Sunday, September 30, 2012

My Favorite Week in Ordinary Time

The first week of October is DEFINITELY my favorite week in Ordinary Time.
Right at the beginning, on October 1st, is the feast of St. Therese of Lisieux.  She is the one I chose for my Patron Saint when I joined the Catholic Church.  
The very next day is the feast of the Guardian Angels.  My parish is under their patronage.
On October 4th, we celebrate the feast of the very beloved St. Francis of Assisi.  As you can imagine, I am really looking forward to that day's Mass on EWTN.
October 5th is the feast of St. Faustina.  I will be praying some extra Divine Mercy chaplets.
The week concludes with another beautiful feast: Our Lady of the Rosary.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Sunday Snippets--A Catholic Carnival

Join me and a growing group of Catholic bloggers at Sunday Snippets.  Thanks to RAnn for hosting.  I've discovered some wonderful blogs here.

Semper Gaudete!: Learning Brooklyn








Books Read In The Past Week


Books read for the first time are marked with a #

"Sand and Water" #
by Anabelle Hazard
[Catholic fiction, free e-book]
(available on her blog)
{ I designated this as one of my  Sunday books, and read it over two Sundays.}
I loved this book!

"Jo's Boys"
by Louisa May Alcott
[fiction]
{carried over from last week}

"My Chocolate Year" #
by Charlotte Herman
(children's fiction, Jewish family, 1945-1946)

"The Head Girl of the Chalet School"
by Elinor M. Brent-Dyer
(children's fiction, series, school stories)
{carrying over into next week}

Winky Meowing When Fr. Mark is NOT the Celebrant

I've mentioned several times that my cat, Winky, often meows when he sees Fr. Mark on EWTN, especially during the Mass.
However, he also, and quite often, meows if he is in the room with me when Mass begins, and Fr. Mark is not the celebrant, or one of the celebrants.  But he doesn't look at the TV and meow.
No.
If Winky is with me when Mass begins, and Fr. Mark isn't there, he turns around and meows at me!

Friday, September 28, 2012

Dad finds porn on his 13-year-old son’s computer, suggests better porn sites | LifeSiteNews.com

Dad finds porn on his 13-year-old son’s computer, suggests better porn sites | LifeSiteNews.com

Father of the year, he's not!




San Francisco vandals deface pro-life billboard featuring a newborn black baby: ‘Kill the Shrimp’ | LifeSiteNews.com

San Francisco vandals deface pro-life billboard featuring a newborn black baby: ‘Kill the Shrimp’ | LifeSiteNews.com

This is disgusting, absolutely nauseating!  But I can't waste time barfing.
No.  This calls for prayer!

Possible Relative

Well, here is another post about my search for my family history.
Today, I went to Google Translate, and translated my grandpa's surname (Rosenthal) and the name of the place he was born (Bessarabia) into Russian.  I then copied the Russian translation, 
pasted it into Google Advanced Search, and looked at some Russian sites.
Well, I found something fascinating! 
Here is the translation, copied and pasted.



Zolmen Rosenthal was born in the Bessarabian Jewish agricultural colony Telenesti (now district center Telenesti district of Moldova ), one of ten children in the family of the tenant. He studied at cheder , externally passed the exam for the initial high-school course in Odessa and enrolled in the eighth grade school, a then Novorossiysk University .
In 1914 founded the Jewish school in Telenesti, where he taught before moving to Chisinau in 1919 . Stories debuted in Warsaw newspaper Mordkhe Spector "Undzer Lebm" ( Our Life ) under the pseudonym S. Ashkenazi in 1910 . Actively published in Odessa press (poems and essays), and in 1917 served as a staff member of the Odessa newspaper "Dos Naye Lebm" ( New Life ). In 1918 in Odessa, one by one began to leave a book of poems and stories for children and adults, "Lideleh" ( Pesenki , 1918), "Dos Vunder Tsigl" ( Wonderful Goat , 1919), "Unter Eloһus Boym" ( Under the Tree of Elijah , 1919), "Dos Naye Lebm" ( New Life , short stories, 1919), "Dos Tsigele Vigele Bam" ( Goat in the crib ), "Dare Krechmer" ( innkeeper ), "Far Mayseleh Kinder" ( Stories for Children ).


I have no way of knowing for sure. My grandfather and I never talked about his years in Russia.
What I do know is that if Zolmen Rosenthal was a relative, he would be a cousin; my grandpa had
no brothers, only (very doting!) older sisters.


