Wednesday, December 31, 2014

New Bible Reading Plan

I'm going to try a new Bible reading plan in 2015, following this schedule.  
I'm not going to read all four passages in one sitting; that would be too confusing.  What I will do is read the Bible four times a day, not counting my bedtime Gospel reading.
Also, in order to enhance (I love the word enhance!) my Bible reading even more, I will use two translations.



First, I will read the portion in the RSV, and then I will read it in the GNB.  I considered using the NAB as well, but I decided that that would be overdoing it.
I don't plan to read the daily readings in the exact order given. This is a sample of how I intend to read my daily passages, beginning tomorrow.
Early morning:
Ps 1
Mid-morning or late morning:
Gen 1-2
Afternoon:
Isa 1:1-20
Evening:
Matt 1

And thus endeth my blogging for 2014.



Sunday, December 28, 2014

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Sunday Snippets-- A Catholic Carnival

Come on over to RAnn's blog for Sunday Snippets, a place for Catholic bloggers to share posts.  I've discovered some wonderful blogs here.  How about sharing yours?

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 #

Books, (except Sunday books) are grouped by author, and not necessarily in the order read.


Sunday books
"Ethelred Preston or The Adventures of a Newcomer"
"Lucky Bob" #
"His Luckiest Year" #
by Fr. Francis J. Finn, S.J.
[children's fiction, Catholic]
(free online books)
"The Instructed Heart:
soundings at four depths"
by F.J. Sheed
[non-fiction, memoir]

Weekday Books

"The Yada Yada Prayer Group Gets Down"
{carried over from last week}
"The Yada Yada Prayer Group Gets Real"
by Neta Jackson
[Christian fiction, (Protestant, multi-denominational and non-denominational)]
I have to admit that I have mixed feelings about the books. (Mostly, I love them.)
The author, Neta Jackson, is a Protestant, and I don't agree with everything she writes.
However, I love the way the women support each other with their prayers.
I like that the author uses several translations of the Bible.
I love the way Avis praises God BEFORE He answers a prayer.
I DEFINITELY like the way the Yada Yadas visit each others' churches, and
I wish someone would do a Catholic series along those lines, with Catholics
of different rites attending each others' liturgies.

"The Twenty-Four Days Before Christmas" #
by Madeleine L'Engle
[children's fiction, prequel to "Meet the Austins."]
(openlibrary.org loan)

"A Christmas Carol"
by Charles Dickens
[fiction]

my annual December 24th reading

"Once Upon a Christmas Time"
by Thyra Ferre Bjorn
[memoir, childhood, Christmas, Sweden]


"Opal" #
by Opal Whiteley
[child's journal]

"Thank You, Amelia Bedelia"
by Peggy Parrish
[picture book]
(openlibrary.org loan)

"Little Pear"
"Little Pear And His Friends"
{carrying over into next week}
by Eleanor Frances Lattimore
[children's fiction]
(openlibrary.org loans)

A Book for Weekdays AND Sundays
"Treatise on Divine Love" #
by St. Francis de Sales
[Kindle book]

This Week's Fan Fiction

The Lost Pet Pursual
an AU "Big Bang Theory" sillyfic drabble.

new chapters added

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Sunday Snippets--A Catholic Carnival

Come on over to RAnn's blog for Sunday Snippets, a place for Catholic bloggers to share posts.  I've discovered some wonderful blogs here.  How about sharing yours?

Semper Gaudete! : At last, Another Image Added to My Collection

Semper Gaudete! : An Article Well Worth Reading

Semper Gaudete! : Books Read In The Past Week

Books Read In The Past Week

Books read for the first time are marked with a #

Books, (except Sunday books) are grouped by author, and not necessarily in the order read.


