Thursday, March 31, 2011

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Books Read in the Past Week

"Donna Parker
A Spring To Remember"
"Donna Parker in Hollywood"
"Donna Parker
Mystery at Arawak"
"Donna Parker
Takes A Giant Step"
by Marcia Martin
(children's/young teen fiction)
{light, entertaining reading; some
serious subjects touched upon}

Raising 13 Kids With Humor and Prayer"
by Mary Ann Kuharski
(non-fiction, Catholic)

"Look Through My Window"
by Jean Little
(children's fiction)

One Book Leads To Another.... And Another.... And Another

I read J.D. Salinger's Catcher In The Rye in late adolescence, a time when many old youngsters (I'm using that term here instead of young adults) love that book. Many, but not all. I didn't like it, and I never
expected to read any more Salinger.
Then, many years later, I read There's A Boy In The Girls' Bathroom, by Louis Sachar. Now, THAT'S one of my favorites. Anyway, in this book, one of the characters, a school counselor named Carla, reads a passage from another Salinger book: Raise High The Roof Beam, Carpenters.
I liked the quote enough that, after more than thirty years, I gave J.D. Salinger another try.
I read Raise High The Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction. {I'm about due for a re-read of those novellas}. Next, I went on to Franny and Zooey. In this book, Franny reads The Way Of A Pilgrim, which I'd never heard of before, but is now another great favorite of mine. {I have, among books, a great many great favorites!}
Perhaps what I love best about Franny and Zooey is that it introduced me to The Way Of A Pilgrim!
But I still don't plan to re-read Catcher In The Rye.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

EWTN Press Release on Fr. John Corapi

CLICK HERE, and then scroll down.
EWTN wants Fr. Corapi back on the air as much as his viewers and listeners do. Maybe more.
Oh, HOW I'm praying!

Baby Joseph's Surgery Successful

Now this baby's family will be able to have some more time with him; precious time with their
precious child.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Please Pray for Fr. Corapi

I firmly believe that Fr. Corapi is innocent of these charges.
Satan wants to shut him up!

American Citizen

This is adapted from a post in one of my old blogs.
Fifty year ago today, my Baba became an American citizen. I did not, however, learn about this until after her death.
In retrospect, I think I would have liked to be at the ceremony, or at least to have celebrated the event in some way. And not just because my favorite song at that time just happened to be America the Beautiful!
I wonder if there are any families who commemorate, in some way, the anniversary of the day one of them, perhaps now deceased, became a naturalized American, while at the same time honoring their heritage from the old country.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Sunday Snippets--A Catholic Carnival

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

Semper Gaudete!: Baby Joseph Rescued!!!

Semper Gaudete!: Contrary to Any Impression We May Get From The Secular Media----

Semper Gaudete!: Shamrocks..... and Cats

Semper Gaudete!: Baby Joseph's struggle a teaching moment on the value of life, says priest :: EWTN News

Semper Gaudete!: - Spanish Priest Faces Excommunication After Claiming To Have Paid For An Abortion

Semper Gaudete!: The First Saint I Ever Heard Of

Semper Gaudete!: Books Read in the Past Week

Books Read in the Past Week

"Franny and Zooey"
by J.D. Salinger
{Originally published as two separate stories in The New Yorker in January, 1955 and May, 1957}
[I have mixed feelings about this book.
I could do without the profanity, for one thing.
I love J.D. Salinger in some ways, but in other ways he drives me crazy. And I want to learn more about some of
the things that drive me crazy about Salinger.]

"Worst Room in The School"
by Lois Baker Muehl
(children's fiction)

"Donna Parker at Cherrydale"
"Donna Parker, Special Agent"
"Donna Parker On Her Own"
by Marcia Martin
(children's/young teen fiction)
[I loved these books when I was in
my early teens. Not exactly classics,
but still enjoyable.]

The First Saint I Ever Heard Of

Slightly adapted from a post in one of my old blogs

Today is the Solemnity of St. Joseph, Husband of Mary. People love to quote the saints, but we cannot quote St. Joseph. None of his words have been preserved.
I take that back about not being able to quote St. Joseph. We cannot quote his words, but we can, and should, "quote" his devotion to Jesus and Mary.
St. Joseph was the first saint I ever heard of, but that was because of the children's aspirins! LOL!
I like simple, homely {homely as in homelike, not, definitely not, as in unattractive] images. I love to think about St. Joseph walking the floor when the Baby Jesus was teething.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Disaster--- or at least a mess--- Averted

Thank God I saw the hole at the bottom of the new garbage bag before I put in the coffee grounds! - Spanish Priest Faces Excommunication After Claiming To Have Paid For An Abortion - Spanish Priest Faces Excommunication After Claiming To Have Paid For An Abortion

This hurts. This really, really hurts.
This priest needs our prayers.

