Saturday, January 29, 2011

Books Read in the Past Week


"What Jane Austen ATE and Charles Dickens KNEW
From Fox Hunting to Whist-the Facts of Daily Life
in 19th-Century England"
{started week before last}
by Daniel Poole
(non-fiction)

"Papa's Place"
{started last week, finished on Sunday}
by Margaret Jensen
(nonfiction, Christian, [Protestant] )

"The Bad Times of Irma Baumlein"
{started on Sunday, finished on Monday}
by Carol Ryrie Brink
(children's fiction)

"Eight Cousins
or
The Aunt-Hill"
{started on Monday, finished on Thursday}
by Louisa May Alcott
(children's fiction)

"Betsy and The Great World"
{started on Thursday}
by Maud Hart Lovelace
(young adult fiction)

"The Betsy-Tacy Companion"
by Sharla Scannell Whalen
[Chapter Twelve,
On Betsy and The Great World
only]
(non-fiction, biographical)












Friday, January 28, 2011

Try Contemplating Your Navel



That's probably one of the last post titles you'd expect to see in a Catholic blog, but I was contemplating my navel today. In other words, I was thinking about my belly button, about
why I have a belly button.
I have a belly button because, when I was born, my umbilical cord was clamped off.
So from contemplating my belly button, I went on to contemplating my umbilical cord. I thought of how I received nourishment and oxygen through that umbilical cord while I was in the womb.
And the fact that I needed nourishment before I was born is, to me, another proof that life begins at conception. If life began at birth, we wouldn't need to be nourished while in
the womb.
"For Thou didst form my inward parts, Thou didst knit me together in my mother's womb." [Psalm 139:13]
A belly button is a wonderful reminder of how God provides for us, cares for us, from the very beginning of our lives.
So, yes! Try contemplating your navel.






Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Philadelphia police nab abortionist, nine others on infant murder charges :: EWTN News

Philadelphia police nab abortionist, nine others on infant murder charges :: EWTN News
I am angry, so angry about this taking innocent lives. And I am also SO GLAD, SO THANKFUL,
that these murderers have been arrested.
That clinic should have been named The Herod Clinic.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Books Read in the Past Week

"What Jane Austen ATE and Charles Dickens KNEW
From Fox Hunting to Whist-the Facts of Daily Life
in 19th-Century England"
{started last week}
by Daniel Poole
(non-fiction)

"First We Have Coffee
and then we talk"
{started last week, finished on Sunday}
by Margaret Jensen
(biography, Christian [Protestant] )

"Good Old Archibald"
{started on Sunday, finished on Monday}
by Ethelyn M. Parkinson
(children's fiction)

"Here's A Penny"
{read on Monday}
"Penny and Peter"
{read on Monday}
"Penny Goes to Camp"
{read on Monday}
By Carolyn Haywood
(children's fiction)
[ One of my favorite authors when
I was a little girl]

"Little Men"
{started on Monday, finished on Friday}
by Louisa May Alcott
(children's fiction)
[I'm reading one LMA book a week,
in order of publication. I read "Little
Women" as it was originally published,
that is, as two separate books.]

"The Mystifying Twins"
{started on Friday, finished on Saturday}
by Joan Price Reeve
(children's fiction, Christian [Protestant )

"The seven 1/2 sins of Stacey Kendall"
{read on Saturday}
by Nancy J. Hopper
(children's fiction)

"It Happened to Hannah"
{read on Saturday}
by Ruth Rounds
(children's fiction)

"Papa's Place"
{started on Saturday}
by Margaret Jensen
(biography, Christian, [Protestant] )

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Pope, rabbi express pleasure over coming beatification of John Paul II :: EWTN News

Pope, rabbi express pleasure over coming beatification of John Paul II :: EWTN News

How fitting that his beatification will take place on Divine Mercy Sunday.
And can you imagine the joy Pope Benedict will have in beatifying his
predecessor... and his friend?

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Books Read in the Past Week

Week of January 09-January 15, 2011

"Chevy Krohn, Model Camper (Almost!)"
by D. Shreiber
{started last week, finished on Sunday}
(children's fiction, Jewish)

"A Place of My Own"
{read on Sunday}
"A Pocket in My Heart"
{read on Sunday}
"The Fairy Tale Friend"
{started on Sunday, finished on Monday}
"Sunflower Girl"
{read on Monday}
by Marcia Hoehne
(children's fiction, Christian, [Protestant], series )

"An Old-Fashioned Girl"
{started on Monday, finished on Saturday. I love to linger over certain books.}
By Louisa May Alcott
(children's fiction)

"What Jane Austen ATE and Charles Dickens KNEW
From Fox Hunting to Whist-the Facts of Daily Life
in 19th-Century England"
{started on Tuesday}
by Daniel Poole
(non-fiction)

"Thee, Hannah!"
{read on Saturday}
by Marguerite De Angeli
(children's fiction, historical)

"First We Have Coffee
and then we talk"
{started on Saturday}
by Margaret Jensen
(non-fiction, Christian [Protestant] )

Friday, January 14, 2011

New Zodiac Signs?????

People who believe in astrology may now have to think for a minute when asked, "What sign were your born under?"
Click
HERE for the story.
If anyone asks me what sign I was born under, I will give the same answer I've
given for years.
"Maternity Ward!"

Not only Illegal

I pray for the day when abortion will be not only illegal, but absolutely unthinkable.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Books Read in the Past Week



"A Short History of the Honey Bee: Humans, Flowers, and Bees in the Eternal Chase for Honey"
{started week before last, finished on Monday. E-book}
by E. Readicker-Henderson (author)
and Ilona McCarty (photographer)
[non-fiction]
My next grocery order will definitely include honey in the comb.

