This made me smile.


Spring is Bustin’ Out All Over

What’s poking up out of the ground where you live?  The tulips have been up for a while here, and I noticed several buds earlier today.  The mint – all three kinds – in the tulip bed has come up, and the iris and columbine that border one side of my driveway are greening up nicely.  At the corner by the street I’ve got pretty yellow daffodils, and one of the raspberry brambles has sprouted a new cane.

The wild rose has leaves; the rhubarb has leaves the size of salad plates; and all of my perennial herbs except the rosemary – that would be thyme, oregano, parsley, sage, chives and lavender – have new growth.

I’m going to have to cut my grass soon, but first I’m going to make some MacGyver-ized lawn aerators for my kids to stomp around with, to poke holes in the sod and hopefully improve the health of my grass a bit.  Here’s what I’m going to do:

Cut a pair of thin boards (I’m going to use leftover pine floorboards, but any easily-sawn thin lumber would do OK) each a couple of inches longer than the shoes of the person who will be using the aerators.  Use a skinny bit and drill several holes right through the boards; these are the pilot holes so the nails don’t split the lumber.  (From five to eight per board, depending on the size of the board) Then drive regular old sinkers, 10- or 12-penny size, through the pilot holes out the bottom of the board.  To use, tie the boards securely but not too snugly to the shoe, and stomp around your yard with abandon.

So there you have it – the garden report and an easy way to aerate your lawn for spring.  I’ll post pictures soon.

I’m speechless.

I am unable to think of any possible, rational reason why there would be a screening of the movie “Milk” on the premises of a Catholic parish.  However, I am able to think of several disgusting, irrational reasons – the most obvious of which being that, said parish being the one that serves the local university students, this was a (very) misguided attempt to ‘mentor’ or ‘validate’ a group of students whose struggles with sexual identity are naturally at odds with their Catholic faith.

Lest you think I jest, have a look at the online bulletin for this parish; go to page 2 and check out the box on the right-hand side, it’s the second event listed for Monday, March 29.  Click here for the pdf bulletin.

Charity prevents me from commenting further; although you, dear reader, are welcome to speculate at will in the comments.

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.

I enjoyed reading this,

and I thought you might, so I’m linking it here:

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….”