Saturday, October 27, 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!: New Bible, Old Bible
Semper Gaudete!: Today's Homily - 2012-10-22 - Fr. Joseph Mary MFVA

Books Read in the Past Week

Books read for the first time are marked with a #

"Milepost 67" #
by Marian Potter
[children's fiction]
{carried over from last week}


"Andrea Carter and the San Francisco Smugglers"
"Andrea Carter and the Trouble with Treasure"
"Andrea Carter and the Price of Truth"
by Susan K. Marlow
[children's fiction, Christian (Protestant), historical]

"A Circle of Quiet"
"The Summer Of the Great-Grandmother"
{carrying over into next week}
by Madeleine L'Engle
[non-fiction, taken from her journals]

A Teacup and A Frog

I expect to have a teacup and a frog within the next week.  Those are the two new magnets I've just ordered for my Decorative Magnet Collection.



Friday, October 26, 2012

Terrible News from France

I heard about this on the news.  
Free abortions?
No.
No such thing.
Every abortion costs at least one human life,
at least one person
and everything that person would have achieved.


Thursday, October 25, 2012

Homily 2012-10-25 - Rev Br John Paul Mary MFVA - Setting the Earth on fire


Great homily!  

Lena Dunham: Your First Time

Warning: You might want to have a barf bag on hand when you watch this video!

'Catholic' university hosts pro-abortion theologian who compares Mass to gay sex | LifeSiteNews.com

Ever read an article and want to scream?   I've just read this article, including the quotes from Tina Beattie.  What she has written about the Mass is nothing less than blasphemy.  It is also complete and utter nonsense, in the most negative sense of that word!
I've also read the items about that [cough cough] "Catholic" university at the bottom of the article linked above. 
Ever read an article and want to scream?

Senate candidates say ‘life begins at birth’: don’t expect the science police to call them out | LifeSiteNews.com

Senate candidates say ‘life begins at birth’: don’t expect the science police to call them out | LifeSiteNews.com

"Life begins at birth?"  BALONEY!  And I'm using the word baloney as a substitute for another word, one which is not appropriate for this blog.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Typo, or Subconscious Inspiration?

I recently came across, and shared, an article in which "Planned Parenthood" was written as "Planend Parenthood."  Now, while this be a typo, there is a great deal of truth in it.
After all, that IS that organization's PLAN... END PARENTHOOD.

Monday, October 22, 2012

New Item in Break-Off Collection

I've added something to my Break-off Collection.  It is a brass knob from, I believe, a small drawer or cabinet.  It is smaller than the one I found a couple of months ago, and has a different design. If it had been the same size, with the same design, it would not have gone into my collection. No duplicates.

Today's Homily - 2012-10-22 - Fr. Joseph Mary MFVA



Great homily, with good anecdotes, about Blessed John Paul the Great.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

New Bible, Old Bible

I recently ordered, and have already received this Bible.  It took me a few weeks to decide whether or not to purchase it.  I knew that it would mean economizing for a while in other areas.
Less expensive orders at the online grocery store.  Less Chinese take-out (not a problem; a couple of lunch specials go a long way).  Cutting down on book orders.
So is this Bible worth the price?
Yes, and more.
I love Biblical art, and this Bible has absolute gorgeous, full-page stained-glass window pictures.  I did not know this when I sent for this Bible, so I was pleasantly surprised.
And now the question is, what will become of my old, paperback, over-marked Bible? Nothing.
Absolutely nothing.
The Bible I just got will be my study Bible, but this is still my cozy, comfortable, familiar, primary
reading Bible.





Saturday, October 20, 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!: I Wish I Watched This Channel

Semper Gaudete!: 61 Years Ago Today

Semper Gaudete!: What Is Your One More Thing?

Semper Gaudete!: Sorry, Mr. Vice President, that is not a ‘fact’ | LifeSiteNews.com

Semper Gaudete!: Homily 2012 10 16 Fr Mitch Pacwa SJ Christ has set us free

Semper Gaudete!: Homily 2012-10-17 - Fr. Joseph Mary MFVA - Feeding what is good in us

Semper Gaudete!: Family Names

Semper Gaudete!: Homily 2012-10-19 - Fr Anthony Mary MFVA - The North American Martyrs

Semper Gaudete!: The Gossip of Viznits

Semper Gaudete!: New Item in Chocolate Collection

Semper Gaudete!: Books Read In The Past Week


Books Read In The Past Week

Books read for the first time are marked with a #

"The Chalet School and Jo" 
by Elinor M. Brent-Dyer
[children's fiction, school stories, series]

{carried over from last week}

"Andrea Carter and the Long Ride Home"
"Andrea Carter and the Dangerous Decision"
"Andrea Carter and the Family Secret"
by Susan K. Marlow
[children's fiction, Christian (Protestant), historical]

"Take The Trophy and Run" #
 by Gail Sattler
[fiction]
(Bloomfield series)

"Jenny Jones and Skid" #
by Jane Quigg
[children's fiction]

"The Great Brain"
"More Adventures of The Great Brain"
[children's fiction, historical]

"The Cutters"
by Bess Streeter Aldrich
[fiction]

"Milepost 67" #
by Marian Potter
[children's fiction]
{carrying over into next week}

Priesthood Sunday Novena

Please join me in praying this novena leading up to Priesthood Sunday.

