Category Archives: Byzantine


It seemed as if I was spending most of my time complaining and griping about stuff, and it got wearying.  Therefore I have begun a new blogging adventure at and I hope you’ll join me there.


A bit peeved by this.

Occasionally, as a supplement to (or a replacement for) whatever is in the checs’ science textbooks, we watch some of the nature programs on PBS, such as “Wild Chronicles”, “Nature”, etc. Over the past few weeks I have come to the conclusion that these shows aggravate me just a bit. Sometimes the program highlights an animal that is endangered and the things that are being done to restore the population in the wild – captive breeding, relocation efforts, etc. I would be interested to know two things about the people who work so tirelessly on these projects. First, are these people professing to be Christians in their private lives, and second, how do they feel about human life issues – specifically abortion and contraception. It is just so sad to read about the astronomical sums of money being spent by the supporters of the culture of death to advance the cause of abortion of human babies, while simultaneously there is also a pile of money being thrown at people who raise money to buy an island so that chimpanzees can live there after their release from research laboratories.
Last night there was a program about Keiko, the killer whale who was rescued from a water park and rehabilitated, then released into the ocean. According to the narrative, Keiko never did have a 100% “wild” life with other killer whales. He was released in the western North Atlantic and did journey across to Norway, but chose to live out his days in a fish-less fjord – being fed and petted by children and adults for a few years until he died of a virus. Seems to me he had no real ‘quality of life’ as a killer whale. But he was deserving of hundreds of thousands of dollars in research, equipment, etc. while a human baby who survives an attempted abortion is just thrown into a trash bin to die alone?
Don’t get me wrong, I love animals. But I believe that humans are created in God’s image and that animals were created for our use, and to ascribe a higher order to them is perverting the intent of God and playing with stuff we have no call to play with.

I have another little rant, about prom dresses and First Holy Communion, but I’ll save that for later.

This made me smile.

The Birds!

I was just outside, and there were two male robins having what I can only assume was a territorial disagreement. It was amusing to watch them chasing each other through the two maples in my back yard…….it got un-amusing very quickly, however. They began chasing each other to the rhododendron beside my back door, back to the trees, back and forth, I happened to be in the flight path so I ducked…….just as the pursuing bird dropped his flight to attempt a takeover from below. SMACK! Ouch. Right into the side of my head.

Why bother?

I stopped in the narthex of my parish Church yesterday morning to pick up a copy of the Order of Baptism (we had a Baptism/Chrismation/First Holy Communion yesterday!) and a bulletin, and on the table with those items was a small stack of brochures advertising the “Sixth Annual Day of Reflection of Women” to be held at our Cathedral, sponsored by the Archeparchial Office of Religious Education.

I opened the brochure to take a look; it’s to be held on a Saturday and I thought perhaps if it looked interesting and solid, I’d try to get child care so I could attend.

There are to be three presenters; the first one mentioned is a Therapist and Spiritual Director……she is also an ordained elder in the Presbyterian Church USA….Whoa!  Hold the phone! This is an event put together and officially sanctioned by the archeparchy.  We’re Catholic.  In the Catholic Church, women are unable to be ordained. I am disturbed.

There are two other presenters, one of whom is a member of a Byzantine parish in Butler; the other’s connection (or lack of) is nowhere mentioned.

Other perturbing things about this ‘day of reflection’:  nowhere on the schedule does it mention that there will be an opportunity for spiritual direction or confession; there is only one mention of prayer and that is at the beginning of the day – the final event listed is a benefit auction for local women’s shelters (nothing wrong with that, don’t misunderstand me please).

One word:  ecumania.  This isn’t ecumenism; giving credence to this woman’s invalid ordination by inviting her to speak at a gathering for Catholic women is perpetuating the dissent that is rotting the Church from the inside out.  she may be a very effective counselor; she may also be an effective spiritual director but she cannot be those things to a Catholic woman; her very publicized credentials are an affront to Catholic women.

Needless to say, I won’t be trying to get child care to attend this gathering.  I’m going to speak with my pastor first, but I also might be calling the archeparchy to register my dismay over this.


This might make you go “hmmmm….”

My most recent knit!

Christmas Mystery Shawl
Just thought some of you might like to see the most recent knit of mine. It’s a mystery shawl, which means that you get the charts a little at a time, and you don’t know for sure what it will look like until you’re done. This was knit with a double strand of cotton laceweight on size 5 needles; I dyed the yarn myself using 2 shades of blue fabric dye that I picked up at Wal-Mart (sorry, I forget the brand but it’s the other stuff that isn’t Rit). I don’t have an ‘action’ shot yet, but this is a picture of the shawl drying after I blocked it. the finished measurements are 80″ wide at the top and 39″ deep from center back to the point.