Saturday, January 31, 2015

Sunday Snippets-- A Catholic Carnival


Well, once again it is time to hop over to RAnn's blog for Sunday Snippets, where Catholic bloggers like me share our posts.  I've discovered some wonderful blogs here.   How about sharing yours?



Books Read in the Past Two Weeks

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
"The Best Foot Forward
and Other Stories"
by Fr. Francis J. Finn, S.J.
[children's fiction, Catholic]
(free online book)
"The Interior Castle"
by St. Teresa of Avila
(spirituality)

Weekday Books

"Ministering Angels
A Study of Nineteenth-Century
Evangelical Writing  for Children"
by Margaret Nancy Cutt
[non-fiction]


"The Moffats"
(openlibrary.org loan)
another book lost when I
moved.  Thank God I can
read it online for free!
"The Middle Moffat"
the only book in the Moffats series
NOT lost when I  moved
by Eleanor Estes
[children's fiction]

"One Morning In Maine" #
by Robert McCloskey
[picture book]
(openlibrary.org loan)


"Class-ified Information: Tziporah"
"Class-ified Information:  Goldie"
"Class-ified Information:  Naomi"
by M.C.  Millman
[children's/young teen fiction, Jewish, series]
These books are companion volumes, each covering
the same time period (a year in 8th grade) from the
first-person viewpoint of a different girl in the class,
and can be read in any order.  Certain incidents which
take center stage in some books may get just a brief mention, or none at all, in others.
Also, each girl's home life is different, of course.

"The Yada Yada Prayer Group Gets Rolling"
"The Yada Yado Prayer Group Gets Decked Out"
by Neta Jackson
[Christian fiction, Protestant, multi-denominational
 and non-denominational]

"The Ballad of Lucy Whipple"
by Karen Cushman
[children's fiction, historical]

"The Music Box Test"
"The Paper Route Treasure"
by Marcia Hoehne
[children's fiction, Christian, Protestant, no denomination specified, emphasis more on mysteries than on religion.]

"The Mother-Daughter Book Club"
"Much Ado About Anne"
by Heather Vogel Frederick
[children's books, series, interesting for adults as well]
I wish there had been  Mother-Daughter Book Clubs when I was a kid.  There were enough mothers and daughters for such a club right on my block; even right in my building. Perhaps we would have called it The Commodore Mother-Daughter Book Club, since the building's name was The Commodore.

"Shoo-Fly Girl"
by Lois Lenski
[children's fiction]

"In Trouble Again, Zelda Hammersmith?"
"Zelda Strikes Again"
"Here Comes Zelda Claus
And Other Holiday Disasters"
by Lynn Hall
[children's fiction]

"Listening for Madeleine:
A Portrait of
Madeleine L'Engle
in Many Voices" #
by Leonard S. Marcus
[non-fiction]

"Why Did They Name It?"
by Hannah Campbell
[non-fiction]

"Heidi"
by Johanna Spyri
translated by Charles Tritten
[children's fiction]
(Kindle book)

"Johnny Crow's Garden" #
by L. Leslie Brooke
[picture book]
(free online book)


A Book for Weekdays AND Sundays
"The Imitation of Christ"
by Thomas A Kempis
[Kindle book]

Scripture Readings Update

So how did I get along with my Bible reading plan while I
couldn't get online to check the daily readings?
I tried to estimate about how much to read each day in
each section.
It turned out that I got a bit ahead with the Psalms... not much, just a little; I'm almost on schedule with Genesis and Matthew,
but I'm about two or three chapters behind schedule in Isaiah.
Tomorrow, which is Sunday, will be a good day to get caught up.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Power Failure [Most of this is copied from my Notepad]

I had a power failure on Friday.  The light and everything else went
off.  It lasted about a minute, but that was long enough.
I was able to turn my TV back on (Thank God!   I'd go crazy if, on
top of everything else, I couldn't watch the Mass on EWTN.), and
reset the clock on my radio, but as of this writing (Monday, 6:26 PM...
I'm writing this post in dribs and drabs on Notepad), I still have no phone
and no Internet.
I can still read some books in my Kindle Cloud Reader, but none of my
Google Play books.  Worse, I can't access openlibrary.org, and that
means I could wind up with overdue books.  I wonder how they handle
that.
I'm pretty sure some of the crops I have on FarmVille will wither,but it's not as if they cost actual money to plant.
The worst part is not being able to contact my online friends, and
not being able to post updates for The Share-Care-Prayer Club.
And now it is Tuesday, and we had a blizzard.  There was a whole
list on TV of places that were closed. They might just as well have said:
LONG ISLAND... CLOSED.
And now it is Thursday, and I'm back online [obviously, I'm back online!]

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Sunday Snippets-- A Catholic Carnival

Well, once again it is time to hop over to RAnn's blog for Sunday Snippets, where Catholic bloggers like me share our posts.  I've discovered some wonderful blogs here.   How about sharing yours?


Semper Gaudete! : New Image In Collection

Semper Gaudete! : Why The Yada Yada Prayer Group Series Appeals To Me

Semper Gaudete! : WARNING: Very disturbing news article

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
"The Best Foot Forward
and Other Stories"
by Fr. Francis J. Finn, S.J.
[children's fiction, Catholic]
(free online book)
"The Interior Castle"
by St. Teresa of Avila
(spirituality)

Weekday Books
"Bertie Comes Through"
by Henry Gregor Felsen
[teen fiction]
{carried over from last week}
(This was a great favorite of mine in high school and junior high school)

"The Yada Yada Prayer Group Gets Tough"
"The Yada Yada Prayer Group Gets Caught"
by Neta Jackson
[Religious fiction, series, Protestant, multi-denominational and non-denominational](I've figured out why the Yada Yada books 
appeal to me. It's in this post.)