Thursday, September 27, 2012

Expanding My Collection

I'm expanding my Decorative Magnet Collection to include magnets with brand names.  I really planned to do this all along, but up until now I haven't been able to find one that fit the
perimeters of my collection.
I was especially glad to find this magnet



 because I've wanted a pickle-shaped magnet ever since I started my collection.



Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Some Sad Family History

In my search for my family history,  I've discovered some paternal cousins.  One of them, Steven Osha Brown, died of an accidental gunshot wound at the age of 17.  
 I wonder if my other cousins are still alive; I think I'd like to get in touch with them.  But I'm a bit concerned that they may think I am trying to stalk or scam them. There's so much of THAT going on these days!  On the other hand, what if someone pretending to be family tries to contact me?
Looking back, I wish my father had told me about my cousins.   I would like to have known about them, and that includes the sad things.  I would like to have known about Steven's death; I would like to have cried for him.


Monday, September 24, 2012

Homily 2012-09-24 - Fr Anthony Mary MFVA - Monday


 This is an absolutely wonderful, thought-provoking homily from Fr. Anthony.E

New Item in Vintage Media Collection

I came this advertisement while I was researching different places in Brooklyn.   Naturally, it went right into my Vintage Media Collection.
Now, I want to find out more, find out all I can, in fact, about the Brighton Beach Music Hall!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Learning Brooklyn

I wrote this post back in December.   Now, I am really acting on what I wrote.  I've started reading more online articles about Brooklyn, especially the part of Brooklyn where I was born.
This is a wonderful source of information, some of which I'll be sharing here from time to time.

And, in about a week, I plan to order this book.
I've started reading more online articles about Brooklyn, especially the part of Brooklyn where I was born.  
And, in about a week, I plan to order this book.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Sunday Snippets--A Catholic Carnival

I'd like to invite you to join me and a growing group of Catholic bloggers at Sunday Snippets.  Thanks to RAnn for hosting!  I've discovered some wonderful blogs here.

Semper Gaudete!: A VERY Good Sunday

Semper Gaudete!: Homily 2012-09-17 - Fr Anthony Mary MFVA - The Sacred Stigmata of Saint ...

Semper Gaudete!: Humor, Joy, and the Spiritual Life « The Gospel in the Digital Age

Semper Gaudete!: Threshold of Hope - 2012-09-18 - Verbum Domini - Fr Mitch Pacwa SJ.

Semper Gaudete!: Stand against United Airlines: CEO chairing Planned Parenthood fundraiser | LifeSiteNews.com

Semper Gaudete!: That is NOT Going into My Collection!

Semper Gaudete!: Headaches

Semper Gaudete!: Books Read in the Past Week

Books Read in the Past Week

Books read for the first time are marked with a #

"Sand and Water" #
by Anabelle Hazard
[Catholic fiction, free e-book]
(available on her blog)
{I've designated this as one of my  Sunday books, and am looking forward to seeing what happens next!}

"On Our Own"
by  Libby Lazewnik

{carried over from last week}
"Ghosthunters!"
by Malky Siegal
"And The Winner Is..."
by Aidel Stein
[children's fiction, Judaica, "Baker's Dozen" series ( created by Miriam Zakon) ]

"Queen of Bais Yaakov" #
The Story of Dr. Judith Grunfeld
by Miriam Zakon
[Judaica, biography]

"R U 4 Real?"
by Nancy Been Peacock
"Luv @ First Site"
by Tess Kindig
"Chat Freak"
by Kristi D. Holl 
[children's fiction, Protestant (denomination(s) unspecified) "todaysgirls.com" series, (created by Terry K. Brown)]

"Jo's Boys"
by Louisa May Alcott
[fiction]
{carrying over into next week}



Headaches

Headaches.   NOT a pleasant topic, although, when I got my VERY FIRST headache, I was actually pleased and proud.  It seemed like such a GROWN-UP thing to have!
But now I'm going to get serious.  Now, when I have a headache, I try to remember to offer it up, and to unite it with the incomparably worse pain Our Lord suffered at the Crowning With Thorns.
Compared to that, a headache is like a pat on the head!

Friday, September 21, 2012

That is NOT Going into My Collection!

The other day, one of the bars on the refrigerator door that keep things from falling out broke off.
I looked at Mom and quipped, "That is MUCH too big for  my Break-Off Collection!"

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Threshold of Hope - 2012-09-18 - Verbum Domini - Fr Mitch Pacwa SJ.


