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Friday, September 18, 2020

A Good Mystery


Chances Richard Russo is about three friends vacationing on Martha's Vineyard.  Lincoln, Teddy, and Mickey met in college. For graduation, Lincoln invited the other two to his summer home on Martha's Vineyard. There's a girl in the picture, Jacy.

Russo masterly weaves two time periods together.  At that graduation fling, Jacy disappears.  She is never heard from again.  She was engaged (not to Lincoln, Teddy, or Mickey) and had two concerned parents.  No one heard from her.

The other time period is the present time.  Lincoln invited Teddy and Mickey once again.  Lincoln is thinking of selling the property and this might be the only chance the three friends will ever see each other again.  After all, they are now senior citizens.

Naturally, the three reminisce.  The topic is Jacey.  They fantasize about many scenarios.  Lincoln even does some research reading old newspapers, at the library.  He talks to an old policeman who once was the police chief.  

I suspected the jerk neighbor.  But some evidence pointed to Mickey.  The novel is a mystery. It is one of those books that you stay up until two in the morning reading.

And it was worth it.

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Virtue Signaling is Showing Off

What is "virtue signaling?"  Wikipedia defines it as:Virtue signalling is a pejorative neologism for the conspicuous and disingenuous expression of moral values with the intent to enhance one's own image.

IOW virtue signaling is publically stating that one is morally correct and a super good human being.

Isn't that showing off?  Is my judgment, "virtue signaling?"

If this image is copyrighted, tell me and I'll take it down.  How's that for "virtue signaling?"


Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Lesson Two


Today we had our second faith formation.  It was fun!  Everyone enjoyed it! And this time it took half an hour.  I think that's just right for a six-year-old and her ten-year-old sister.  I know that it takes me days to prepare and it's over in 30 minutes, but I enjoy the preparation.  

We started with music playing in the background--"Down to the River to Pray".  And while we worked the older one kept singing "Down to the River to Pray."

We began by blessing ourselves, especially the six-year-old who off how well she knows how to bless herself.


We talked about how we knew about God: Bible, Church, and Traditions.  I told them that the Bible was a Book of many books: letters, songs, stories, laws, poems, history, etc.  To prove this we made a craft.  I gave them pictures to paste into their own book.  Each book contained a poem, a picture, a letter, a cartoon, a word search, and a story.  Then I explained that if I said I don't like your book, you'd ask what I didn't like, i.e., the story or the picture or the poem, etc.  So no one can say they don't like the Bible because there too many different genres in it.  


I reviewed the white statues on the facade of the church.  I showed them the statue of Mary in front of the rectory and the statue of St. Therese of the Flowers, next to the church.  We then related St. Rocco's Festival stories.  We have the statue of St. Rocco on the other side of the church.


They didn't remember that the Mass is the Last Supper.  Well, it so happens that last weekend was the girls' uncle's birthday.  I reminded them that they brought a tomato pie that they made.  One aunt made the birthday cake.  Another aunt brought shrimp.  Everyone had a job to do.  This discussion segued nicely into the different jobs people at Mass do: priest, deacon, altar servers, lectors, cantors, choir, ushers, and ministers of Communion.


I taught them that game: here's the church, here's the door, here's the steeple, open the doors and see all the people.

A craft was next.  The older one traced the younger one's hand and on each finger she wrote who to pray for: the thumb is closest so we pray for the family, the pointer finger points us the way to go, so we pray for teachers, the tallest is for our president and our pope, the ring finger is our weakest so we pray for the sick, and the last is for ourselves.  We can't forget to pray for ourselves.


We closed with Amazing Grace.  I didn't have to teach it to them because they already knew it.  Nana sings it all the time.  Now they know two songs.

Monday, September 14, 2020

Presentation is Important

 My family is talking about what a good time they had yesterday.  It was my son's birthday.  Since we are quarantined, so to speak, due to COVID 19, we had a party where we socially distanced ourselves from each other.  

The tables are 6 ft. apart and so are all the chairs.  But what I think made the party special was that the tables had tablecloths and flowers.  Everyone probably pictured us sitting on lawn chairs eating from a dish balanced on our laps, so they were impressed.

The flowers were all from my garden: herbs and marigolds.

Basil, sage, chard, parsley, and marigold made a beautiful arrangement.  The basil had flowered too and the aroma was wonderful.

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Rhetorical Device


Look at the rhetorical device used in Job 10: 19.

Whose offspring can be honorable? 
          Human offspring.
      Those who fear the Lord are honorable offspring.

Whose offspring can be disgraceful?
           Human offspring.
       Those who transgress the commandment are disgraceful offspring.
Sirach 10: 19

See where the same answer is given for opposite questions, i.e., "honorable" v. "disgraceful"?  Clever, no?  In this way, Ben Sira emphasizes differences among humans.  He is challenging the societal, cultural, and political distinctions among the people.

I wish I could do this.  I know I won't rest until I do.  Stay tuned.

Friday, September 11, 2020

Statue of St. Therese of Lisieux

See this picture of St. Therese of Lisieux.  I'm having a terrible time finding a close up.  This is for the next lesson in my grandchildren's faith formation--the statues outside the church.  
In front of the rectory is a statue is Mary.

This is distinct, compared to Therese.  And on the other side of the church is one more statue. This is St. Rocco.  My parish, for many years held a St. Rocco's festival, so he has a special place in the parish's heart. 

Out of all 3 statues, St. Therese of Lisieux is the smallest.  I guess I can find a better one by googling.

Once again, I'm spending way too much time on my lesson plans.  


Thursday, September 10, 2020

'Tude! Dude.

Two men looked out through prison bars;

The one saw mud, the other stars.


A Good Mystery

  Chances Richard Russo is about three friends vacationing on Martha's Vineyard.  Lincoln, Teddy, and Mickey met in college. Fo...