Category Archives: My Family

More Adoption Shortsightedness

More blindness on the adoption front. So what if the supply of infants has dried up. There are still hundreds of thousands of girls and boys in foster care in this country. One would think that a church with such … Continue reading

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Light Posting This Weekend

A nice day yesterday. Here we are in front of the fountain and St John’s Church. The breeze was nice; I was getting an occasional spray from my vantage point at the end of the open space here. This might … Continue reading

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Last Day

Because it’s Sunday, and not Saturday, I will have to miss the festival of football on ten NBC networks this morning. It’s also Confirmation at a 2pm Mass, so I’ll miss all the post-game punditry, too. The young miss would be … Continue reading

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Lonely

The young miss went out for a walk about an hour ago. But somebody at home is lonely:  

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Confirmation Names

An interesting discussion unfolds this week at PrayTell on the practice of taking a confirmation name. For the purpose of full disclosure, I admit I have such a name. I also admit that I didn’t discourage the young miss when … Continue reading

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Finding The Place

With The Price Is Right providing the soundtrack to my morning today’s Scripture for my Ignatian retreat was Matthew 26:20-30. (Okay, it was two weeks ago, but so what?) Enter God’s graceful sense of humor about my annual post-Triduum ritual of … Continue reading

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Some Baptism Anniversaries

Today is one of our top family feasts: my wife’s baptism anniversary. It’s something of a conflict for her, as she remembers her entry into Full Communion somewhat more fondly than getting dunked in an on-stage pool in the evangelical … Continue reading

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Readying The Girl Cave

Day off today, so the basement got tackled. The young miss wants a somewhat larger bedroom. My wife was less enthusiastic about this in 2008 when we moved in. The basement was a better place to house the rabbits away … Continue reading

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More Frequent Blogging … Possibly

You might see more stuff on this site this week. The college students are on break. The young miss is on break. My beloved spouse is struggling with some health issues yesterday and today, so I’ll probably be sticking close … Continue reading

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Lunch Chicken For A Snowy Day

The young miss is in transit. As you see above, white has replaced gray and brown. Meanwhile, below, I have some wok-grilled chicken that I first browned, then poached in tomato juice, and then when it reduced, I poured in … Continue reading

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Before The Snow

Thunder is sounding in the skies above here. It’s a gray and dismal-looking day. Weather reports have hail in places in Iowa. Some just started tapping on our windows. Little bitty pieces. Other places to the west of us have … Continue reading

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Breakfast of Scholars

In the old days (before adolescence) I frequently prepared a hot breakfast for the young miss. In the modern era, maximizing sleep is a concern. There is often a single-digit number of minutes between waking and running for the bus. … Continue reading

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Blow But No Snow

Yesterday morning I got up early, and my wife had left a note on the clothes dresser, “Blizzard Warning, Story County.” I heard the wind and looked out: completely dry. No snow. One does need snow to engage blizzard conditions. … Continue reading

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Frozen Iowa

The school district messaged parents mid-afternoon: no classes tomorrow and an extra day of Christmas vacation. I expect people to be sleeping in, so it looks like I’ll get a stack of work done. Before baking cookies and putting together … Continue reading

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Winter Weather

For those of you in the central and northeastern part of North America, I wish and pray for safety and warmth in the days to come. I was reading that the state of Minnesota has cancelled school on Monday. Some … Continue reading

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