Monday, May 30, 2011

Welcome to Hobby Talk Tuesday!

Hello, and welcome to Hobby Talk Tuesday! If you have a hobby of any sort, collecting, crafting, creating, or participating in an activity, and if you blog about that hobby,
here is a place to share posts from that blog. Pictures are also very welcome, as are
comments about books relating to your hobby.
To take part, go to your blog and make a post called Hobby Talk Tuesday. In that post,
highlight any post or posts you wish to share. Next, come back here and enter that post's
URL into Mr. Linky. And finally, check out what others have posted here.
Please remember to keep everything family friendly.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Books Read in the Past Week

"The B.Y. Times:
"The B.Y. Times:
Spring Fever"
by Leah Klein
(children's fiction, Jewish)
"Baker's Dozen
On Our Own"
By Libby Lazewnik
by Malky Siegal"Baker's Dozen
And The Winner Is..."
by Aidel Stein
(children's fiction, Jewish)
[series created by Miriam Zakon;
takes place in the same neighborhood as Leah Klein's "B.Y. Times" series.]
"B.Y. Times
Party Time"
"The B.Y. Times
Changing Times"
by Leah Klein
(children's fiction, Jewish)
To see what else I've been reading this week, please check the
"Currently Reading" list on my blog. :)

New Hobby, New Blog

Old Meets New
It seemed easier to create a new blog for this, but
I'm definitely not abandoning this blog.

Old Meets New: Old Song

Performed by Arthur Fields. Cylinder, 1919

This is one of my favorite early recordings.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Join in the "Rolling Rosary".

Rolling Rosary
Thank God I heard Fr. Anthony talk about this today on EWTN. I know what I'll be
doing between 8:00 and 9:00 Tuesday night!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Book Takes A Round Trip (almost)

Those of you who've been following my reading lists know that
I've been reading (among other things) Leah Klein's "B.Y. Times" series. What you may not have known, since I didn't mention it, is that I only had the first 9 books in the series.
"Had", not "have", because I recently ordered #10 (The New Kids) from a bookstore located in Indiana.
Well, the book came in yesterday's mail, and it turned out to be a discarded library book. I turned to the inside back cover, and burst out laughing, because the book came from:
That library is not far from where I live; I used to go there all the time. I may even have
taken out this very book from there at one time. It's rather a pity that there is no list of borrowers!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Books Read in the Past Week

"The Sweetgum Knit Lit Society"
by Beth Pattillo

"Little House in the Highlands"
"The Far Side of the Loch"
"Down To The Bonny Glen"
"Beyond The Heather Hills"
by Melissa Wiley
(children's fiction, historical)

"The B.Y. Times:
Shani's Scoop"
"The B.Y. Times:
Batya's Search"
"The B.Y. Times:
Twins in Trouble"
by Leah Klein
(children's fiction, Jewish)


Beginning this Tuesday, this blog will have a weekly Meme.
I hope you'll check it out.

Old Meets New: Classic Radio Skit

Click here to listen
To use a cliche, this one has stood the test of time.

Friday, May 20, 2011

New (Okay, not-so-new) Goals

This post is updated and modified from a post in one of my
old blogs.

I've decided to teach myself algebra and geometry. I flunked algebra three times, and I never took geometry. Math has always been hard for me because I have dyscalculia. So why do I want to teach myself these subjects? For the challenge, and to stretch my mind.
Why do I want to teach myself, rather than taking an online (it would have to be online,
because traveling is so difficult for me) course?
1: I need to be able to work at my own pace.
2: I am not doing this to get a grade or a degree.
I should say that this isn't my first, or even second, attempt to teach myself these subjects.
I tend to go gangbusters with my studies at first, and then gradually lose interest. That could be because, in the past, I spent too much time at it each day. This time, I'm setting a limit to how long I will study at one sitting by using an online TIMER.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Books Read in the Past Week

"My Sister, St. Therese"
By Sister Genevieve of the Holy Face
(Celine Martin)
[biography, Catholic]

"Getting Started (Brookville C.C. No 1)"
"Devori's Day (Brookville C.C. No 2)"
"Double Trouble (Brookville C.C. No 3)"
"Secrets (Brookville C.C. No 4)"
"Friends Forever (Brookville C.C. No 5)"
by Tziporah Elian
(children's fiction, Jewish)

