"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, May 22, 2015

Deacon Bee, Oxymorons and Brady Clark

My Slow Takes

1. The Church of the Epiphany celebrated the 35th Anniversary of Diaconate Ordination for Deacon Bernardo Lupini. There was a morning Mass and reception afterward. We are Blessed to have him in our parish.

Father John, Mary & Deacon Bee
The Reception Tables

2. The kitchen install has begun and is slowly coming together.

The Kitchen on 5-18-22

The Kitchen on 5-22-15

3. My friend Dan, who use to be an avid bike rider, sent me this link by Destin Sandlin. It’s all about riding a bicycle. It is a very interesting lesson in how our brain works.

4. On May 20, 1873, two men, Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis were issued a patent. The patent was for “improvement in Fastening Pocket-Openings.” Mr. Davis had come up with an idea to use metal rivets on the stress points of working pants. Both men went into business manufacturing “waist overalls.” The original “blue jeans.”

5. In June 1940, over 300,000 British, French and Belgian troops were evacuated from Dunkirk, France. The evacuation began on May 27th and involved an unusual fleet of ships, transports, merchantmen, fishing boats and pleasure craft.  I have always marveled at such a feat and how the British people came together to save so many. This week I was sent a link describing another evacuation. One that I did not know existed. The evacuation of Manhattan, New York, September 11, 2001. A moving story of people helping people.  

6. Here are some oxymorons to mull over.

Why is the third hand on the watch called the second hand? 

Why do "tug" boats push their barges? 

Why do we sing "Take me out to the ball game" 
     when we are already there? 

Why are a "wise man" and a "wise guy" opposites? 

How come abbreviated is such a long word? 

7. Brady Clark is not a singer that I normally listen to. I found this song while doing some other “music research.” It’s quite good.

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From happyveteransdayquotespoems.com

Friday, May 15, 2015

Father John, Einstein, and a Cardinal.

My Slow Takes

1. “If I speak in human and angelic tongues* but do not have love, I am a resounding gong or a clashing cymbal.

And if I have the gift of prophecy and comprehend all mysteries and all knowledge; if I have all faith so as to move mountains but do not have love, I am nothing.

If I give away everything I own, and if I hand my body over so that I may boast but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, [love] is not pompous, it is not inflated,

it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury,

it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth.

It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never fails. If there are prophecies, they will be brought to nothing; if tongues, they will cease; if knowledge, it will be brought to nothing.

For we know partially and we prophesy partially …..

So faith, hope, love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” 1 Cor. 13

Father John’s Sunday Homily spoke of love of a mother to her children, love of a husband and wife, love of brother and sister and love of friends. He explained that love has many meanings and we need to be aware that it is all around us. We need to fully understand what Jesus said, “love one another as I have loved you.” 
I always enjoy his sermons, they provide strong start to my week.

2. The Capitals and the Rangers faced each other on Wednesday night for the tie-breaker game. It was a close game that went into overtime. The Rangers scored the winning goal around the eleventh minute. 
It was an exciting series, thank you Capitals!

3. From Steve Givens blog, “The Creative Spirit: Finding the Extraordinary in the Ordinary.” May 10, 2015.

Einstein said, “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” We can see each sunrise, each newborn child, each encounter with beauty and chalk them all up to chance, or we can stand back in wonder at these daily miracles and choose to see the hand of God. The first option is a yawn; the second is a gasp. You choose.”

4. Our son Stephen and I finished taking down the kitchen cabinets and removing the counter top. He was a great help and I loved working with him.

Water Break

The Empty Kitchen
5. This is one of the local Cardinals that enjoys sitting in our Redbud tree.

Photo by Dee

6. The results from “Women on 20s” chose Harriet Tubman. Now it’s up to President Obama to make the decision of changing the $20 bill. My vote went to Clara Barton. Both ladies accomplished a lot for many people. They were unselfish and dedicated to their missions.

Harriet Tubman
7. O.C. Smith sings about love, green apples and snow.

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Friday, May 8, 2015

1st Communion, Spring, and Mom.

My Slow Takes

1. Sunday at 8:30 Mass, was First Holy Communion for some of the children of our Parish. Monsignor Shreve was the celebrant and his Homily was excellent. The children are sitting in the first few rows and he stands in front them talking and walking back and forth from one end to the other. It is all about them and his conversation with them shows his patience and love for the children. There are a series of questions that Monsignor asks the children. He always makes sure they are asked in such a way that the children understand and are able to answer them. After Mass there are “goodies” in the “Commons” and the volunteers on staff make sure the children get “first dibs.” I enjoy watching the interaction between the children and Monsignor Shreve. It makes for a beautiful “God moment” for me.

2. The Capitals won Monday evenings game 1-0 against the Rangers. They are now 2-1 in the series. Next game is Friday the 8th.

3. “A Prayer in Spring” by Robert Frost

Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers today;
And give us not to think so far away
As the uncertain harvest; keep us here
All simply in the springing of the year.

Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard white,
Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night;
And make us happy in the happy bees,
The swarm dilating round the perfect trees.

And make us happy in the darting bird
That suddenly above the bees is heard,
The meteor that thrusts in with needle bill,
And off a blossom in mid air stands still.

For this is love and nothing else is love,
The which it is reserved for God above
To sanctify to what far ends He will,
But which it only needs that we fulfill.

4. This is a poem for “all the Mothers” on Mothers Day.

May God bless all the Mothers
That give of themselves
And tend to their household needs
Before the needs of 'self'
For they are there with comfort
For each child's broken heart,
Bringing them to God in prayer,
With His love to impart.

5. NBC News had a spot on the allergy season. The title was “Pollen Tsunami” Causing Misery in the Northeast.” Apparently they haven’t spent anytime in Richmond, Virginia. My nose runs, my eyes itch and my cough has not gone away. Pollen knows no boundaries. 

6. On Saturday, May 8, 1971 Dolores Siracusa and Paul Forgette were married by Father Patrick Dineen. The ceremony took place at St. Leo the Great in Amherst, New York. Today, Friday May 8, we celebrate our 44th year of Holy Matrimony.

7. This is “Early Morning Rain,” by Peter, Paul & Mary.

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