"Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset." Saint Francis De Sales

Friday, December 8, 2017

Friday Musings December 8, 2017

 “One of the beautiful things that Fr. Mike Schmitz talks about in his chapter of Beautiful Hope is this idea that life has meaning. Every decision we make every day, everything we do every day, leaves this whole world to become more hopeful or more hopeless. Your life has meaning, and it has mission. And he wants to send you out into the world to be a great ambassador of hope.” Matthew Kelly - Day 3 of Advent 12-5-17

The new History channel series, “Knightfall,” began this week. It’s different, but I need to follow it for a couple of more episodes. Some history mixed in with some non-historical intrigue.

Knight Templars
Our son Todd was visiting this week and we got into a discussion about reading. He spends time reading with his daughter and was commending on the writings of Charles Dickens. One thing in particular was the fact that Mr. Dickens could write long sentences. So I found one that he wrote ….

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way—in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.” 

“A Tale of Two Cities,” by Charles Dickens

Brad Paisley - “What Child Is This”

Friday, December 1, 2017

Decorating, a Poem & Randy

1. The Irish Lads are finalists in the “Offensive Line,” Joe Moore Award. 

The Richmond Spiders win back the “Capital Cup,” in an exciting win over William and Mary.

2. Dee and I have been putting up Christmas decorations. In the process we have decided that there is a lot of things we really don’t need anymore. Some are old and worn out, but some are in excellent condition. I took a couple of those to church for our “Christmas family.”  

3. I’m not going to talk about leaves again. Yes, they keep falling and I keep picking them up, but it’s Fall. So, here is a nice poem to finish with.

The leaves had a wonderful frolic.
They danced to the wind's loud song.
They whirled, and they floated, and scampered.
They circled and flew along.

The moon saw the little leaves dancing.
Each looked like a small brown bird.
The man in the moon smiled and listened.
And this is the song he heard.

The North Wind is calling, is calling,
And we must whirl round and round,
And then, when our dancing is ended,
We'll make a warm quilt for the ground.

4. “The Grand Ole Opry” began broadcasting on November 28, 1925.


6. I own a portable scanner from 2015. The name is not relevant and I don’t want to pick on the company that made this device. It has performed well over the years and was instrumental in my paperless journey. The “company” has decided to move away from their scanner software. They have apparently researched that providing web access is more profitable. So, to continue using what I have would requires purchasing a “plan.”  No thank you. I’m now researching new scanners and will provide my findings on in a later blog.

7. Randy Travis - “How Do I Wrap My Heart Up For Christmas,” a great song.

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Friday, November 24, 2017

Brothers, Life and Runaway

1. Saturday’s game between the Irish Lads and the Navy Midshipmen was better than I expected. Watching the brothers, Navy junior OT Adam Amosa-Tagovailoa and Notre Dame freshman DT Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa playing on the same field added to the excitement of the game. The teams respect each other but play hard and for a period of time it looked like Navy would be the victor. But it wasn’t to be and now the Lads are at 9-2.

2. We had a beautiful Thanksgiving with family. Dee and her Mom made the turkey, along with some roasted chestnuts. Christina and her Mom, Debbie, brought side dishes and desert. I ate too much.

3. “On November 23, 1936, the first issue of the pictorial magazine Life is published, featuring a cover photo of the Fort Peck Dam by Margaret Bourke-White.”

4. I’m staying even with the leaves, but as I was gathering them a thought came to me. Did Adam have to rack leaves in the garden?     
5. “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”          Mark Twain


7. Del Shannon - Runaway (1961)

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