"Teach Us, Amelia Bedelia" #
by Peggy Parish
[picture book]
(openlibrary.org loan)

"Honk the Moose" #
by Phil Stong
[children's fiction]
(openlibrary.org loan)

"The Tale of Peter Rabbit"
by Beatrix Potter
[picture book]
In "The Complete Tales of Beatrix Potter"
(openlibrary.org loan)
after typing this, I bought a copy on
Kindle.  Some books should be owned.

"Ministering Angels
A Study of Nineteenth-Century
Evangelical Writing  for Children"
by Margaret Nancy Cutt
[non-fiction]
{carrying over into next week}
"The Moffats"
by Eleanor Estes
[children's fiction]
(openlibrary.org loan)
another book lost when I
moved.  Thank God I can
read it online for free!
{carrying over into next week}

A Book for Weekdays AND Sundays
"The Imitation of Christ"
by Thomas A Kempis
[Kindle book]

WARNING: Very disturbing news article

This is one of the most disturbing reports I've ever seen.
I'm praying that the witnesses to this horrific crime won't be
traumatized for life; and I'm praying the same thing for the
officers who responded.  I can't imagine any training that could 
steel them to something like this.
I've also been trying to pray for the woman who did this, because she needs to be prayed for.  But.... it isn't easy.
The only one who doesn't need any prayers is that sweet, innocent baby... she died.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Why The Yada Yada Prayer Group Series Appeals To Me

Wow!  That sounds like the title of a composition or essay for school. 
So, why do the books appeal to me?   Do I agree with everything in them, with everything the author says?  No,
but that is not what this post is about.  Besides, it isn't necessary to agree with everything in a book or series in order to love it.  After all, friends and family members don't always agree with each other, but they still love each other... even if that love is covered for a time by anger and/or hurt feelings.
One reason that I like these books is that I love books about clubs, and the Yada Yada Prayer Group is, essentially, a club. It has the basic elements needed for a club, that is to say, an offline club. [Online clubs are different in some respects... I'll
cover that in a separate post.]
1: The Yada Yadas have regular meetings.
2: They meet for a specific purpose: prayer and fellowship.
3: They get involved in causes.

Moving on to the next reason:  I love religious fiction.  I was going to say Christian fiction, but anyone familiar with my book lists knows that I also love Jewish fiction.

Finally,  I love the way the Yada Yadas visit each others' churches.  I had to dig into my own memories to understand why.
At the time that I was going through my conversion experience, I explored various churches.  I visited many different Protestant churches, and, of course, the local Catholic parish.
I saw, and enjoyed, the various forms of worship.  I've only recently realized that the Yada Yada books reminded me of that time.



Saturday, January 10, 2015

Sunday Snippets--A Catholic Carnival

Well, once again it is time to hop over to RAnn's blog for Sunday Snippets, where Catholic bloggers share their posts.  I've discovered some wonderful blogs here.   How about sharing yours?

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
"His First and Last Appearance #
by Fr. Francis J. Finn, S.J.
[children's fiction, Catholic]
(free online book)
"The Interior Castle"
by St. Teresa of Avila
(spirituality)

Weekday Books
"Betsy and the Great World"
 {carried over from last week}
by Maud Hart Lovelace
[Kindle book]

"The Tailor of Gloucester"
by Beatrix Potter
(children's fiction)
[free online book)

"Amelia Bedelia Goes Camping" #
"The Cats' Burglar" #
by Peggy Parish
[picture books]
(openlibrary.org loans)


"Try Giving Yourself Away"
by David Dunn
[non-fiction, third edition]
one of my favorite books.
I love the little anecdotes.

"Mardie's Adventures"
"Mardie to the Rescue"
by Astrid Lindgren, translated by Patricia Crompton.
[children's fiction]
Mardie's Adventures  was originally published in Sweden as Madicken.  The American translation is Mischievous Meg.  The translator is  Gerry Bothmer. A chapter is omitted from this translation, and Madicken/Meg is older than in the original.
Mardie to the Rescue, originally published in Sweden as Madicken och Junibackens Pims,
has never been translated for the American market, as several elements were considered unsuitable for children.


"Obvious Adams" 
by Robert Rawls Updegraff
with notes on doing the obvious 
added many years later by the author.
[fiction]
(openlibrary.org loan)
"The Sixth Prune"
[fiction]
Robert Rawls Updegraff wrote the
lovely book,"Try Giving Yourself Away", under
the pen name David Dunn

"Bertie Comes Through"

by Henry Gregor Felsen
[teen fiction]
{carrying over into next week}
(This was a great favorite of mine in high school
and junior high school)

A Book for Weekdays AND Sundays
"The Imitation of Christ"
by Thomas A Kempis
[Kindle book]


  

Saturday, January 3, 2015

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? 


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
"His Luckiest Year" #
"His First and Last Appearance #
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
"Little Pear And His Friends"
by Eleanor Frances Lattimore
[children's fiction]
{carried over from last week}
(openlibrary.org loans)

"Amelia Bedelia's Family Album" #
"Good Work, Amelia Bedelia" #
by Peggy Parish
[picture books]
(openlibrary.org loans)

"On the Banks of Appletree Creek"
by "Judith"
[Amish children's fiction]
(I bought this a few years ago, along with some other Amish books.   I wonder if the author took her title from "On The Banks of Plum Creek.")

"Betsy and the Great World"
by Maud Hart Lovelace
[Kindle book]
 {carrying over into next week}
 

"The Home Has A Heart"
by Thyra Ferre Bjorn
[non-fiction; Christian (Protestant) themes, recipes, 
anecdotes]
(January chapter only)
I read this book, one chapter
a month, every other year.


A Book for Weekdays AND Sundays
"The Imitation of Christ"
by Thomas A Kempis
[Kindle book]