New Item in Chocolate Collection

Here is the latest addition to my Chocolate Collection, added just minutes ago!

Friday, October 19, 2012

The Gossip of Viznits


Back when there were horses, instead of cars, on the roads, there was a woman in Viznits, Austria, whom I shall simply call "The Gossip of Viznits." (For one thing, I never knew her real name!)
All I know is what happened the day she gossiped about the wrong person, my Baba's grandmother, Leah.  And it is from Baba that I heard this story when I was about eleven years old.
Anyway, The Gossip of Viznits used to go around telling stories about everybody.  Lies.  Half-truths.  Slander.  Insinuations. Inuendos.  
And yes, there were reputations ruined because of her.  
She was feared.  She was hated.
But, she was also listened to.   So many people will listen to gossip, as long as it isn't about them.
My great-great grandmother never listened to her.
Perhaps that is why The Gossip of Viznits decided to start a particularly nasty rumor about her. I do not know what that rumor was; Baba didn't tell me.
But as that woman was talking, great-great grandmother herself walked by and heard her.
She took swift, decisive action.  She scooped up a handful of dirt from the road, a road used,
as I said, by horse, and shoved that dirt right into The Gossip of Viznits' mouth!
That woman stood there, coughing, gagging, spitting.  Baba's grandmother walked away,
head held up, dusting off her hands.
Several hours later, one of her friends came to warn her, "That woman's husband is on his way over to see you.   You'd better hide." 
Hide?  Not great-great grandmother.
When the woman's husband came and asked her, "Did you stuff dirt into my wife's mouth?"
Baba's grandmother answered, "Yes. I did."
She expected a terrible argument.
The man bowed to her, and kissed her hand.
"Thank you," he said.  "Maybe now I'll have some peace."
And, as far as I know, that woman never gossiped again.  She didn't dare!
And after that, my great-great grandmother was considered a heroine in Viznits.
When Baba told me this story, I remembered an incident from my nursery school days.
I walked by the sandbox, and heard another little girl telling a lie about me.  Without realizing it at the time, I emulated my great-great-grandmother.
That girl ate sand that day!

Homily 2012-10-19 - Fr Anthony Mary MFVA - The North American Martyrs


Some parts of Fr. Anthony's homily are not easy to listen to, [descriptions of martyrdom never are!]  but I am sharing it because I think it needs to be heard.  I love the part at the end about Joe Biden!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Family Names

I discovered the maiden names of TWO of my ancestors,  thanks to ancestry.com.
My maternal great-great grandmother Leah Wechsler's maiden name was Kronenfeld.
[Great-great grandmother was rather a heroine in Viznits, Austria; I will share the story of how that came about tomorrow.]
My paternal great-grandmother Hulda Isberg's maiden name was Anderson (or Andersson).
  I also learned the origin of the surname Isburg.  Two brothers adopted the name; they were the first Isbergs.  Jonas Isberg is my great-great grandfather.  
There were, and are, Isbergs all over Sweden, and all over the United States.
My branch of the family came from Bullmark, and settled  in Burdell, Michigan.
For anyone who has an account on ancestry.com, here is my family tree.
I wonder if there are still some Isbergs in Bullmark!



Saturday, October 13, 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!: Two New Pictures

Semper Gaudete!: Found While Googling Beverly Cleary

Semper Gaudete!: What's In A Name?

Semper Gaudete!: Jeopardy Just Lost a Viewer!!!

Semper Gaudete!: Bus driver tells child with Romney sign on front yard he should have been aborted | LifeSiteNews.com

Semper Gaudete!: Trampoline? NOPE!!

Semper Gaudete!: Books Read in the Past Week


Books Read in the Past Week

Books read for the first time are marked with a #

"The Sweetgum Knit Lit Society"
{carried over from last week}
"The Sweetgum Ladies Knit for Love" #
by Beth Patillo
[fiction]

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


Friday, October 12, 2012

Trampoline? NOPE!!

