Archive for December 2013

Did you keep your 2013 New Year's resolutions?

Did you keep your 2013 New Year’s resolutions?  I read this article with that very same title and thought, “Did I?” To be honest, I don’t think I made any resolutions of my own and if I did, I have no memory of what I may have resolved to do.  That’s what blogs are for.  To... Read more »

Two things I learned on Christmas vacation

Two things I learned on Christmas vacation: I will always take off the week of Christmas for vacation and Acknowledging people and thanking them makes a difference I actually learned the first one last year when I took the week of Christmas off.  Taking that week off slowed things way down.  I’m not one to... Read more »

Merry Christmas from Being Catholic ... Really

Merry Christmas from Being Catholic … Really! Lord, in this holy season of prayer and song and laughter, we praise you for the great wonders you have sent us: for shining star and angel’s song, for infant’s cry in lowly manger. We praise you for the Word made flesh in a little Child. We behold his glory,... Read more »

The perfect response to Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson's comments

I found the perfect response to Duck Dynasty’s Phil Roberston comments in a GQ interview.  I’ve never watched the show so I felt a bit out of the loop. After reading some of the articles pertaining to his comments, I found, what I thought was the perfect response to the whole kerfuffle.  The comment can... Read more »

Dear Santa, all I want for Christmas is for the hot flashes to stop

Dear Santa, all I want for Christmas is for the hot flashes to stop.  Seriously.  I know I’m big on jewelry, books and more jewelry, but if you can stop the hot flashes, I will be nice FOREVER! “I don’t have hot flashes.  I have short vacations in the tropics.” I’m not kidding.  I’ve had... Read more »

The Tradition of the Christmas Crib

The tradition of the Christmas Crib dates back all the way to the thirteenth century when the first one was celebrated.  It was the idea of St. Francis of Assisi and brought to life by his friend Messier Giovanni Velitta. Growing up, my family didn’t have a Christmas Crib and the birth of Christ was never... Read more »

A WestJet Christmas video

A WestJet Christmas video delivers a special surprise to its passengers.  Yes, it’s a commercial, but I thought the thoughtfulness and the planning that went into this to pull it off is just outstanding! I suppose you could argue that the WestJet Christmas video is all about consumerism, but the expressions on the faces of the recipients... Read more »

The books on my nightstand

After reading Melanie Rigney’s blog, On the Nightstand: December, I began to run around the house to gather up the books on my nightstand. My “nightstands” are all over the place:  living room, bedroom and the kitchen.  Most of my “real books” are stacked in the living room, piled atop and below a lamp/table/magazine rack... Read more »

I never believed in Santa

I never believed in Santa.  Ever.  I have no memory of believing in Santa and that’s because (according to my parents) I discovered them putting Christmas presents under the tree at the age of three. My parents saw no need to lie about what they were doing and so I never had the excitement of... Read more »

Don't let the Targets or the Macys tell you what Christmas is about

“Don’t let the Targets or the Macys tell you what Christmas is about.” That’s what I heard the priest say at Mass this first Sunday of Advent. He’s right. As Catholics and Christians, we’ve allowed society to dictate to us what Christmas is all about. How did we get to this point? It’s not about... Read more »