of Franken?
- Again from First Things: Father Richard Neuhaus wrote a while back about his conversion. It wasn't apologetics, but a personal story. Fantastic. God grant rest to his soul.
- Here's one I haven't gotten to finishing yet, but Kevin talks about a mother and her daughters who were martyred during the Spanish Civil War. Plus, he discusses FOCA and other interesting items.
- Paul had a couple of items I've been saving. First, a funny summary of the debates before the election (in case you missed it). (The video seems to not be there, but the link provided gets you to a hysterical parody news site.)
- Paul also discusses why he, as a Catholic, believes in Santa. I skimmed it, and want to save it for the time when Little Girl is ready to stop believing. (I think she strongly suspects something, but doesn't really care to investigate further, unlike Big Girl's attitude towards the whole thing.)
- The Anchoress has some recipes for awesome Mystic Monk smoothies, which I cannot make because my blender is broken. So I'm saving the recipes until I can make one. She also had recipes for Oreo Truffles (which I found at Wal-Mart, but which she improves upon in her post). In a non-cooking-related post, Anchoress also shares a really touching picture some sisters painted (and wrote about). The image is of Eve and the Virgin Mary - and it just warmed my heart!
- Nancy Brown has weekly lectionary coloring pages. What a motivation for little people to pay attention to Mass when they have a worksheet to do later!
- I'd never heard of the Nutrition Diva, but Julie says she likes her. N.D. says that high fructose corn syrup is not the anti-Christ. Really.
- Sarah mentioned that the Knights of Columbus have a book club, and you can sign up to get the monthly books sent automatically if you'd like. Travel Man wants to do this. (Is that a surprise to anyone?)
- Maureen Wittmann always has lots of snazzy stuff I like. Home-based speech therapy (Little Girl has trouble with "r" even now, in second grade), environmental and outdoor education, and upcoming podcasts on how to teach with real books. If you're a homeschooler, Maureen's blog is a fantastic resource!
- I don't have an iPhone or iPod Touch yet, but I plan on getting an iPhone in about a year. When I do, I'll download the Brievery App pronto!
- Darwin Catholic has a neat post up about Ebenezer Scrooge. What was his business, anyway?
- Faith and Country has a couple of those neat Fatherhood ads (PSA's, really). They are so cute, and remind me a lot of Travel Man.
- NFP can be used to avoid pregnancy in grave circumstance. But what does that mean? The Ignatius Press Blog looks into how that phrase is translated.
- Dawn at Because I Said So has a link up to a cookbook she says has helped her get dinner on the table for her family of eight.
- Math-U-See has made some improvements in the new editions of their books. I'm looking forward to seeing when we finish off the math we're working on now
- Sonitus Sanctus had a lot of good links to MP3s and podcasts that I've been meaning to get onto my iTunes list: Latin prayers, Theology of the Body, general catechisis, How the Church Built Western Civilization, Where We Got the Bible (which is also a great book!), and Blessed Mother Teresa's 1994 Prayer Breakfast Speech!!
- Stories like this one from Fox News make me sick. The Culture of Death is all around us.
- The Knights of Columbus have a knack for finding all the stories I want to read. They've pointed out that the Vatican is pointing to the Pill as a reason for male sterility (not to mention that the co-creator of the Pill also says it's been a catastrophe!), that the Holy Mother Church is also very concerned with Gaza and the plight of all people there, including the mostly-forgotten Christians, that schooling is a changing area of culture between school choice and homeschooling, and that there is unrest in California over Proposition 8 and that there are those who would seek to impose their will on the state and her people despite the vote. Oh, yes, and that whole thing with the politics in Illinois. But is that really news, or just same-old, same-old?
- Yes, the news can be depressing when you pay attention to it. Thank goodness for Uncle Jay! I'm saving up a few of his posts from late last year to watch later.
- Apple Hot News is the place to get your real news on Apple (as opposed to rumors, which don't always pan out to be true, you know). They also offer hot tips on apps that are interesting (like this grocery one) and neat things you can do to make it easier to do stuff with your Mac.
- LOLCats (I Can Has Cheeseburger?) are always good for a laugh, and I really liked this one, cuz I can really relate.
- McSweeny's (sorry, can't recall who pointed that out) is hysterical. Here's one of the latest, Kids' Letters to Obama.
Friday, January 9
Thursday, January 8
From Catholic Culture:
FATHER RICHARD JOHN NEUHAUS DEAD AT 72
JANUARY 08, 2009
Father Richard John Neuhaus, the founder of First Things magazine, essayist and commentator, and author of numerous important works including The Naked Public Square and The Catholic Moment, died Thursday morning, January 8, at the age of 72. Father Neuhaus, a Lutheran cleric who entered the Catholic Church and became a priest of the New York archdiocese, was an adviser to prelates and presidents and spiritual mentor to a wide circle of friends, an enormously influential figure in discussions of Church-state affairs, and a key leader in Catholic-Evangelical dialogue. He died from complications of cancer.
Source(s): these links will take you to other sites, in a new window.(Updates will be at the Catholic Culture site, which is linked at the top of this post. More is here, too. And don't forget First Things, Father Neuhaus' magazine.)
Wednesday, January 7
Holiday cards should be addressed and sent to:
Holiday Mail For Heroes
P.O. Box 5456
Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456
Cards must be postmarked by December 10 , 2008. Cards received after this date will be returned to senders. For more information, please visit Redcross.org/holidaymail. You can also leave a message on the Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces Facebook Wall. [emphasis mine -ed]