Tuesday, December 25, 2007

A Christmas Carol

By G.K. Chesterton

(& copied from a post by Eric
Chesterton and Friends.)

The Christ-child lay on Mary’s lap,
His hair was like a light.
(O weary, weary were the world,
But here is all aright.)

The Christ-child lay on Mary’s breast,
His hair was like a star.
(O stern and cunning are the kings,
But here the true hearts are.)

The Christ-child lay on Mary’s heart,
His hair was like a fire.
(O weary, weary is the world,
But here the world’s desire.)

The Christ-child stood on Mary’s knee,
His hair was like a crown,
And all the flowers looked up at Him,
And all the stars looked down.


Thursday, December 20, 2007

Has anyone ever tried?

Mystic Monk Coffee...


If so, let me know -
it sounds delicious!

H/T to an informative post


Catholic Answers Forums.

My Christmas list

includes this recent

A Family Christmas,
by Caroline Kennedy.

Her last book,

A Family of Poems:
My Favorite Poetry
for Children

is a beautiful compilation

of classics, & I'm looking
forward to adding this one
to my own growing collection
of favorites.

"Just One More Thing"

One of many

wonderful works

of art for sale

(& by:)

the wonderful

Mr. Peter Falk.

Monday, December 17, 2007


Dear Dan Fogelberg


Saw him in concert

in the early eighties, &

have enjoyed playing

my recorder along with

his songs since forever...

Melodybleu, too,


Saturday, December 15, 2007

Seen on a signature


Catholic Answers Forums...

Even the atheist is half afraid of the dark.
-Bishop Fulton Sheen.

Which reminds me of this from

Fr. Benedict Groeschel,
(who can be seen on EWTN's
Sunday Night Live)...

If you don't believe in God, but feel the
need to pray...

By all means do!!!

Lifted this

from Jeffrey Smith @

The Roving Medievalist ...

St. Michael -
Corigliano d'Otranto, Italy

Friday, December 14, 2007

Lest we forget...

“The message of the cross
is foolishness to those who are
perishing, but to us who are
being saved it is the power of
God." (1 Corinthians 1:23,24)

Saturday, December 08, 2007



Melodybleu has a neat new
music player contraption thingy
over on her blog:

The Tropics and Other Stuff.

I'll get one someday, when I
figure out how to upload/down-
load music - HA!

Mosey on over & listen in...

& don't forget to turn up
the sound:)

Sunday, December 02, 2007

First Sunday of Advent

Liturgy of the Hours: Week I of the Psalter

We do not know when "the Son of Man' will
come again or how God's kingdom will be
established--whether peaceably (Isaiah)
or by destruction (gospel). Yet the readings
and Advent call us to look forward to the
future with hope and expectation. Why?
Because Christ's Second Coming will bring
to completion God's work of salvation.
This hope undergirds our efforts in daily
life to "conduct ourselves properly" and to
"put on the Lord Jesus Christ" (second reading).
--Living Liturgy, First Sunday of Advent 2007

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Check out the reverse...

of the Lincoln penny, &
you will see the work of
the 10th Chief Engraver
of the United States,
Frank Gasparro- (8/26/09-

Mr. Gasparro, whose initials
can be seen at the bottom
right corner of the Lincoln
Memorial (see above,) also
designed the obverse &
reverse of the Eisenhower
Dollar, the Susan B. Anthony
Dollar, & the reverse of the
Kennedy Half Dollar. He is
the most copied artist ever,
due to the Lincoln cent.

He worked for the U.S. Mint
as Chief Engraver/Sculptor
from 1965 to 1981...

& was every bit as kind as he
was professional.

The Complete "Father Brown" Series

by G. K. Chesterton ~


Thanks to:



Catholic Answers Forums

for the great link:)


Wonderful coverage!

in the latest issue of

Gilbert Magazine

of the recent conference
I attended of a local chapter of the

American Chesterton Society.

