Friday, December 26, 2008


Fr. Leo Clifford!!!


Thanks 2 Paul @

for posting many of
Fr. Clifford's insightful
Reflections for us! :)

Patrick Wilson singing
Oh What a Beautiful Morning

from the Broadway revival of
Oklahoma! from a few years back.

He was a wonderful Raoul in the 2004
movie version of
The Phantom of the
- & is quite an exceptional singer,

as can be heard in the following short clip,
where he sings Prima Donna from PotO,
(below). He's
got a great voice, & hits
those notes effortlessly! :D

Hilarious scene from The Phantom of the Opera (2004).

Minnie Driver's character, Carlotta, is a panic! xD


Thursday, December 25, 2008


Catholic Fire: The Priests:
O Holy Night

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

The Pro-life, longtime Raving Atheist

is now The Raving Theist!

Hat tip:
Dawn Eden.

Angels of Music

Celtic Woman, singing O Holy Night.

Thanks to Jetuber, @ Youtube.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Trivia quest

Who said,

"They're gone for the day."

& too, who said?

"Something else by Verdi"...

1) Name the character

2) Name the actor

Saturday, November 22, 2008

24 hr. Eucharistic Adoration

Great vid & song from

Beyoncé - If I Were A Boy (link)

Can't post the vid, but can post
the link to it. I'm more of a music
person, as I can't always catch
the lyrics - & at first the words to
this song were kind of confusing.
However, the melody & Beyoncé's
beautiful singing drew me to the
video, which makes the meaning

Am actually more familiar with
the work of Beyoncé's sister
Solange Knowles, from the enter-
taining cheerleader-themed movie
(yes, you heard right),
Bring It On:
All or Nothing (2006),
Gus Carr & a hilarious (IMO)
performance by
Heroes star
Hayden Panettiere - talented
performers all.


Thursday, November 13, 2008

Happy Birthday, Gerard Butler!

From one of your many Phantom phans! :D

Having only been recently introduced to the

character of Erik (the Phantom), I found it
to be an extraordinary story that shook me
to my roots. I'd of course heard of the
1925 silent movie starring the great Lon
Chaney as The Phantom of the Opera, based
on the 1910 Gaston Leroux novel, Le Fantôme
de l'Opéra. The story that struck me, however,
was the 2004 version starring Gerard Butler,
Emmy Rossum, Patrick Wilson, Jennifer
Ellison, & Miranda Richardson - directed by
Joel Schumacher, with an outstanding score
with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, and
lyrics by Charles Hart.

I like musicals when they are well done.
IMO, this had everything I look for in a tale
well told, & then some.

Phantom of the Opera photo courtesy of:
Phantom of the Opera Screencaps.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Dr. Thursday is blogging again!

A regular at
The Blog of the American
Chesterton Society

& Mrs. Brown's
Flying Stars,

Dr. T has re-ignited

GKC's Favourite,

as well as starting a blog featuring
original short stories:

Dr. Thursday's Stories.

It's been a long time since I've
stomped those blogs...

I wonder if they'd remember me?


Sunday, October 05, 2008

5 *****'s!!

Via YouTube...


From: Machosauceproductions,

Who's got my vote!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

From Father Frank Pavone's

YouTube channel...

An important

pro-life message,

from a press conference at the
National Press Club, prior to
the 2000 Presidential

Which still applies, this
election year.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

From YouTube...

& Catholic Fire...

Fred Thompson's speech

at the

Republican National Convention

last night...

IMO, he gets ***** & an A++ !!!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008





@ First Things...

Found courtesy of
II Scoop,
concerning a review of
The Quest for Shakespeare:
The Bard of Avon and the Church
of Rome, by Joseph Pearce -

and its author's reply







From St. John Vianney...

