"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, November 20, 2015

Leaves, Hockey & Elvis

My Slow Takes

1. The Richmond Spiders lost a close game to Villanova. They are now 8-2 as they face William & Mary at home this Saturday.

Notre Dame heads to Boston where they challenge Boston College. The Irish Lads are at 9-1.

2. Our grandsons, Justin and Conner play hockey. The league they are in uses team names from colleges and NHL teams. This year Conner is with the Sabres and Justin is with Notre Dame.

The Notre Dame hockey team from Buffalo, N.Y.
3. November 15, 1956, the movie, “Love Me Tender,” premiered in New York City. This was Elvis Presley's first full length movie.

Here is the trailer from the movie. Yes, it’s in black and white.

4. I spent four days raking leaves. God spent a morning replacing them.

5. Bernard Cornwell is my favorite historical novelist. I’m sure I have mentioned this before. BBC has started a new series “The Last Kingdom.” It is excellent and is based on Mr. Cornwell’s series of books, “The Warrior Chronicles/Saxon Stories.” More information at BBC.

6. Thanksgiving is next week. Please pray for those who are not able to share in the feasting or time with family. Give thanks for what God has provided for you and your families. 

7. Barbara Fairchild - “Could You Walk A Mile.” A song that provides a reminder worth reflecting on.

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Friday, November 13, 2015

Veterans Day & Fr. J. Martin

My Slow Takes

1. Terry Kelly - “A Pittance of Time Remembrance Day.”

2. I like this commercial by Guinness entitled, "Empty Chair." 

3. Our family veterans.

Paul Peter Forgette 2-27-46 - My Dad
Frank C. Siracusa 1945 - Dee's Dad

4. I read the book, “My Life with the Saints,” by Fr. James Martin, S.J.. On Saturday he was in Richmond, VA and gave an excellent talk on “Encountering Jesus: Meeting the Jesus of History and the Christ of Faith.” It was interesting, inspiring and included some humor about some of Fr. Martin's experiences. Dee and I purchased his new book, “Jesus, A Pilgrimage.” 

5. November 15 is the beginning of National Bible Week. It is a week long celebration of “The Bible: A Book for the Family.”

6. The Richmond Spiders dropped to at 7-2 with their loss to New Hampshire. The Irish Lads defeated Pittsburg bringing them to 8-1.

7. Today, November 13, starts the Richmond Spiders basketball season. Dee and I will be joining our friends as the Spiders host JMU.

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Friday, November 6, 2015

Fr. John & New Bern, NC

My Slow Takes

1. College football update. Richmond Spiders at 7-1 and face New Hampshire on Saturday. The Irish Lads are also at 7-1 and will travel to Pittsburgh. It has been a great season for my teams. 

2. Last Monday evening we had a Mass celebration at our home. We were blessed to have Father John as our celebrant.  We shared this beautiful evening with our study group friends. After the Mass we had dinner and spent the evening talking, sharing stories and getting to know more about Father John. He is a man with strong beliefs and love of church community. 

Me, Fr. John and Dee

3. This is from New Years 2013. Sent to me by Brother Mike of our Monday night men’s group.

4. Dee and I attended a wedding in New Bern, N.C. It was our first visit to this historic town and we loved it. The days were sunny and warm and the evenings clear and mild. New Bern is the birthplace of Pepsi Cola, created by Caleb Bradham.

Sunrise from our hotel room.
Dee and Our Son Todd
5. On November 1, 1512, Michelangelo’s art work, on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel is opened to the public.

View of the Ceiling
6. One of my favorite places to shop is L.L. Bean. They just opened up a new store here in Richmond, Virginia. Dee and I were there on opening day.

7. Tanya Tucker, “I’m Not Lisa.” This is a “vinyl” recording.

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