"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, October 2, 2015

Calvin & Hobbes and NCIS

My Slow Takes

1. Some Mondays arrive too quickly.

2. The Irish Lads are now at 4-0 as they head to South Carolina to face the Clemson Tigers. 

3. On September 30, 1889, the territory of Wyoming, granted women the right to vote. 

4. The simple wisdom of Calvin.

5. One of my favorite programs, NCIS,  has started a new season. The first two episodes were great. They showed some interesting new twists that are developing with some of the characters.

The NCIS Cast
6. Happy “Link-toberfest.” 

My first blog for Jennifer’s Seven Quick Takes was on June 10, 2011. I wasn’t sure about writing seven things every week, so I created a variation, “My Slow Takes.” I am still a contributor and enjoy reading all the different blogs. 

7. Reba McEntire and Vince Gill, “The Heart Won’t Lie.” This is a great duet.

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Friday, September 25, 2015

Fr. Kiel & Pope Francis

My Slow Takes

1. The Richmond Spiders defeated the cadets from Virginia Military Institute (VMI). They now have a 2-1 record. Their next opponent is Maine, another home game. The Irish Lads won their game against Georgia Tech. They are now 3-0 and play Massachusetts, at home on September 26th.

2. On September 24, 1966, The “Monkees" made the “Billboard” top 40 with “Last Train to Clarksville.”

3. In June, I wrote about the ordination of Father Matthew Kiel. He has a website, “Opening the Doors of Mercy.” Please take a moment to visit his blog page. It is very enlightening.

4. On Tuesday evening our parish, the Church of the Epiphany, held an evening of witnesses, readings and song. Our Director of Christian Formation, Sarah, put together this gathering. She was supported by Deacon Arthur and Deacon Stephen. Music was provided by Andy and his band along with a guest pianist, Jean, from Blessed Sacrament Church in Harrisonburg, Virginia. My favorite song of the evening was “It Is Well With My Soul.”  

Chris Rice, “It Is Well With My Soul.”

5. The Pope is in the United States and Rev. John Kazibwe, our pastor, will be in Washington D.C. where he will be concelebrating at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. We, at the Church of the Epiphany, are extremely proud  

U.S. Air Force photo - Airman 1st Class Philip Bryant
6. The Greater Hampton Road men’s Cursillo weekend is this week, 9-24 thru 9-27. Please pray for the team members and candidates.

7. Continuing with “country legends,” this is a song by Don Gibson. “Oh Lonesome Me.”

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Friday, September 18, 2015

Football, The Beach and Sherry

My Slow Takes

1. College football has started again. The Richmond Spiders are sitting at 1-1 and face VMI this Saturday at home. The Irish Lads, after an exciting game against the Virginia Cavaliers, are at 2-0. They face Georgia Tech on Saturday and will also be playing at home.

2. I usually don’t write about the NFL, but this year the Buffalo Bills have a starting quarterback from Virginia Tech. His name is Tyrod Taylor and he's from my hometown of Hampton, Virginia. So, I might be writing a little about the Bills this season. The Bills are 1-0 as they face the Patriots, at home, this Sunday.  

3. Dee and I were at the beach last week and were blessed with great weather. The food, drinks and companionship were terrific. Here are some photos.

Dinner at the beach
Me and Dee
Me and the "Ladies"
4. On September 15, 1962, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons reach the “top of charts” with “Sherry.”

5. My favorite cowboy hero was Hopalong Cassidy. The actor that portrayed him was William Boyd. On September 12, 1972, at the age of 77, he died. His horse’s name was “Topper,” and his side-kick was Red Connors, played by Edgar Buchanan.

Topper and "Hoppy"
6. The UCI Road World Championships are in Richmond, Virginia from September 19-27, 2015.

7. This is a great song by Marty Robins, “Ghost Riders in The Sky.”

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