No, it was not a trampoline.  It was a little boy's bed.  But that little boy, Bobby Brown, who would one day be my father, was using that bed as a trampoline.
Bounce.  Bounce. Higher bounce.  Higher bounce.
CRASH!!!!
The bed now had only three legs.
Bobby used a typical little-boy solution.  He propped up the bed with some books, and then made a quick exit, announcing that he was going out to play.
Some time later, his mother went into his room, probably to put away his laundry.   Of course, she saw the damage at once.
"Ro-BERT!!!!" she bellowed.
A few minutes later, it was Bobby, [or Ro-BERT!!!] who was yelling!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Jeopardy Just Lost a Viewer!!!

 As of tonight, I am no longer going to watch Jeopardy, and here is why: 
 In a category called "Great Men and Women of Medicine,"  the
 response to one of the answers was "Who was Margaret Sanger?" 
[I blew a raspberry and booed, and I HOPE that I
 would have done the same had I been in the studio!
No; I  hope I would have walked out, and made it clear WHY
I was walking out!]

If they can call her "great",  then I can no longer, in good conscience, watch that show.


Tuesday, October 9, 2012

What's In A Name?

What's in a name?  Or rather, what's in how a name is spoken?  Sometimes, quite a lot.
My father's given name was Robert, but when he behaved himself, his mother called him
Bobby.
When, however, he was in trouble, she called him
Ro-BERT!!!!!! 
Later this week, I will share at least one story about his being called
Ro-BERT!!!!!! 

Monday, October 8, 2012

Found While Googling Beverly Cleary

I was googling  Beverly Cleary when I came across this post.  Incidentally, I remember those books!  I got them at a book fair when I was in elementary school, and now, all these years later, I
would love to read them again.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Two New Pictures

I've added these two pictures to my Rosary Art Collection.
Click here  and here.
I couldn't let this day, the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, go by without adding to my collection. 



Saturday, October 6, 2012

Sunday Snippets--A Catholic Carnival

Please 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!: My Favorite Week in Ordinary Time

Semper Gaudete!: Little Things (reposted)

Semper Gaudete!: Itseh Crem

Semper Gaudete!: New York City’s oldest and largest abortion clinic stops abortions due to pro-life protests | LifeSiteNews.com

Semper Gaudete!: That Could be ONE Reason!

Semper Gaudete!: Oh Francis Music Video

Semper Gaudete!: The Voice of John: a nurse speaks out on a baby born alive after an abortion | LifeSiteNews.com

Semper Gaudete!: A brand new look (Not for this blog)

Semper Gaudete!: Books Read in the Past Week

Books Read in the Past Week

Books read for the first time are marked with a #

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

"Waiting for a View (A Bloomfield novel)" #
by Debby Mayne
(Christian [Protestant] fiction, series)
[e-book]
For more info on this series, click
here.

"N 2 Deep"
by Laurie Lazzaro Knowlton
"Please Reply"
by Dandi Daley Mackall
"4 Give & 4 Get"
by Kristi Holl
[children's fiction, Protestant (denomination(s) unspecified) "todaysgirls.com" series, (created by Terry K. Brown)]

"The Sweetgum Knit Lit Society"
by Beth Patillo
[fiction]
{carrying over into next week}




A brand new look (Not for this blog)

A brand new look

I've visited this updated website, and it is beautiful!

Friday, October 5, 2012

I Still Remember This!




(I'm not adding this to my Vintage Media Collection because it isn't old enough.)
It's funny that I can't remember ANY of the episodes, not even one little scene, but that theme song is etched in my mind!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

That Could be ONE Reason!

Whenever I read or hear the Scripture passage where the Pharisees ask Jesus why HIS disciples do not wash their hands before eating, part of me thinks:
"Because their mothers aren't there?"

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

New York City’s oldest and largest abortion clinic stops abortions due to pro-life protests | LifeSiteNews.com

New York City’s oldest and largest abortion clinic stops abortions due to pro-life protests | LifeSiteNews.com
Deo gratias!!!!!
I would have posted this sooner, but I had to stop dancing around the room first!  This is the best news I've had in a long time.
This is a great victory for pro-lifers, and for the unborn!
Satan is DEFINITELY grinding his teeth!





Monday, October 1, 2012

Itseh Crem

I'd like to share an anecdote about my maternal great-grandfather, Hartz Wechsler (my Baba's father).  It was, in fact, my Baba who first told me this story.
When my great-grandfather came to America, he saw quite a few ice-cream trucks go by.
"With all those trucks," he remarked, "this Itseh Crem must be a very wealthy man!"



Little Things (reposted)

In honor of the feast of St. Therese of Lisieux, I am reposting the following.

I love this quote from my Patron Saint, Therese of Lisieux, whose feast we celebrate today:
"Pick up a pin for the love of God, and you may save a soul."
How right, how wise! We may not be called to do great things,but we can do the little, everyday tasks for the love of God, and then how great, how valuable those little tasks become.
No work is menial if it is done for the love of God.