Friday, January 20, 2012

7 Quick Takes: Catholic Music, Radio, Birds, and More!


7 Quick Takes Friday

Is it Friday already?

1

I'm finally finished painting my walls. I quit just before Christmas and didn't finish the hall. Recently I had a block of time, so I cranked up the computer to Catholic Answers and listen to Open Line while I worked. I'm just floored at how they don't get stumped, no matter the question. Yay for Catholic radio!


2

I'm salivating over The Thirsting's new album, Universal Youth. I adore Companions of the Lamb, their first one, and I totally need the next one! Yay for Catholic rock!



3

One of my kids went to the pinball museum. Yeah, there is one. It's in Alameda California- right in my own back yard. Not literally, because then I'd be sure to notice it beside the overturned wading pool and the dead tomato plants. :p Yay Doctor Who pinball machines!


4

I got a copy of Sex Au Naturel: What is it and Why it's Goodfor Your Marriage, by Patrick Coffin. It talks about Humanae Vitae (an encyclical by Pope Paul VI), about the early Church's teaching on birth control, where the Bible teaches against birth control. I'm finding it a fascinating read.

Another title that sounds interesting and is in a similar vein is Jason Evert's DVD, Green Sex:Good for the Body, Good for the Soul. I mean, people are so into health and ecology, yet they use the pill, polluting their bodies (not to mention the water supply- it's true. Look it up on the web).

Yay for Catholic teachings!

5

Saturday (tomorrow) is the West Coast Walk for Life in San Francisco. It's raining to day, but I think it's supposed to clear up by tomorrow.
Here's a link for more info.

Yay for Life!
3D Ultrasound

6

This is what my daughter Daphne looks like covered with birds. Two are our cockatiels and two we were babysitting. Yay for birds!


7

Catholic apologist, Jimmy Akin, had a super interesting podcast recently where he talks about, among other things, Dungeons & Dragons and other roll playing games and answers the question, Did the Virgin Mary receive Communion. Pretty cool. Check it out.

Now, if you haven't already, check out Conversion Diary- the host of 7 Quick Takes Friday.

Monday, January 9, 2012

The Rosary, A Catholic Rocker, and Your New Year's Resolution

Daniel Oberreuter of the Catholic band, The Thirsting, did this talk about The Rosary- specifically the Sorrowful Mysteries. It's very moving.


Maybe this will urge you to stick to your New Year's resolution to pray the Rosary more often. That was your resolution, wasn't it? :)  Not too late to make it one.

I've got an idea. Those spiritual resolutions (The Rosary or others)- mark them on your calendar right now on Ash Wednesday. That way you can revisit them and see how you're doing. If you've slipped, don't worry. You can re-resolve at Lent.


Friday, January 6, 2012

7 Quick Takes Friday


I decided to jump on the "7 Quick Takes Friday" band wagon. To learn more about that, go check out Conversion Diary. But first, here are my 7.

1

The twins and I are getting back into the homeschooling mode. While we were taking a break, they actually said they missed school work. Shockingly, they seem to have forgotten they made that declaration.

2

We've taken some hikes in the open space behind our house. I'm a bit out of shape after all of those Christmas cookies, so they (especially Daphne) can outrun me up hills.
Fiona and Daphne


3

My computer spontaneously shuts down lately. Dear husband thinks it could be that the fan's not running and making it over heat. So, instead of getting that problem fixed up, I installed new software that goes with my new external disc drive AND Windows Movie Maker, so I can edit home movies.
my computer


4

The girls and I began reading The First Christians: The Acts of the Apostles for Children, by Marigold Hunt. It makes Acts very accessible to kids. Hunt has been to some of the places and interjects her observations about them today. This is the same author who wrote Saint Patrick's Summer, which we
love.

5

The twins have learned to play "Hedwig's Theme" on the piano. They want to play it for one of their big sisters on her birthday Sunday. This is the song you hear throughout the Harry Potter films. Did you know that Saint Hedwig is the patron of orphans? Yep!


6

I'm nearly done writing my work in progress, Twelve Keys. But I've begun revising AGAIN and haven't taken time to finish those last three chapters. Well, they aren't actually the last chapters. I've written those. The unfinished ones are near the end, though. Here's my elevator pitch for Twelve Keys:

When magical forces blend modern times with the old west, forming a barren quake ridden steampunk landscape, a teenage girl teams up with a cowboy and a unicorn to piece together a mysterious pocket watch with the power to repair the space time continuum.
The pocket watch my parents gave me for Christmas

7

My friend/homeschooling mom pal/writing buddy, Kara, got her short story, "In the Eye of the Beholder," published in Cover of Darkness. This is a super cool story. She's got all the information for you at her blog, A Karabu Creation.