Sunday books
"Ada Merton" #
"Ethelred Preston or The Adventures of a Newcomer"
by Fr. Francis J. Finn, S.J.
[children's fiction, Catholic]
(free online books)
"Reproachfully Yours"
by Lucile Hasley
"The Instructed Heart:
soundings at four depths"
by F.J. Sheed
[non-fiction, memoir]

Weekday Books
"An Introduction to Japanese Tea Ritual" #
by Jennifer Lea Anderson
[nonfiction]
{carried over from last week}

"The Little Prince"
by Antoine de Sainte-Exupery
[fiction]

"Mama's Bank Account"
by Kathryn Forbes
[fiction]
(openlibrary.org loan; my copy was lost when I moved.  Thank God I can read it and other books online for free!)
{carried over from last week}

"A Candle in the Mist"
by Florence Crannell Means
[children's/YA fiction, historical]

"Angus and The Ducks"
"Angus and the Cat"
by Marjorie Flack
[picture books]
(openlibrary.org loans)

"The Yada Yada Prayer Group"
"The Yada Yada Prayer Group Gets Down"
{carrying over into next week}
by Neta Jackson
[Christian fiction, (Protestant, multi-denominational and non-denominational)]
I have to admit that I have mixed feelings about the books. (Mostly, I love them.)
The author, Neta Jackson, is a Protestant, and I don't agree with everything she writes.
However, I love the way the women support each other with their prayers.
I like that the author uses several translations of the Bible.
I love the way Avis praises God BEFORE He answers a prayer.
I DEFINITELY like the way the Yada Yadas visit each others' churches, and
I wish someone would do a Catholic series along those lines, with Catholics
of different rites attending each others' liturgies.


Books for Weekdays AND Sundays
"A 40-Day Spiritual Workout for Catholics"
by Bob Rice
(chapters 38-40)
one chapter a day; finished on Tuesday.
"Treatise on Divine Love"
by St. Francis de Sales
[Kindle book]

An Article Well Worth Reading

Here's an article I'd like to share.
How sad that some children are growing up without ever being able to discover their ancestral roots!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

At last, Another Image Added to My Collection

I've just added this painting to my Rosary Art Collection.  It's been almost two months since I found a new image for the collection, and, to be honest, I was thinking of declaring the collection complete.
So thank God I found this painting!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Sunday Snippets--A Catholic Carnival

Come on over to RAnn's blog for Sunday Snippets, a place for Catholic bloggers to share posts.  I've discovered some wonderful blogs here.  How about sharing yours?

Semper Gaudete! : Amelia Bedelia (Warning: SPOILER!)

Semper Gaudete! : Whatever Happened to My Daily Blogging

Semper Gaudete! : Books Read In The Past Week

Books Read In The Past Week



Books read for the first time are marked with a #
Books, (except Sunday books) are grouped by author, and not necessarily in the order read.


Sunday books
"Love God And Do What You Please"
by St. Alphonsus Liguori
adapted by M. J. Huber
[spiritual reading]
a favorite of mine; thank God it wasn't one
of the books lost when I moved.
"That Football Game and What Came of It"
"Ada Merton" #
by Fr. Francis J. Finn, S.J.
[children's fiction, Catholic]
(free online books)
"Reproachfully Yours"
by Lucile Hasley


Weekday Books
"Mildred's Married Life and
a Winter With Elsie Dinsmore"
{carried over from last week}
"Mildred at Home"
by Martha Finley
[children's fiction, Protestant]
(free online books)


"The Animal, The Vegetable, and John D. Jones"
by Betsy Byars
[children's fiction]

"A Dog on Barkham Street"
by Mary Stolz
[children's fiction]

"Dial LeRoi Rupert, D. J."
by Jamie Gilson
[children's fiction]

"Amelia Bedelia"
by Peggy Parrish
[picture book]
(openlibrary.org loan)

"A Clown Like Me"
by Joan L. Oppenheimer
[children's/teen fiction]

"Friends Are Like That"
by Patricia Hermes
[children's fiction (older children) ]

"Stargirl"
by Jerry Spinelli
[children's/YA fiction]

"An Introduction to Japanese Tea Ritual" #
by Jennifer Lea Anderson
[nonfiction]
{carrying over into next week}

"Ann Lawrence of Old New York" #
by Gladys Malvern
[YA fiction, historical]
(openlibrary.org loan)

"The Little Prince"
by Antoine de Sainte-Exupery
[fiction]

"Mama's Bank Account"
by Kathryn Forbes
[fiction]
(openlibrary.org loan; my copy was lost when I moved.  Thank God I can read it and other books online for free!)
{carrying over into next week}

A Book for Weekdays AND Sundays
"A 40-Day Spiritual Workout for Catholics"
by Bob Rice
(chapters 31-37)
one chapter a day




Books Selected For Long-Term Reading
"Summa Theologica"
by St. Thomas Aquinas
(free Kindle book)
"Swimming in the Sea of Talmud" #
[Jewish studies]

Whatever Happened to My Daily Blogging

What happened to my daily blogging?  Writer's block?  Writer's slump? 
Or is it because I've been dealing with a difficult situation that I can't blog about at this time because someone else is involved?
I suspect that it is all of the above.
I've also been neglecting my fan fiction... I have added a few lines to several of the stories I'm working on, and jotted down a
few ideas, but it's been a long time since I've published a new story or chapter.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Amelia Bedelia (Warning: SPOILER!)

