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Just eat the yogurt!

Athena is my black Lab mix. She is six years old now and much more settled than she was as a puppy. What she has not outgrown is her tendency to make questionable digestive choices. Cardboard is a major food group for her--especially empty toilet paper rolls. I cannot even begin to list the various vegetable, animal, and mineral entities that she has found outside and ingested. Most of the time her sturdy Lab stomach handles the insults just fine. But every now and then her gut rebels. This usually means a middle-of-the night or early morning awakening to her tummy loudly rumbling,squeaking and squawking followed by a trip outside. The best cure for her indigestion is yogurt. Half a cup or so and she is good to go. Interestingly, it is a chore to get her to eat the yogurt. She sees me holding a bowl of yogurt and she is hightailing it back to bed or hiding behind a table. So I put a little on my finger and dot it on her lips. She licks it off. I dot some more and she reflexively licks…

Living Life

A nice lady and friend of my in-laws bought a Corvette when she was much younger and a bit more adventurous than she is now. Age and mobility issues have made climbing in and out of the Corvette impractical. It is a 1991 convertible and only has 44,000 miles on it. She begs you to take it off her hands for a minimal sum. What would you do?

Road trip! Now that my hubby has retired all the grown kids have laid claim to our extra vehicles. When I head off to work I leave him behind with no transportation. So we were in the market for something in which he could toodle around town. What better vehicle for a retired test pilot than a Corvette. So amidst all the wedding preparations we flew down to Houston and picked up some new wheels.

We did have time for some fun. We stopped in at the Rice University art gallery and saw "Unwoven Light" by Soo Sunny Park.

We ate at Freebirds


We stayed at a Holiday Inn Express


And we arrived safely home so all can play with Dad's new toy.






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A kitchen table chat in Canada and thoughts about cohabitation

Yesterday I was privileged to be a guest on the Canadian Radio Teopoli with Fr. Bill Trusz. We chatted for an hour about the assaults on marriage, much as I had outlined in my latest HLI Truth & Charity forum article.  You can listen to the interview here by clicking on the  "listen to previous shows" button then clicking on the July 17 show.

I was very happy to once again cover the ground demonstrating that the current push to redefine marriage is only the latest in a continuum of assaults on marriage. We also talked about what we can do to stem the tide of marital perversions. The most important thing we can do is to joyfully and faithfully live our married lives. We need to project an infectious glee so that those around us say, "I want whatever they have." And what we have are marriages based on God's natural law.

"Preach the Gospel always. Use words if necessary." This quote is attributed to St. Francis of Assisi.  The challenge is to discern…

30 days and counting

The church is reserved, the readings are chosen, the music is selected. Invitations have been sent, responses received. She has her dress. The caterer, reception venue, DJ, florist, cake baker, and photographer are all arranged. So what could be left to do? Oh my!

There are so many little details. The constant question from the male folks in our household is, "You do that for a wedding?" The program needs to be finalized and printed, favors need to be assembled, and crafty elements of centerpieces need to be finished.

Table seating needs to be arranged so that place cards need to be printed. This is an interesting exercise. The guests are coming from all different phases of life. Some overlap, but many don't. Some are friends from high school. Some are friends from college. Some are work friends. Some are neighbors. Some are church friends. Some are family. Some are his. Some are hers. So do you mix them up? Sort them by relationships? Sort them by politics? Sort them by…

Open and shut

From this morning's Magnificat:

O Lord, you have told us to knock and the door would be opened to us. You yourself are the doorway into everlasting joy. Open your way before us a we set out on this day's journey and guide us to our journey's end, that, when evening comes, we may enter the courts of your presence rejoicing.  Sometimes Mt 7:7 makes people think of God as the great Santa Claus. If you just keep knocking on the door he will give you everything your little heart desires. The truth is that God loves us too much to open doors that are not in our best interest. I once saw a photo of a closed door with the caption,"When God closes a door, it is time to stop banging your head against it and figure out what He really wants you to be doing."

One of life's great challenges is trying to figure out which doors are open and which doors are closed. Sometimes God does close a door. If that is the case then there is no purpose in continuing to try to jimmy the l…

Irony: Washington Post reports on media bias

This article ran in this morning's print edition of the Washington Post under the headline: Al-Jazeera: Covering news or shaping it? I find this comical since it would be just as relevant to write a similar article under the headline Washington Post: covering news or shaping it?

Now I do not know if Al-Jazeera is really biased and loyal to the Muslim Brotherhood and ousted Egyptian president Morsi. I am really irritated that Al-Jazeera took over the broadcast rights to La Liga soccer so I have to search through Wiziwig for an online streaming source for Barcelona matches. Other than that, Al-Jazeera has little impact on my life.

What I do know is that the Washington Post, the New York Times,USA Today, and most other major news sources in the United States serve as nothing more than mouth pieces for the liberal ideology. Only after the presidential election do we get any coverage of the Benghazi scandal. They had to be shamed into covering the Kermit Gosnell trial. Sandra Fluke get…

Another battle in the same war against marriage

Some may look at the current defense of marriage against its redefinition to include same-sex couples as a unique struggle. Actually, it is only the latest in a long line of assaults against marriage. We can actually see a related attack in the Gospel when Jesus says:

He said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so." (Mt 19:8) In my latest article at the HLI Truth & Charity forum I look at relatively recent attempts to conform marriage to man's will instead of God's will. You might be surprised to see that the Holy Father was writing in defense of marriage in 1880. Please wander on over to the Truth & Charity forum and read the whole thing.

We need to defend marriage against all assaults, not just the most recent one.