Archive for November 2011

Gov. Quinn is Just Following His Conscience: And So Will I Next Election

I couldn’t be a politician.  I don’t think I could represent “the people” that the politicians are always talking about.  I’m Catholic, and my campaign and the way I voted would be according to Church teachings.  I’m still on the fence with the death penalty, but I don’t think I could tell someone to give... Read more »

Can I Twitter and Learn New Mass Parts at the Same Time?

One of my colleagues here at ChicagoNow wrote about being an old person learning how to use “Twitter.”  My kids are probably close to her age. I’ve had a Twitter account since I first joined ChicagoNow, but never used it.  After going back and forth about it, I finally took the plunge.  Of course I have... Read more »

Thanks and Giving

Thanksgiving is fast approaching and I started thinking about the word itself.  Thanks and giving. Thanking someone is usually verbal though you can write a note of gratitude to someone for their thoughtfulness.  You can thank God in prayer.  Giving is more action.  At minimum, you have to open your wallet. So why does this... Read more »

So Not Kim Kardashian And Kris Humphries: Elizabeth and Louis

Today’s feast day belongs to Elizabeth of Hungary and her husband, Louis of Thuringia.  They were married in 1221, had three children and were separated by death when Louis died of the plague in 1227.  Elizabeth survived him only by four short years. Both of royal blood (Louis was heir to the Central European duchy... Read more »

Conspiring to Change the World, One Advent at a Time

I love to shop.  I love to shop for other people and for myself.  I love to be in the store and I love to be online shopping.  Online shopping has been winning in the last few years.  It saves on gas, first and foremost, and sometimes shopping online gives me the opportunity to compare... Read more »

The Evolution of Sexual Harassment

After reading many articles about sexual harassment, I’ve come to the conclusion that when I was working full time, I worked in a much simpler time. In the 70’s (yes, way back then) when I was in my early 20’s, I worked in a small office.  It was me and the boss.  She owned what was... Read more »

Reflections of a Mother - Author Unknown

I gave you life, but cannot live it for you. I can teach you things, but I cannot make you learn. I can give you directions, but I cannot be there to lead you. I can allow you freedom, but I cannot account for it. I can take you to church, but I cannot make... Read more »

Well Done, My Good and Faithful Servant

Today’s Gospel talks about the talents and gifts of the servants who served their master. But sometimes our talents and gifts aren’t recognized.  Or we have a hard time using them because  no one seems to be interested.  After a while, we may begin to wonder if anyone is interested in our time, talent and treasure.... Read more »

What Would You Do if You Walked in on a Grown Man Raping a 10 Year Old Boy?

This is the question that I’ve been thinking about since the Penn State scandal broke.  I’m trying to think about this in the most honest way I can.  Since I’m a small woman, I don’t think I would have tried to physically stop it, but then again, if it was my own child, maternal instincts... Read more »

Veterans Day 11/11/11

We live the way we live in this country because of men and women who are brave enough to do what most of us wouldn’t dream of doing. Thank you seems so ridiculously small, so I invite you to to to be active today even if that action is by opening your wallet and donating... Read more »