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Welcome to my website. Thanks so much for visiting. You are welcome to explore, but please realize that this is a work in progress. If it seems disorganized, incomplete, and out of date, well, it is - at least in part. Please have patience; I'm in the process of revising and adding many things. Below is a... Continue Reading →

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13th Day . . . and Counting . . .

[Note...this is what I published on January 7, 2015. a little bit revised . Actually, the whole series of the past "12-Days" posts was based (and elaborated on) what I wrote in 2015.] I finished the Twelve Days of Christmas. What next? These past twelve blogposts were something of an experiment, just to see if... Continue Reading →

11th Day: This Bud’s for You!

OK, it's a bit of a stretch. However, our saint today, St. John Neumann, who was born in Bohemia in 1811, spent his student and seminary days in the Diocese of Budweis, but was not ordained there because the bishop felt there were too many priests already. By all accounts, he did not show early... Continue Reading →

10th Day: Danseurs and Elizabeth

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, whose feast is today, January 4, is worth paying attention to. Born (1774) and married (1794) into the upper strata of New York society, she was a devout Episcopalian, devoted parent, and dedicated helper of the poor. Widowed in 1803 and received into the Catholic Church in 1805, she endured anti-Catholic... Continue Reading →

9th Day: Holy Name & Ballerinas

On January 3, the Church celebrates the Holy Name of Jesus. In the current Roman Calendar, it is a relatively minor day, an "optional memorial," and in various other church calendars, it is celebrated on different days as well. "What's in a name?" Shakespeare asks in Romeo and Juliet. A lot, actually.  Your name is the... Continue Reading →

8th Day: Milkers and Cappadocians

The gift on the Eighth Day: Eight Maids A-Milking. What could that be? Are these young women themselves the gift, which is quite repugnant, or are there services being provided for by the "True Love." This, and all the subsequent gifts, are gifts of human beings, or better, human services. As one can infer from... Continue Reading →

5th Day: Gold & Family

Did you ever notice while singing the "Twelve Days of Christmas" that there's something unique about the fifth day? Not only are the "five go-old rings" sung jarringly slower, almost like going over a speed bump too fast, they are also the only inanimate objects in the whole list. Among the twelve gifts, six are birds... Continue Reading →

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