Saturday, June 29, 2013

Books Read in the Past Two Weeks

Notice the slight difference in the title?  I knew I wouldn't have much time to blog
last week, so I made just one post to cover both weeks.

Books read for the first time are marked with a #

"The Little Flowers of St. Francis"
translated by Raphael Brown
[non-fiction, Catholic] 
{Sunday book}
"Bobby in Movieland" #
"Claude Lightfoot 
or How The Problem Was Solved" #
by Fr. Francis J. Finn, S.J.
[children's fiction, Catholic]
(online books)
{Sunday books}
My Sister, St. Therese"
by Sr. Genevieve of the Holy Face
(Celine Martin)
[biography/autobiography, Catholic]
{Sunday book}

"Betsy in Spite of Herself"

{carried over from the previous week}
"Betsy Was A Junior"
"Betsy and Joe"
by Maud Hart Lovelace
[children's/YA fiction, autobiographical/biographical]

"Juliet of the Chalet School"
"Deira Joins the Chalet School"
by Caroline German
[Children's fiction, Elinor M. Brent-Dyer's Chalet School series;
fill-ins]

"Wordwatch" #
by Aliza Goldin and Sari Margolis
[nonfiction, Judaica, teenagers]


"Unto the Hills"
by Jean Yoder
[Mennonite fiction]
{carrying over into next week}

New Item in Break-Off Collection

The rectangular, aluminum foil-covered handle came off the door to the medicine cabinet yesterday morning.
The door is a sliding door, and can be moved back and forth without a handle.
So now I have a new item in my Break-off Collection.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Books Read in the Past Week




Books read for the first time are marked with a # 


"The Little Flowers of St. Francis"
translated by Raphael Brown
[non-fiction, Catholic] 
{Sunday book}
"Harry Dee #
or Working it Out"
"Bobby in Movieland #
(reading online)
by Fr. Francis J. Finn, S.J.
[children's fiction, Catholic]
{Sunday books}


"My Sister, St. Therese"
by Sister Genevieve of the Holy Face
(Celine Martin)
(nonfiction, Catholic)


{Sunday book}


"Betsy in Spite of Herself"
{carrying over into next week} 
by Maud Hart Lovelace
 [children's/young adult fiction based on the lives
of the author, her family, and her friends]

"The Betsy-Tacy Companion"
by Sharla Scannell Whalen
[nonfiction]
(reading in conjunction with the Betsy-Tacy books)

"grace notes" 
(carried over from last week) 
"love, annie"
"just jazz"
"storm rising" 
by Dandi Daley Mackall 

(children's fiction, Christian [Protestant], Faithgirlz! Blog On series)


Friday, June 14, 2013

Your Suggestions

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Thursday, June 13, 2013

My Friend Tony (Yearly Repost)

And yep, I mean St. Anthony of Padua, whose Feast is today!
How many times have people prayed some version of the prayer:
"Tony, Tony, come around.
Something's lost and must be found"?
I know St. Anthony is ALWAYS helping me find stuff.
Years ago, when I had just recently converted to Catholicism, I called
Mom at work (It was her usual break time.)
Mom said, "I can't talk right now. We're missing an important file and
we've looked all over for it."
"Okay," I said, "call me back when it turns up."
Well, within five minutes she called me. The file had been found.
"Aren't you going to thank me?" I asked.
"Thank you? What for? You're not even here."
"I know," I said, "but who do you think prayed to St. Anthony?"
More recently, I was chatting with a couple of my online friends, and
one of them was going slightly nuts because she had misplaced something, and couldn't find it anywhere. I said a prayer to St. Anthony, and then typed,
"Try looking again."
She didn't want to, but I persuaded her. And then she typed, in caps
"I FOUND IT!!!!!!"
I wasn't a bit surprised!
Does St. Anthony ALWAYS get lost articles back for me? Well, almost! One morning I couldn't find my Rosary. I looked. I prayed. To my surprise, I still did
not find it. But later that morning, I received a brand-new, beautiful Rosary from a Catholic organization. I'm almost SURE I heard St. Anthony chuckling.
BTW, the lost Rosary did turn up eventually.
Of course, there's much more to St. Anthony than just running the Lost and Found! :)

Updated in 2013 to add Fr. Anthony's very inspirational homily.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

The First Ecard in My Rosary Art Collection

This is the very first E-card in my Rosary Art Collection.  I found it on this newly discovered and absolutely delightful website!

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Sunday Snippets--A Catholic Carnival

Come one, come all, to Sunday Snippets ! Thanks to RAnn for hosting! 
 I've discovered some wonderful blogs here.