“Look at this other one, who seems to
want to give his whole life for God, whose
ardor all the torments there are cannot
damp. A tiny bit of scandalmongering …

a word of calumny … even a slightly cold
reception or a small injustice done to him …

a kindness returned by ingratitude …
immediately gives birth in him to feelings
of hatred, of revenge, of dislike, to the point,
often, of his never wishing to see his neighbor
again or at least of treating him coldly with
an air which shows very plainly what is
going on in his heart. And how many times
is this his waking thought, just as it was the
thought that almost prevented him from
sleeping? Alas, my dear brethren, we are
poor stuff, and we should count very little
upon our good resolutions!” -

Thanks to Terry from

Eric, over at
The Daily Eudemon, wrote a
very interesting article on St. John Vianney
as well.

Friday, July 18, 2008


Our Lady of the Oaks, by

Jef Murray, whose work can be viewed
& is available at Mystical Realms.

Mr. Murray also did the illustrations
for Joseph Pearce's recent book of poetry,

Divining Divinity.

A Pro-Life Petition

The 50,000,000 Project,
found through

Catholic Answers Forums.

Please sign if you support

their efforts, over @

Monday, June 23, 2008

Good advice

& fascinating facts on:


from Fr. John A Hardon.

Thanks to Terry from


Saturday, June 21, 2008

On "The Quest for Shakespeare"...

in the words of its author,

Joseph Pearce...

(Scroll down to the "J"s)

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

About Saint Clare


July 16, 1194 – August 11, 1253

Go forth in peace, for you have followed
the good road. Go forth without fear, for
he who created you has made you holy,
has always protected you, and loves you
as a mother. Blessed be you, my God,
for having created me.

Clare was born Chiara Offreduccio in Assisi, a
small town in Umbria. She was the beautiful
daughter of a count and a devoutly Christian
mother who had made pilgrimages to Rome,
Santiago de Compostela, and the Holy Land.
Clare was sixteen when her parents singled
out a wealthy young man for her to marry.
However, any hope of a marriage of aristocratic
comfort for Clare ended when she heard
Saint Francis preaching in the streets of Assisi.

Like Clare, Francis was from a noble family,
yet he had cast aside all material wealth for the
life of a mendicant. When Clare heard Francis
speak, she was filled with a desire to imitate him.
Shortly after their meeting, a bishop handed Clare
a palm on Palm Sunday. Clare took it as a sign
and ran away from her parent’s palace at night to join
Francis’s order. Francis cut her hair and gave her a
rough brown tunic to wear. From him she took the
veil of religious vocation at his newly founded
Church of Our Lady of the Angels in Assisi.

Clare founded the Order of Poor Ladies
(the Poor Clares) to compliment Francis’s order of
brothers. Throughout Europe, wherever Franciscans
established themselves, there too went the Poor Clares.
They ate no meat, wore no shoes, lived in modest houses,
and spent their days in prayer and silence. They depended
entirely on alms and their faith that charity would provide.

In art, Clare is usually shown with a monstrance. The
image alludes to the time when she warded off attackers to
her convent by standing at the gates, holding the Blessed
Sacrament aloft. In her last days, when she was too ill to
attend mass, Clare was said to have seen visions of the
ceremony on the walls of her cell. Thus Clare is known as
the patron of sore eyes.

Clare was canonized by Pope Alexander IV in 1255.
Lake Saint Claire and the Saint Claire River in the
Great Lakes region were named on her feast day in
1679 by French explorers.

Janet Hamill

Originally posted 7/16/07

Frat Man...

aka Doctor Thursday-

Who so nobly answered
the 'frat signal' earlier

and helped me with a
commenter's question,
has posted over at
GKC's Favourite that
we are welcome to join
The Rosary Confraternity.

The site, courtesy of the
Dominican Fathers, is now
permanently linked on the
right. It provides complete
instructions on how to pray
the rosary-

Enrollment is free for
anyone who is interested...

but I'm going to refrain from
humming the theme.


Originally posted 5/06

Saturday, May 17, 2008

A prayer for Senator Ted Kennedy

Jesus, Mary, and Joseph -

I love you -

Save souls!

An Amazon review

I wrote (& rewrote!) is up for a new
book of poetry:

Divining Divinity, By Joseph Pearce,

and illustrated by

Jef Murray, whose work can be seen
at his site,
Mystical Realms.