I've just re-read a favorite picture book: Peggy Parrish's delightfully funny "Amelia Bedelia."
Amelia Bedelia is a maid, and it is her first day working for Mr. and Mrs. Rogers.
Mrs. Rogers has to go someplace, but she leaves a list of instructions, which Amelia Bedelia follows literally... and I do mean LITERALLY

The next part is a spoiler, so I'll put some X's here.  Please scroll down.
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Years ago, I read this book to a little girl, and when I came to the words, "and please dress the chicken,"  she said, "Oh, NO!"
and cracked up.  I couldn't blame her, I always lose it at that point!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Sunday Snippets--A Catholic Carnival

Come on over to RAnn's blog for Sunday Snippets, a place where Catholic bloggers like me share our posts. I've discovered some wonderful blogs here.  How about sharing yours?



Semper Gaudete! : Only Two This Year

Semper Gaudete! : Soft Kitty Again

Semper Gaudete! : Books Read In The Past Week

Books Read In The Past Week

Books read for the first time are marked with a #
Books, (except Sunday books) are grouped by author, and not necessarily in the order read.

You'll notice that I've changed the format of this weekly post,


Sunday books
"Love God And Do What You Please"
by St. Alphonsus Liguori
adapted by M. J. Huber
[spiritual reading]
a favorite of mine; thank God it wasn't one
of the books lost when I moved.
"Claude Lightfoot or How The Problem Was Solved"
"That Football Game and What Came of It"
by Fr. Francis J. Finn, S.J.
[children's fiction, Catholic]
(free online books)


Weekday Books
"Light a Single Candle"
by Beverly Butler
[YA fiction]

"Jonica's Island"
by Gladys Malvern
[historical fiction]

"Invisible Lissa"
by Natalie Honeycutt
[children's fiction]

"The Lord and Mary Ann"
by Catherine Cookson
[fiction]
(openlibrary.org loan)

"Have You Seen My Cat?" #
by Eric Carle
[picture book]
(openlibrary.org loan)
I thought this would be a book where the cat is hidden
somewhere on every page or spread.  It wasn't.

"An Awful Name to Live Up To"
by Jessie Hosford
[children's fiction, historical]

"Curious Missie" #
by Virginia Sorensen
[children's fiction]
(openlibrary.org loan)

"Families, Etc."
"Thanks to You!"
by Miriam L. Elias
[children's fiction, Jewish]

"Bea and Mr. Jones"
by Amy Schwartz
[picture book]
(openlibrary.org loan)
another book lost when I moved;
thank God I can read it online for free!

"Mildred's Married Life and
a Winter With Elsie Dinsmore"
[children's fiction, Protestant]
(free online book)
{carrying over into next week}

A Book for Weekdays AND Sundays
"A 40-Day Spiritual Workout For Catholics"
by Bob Rice
(chapters 24-30)
one chapter a day

Books Selected For Long-Term Reading
"Summa Theologica"
by St. Thomas Aquinas
(free Kindle book)
"Swimming in the Sea of Talmud" #
[Jewish studies]



Soft Kitty Again

I just have to share what Winky did the other night... too funny!  
I was singing Soft Kitty to him, and right after I sang the words, "happy kitty, sleepy kitty," he purred three times! So we did the "purr, purr, purr" at the end together! It was a nice little duet.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Only Two This Year

I said that I might make my resolutions at the beginning of Advent, rather than on New Year's Day, and that I wasn't going to make a LOT of resolutions.
I've decided on these two:

1: Read a chapter every day in a good Catholic book that
is not reserved for Sunday.  Right now I'm reading "A Forty Day Spiritual Workout," by Bob Rice. And yes, I have something to
read when I finish this book.  

2: Read at least one picture book every week.  This can be one I've read many times, or something unfamiliar.  Books read more than once during this year will not count