As soon as I heard Fr. Mitch's opening remarks, I KNEW that I would be sharing this! I was applauding in my living room!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Sunday, September 16, 2012

A VERY Good Sunday



Mom told me last night that she thought she'd be able to walk me to Church today, since
the weather has turned cooler. Oh, how VERY happy just the THOUGHT of going to Mass
and receiving Our Lord in Holy Communion made me feel!
And this morning, I enjoyed the Mass on EWTN even more than usual, knowing that in just a few hours, I would actually BE at Mass; I would actually RECEIVE Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament.
So did I actually GET to Mass today?
The answer is...
YES!!!!!
I wore my white Sunday veil, with a hair clip to keep it in place.  I saw only one other woman, who happened to be the Lector, wearing a veil, only hers was black.  

And oh, that moment when I received Jesus in Holy Communion!!!!!   What, on this Earth, can be more wonderful? 
Nothing.


Saturday, September 15, 2012

Books Read In The Past Week

 Books read for the first time are marked with a  #

"Dandelion Wine"
by Ray Bradbury
fiction
{carried over from last week}
(this is one of the books I like to read a bit more slowly,
one of the books I like to savor.

"Gretchen's Hill"
by Jeanette Eyerly
[children's fiction, historical (1920s)]

"Benedict of Bavaria" #
by Brennan Pursell
[biography]


"On Our Own"
by  Libby Lazewnik
[children's fiction, Judaica, "Baker's Dozen" series ( created by Miriam Zakon) ]
{carrying over into next week}

NunEssential: What's In A Name?....

NunEssential: What's In A Name?....
: This cartoon made me laugh! Happy Saturday :)

I just HAD to share this!  
And someday, perhaps, I will write a post about how people wind up with nicknames that they just can't seem to shake!

Sunday Snippets--A Catholic Carnival

I'd like to invite you to join me and a growing group of Catholic bloggers at Sunday Snippets.  Thanks to RAnn for hosting!  I've found some wonderful blogs here.

Semper Gaudete!: Upcoming Novena on EWTN

Semper Gaudete!: New Picture and new Label in my Rosary Art Collection


Semper Gaudete!: Classic "I Love Lucy" Episode Added to Two Collections

Friday, September 14, 2012

A Book I Plan To Order SOON




I'm definitely going to order this book. And I've also added the picture to my Chocolate Collection!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Upcoming Novena on EWTN

I'd like to let everyone know about this NOVENA which will be prayed live on EWTN from September 29th through Ocotber 7th.
It will be very easy for me to join in, because I watch the live Mass every morning.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Eleven Years Ago Today

I'm not going to blog, or repost, about what I remember about September 11, 2001.   Instead, I'm going to blog about what I do not remember.
I do not remember what I was wearing that day.
I do not remember what I had for lunch or supper.   [I remember that I had biscuits for breakfast.]
I do not remember what book I was reading.   I think I'm glad that I don't remember.  It might have ruined the book for me.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

New Picture and new Label in my Rosary Art Collection

I've just added another depiction of The Annunciation to my Rosary Art Collection.
I have also been going through my collection on Sundays, and adding, where appropriate, the label Angel(s).
Of course, EVERY picture of The Annunciation will have that label!

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Sunday Snippets--A Catholic Carnival

Come join a growing group of Catholic bloggers at Sunday Snippets. Thanks to RAnn for hosting every week!   I've found some wonderful blogs here.


Semper Gaudete!: Synagogue in Viznitz

Semper Gaudete!: 11-yr-old pro-life girl brought to tears by pro-abortion activists outside DNC Convention | LifeSiteNews.com

Semper Gaudete!: Something Added to my Break-Off Collection

Semper Gaudete!: Well, it Makes Sense!

Semper Gaudete!: Today's Homily - 2012-09-05 - Fr. Mark Mary - Wednesday

Semper Gaudete!: My Baba's Home Town

Semper Gaudete!: Homily 2012 09 06 Fr Alex Valladares Votive Mass of the Sacred Heart

Semper Gaudete!: Written By the Finger of God: Hi, I'm Anabelle. I'm an Internet-holic.

Semper Gaudete!: Abortionists don’t need a doctor’s license: bill rammed through California Senate | LifeSiteNews.com

Semper Gaudete!: Books Read In the Past Week

11-yr-old pro-life girl brought to tears by pro-abortion activists outside DNC Convention | LifeSiteNews.com

11-yr-old pro-life girl brought to tears by pro-abortion activists outside DNC Convention | LifeSiteNews.com

Every pro-lifer should have the strength and courage this girl has! 