Omigoodness, I can't believe how
many times I edited it (add a word
here, a comma there - sheesh! writing
isn't easy!)...

Well, poor writing skills aside, I
wanted to like this book, and
indeed. It is what I expected in
its subject and to some degree, in
its substance, although at times
the pictures it evokes are startling -
especially since one can tell the
person behind the pen is writing
from the vantage point of God's

Very well done, Gentlemen!

America's Most Wanted

airs its

1,000th capture tonight,
@ 9:00pm ET,

on Fox.

Saw this




信念 意味相信什麼是難以置信的, 或這是沒有賢良根本。
希望 意味希望事是絕望的, 或這是沒有賢良根本。並且
慈善 意味pardoning 什麼是不可寬恕的, 或這是沒有賢良根本。
~ GK Chesterton, 異端者

The Chesterton quote at the bottom of this page,
in Taiwanese:)

Many thanks to the person who translated this blog!

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Recently added a

playlist like the one
I found at the hilarious blog

June Cleaver After A Six-Pack,

which I found thanks to Terry
Nelson from:



Up Your Street.

They're free and have a great
selection of music to choose from.
I've got everything from sappy to
Oh no!...


My new signature

over at

Catholic Answers Forums

is a Pro-life bumper sticker

available from :

Leaflet Missal Company.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

An unbelievable story


Saint Nick...

Follow the links.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

A Book of Poems

Just got through ordering this new

Divining Divinity, by Joseph Pearce.

With many thanks to Mr. Pearce for
permission to post.

Want to recommend

an excellent book about the benefits
of harnessing the power of the wind
along the Massachusetts coastline,
and the controversy surrounding
the efforts to do it:

Cape Wind, by
Robert Whitcomb.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Great work BMP!

For those of us who are
a little slow, a link to:

Christus Vincit

made the
Washington Post online...

Congratulations again, Brian!



Just heard some "expert"
on CBS News refer to Pope Benny
as the "bad cop" to Pope JPII's "good

He also referred to Pope Benny as
less charismatic than his predecessor...


A word to such "experts"...

While you are entitled to your
opinions, please don't parade them
about as facts...

Thanks for listening!

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Can anyone tell me

how often

"Moral Philosophy, 101"


Richard Geraghty

is on EWTN?

I can't find it on their
program schedule...

Available from Ignatius Press

The Bard of Avon and the Church of Rome,
By Joseph Pearce

And from the Ignatius Critical Editions,
edited by Joseph Pearce:


By Mary Shelley


By William Shakespeare



By Emily Bronte

With many thanks to
Joseph Pearce for permission
to post his upcoming book

And too, to Deb from
Debra's Random Thoughts,

for her excellent posting tips:)

Originally posted 2/3/08.

And while we're on the subject...

What is the criteria
for getting books reviewed by
the New York Times?

As posted above, Joseph Pearce,
editor and author of many
biographies on, among others,
Alexander Solzhenitsyn and
Oscar Wilde, is coming out
with another book in April,
The Quest for Shakespeare.

It can't be that the NYT
hasn't heard of these men...

So what's the problem?

Joseph Pearce with Alexander Solzhenitsyn
An Interview with Alexander Solzhenitsyn,
(St. Austin Review Feb. 2003)

courtesy of the
Catholic Educator's Resource Center.

Originally posted 2/7/08

Friday, April 04, 2008

The Annunciation


Mikhail Vasilievich Nesterov.
Found at Jeffrey Smith's blog:

Russian Art.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

By Joe LeClerc

Apple's Rose Canto

The apple
.......................drove home
...................................................a nail pine wood
...........................................african violets, flowers bearing,
giving birth to
...........................wooden willows
..............................................................singing sonatinas

Marimbas rang chimes star clouds drift misted
and kissed moon's pale cheek
.................................................before morphing to water

Willow choir
..............with angel's lyre
...............................strings that harp melody arrows
......................,,,,,.to the ears
.................................................................of the Pleiades

The star cluster
..........cries with pleasure hearing the music of blonde violet boughs
branched with flowers
................................................../////........of soft glory

Good game ladies~

Sunday, March 16, 2008


I'm still a liberal.
It's those people who
aren't liberals.
~ G. K. Chesterton

(Emphasis mine:)


Chesterton Quotes

Sunday, March 09, 2008


Thanks to K. for the link to Paul Potts.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Anyone who would like

to view Dawn's appearance on
the Today Show can catch it

Dawn already wrote words of
praise for the network - I'm a
bit disappointed that she didn't
appear alone, but after having
taken on
Yale last month, it's
obvious she's no lightweight.