"Longer Flight:
A Family Grows Up With Books"
{started last week, finished on Tuesday}
by Annis Duff
[non-fiction]


"More Adventures of The Great Brain"
by John D. Fitzgerald
{started on Sunday, finished on Monday}
(children's fiction, historical, humorous)

"Little Women, Part Second"
[AKA "Good Wives"]
by Louisa May Alcott
{started on Monday, finished on Friday [this one of the books I like to linger over.] }
(fiction)
I'm reading LMA's books in order of publication,
just one a week in order to stretch them out.
Also, I read "Little Women" as it was
originally published, that is, as two separate
books.

"Once Upon a Christmas Time"
by Thyra Ferre Bjorn
{read on Wednesday}
(non-fiction)

"Henner's Lydia"
{started on Friday, finished on Saturday}
"Yonie Wondernose"
{read on Saturday}
by Marguerite De Angeli
(children's fiction)

"Chevy Krohn, Model Camper (Almost!)"
by D. Shreiber
{started on Saturday}
(children's fiction, Jewish)




Wednesday, January 5, 2011

My First Prayer as a Catholic

Today is the 37th anniversary of my baptism into the Catholic Church. I was 20 years old at the time.
I knew that my first prayer as a Catholic would be an interior one, and I hoped that it would be something beautiful, something profound, something almost, note that I say almost, good enough for this wonderful event.
That, however, is not what happened. My first prayer as
a Catholic was neither beautiful nor profound.
My sponsor was a young woman, just a few years older than me, who lived in the same building. Because she was a bit nervous, she chomped on bubble gum during the rites. I don't think Fr. Conroy was impressed.
And so, this is what I prayed inwardly as the water was poured over my head:
"Please, Lord, don't let her pop a bubble!"

Monday, January 3, 2011

Back In Touch, Briefly

I just recently got back in touch, through Facebook,
with one of my childhood friends. We were very close at one time.
His aunt called my mother this morning and told her that he'd been found dead.
It's strange how, when you hear of the death of a childhood friend, the memories, the half-forgotten times, come rushing back.
How much time did we spend in each other's apartments? (We lived in the same building). How
many records did we listen to? How many comic books and ViewMaster reels did we trade? How many places did we go? How much mischief did we get into?
And how did we lose touch with each other for all these years?
Thank God, we got back in touch, although briefly, much, much too briefly.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Sunday Snippets--A Catholic Carnival

Join me and other Catholic bloggers at Sunday Snippets. Thanks to RAnn for hosting!

Semper Gaudete!: Communicating with a Canadian Cat



Semper Gaudete!: Books Read in the Week of December 19-25 2010



Semper Gaudete!: A Time To Remember


Semper Gaudete!: New Year's Resolutions, 2011

Books Read in the Past Week



"A Short History of the Honey Bee: Humans, Flowers, and Bees in the Eternal Chase for Honey"
{started last week. E-book}
by E. Readicker-Henderson (author)
and Ilona McCarty (photographer)
[non-fiction]

"Bequest of Wings
A Family's Pleasures with Books"
by Annis Duff
{started last week, finished on Tuesday}
"Longer Flight
A Family Grows Up With Books"
{started on Tuesday}
by Annis Duff
[non-fiction]

"Little Women"
by Louisa May Alcott
{started last week, finished on Wednesday}
[fiction]
( Read both off-line and online. I have an oversized illustrated edition. )

I'm reading LMA's books in order of publication,
just one a week in order to stretch them out.
Also, I am reading "Little Women" as it was
originally published, that is, as two separate
books.


"Turkish Delight & Treasure Hunts, Delightful Treats and Games from Classic Children's Books"
by Jane Brocket
{started on Wednesday, finished on Saturday}
[non-fiction. e-book]

"The Perfect Life"
by Vivian Sokal Miller
{read on Thursday}
[Novella, Jewish]

"Tam Morgan
The Liveliest Girl In Salem"
by Ruth Langland Holberg
{started on Thursday, finished on Friday}
(children's fiction, historical)

"The Great Brain"
by John D. Fitzgerald
{started on Friday}
(children's fiction, historical, humorous)

"The Home Has A Heart"
by Thyra Ferre Bjorn
{January chapter only; read on Saturday}
(non-fiction, Christian themes)















Saturday, January 1, 2011

New Year's Resolutions, 2011




I've made three resolutions for 2011

1: Read through the Bible.
I'm actually using three different Bibles, in different translations.
I'm following the daily reading given
in the Catholic One Year Bible, {The Living Bible] but it's not the Bible I'm actually reading; this version is not my cup of tea. There are five readings for each day:
Old Testament, New Testament, Psalms, Proverbs (a very short reading!) and Deuterocanonical Books (in a separate
section at the back. )
I'll be reading different passages at different times of the day,
using the Revised Standard Version, Catholic Edition.
If I tried to read all five sections at one time, I'd wind up with
a hodge-podge, mish-mash, higgledy-piggledy jumble in my
head.
(Of course, I will also turn frequently to favorite passages and verses NOT
prescribed for that day.)
And the third Bible? That is the Catholic Women's Devotional Bible (New Revised Standard Version). After I read a passage, I'll check to see if there is a devotion for that passage.
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2: Read through The Catechism of the Catholic Church (online,
a few paragraphs a day.)
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3: Have a budget and stick to it.

Would you like to share your New Year's Resolutions?