Books Read In the Past Week

Books read for the first time are marked with a #


"The Princess of the Chalet School"
by Elinor M. Brent-Dyer
{carried over from last week}
"Visitors for the Chalet School" 
by Helen McClelland
(fill-in)
[children's fiction, school stories, series]

"Oh Susannah" #
by Ruth and Richard Holberg
[children's fiction, historical]
(Ruth Holberg wrote the book, and
her husband illustrated it.)

"Banana Twist"
"Banana Blitz"
by Florence Parry Heide
[children's fiction]
(it's been several years since I've read these books)

"Dandelion Wine"
by Ray Bradbury
fiction
{carrying over into next week}
It's a year since I last read this book!

Abortionists don’t need a doctor’s license: bill rammed through California Senate | LifeSiteNews.com

Abortionists don’t need a doctor’s license: bill rammed through California Senate | LifeSiteNews.com

  I am too disgusted to write much of a comment!  Let's pray that Governor Jerry Brown DOES NOT sign this bill into law.

Written By the Finger of God: Hi, I'm Anabelle. I'm an Internet-holic.

Written By the Finger of God: Hi, I'm Anabelle. I'm an Internet-holic.: 1.   Know what that is?   That is what happens when you get sucked into Pinterest.   You burn a little girl’s grilled cheese sandwich...

I read this post, and I just HAD to share it.  I'll be clicking on at least SOME of the links.
My favorite picture is the one of the Monastery in Hanceville, Alabama.  Those of you who are familiar with my blog can guess why!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

My Baba's Home Town

I came across this article about my Baba's home town. [Vyznytsia is another name for Viznitz.]
If the cemetery shown is indeed in Viznitz, then many of my ancestors are buried there.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Well, it Makes Sense!

Mom was visiting my niece and her husband  this past week.  Their little son, who is about to turn five, was asked what grade he was going to be in this year.
He answered that he was going into the fifth grade, because he is going to be five years old!
Well, it makes a lot of sense!

That reminds me of the scene in Beverly Cleary's Ramona the Pest, when Ramona went to school by herself for the first time. Her mother told her to leave the house at a quarter after eight.
Ramona knew that a quarter is 25 cents, so a quarter after eight must be 25 minutes after eight.
And, come to think of it, my nephew is about the same age as Ramona was in the book!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Something Added to my Break-Off Collection

Mom recently found something in one of her drawers, and gave it to me for my Break-Off Collection.  It is a plastic on/off and/or adjust volume button from a portable radio and/or cassette player, I think.
I've already realized that I won't always be able to identify everything in this collection with complete accuracy, but, after all, it is a casual, a VERY casual, collection.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Synagogue in Viznitz




This photograph of the Hasidic synagogue in Viznitz, Austria which I found online,was taken sometime between 1910 and 1920.
It may have been the one my family attended, although as far as I know, they never were Hasidic Jews.
Something new to wonder about!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Books Read in the Past Week

Books read for the first time are marked with a #

"Marya of Clark Avenue"
by Marie Halun Bloch
[children's fiction, based on the author's childhood]
(this is one of my VERY  favorite books,
one of my SPECIAL books.)
{carried over from last week}

"Call Me Ruth" #
by Marilyn Sachs
[children's fiction, historical]

"Stranger Online"
by Carol Smith
"Portrait of Lies"
by Dandi Daley Mackall
"Tangled Web"
by Kristi Holl
( todays.girls.com series, created by Terry K. Brown;
children's fiction, Christian, [Protestant, denomination
not specified] )

"The Princess of the Chalet School"
by Elinor M. Brent-Dyer
[children's fiction, school stories, series]
{carrying over into next week}

Scam Warning!!!



Phone Scam

 I would say that preying on the elderly, and exploiting the love of a grandparent for a grandchild is despicable, but that would be an understatement!

Sunday Snippets--A Catholic Carnival

Join me and a growing group of Catholic bloggers at Sunday Snippets. Thanks to RAnn for hosting! I've found some wonderful blogs here.

Semper Gaudete!: Scam Warning!!!

Semper Gaudete!: New Picture in, and Decision About, my Rosary Art Collection

Semper Gaudete!: Frustrating Candy

Semper Gaudete!: Farmor

Semper Gaudete!: The Gospel in the Digital Age

Semper Gaudete!: A Must See Episode of EWTN Live

Semper Gaudete!: Game Removed!

Semper Gaudete!: Walt Whitman Said It So Much Better Than I Could

Semper Gaudete!: Two More Magnets Ordered


Semper Gaudete!: Books Read in the Past Week

Two More Magnets Ordered

I've just ordered these two magnets for my Decorative Magnet Collection.