More follow-up later today
The Dawn Patrol, with
a list of her upcoming tour
dates (including one in May
at the Seattle Chesterton
Society) listed

Sunday, March 02, 2008

To the top

as a reminder for tomorrow...

Author & blogger Dawn Eden
will be on NBC's "Today" Show
Monday, March 3rd @ 10 A.M.ET.

Dawn will discuss her book
The Thrill of the Chaste:
Finding Fulfillment While
Keeping Your Clothes On,

now in its sixth printing. It's
available in English & Spanish,
with soon-to-be translations
in Chinese & Polish...

Read more about it @
The Dawn Patrol.


Tuesday, February 26, 2008


My new screen cleaner...

It tickles!!

Thanks to Nick:)

Saturday, February 23, 2008

"Oh look..."

"... it's Mildred's baby!"

Which is what I believe the line
was in the photo Terry posted
from the movie
Desk Set, one
of my favorites starring Spencer
Tracy & Katharine Hepburn...

Used to help illustrate Terry's

autobiographical story, as he
continues with its next chapter,
over on Abbey-Roads.

Prayers please

for Melodybleu, who
hasn't been feeling well...

although she still managed

to beat me soundly during
our last game of Scrabble.

Feel better girl!

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Am currently enjoying

an online biography about Charles
Dickens, by G. K. Chesterton...

Chesterton, "Charles Dickens" (1)


Chesterton, "Charles Dickens" (2)

Found through
G. K. Chesterton's
Works on the Web,

and a link from

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Found a neat 'Special Projects Blog'

... from Jeffrey Smith, featuring

Russian Art.

Very nice!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Another gem

picked off from a signature
on CAF:

"Anyone can believe in something
sort of stupid. But in order to be able
to believe in something REALLY stupid,
you need a doctorate."

- Fr. Benedict Groeschel CFR, (Ed.D.)

A few words...

Indeed, the whole world is only
heaven's womb.

... from Peter Kreeft's article

on Heaven.

HT: The Philosophy Forum

Monday, February 11, 2008

A Meme for Youyou

Was tagged the other day for a meme
by Deb from:

Debra's Random Thoughts,

Who I met on the 'funnest' stomping

Catholic Answers Forums.

Here are the rules, (copy & pasted,
thank you Deb:)
You can ignore them if you wish.

The rules for this meme are:

(1) Link to the person that tagged you.
(2) Post the rules on your blog.
(3) Share six non-important things/
habits/quirks about yourself.
(4) Tag six random people at the end
of your post by linking to their blogs.
(5) Let each random person know they
have been tagged by leaving a comment
on their website.


(1) ... prefer wearing dresses.

(2) ... love old movies, and going to the
movies, although I don't go that often.

(3) ... a
m very forgetful, and always tired.

(3) ... am very forgetful, and always tired.

(4) ... have been singing in church (the choir)
on and off for 30 years.

(5) ... proposed to my husband - actually

more like brought up the subject - as he
really didn't want to get married, having

done it before...
It's been 25 years:)

(6) ... am by no means a fashion plate,
but love me, love my accessories.

... & am tagging:

(1) St. Nick from
Nick's Bytes,

(2) Terry from

(3) Jeffrey Smith from
Back to

(4) Thomas from
Living Next Door to Alice,

(5) Melodybleu @
The tropics and other stuff


(6) (Hmmm... thinking, thinking)
Eric @
The Daily Eudemon.

Enjoy, all:)
& thanks Deb!

Saturday, February 02, 2008

Is Super Bowl Sunday





& an alternative...

for those who admire
this admirer of





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