Gratitude Friday, Nov 27 2009 

For the last couple of weeks people on Facebook have been putting as their status something they are grateful for.    I think exercises like that are important (in whatever form they take) because we need to step back and remember that everything we have is a gift from God.  The gift may come from another, but it is ultimately His gift to us through others.

Such a gift has come to us through some dear friends, Andy and Susi, who have been hosting Mike, now fully recovered, over this Thanksgiving holiday.   They have introduced him to life in the Tyrol and have taken him to some lovely Bavarian sites.  But over and above the sight-seeing, they have extended hospitality and love to a young college student, far away from home.   We are gifted by knowing that one of our own is being nurtured and experiencing another country in a way that the average tourist never can.

So we thank you, Andy and Susi, and we ask God’s many blessings upon you. You are dear friends and we miss you.


Swine flu vaccine? Think again Sunday, Nov 8 2009 


The US Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, has just signed a decree granting vaccine makers total legal immunity from any lawsuits that result from any new “Swine Flu” vaccine. Moreover, the $7 billion US Government fast-track program to rush vaccines onto the market in time for the Autumn flu season is being done without even normal safety testing. Is there another agenda at work in the official WHO hysteria campaign to declare so-called H1N1 virus—which has yet to be rigorously scientifically isolated, characterized and photographed with an electron microscope—the scientifically accepted procedure—a global “pandemic” threat?


The current official panic campaign over alleged Swine Flu danger is rapidly taking on the dimensions of a George Orwell science fiction novel. The document signed by Sebelius grants immunity to those making a swine flu vaccine, under the provisions of a 2006 law for public health emergencies

A different athletic event Tuesday, Apr 21 2009 

Karen over at the Dog and Duck posted this.  It is very cool.

Technology = Frustration Monday, Jan 26 2009 

I tried to download pictures of Thomas onto my computer from my camera but keep getting an error message. I have never had this problem before. Any ideas?

Labor is progressing Sunday, Jan 25 2009 

Maybe the baby was waiting for the Epiphany blessing of the house.  Please continue to pray.  Thank you.

Please pray for a safe delivery Sunday, Jan 25 2009 

Paula’s in labor. Please pray that all goes well for her and baby. Thanks.

Social networking? Friday, Nov 7 2008 

I am always behind the game when it comes to technology.  But, at the urging of one of my kids, I have  opened a Facebook account.  In the short time I have been at it, I have seen just how much time can be wasted going here and there on the site, from one friend to another, etc.  Then, to top it all, another son just introduced me to 4 Marks.  4 Marks is a Catholic social networking site and I actually think I am going to like that one better.  For one thing, there is so much to learn about the Faith.  For another, the advertising is not offensive and virtually all the links are to topics which are of interest to Catholics.  Give it a try at 4-Marks, but decide in advance not to spend your day there.  I am going to have to get a timer and stick to a limit.

Subway follow-up Wednesday, Jul 16 2008 

On May 26, I wrote about Subway’s exclusion of homeschoolers from a writing contest.   According to World Net Daily, Subway has apologized for excluding homeschoolers from its “Every Sandwich Tells a Story” contest, and while it can’t change the rules for that contest, the newest contest does not eliminate homeschoolers.  Public pressure works, and it is good for us to remember that.  It used to be called the “power of the pen.”  Now it is the power of email.  Good job!

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Friday, Jan 4 2008 

Today the Church puts St. Elizabeth Ann Seton before us as a saint to venerate and model ourselves after.  St. Elizabeth Ann Seton literally had it all and then lost it.  She was born into a family of privilege, married, had a number of children, some of whom died at a young age, and was left a young widow when her husband lost both his wealth and his health.  She converted to Catholicism which did not help her social standing at all, and she proceded forward to found the Sisters of Charity who became a teaching order of nuns.  Due to the efforts of St. Elizabeth and later on, St. John Neumann whom the Church puts before us tomorrow, the parochial school system was founded and expanded.  We are beneficiaries of the foundation laid for good Catholic education, and should ask both of these saints to pray for us and our children as we teach them at home. 

Want to know more about Mother Seton?  Read here.