(Which featured two of my
favorite speakers, ACS president &
Dale Ahlquist, host of EWTN's

(Sunday 9PM ET);

& noted biographer & editor of the

St. Austin Review
(StAR) periodical

Joseph Pearce).

Received my beautiful book

by Sister Wendy Beckett,

In the Midst of Chaos, Peace

from Ignatius Press -

featuring the work of two of my
favorites, paper-cutting silhouette
artists, Sister Mary Jean Dorcy &
Dan Paulos, whose work is featured
on this blog courtesy of
Trinity Stores.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Egyptian Watercolors

Giza. Inside the Granite Temple (11x14)

Janet Hamill (link)


Recent acquisitions

of a poet friend:


recent interview (link)
with the books' author, Joseph

Pearce which originally appeared
in the
Ediciones Palabra, (link)
following the release of the
translation of his book,
Literary Converts. (link)

By Joe LeClerc


white nights glimmer pink champagne’s
......pyrotechnique sparkle glamour throne
..............woven blanketique astral sewn twinkle
....................patterns - each blink a wink connected
...........................by the eye needs a line - draughtsman’s
..................................horse, nymph hidden, swans y los toros
........................................bidden - all to populate enormous sphere’s
...............................................interior surface - terra unsun - those in darkness

...../spy bright glories - enlightened eyes see infinite

blue or clouded azure

who threw the ball?

- so much blazing mystery within

A Pachabel Connection?

Between recent pop hits &
the melancholy 'Canon in D'?

Whether you hear it or not,
the question was posed as a
result of an interesting
(& entertaining) post from
Dawn Eden @

The Dawn Patrol.

& if you have the time...

while you surf, then
listen to:

Catholicism: The Heart
of History,- (link:)

with Joanna & Jamie Bogle,
from EWTN.

New to my library

The Adoremus Hymnal,


No Place for God,
by Moyra Doorly -

Which was recommended
to me by
Joseph Pearce,
biographer & editor
of the
Saint Austin Review -
(at the recent
I was fortunate
enough to attend).

Am finding the book on
church architecture inter-
esting. I haven't finished
it yet, but will say that while
I understand that recent
church architecture (unfor-
tunately) reflects the recent
age, we have to acknowledge
that, whether we like the
design or not, He's still there.

Imo, like everything else made
by man throughout history, only
some are exceptional to behold.
This is my opinion. Beauty, practi-
cality & content aren't always
found altogether. If today's
churches do not seem reverent,
well - the content is still there.
The function is the same, even
if it's not awe-inspiring to behold.

As a child, I vaguely remember

altar railings - but mostly attended
Holy Mass in the gymnasium/
cafeteria of the local Catholic
school after the beautiful
church building was sold.

Grew tired of the guitar-strumming
minstrels with their sweet but simple

Would read all the readings for
the day before Mass even started,
then sit staring at the incredible
Crucifix on the wall next to me,
where I'd always sit in the back.

And as mundane as it all seemed,
you could tell that He was there.
& the reverence, though expressed
somewhat differently, was still
there, too.

Couldn't resist the book of
music - got the choir edition
which is helpful as I'm an alto
& need it for the parts.

Both from
Ignatius Press.

Liking the prettiful

prayer shawls, *hand made
& available from:

Trinity Stores.

*And the sales help provide
an income for the families of the
women who make them.

An excellent site

that has done excellent work,
over the years.

I would encourage any regular
internet user to get in the habit
of checking it regularly... their
work is essential, has helped a
great many people, & continues
to help solve as well as prevent,
further tragedies, thank God...

& may God bless the difficult
work that they have to do.

Sunday, November 11, 2007


Honey... :)

From Terry @

Abbey Roads.

Happy Birthday! :)

to you!

Happy Birthday to you!

Happy Birthday dear lifelong pal


Happy Birthday to you!!! :)

Briefly, MB & I have known
each other for over forty years.

