Sunday, May 28, 2017

St. Miriam Angelica + how to help

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Friends, it is with geat sorrow that I report sweet baby Miriam Angelica Ho went home to be with the LORD the day after her birth. I first posted about our prayer efforts on behalf of baby Miriam here. Countless members of the online community didn’t hesitate to pray for the miraculous healing of this beautiful.Continue reading »

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Is There No Room Left For Joy?

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Fatigue sets in.
It’s deep enough, sometimes, to devour my soul. The day, born anew, hours old, hastily sketches out another draft of those sometimes.
Dullness trades places with pain, resignation with despair. The stoic (that I pretend to be) is nothing more, really, than a storer – holding on, pushing down, locking up, all of the grievances, all of the sadness, most of the aches

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Surprise! Coming May 31, 2017!

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Friends, I’m bursting at the seams to share with you about a new project of mine – one that I know you’re going to love!… Continue reading

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A Better Mind-Mapping App

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Mind-mapping, originally understood, is a right-brained way to explore a topic by making a diagram of bubbles and lines and drawings and colors and little pictures on a piece of paper. There are a few applications, notably Buzan’s original iMindMap, that aim to give the same experience on a computer; and there are many more “mind map” applications that are essentially outlining tools that display the outline as a graphical map rather than as a list of indented topics.
I’ve been using the latter kind of tool for many years. It’s a great way to organize your thoughts, to keep notes, to plan documents, and like that, and the 2D graphical layout means that you can get much more content onto a single screen than you can with a traditional outliner.
I first used FreeMind, which is a great little tool with a somewhat peculiar user interface that takes some getting used to

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The Weekly TCC Field Intelligence Report, v.10.1

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Welcome to v.10.1. of the weekly TCC Field Intelligence Report, your linkfest to the Good, True, and the Beautiful…and the cool and whimsy, too.

It’s a holiday weekend here in the United States, so you have extra time to read what our search bot (affectionately named FreakyDoll) collated and collected this week. This week’s report leads off with an impressive list of US Catholic shrines – how many have you visited? Let us know! There’s a good reflection on why Memorial Day can be considered a Catholic secular holiday, from a priest in the Diocese of Duluth. Several interesting pieces, too, including a story on Japanese scientists figuring out how ladybugs tuck their wings beneath their cases, and a heartwarming story about a mom who was awarded an honorary MBA degree because she attended every class with her paraplegic son. The list concludes with a thoughtful article by Elizabeth Foss on why face-to-face time with those we love is more important than FaceTime, followed by one on the optimal length of power nap. Seems an appropriate topic at the start of a long weekend – in fact, I may test that out in a couple minutes!

Thanks for reading and sharing!

The Ultimate List of Catholic Shrines in the US – Sara & Justin Kraft, CoraEvans.com

Life in Plan B – Ellie, The Bleeding Pelican
Memorial Day is the Most Catholic Secular Holiday – Fr Richard Kuntz, The Northern Cross
Mom Surprised with Honorary MBA after Attending every Class with Paraplegic Son – Julie Scagell, Scary Mommy
Scientists Sneak a Peek at how Ladybugs Fold Their Wings – Camila Domonoske, NPR
Christian Coloring Pages – Jeannie Ewing, Love Alone Creates
Why Holy Water? – Fr William Saunders, Catholic Exchange
What is a Spiritual Director, and Why Should You Get One? – Br. Rex Anthony Norris, The Coming Home Network
Slow Down and Connect – Elizabeth Foss, The Arlington Catholic Herald
How Long to Nap for the Biggest Brain Benefits – Melanie Pinola, LifeHacker

Candles Out! ~ lessons from a Baptism ~

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This weekend, our sweet Rita Lucile (known affectionately as Rita Lu) was Baptized into the Roman Catholic Church. Which means that she got wiped free from Original Sin, and I got to spend the weekend sniffing the holy baby head.
Saturday afternoon, our family and a few close friends came together to watch our girl officially get de-heathenated.
My beautiful friend, Heather Renshaw (writer, blogger, amazing human being) flew in from the Pacific Northwest to be Rita’s godmother, and our eldest son stood as godfather.
Do you see this joy? This is why we asked her

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The Solemnity of the Perpetual Transferal of the Ascension

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It wouldn’t hurt to go to Mass today, even if you don’t “have” to. How and when did this transferal in the US take place? Glad you asked. Here’s what the USCCB website says about it, in part: In accord … Continue reading →

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The Makings of a Psychiatric Service Dog – Meet Frank and Josef

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I’ve long been interested in service dogs, but something new to me is the idea of a psychiatric service dog.  You may have heard of “emotional support animals,” companion animals that help a person stay calm and cope with challenging situations just by being around in a general way.  You might think of it as … Continue reading The Makings of a Psychiatric Service Dog – Meet Frank and Josef

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When Your Mom Is Too Cheap To Buy You Spinners

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Teachers everywhere hate them, and Pope Francis used them to explain the Trinity.*

Fidget Spinners are the latest fad to achieve the magic balance where adults are annoyed and kids are happy to drive them crazy. They’re the latest “must have” item for kids everywhere.
Which almost makes me feel badly for my poor children whose mother adamantly refuses to shell out the $7+ for the whirling toys, and I even refuse to be persuaded by tears and pleading.
“If you want a fidget thing-y so badly,” I told them, “go make your own

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PARISH REPORT: Starting Lector Pulled After 1st Reading for Rookie Reliever

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(AoftheANews) – COOPERSTOWN – Parishioners of Our Lady of Intentional Walks were surprised when the veteran starting lector, Rhonda Horne, was pulled after the First Reading during Sunday’s 10:30 AM Mass, and relieved by rookie Juan Hetter. “I didn’t want … Continue reading →

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