"Mother Angelica, the remarkable story of a nun, her nerve, and a network of miracles"
by Raymond Arroyo
[biography, Catholic]

"Lexy For Short"
by Audrey McKim
(children's fiction)
"Dot For Short"
by Frieda Friedman
(children's fiction)
"Tansy For Short"
by Ruth Langland Holberg
(children's fiction, historical)

{Note the similarity in the titles
of these three completely unrelated

Br. Leonard and Br. Patrick

Br. Leonard and Br. Patrick will be ordained to the Transitional Diaconate at the Daily Mass
on EWTN this coming Saturday. Let's keep them in our prayers as they prepare for their ordination to the priesthood in 2012.

Thank God for vocations!

Old Meets New: Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (silent movie)

Here is another post from one of my old blogs.
This post has, by necessity, been edited.

I love to watch silent movies on the computer. It's fascinating to me to be able to use new technology to watch these old-fashioned, yet still entertaining, movies. Here is one I found on YouTube.
There were two originally, but one was removed from YouTube due to copyright infringement.

Mary Pickford in "Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm"

Incident on the Bus

I'm going to share an incident which, in one form or another, happened many times when I used to use public transportation. On this particular day, I was on the bus when an elderly woman boarded. She asked me for my seat. I explained that I was sorry, but I had to remain seated to keep my balance. She didn't believe me. Well, next thing I knew, everyone on the bus was commenting on how rude I was, what a liar I was.
"There's nothing wrong with her. She's just lazy."
"Young people today have no respect for their elders."
Well, I was embarrassed... and I was angry. I spoke up. "I'm not lazy, and I'm not rude. I really do have a physical handicap, and I'm not able to stand on a moving bus. And while you've been criticizing me, not one of you has offered this lady your seat. So
what are all of you, handicapped, or hypocrites?"

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Sunday Snippets--A Catholic Carnival

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

Semper Gaudete!: Schedule Shake-Up

Semper Gaudete!: Rosaries for the Unborn
(I hope you saw this earlier!)

Semper Gaudete!: Books Read In The Past Week

Books Read In The Past Week

"Tom Tackles the Chalet School"
"The Chalet School and Rosalie"
by Elinor M. Brent-Dyer
(children's fiction)

"First We Have Coffee
and then we talk"
by Margaret Jensen
[Christian (Protestant) nonfiction]

"The Home Has A Heart"
by Thyra Ferre Bjorn
[non-fiction, Christian (Protestant) themes,
anecdotes, recipes]
{May chapter only}

"The Choice"
by Suzanne Woods Fisher
[Amish fiction]

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Rosaries for the Unborn

Prayer is our strongest weapon in the fight against abortion.

Schedule Shake-Up

My usual morning schedule is:
4:45 AM: Radio comes on (WCBS FM). I slide out of bed and
onto my knees (first making sure Winky {the cat} isn't
in the way) and pray the Morning Offering and
a few other prayers.
Next, I decide whether I want to start my coffee now,
or later, and which flavor do I want? {No matter which
flavor, the brand is ALWAYS Mystic Monk. (On Friday,
it is ALWAYS Colombian Blend.)
(Aside: I'd better stop typing and order some more;
I'm running low)
Now back to this post!
At 5:45, the radio shuts off automatically, and I pray the Office of Readings and Morning Prayer from the Liturgy of the Hours, followed by the Angelus (Regina Caeli during the Easter Season).
Then, more often than not, I put the radio back on.
The high point in my day comes at 8:00 AM: Mass
on EWTN. (Remember, I can very seldom actually GO to Mass)
And there you have my USUAL morning schedule.
This past Sunday and Monday, however, things were different.
I was up at 1:40, and my coffee was ready. (My coffee-maker has a timer, very handy sometimes.)
At 2:00 AM, I prayed the Office of Readings.
From 2:30 to, if I remember correctly, around 6:30, I had the great joy of seeing Pope John Paul the Great beatified.
Then, Morning Prayer.
On Monday, I was up at 3:00 (or was it 3:30?)
Once again, I had pre-set my coffee-maker. Oh, thank God for coffee!
At 4:00 AM, I prayed the Office of Readings, and at 4:30, I watched the Mass of Thanksgiving for the Beatification of Pope John Paul II.
Tuesday: Back to my regular schedule.
I must admit that I enjoy a shake-up in my schedule now and then!