Her interests are vast & varied -
She introduced me to most of the
music that I have loved for a life-
time, from classic to rock - & now
on her blog she continues to post
fast & furious on much of what
she cares & is concerned about...

& if I didn't know it was her blog
& I read it, I'd know it was hers:)

HB Jen, &
God bless you!!!!!


Someone translated
this blog into



(& thanks!)

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Many thanks to whoever translated this...

Praying that the local public library
adds Nancy Brown's study guide:
G. K. Chesterton: The Blue Cross
to its collection. It's a wonderful

introduction to the Father Brown
detective series by GKC, written
for students in grades 8-12...

(I got my own copy anyway:)

Good work, Mrs. Brown!


Congratulations, Mrs. Brown!
Your published work will be
added to the adult collection:)

...to this!

星期天, 2006 年3月26 日




G. K. Chesterton: 藍色十字架



偵探系列由GKC, 被寫



好工作, 布朗夫人!


祝賀, 布朗夫人!



From Michelle

the Mermaid, an interesting
book recommendation on the
subject of unnecessary
consumer consumption...

Affluenza: When Too Much
Is Never Enough,

by Clive
Hamilton & Richard Deniss -

Read all about it, over at


Sunday, November 04, 2007

Follow the links...


Chesterton and Friends, (link)

to hear the voices of C. S. Lewis,


G. K. C.

Happy 10th Birthday!

to Gilbert Magazine! :)

(From the cover):

A man's soul is as full
voices as a forest, there
are ten thousand tongues
there like all the tongues
of the trees: fancies, follies,
memories, madnesses,
mysterious fears, and
more mysterious hopes. -
G. K. Chesterton

Thursday, November 01, 2007

A Love Letter

from God to us,
posted by:



Catholic Answers Forums -

(Registration is free, & open
to everyone!)

Please remember in your prayers

the family of young wife &
mother, blogger

Carmen San Diego...

who passed away the
morning of October 30th
of Sceroderma. She was 34.

Thanks to
St. Nick for
his continued posting on her
condition, & for passing along
the info on the
Scleroderma Foundation,
where donations can be sent
in her memory.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween!

Enjoy this
e-card from

The Pixie Pit,

Melodybleu & I
have been playing

Scrabble online
for years.

Polish Madonna

Another favorite. It is said
that Mary would do the laundry
the day before the Sabbath, so
everything would be spotlessly
clean for the next day.

This magnet, or a framed copy
of this painting, can be found

CatholicPosters.com (link)

By Joe LeClerc

Warrior angel.

.............Don’t mess with him jim.

.........................He kicked Lucifer down through the stars

till Luc hit ground in the basement - boiler blazin.

Who is God? Mike asked.

...................................................Not you, numbnutz!

Nor me…,

............................but I aspire to fight

............................................................at the right side of

The Warrior Angel.

A Question from an email

from Barbara Beyer Malley:

"These comments make me

very, very happy. I have been
feeling sad because for some
reason, my new activity book,
Read Me a Rhyme, Please, has
not done well since publication
a year ago. It may be because
it is much longer than the first
two and therefore much more
expensive. But the publisher
kept saying, "The longer the
better." I would appreciate
feedback. I know the poems
are wonderful. Could it be
that the illustrations are off-
putting because some are too
much like cartoons? Thank you
dear people for lifting my spirits.

Jeeves, Jr."

Well, in my opinion $19.95 is not
an outrageous price for an activity
book of this quality - an excellent
teaching tool that can be used over
& over again for instruction, & for
the introduction of both reader &
listener to the ever-enchanting
verse of Ernestine Cobern Beyer.

Barbara has, for quite a while now,
allowed me to publish her mother's
work on this blog. For the month
of October, 'spooky' poems will once
again be featured.

For anyone interested, search this
blog for the poetry of Ernestine
Cobern Beyer - & please comment
if you find yourself enchanted by

the work of this woman, who sang
with Enrico Caruso before giving up
singing to raise her family, provided
additional income by her published
verse, & received an award from
the National League of American
Penwomen in the early seventies,
before she passed away...