Baby Joseph's struggle a teaching moment on the value of life, says priest :: EWTN News

Baby Joseph's struggle a teaching moment on the value of life, says priest :: EWTN News

Shamrocks..... and Cats

This post originally appeared, in a slightly different form,in one of my old blogs.
Shamrocks.... and Cats
Today, St. Patrick's Day, I'm wearing a green top, and a green hair ribbon. I had Irish oatmeal for breakfast supper. In Lenora Mattingly Weber's Katie Rose Belford series, the mother stirs up a loaf of Irish soda bread every morning. Maybe I'll try making it someday!
Today is also the Feast of St. Gertrude of Nivelles, patron saint of cats and cat lovers. Too bad I don't have a blouse or top with shamrocks and cats on it!

Contrary to Any Impression We May Get From The Secular Media----

----This is NOT a picture of St. Patrick!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Baby Joseph Rescued!!!

Please click HERE for article.
I cheered, and I mean I actually stood up, clapped my hands, and shouted "HOORAY!!!"
when I heard this news!
Thank God for Fr. Frank!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Books Read in the Past Week

"The Art Spirit"
by Robert Henri
Compiled by Margery A. Ryerson

"The Way of a Pilgrim
and The Pilgrim Continues His Way"
author unknown.
Translated by Helen Bacovcin
Foreword by Walter J. Ciszek, S.J.
(Spirituality [Orthodox, Russian] Fiction? Non-fiction?)

{Only two books finished this week}

My First Ash Wednesday

I remember my very first Ash Wednesday, my first day of
fasting as a Catholic. For me it was easy as pie; it was
a piece of cake. (Although, of course, I had neither pie nor
Remember, I am a Jewish convert, a veteran of Yom Kippur
fasts: From a little before sundown until a little after sundown,
no food, and nothing to drink. Not even a sip of water!
The not eating wasn't all that hard (I'm not saying it was a picnic, but who picnicked on Yom Kippur, anyway?).
What I found hard was the "not even a sip of water" part.
So, my first fast as a Catholic was easy in that respect. What I found difficult was figuring out the "two small meals that
together don't equal a full meal."
It was like a combined one-day-diet and math exercise!
When Fr. Kelly asked me how I'd gotten through my first
fast-day, I couldn't help laughing.
"Father," I said, "you don't know from fasting!"

The Glad Game of Lent

The Glad Game of Lent

As an admitted, unabashed Pollyanna lover, I just HAD to
share this post.
Don't miss Karen's article on Pollyanna's Glad Game


I am a multi-blogger, working on several blogs at once.
Thank God we don't have to limit ourselves to just one blog!
Update:I wasn't just multi-blogging. I was over-blogging! I had one blog which was just a collection of advertisements, another that just had posts from various other blogs, including my own... I think I even had a blog about blogging!
Face it, I was a blogaholic. So I finally reduced my blogs to four, and then incorporated them into just one! This one! LOL!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Books Read in the Past Week

"My Name Is Asher Lev"
"The Gift of Asher Lev"
by Chaim Potok
(fiction, Judaica, art and artists)

"Henry Huggins"
"Henry and Beezus"
"Henry and Ribsy"
by Beverly Cleary
(children's fiction)
[if my calculations are correct, this
is my gazillion and eighth reading of
the "Henry Huggins" books]
{these books can STILL make me laugh out loud}

"Phebe Fairchild
Her Book"
by Lois Lenski
(children's fiction, historical)

"Slam Book"
by Ann M. Martin
(YA fiction)

Lent Starts On Wednesday....

....and I want it to be a bit different this year; I want
to do a little more.
So this year, in addition to no junk food, no soda, no chocolate in any form whatsoever, no eating between meals, no alcohol (I like a glass of wine or beer once in awhile with a meal),
I've decided to abstain from meat (but not fish), except on Sundays, solemnities, and
feast days. On Fridays, I will even abstain from fish, because, to be honest, I love fish sticks, and this is another "extra sacrifice" I want to make this Lent.
I also plan to pray the Stations of the Cross every day.

The Best Laid Plans....!!!!

This is from one of my old blogs.
Back in the 1920s, my grandparents, Rose and Nathan Rosenthal, lived in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. An elementary school was scheduled to be built on their block, so Grandpa, wisely, IMO, opened a candy store. How could he have known that plans for the school would fall through? Just think! I could have been related to a candy store!!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Asher Lev and Matisse

This post is adapted from a post in one of my old blogs.

Quote from "My Name Is Asher Lev", by Chaim Potok: "His art is not enjoyable. He is not Matisse." That was my introduction to Henri Matisse, whose art I find extremely enjoyable.
I love it when a book leads me to something new, and that seems to happen fairly often.