Semper Gaudete!: New Images in Rosary Art Collection
 

Semper Gaudete!: Baltimore Ravens Player Skips White House Visit Because Obama Backs Abortion

Semper Gaudete!: Today's Homily - 2013-06-07 - Fr. Anthony Mary MFVA - Sacred Heart

Semper Gaudete!: Adapting A Jewish Ritual for Ending the Sabbath

Semper Gaudete!: I Think I Made a Mistake This Week

 Semper Gaudete!: Your Suggestions

Semper Gaudete!: This Week's Fan Fiction
  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 Little Flowers of St. Francis"

translated by Raphael Brown

[non-fiction, Catholic] 

{Sunday book}
"Harry Dee #
or Working it Out"
by Fr. Francis J. Finn, S.J.
[children's fiction, Catholic]
{Sunday book}

"The Two Elsies"
{carried over from last week}
(free Amazon Kindle book)
"Elsie's Kith and Kin"
by Martha Finley
[children's fiction, Christian, (Protestant), series ]

"Heaven to Betsy"
{carried over from last week} 
by Maud Hart Lovelace
 [children's/young adult fiction based on the lives
of the author, her family, and her friends]

"The Betsy-Tacy Companion"
by Sharla Scannell Whalen
[nonfiction]
(reading in conjunction with the Betsy-Tacy books)

"Ride out the Storm" #
by  Margaret E. Bell
[Young Adult fiction]
(openlibrary.org loan)

"grace notes"
by Dandi Daley Mackall
(children's fiction, Christian [Protestant],
Faithgirlz! Blog On series)
{carrying over into next week}

Your Suggestions

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I Think I Made a Mistake This Week

Let me preface this post by saying that if anyone is hurt or offended by it, I apologize.
Earlier this week, I received a comment on one of my posts that upset me.  Okay, I'll
admit that I tend to get upset a bit too easily; I am too easily hurt by anything that seems
like criticism.  I take things a bit too personally sometimes. 
So, and this was probably a mistake, I deleted the comment rather than responding to it, rather than letting anyone else see it.  I believe now that this may have been the cowardly thing to do.  I also may have missed an opportunity for an interesting discussion on this blog!
One more thing: From now on, instead of sharing so many articles on the negative things said and done by pro-abortionists, I'm going to focus more on the positive actions of pro-lifers.

Adapting A Jewish Ritual for Ending the Sabbath

I've adapted a Jewish custom for concluding my Sabbath on Sunday evenings.
The Jewish ceremony for ending the Sabbath (Shabbos or Shabbat) is called
Havdala, and it is beautiful.  (I've never actually seen it, but I've read about it.)
One part of the ritual... the part I've adapted... consists of sniffing fragrant spices before saying the final prayer that closes the Sabbath. In order to incorporate this into my own Sabbath-ending ritual, I first needed something to serve as a spice box.  So, I ordered  this olive wood Rosary box from the EWTN catalog.
 It comes, quite fittingly, from Israel.  I keep the box next to my electric (for safety) Sabbath candle. The spices I've placed in it are whole cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon.  (These are among the spices traditionally used as part of Havdala; but any good-smelling spices may be used.)





This Week's Fan Fiction

Chapter 18 of "Revealed Relationships" is now up.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

New Images in Rosary Art Collection

I've added this image to my collection in honor of the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, 
and this one in honor of the Feast of the Visitation.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Books Read in the Past Week



Books read for the first time are marked with a #

"The Little Flowers of St. Francis"
translated by Raphael Brown
[non-fiction, Catholic] 
{Sunday book}
"Percy Winn #
or Making a Boy of Him"
"Harry Dee #
or Working it Out"
by Fr. Francis J. Finn, S.J.
[children's fiction, Catholic]
{Sunday books} 

"Jo of the Chalet School"
one of my favorite books in the series
{carried over from last week}
by Elinor M. Brent-Dyer
[children's fiction, Chalet School series]
"The Guides of the Chalet School"
by Jane Berry
[children's fiction, Elinor M. Brent-Dyer's  Chalet School series fill-in]


"The Two Elsies"
by Martha Finley
[children's fiction, Christian, (Protestant), series ]
free Amazon Kindle book)
{carrying over into next week}

"Betsy and Tacy Go Over the Big Hill"
"Betsy and Tacy go Downtown"
"Heaven to Betsy"
{carrying over into next week}
by Maud Hart Lovelace
 [children's/young adult fiction based on the lives
of the author, her family, and her friends]

"The Betsy-Tacy Companion"
by Sharla Scannell Whalen
[nonfiction]
(reading in conjunction with the Betsy-Tacy books)

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

This Week's Fan Fiction

Revealed Relationships
Chapter 17 is now up!

Special Programming Sunday, June 2nd on EWTN

Sunday, June 2nd, EWTN will be celebrating Corpus Christi with some VERY special events.

8:00 AM Eastern Time: Mass and Procession.

11:00 AM Eastern Time: Worldwide Eucharistic Adoration led by His Holiness Pope Francis

6:00 PM Eastern Time: Benediction and Procession from Hanceville 

I will be seeing TWO Processions tomorrow! 

Why I Stopped Buying Girl Scout Cookies

Girl Scouts Join Planned Parenthood at Huge Pro-Abortion Conference

I haven't bought Girl Scout cookies for several years now because of the organization's connection to Planned Babykilling.
How sad that an organization that was formed to promote the highest ideals in girlhood and young womanhood should come to this!