& are as confused as I am as to why

she has remained a virtually unknown
American treasure.

I thank you again for taking the time
to be delighted by her delightful work,
which will continue to be posted here,
so long as I'm a-bloggin'!

The Pieta

by Sister Mary Jean Dorcy-
( 3/10/14 - 5/5/88 ).

Below are figurines based on
her scissor-cutting silhouette

& this link to a biographical (&
rather amusing!) article, written
with love by her exceptional
student, Dan Paulos, about the
life of his sweet-faced mentor:)

The picture below is linked to
Alibris, and some of the books
that Sr. Dorcy wrote &/or

contributed to.


Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Was married on

the grounds

almost twenty-five
years ago:)

Thanks to Carolina
Cannonball @

The Crescat

for the
neat photos!

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Obtained this masterpiece

of cinematic art recently:

Moulin Rouge (1952) -

Starring the great
Jose Ferrer
(who won the Best Actor Oscar)
as the great French painter,

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.

Not to be confused with the
recent movie of the same name,
which was not a remake.

October marches on

Time to listen to & vote for
our favorite weekly podcast,
Episode #100 of:

Christus Vincit ANYWHERE!

Follow the link to vote at
Podcast Alley -

Email verification required.

Anybody else having a
difficult time connecting
to the podcast?

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Excellent coverage

of this past weekend's
Chesterton conference
over at:

Chesterton and Friends,


View from the choir's

Lee Strong.

Monday, October 08, 2007

Love the man...

But not his politics.

Catholics Against Rudy.

A confession...

I went to a Chesterton conference
this past weekend, with the most
wonderful speakers…

Included were two of my favorites -
Dale Ahlquist,the President of the
American Chesterton Society & host
of G. K. Chesterton: The Apostle of
Common Sense on EWTN (usually on
Sunday @ 9PM ET & Thursday @
10AM ET) & dear biographer & editor
of The Saint Austin Review, Joseph

All I can say is, pardon me…

but I'll be doing a lot of this

:) :) :) !!!

for a while!

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Got this from


Catholic Answers Forums,

where I've been spending some

time lately - usually in the


A lotta fun - hope to see you there -
registration is free, & OPEN TO

Are you smarter than

a preschooler?

Study the bus above...

which way is it traveling - to the left,
or to the right?

Get the 'right' answer from Michelle




Friday, September 28, 2007

Great contribution

yesterday from


who participated in
the bloggers'
Stop the Abuse(s)
awareness campaign.

I can't say for sure, but
I think he had a little help
from Alex, his owner -

but don't tell him you
heard it from me!

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Catch blogger Dawn Eden

from The Dawn Patrol

& author of:

The Thrill of the Chaste:
Finding Fulfillment While
Keeping Your Clothes On

EWTN's Life on the Rock
tonight at 8 PM ET.

Can't wait! :)

Friday, September 14, 2007


Don't forget to vote over
at Podcast Alley for the

Christus Vincit Anywhere!

podcast, for the month of


Follow the link above - email
verification required to vote.

A new look, too

for the site of the
Saint Austin Review

(StAR) magazine.

Everybody's changing
their look -

& I do believe I may
have started the trend,
when I switched to a
lighter shade of pink! ;-)


Wikipedia has a new entry
on one of my favorite poets:

Ernestine Cobern Beyer.

Did you know?

In the year 2000, Pope John Paul
II was named an honorary Harlem

Can you name...

all fifty states?

Quiz found courtesy

of BMP @

Christus Vincit.

You know...

You really do have to

draw me a picture... (link)

I'm no

Columbo. (link)


Thursday, September 06, 2007


... is to believe what you do not see;

the reward of this faith is
to see what you believe."

Saint Augustine

Thanks to
Holy Cards for your Inspiration,

found via:

Back to Damerosehay.


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