Saturday, May 30, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
1. For about 6 years now I've organized or helped to organize a home school talent show for our local home school group. I have this year's program organized and written, all ready for the printer on Friday. We have a nice variety of acts and it should be a pretty good show.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
A literary critic, I am not, but I love a good novel, especially if it is also good literature. I'm a big fan of Jane Austen, the Brontes, Edith Wharton, and Elizabeth Gaskell and I'll revisit their works time and again. It has been quite awhile since I've had the pleasure of reading a literary work for the first time. There is nothing quite like reading a book for the very first time, is there?
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
Before you fire up your grill in celebration of Memorial Day, you may want to read this interesting history of the holiday and then say a prayer for our fallen soldiers and for the young men and women still in harms way. God Bless America, and God Bless our troops!
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Celebrating the small stuff today with my blogging buddies at Faith and Family Live. Come join us and list your Small Successes, too.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
The purpose of this letter is to convince you of the benefits of getting me a set of throwing knives.
As you well know, the art of self-defense is a life skill that I feel has been sadly neglected in American culture, and it is of my opinion that only good parents who care for their children’s safety take the responsibility of ensuring their offspring’s ability to defend himself. You are a good mother; this is obvious because you work hard every week to make sure there is time to take me and my brother to martial arts class. In tae kwon do, we are taught how to fight without weapons, but I think that combat with knives is also worthy of attention.
Suppose one day I got lost in the woods, with nothing except my pocket knife to sustain me? How could I get food? The only plant that I know of that is edible is onion grass, and no one can survive by eating just this rancid herb. A pocket knife, though useful in many ways, cannot be used by being thrown at a target, since the handle is much too heavy. It is highly unlikely that I would get close enough to a rabbit or a deer to use the knife effectively, by stabbing the animal.
I understand that the chances of my getting lost in the woods is slim, but it is not impossible. You are no doubt wondering why I am insistent on getting dangerous hunting apparatus. If I must have a weapon, why not get a bow? A bow is undoubtedly easier to come by, and less dangerous to handle.
The reasons I have for getting knives and not a bow are these: throwing knives are functional at a distance and in hand-to-hand combat. Also, the art of throwing knives is a more challenging endeavor than archery. The last and most important reason for choosing knives over a bow is is that the former is more inconspicuous. What if I was kidnapped? My captors would be sure to notice a bow. Throwing knives are small and slender enough to put in my pocket, or even in my boots, so that they would remain hidden from sight if I was captured. Of course, you probably do not like the idea of my using knives on human beings, even if they are criminals. If you get me knives, however, I promise to only use them outside, on targets situated far from children and property. I would not use the knives on living creatures unless I was in a starving condition, and, in the case of a kidnapping, using the weapons would be my last resort. Unless all the self-defense techniques I have acquired in tae kwon do failed to free me, I would never draw a knife upon a human being.
You of all people know how responsible I am with sharp objects; I have a switchblade and a pocket knife, and I frequently use kitchen knives to chop up food. Therefore, I am aware of the dangers of using knives, and it would be improbable that I would accidentally harm myself or anyone else with a sharp weapon. All I ask is for your permission to procure a set of throwing knives; I am perfectly willing to buy them with my own money. If I fail to use them properly, or leave them lying about, you will be authorized to confiscate them, and pass them on into the care of a more responsible person. This I promise you, and I do not break my word.
P.S. – If throwing knives are absolutely out of the question, an archery set will do.
Nicely written persuasive paper with few errors in grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Nice job providing examples and arguments supporting your cause. An "A" for effort and execution. Unfortunately, I am not persuaded.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
But just imagine for a moment if these were the same words applied to slavery, or the extermination of the Jews by Hitler. Would we be able find "common ground" on slavery? Would we be able to view Hitler's views with "open hearts, open minds and fair-minded words?"
These are the exact words used by the President when speaking to a Catholic audience at Notre Dame regarding the "abortion controversy". They were delivered by a silver tongued fiend to an audience that gave him a standing ovation. Disgraceful! Disappointing! Abominable!
". . . when we open our hearts and our minds to those who may not think like we do or believe what we do - that's when we discover at least the possibility of common ground."
"That's when we begin to say, "Maybe we won't agree on abortion, but we can still agree that this is a heart-wrenching decision for any woman to make, with both moral and spiritual dimensions."
"Each side will continue to make its case to the public with passion and conviction. But surely we can do so without reducing those with differing views to caricature. Open hearts. Open minds. Fair-minded words."
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
The entire family is invested in the success of the elimination diet we've ventured on behalf of Special K. Karate Kid even dug out the ice cream maker and created this absolutely delicious version of chocolate cherry ice cream, from scratch and with all natural ingredients. This scrumptious flavor served in a heart shaped bowl absolutely spells L.O.V.E!
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Blog award season is underway. It was after perusing winning blogs on this particular award site that I became inspired to start blogging. The internet has truly become a wonderful tool for Catholics to witness to the Faith, wouldn't you agree? If you have a favorite Catholic blog, Catholic podcast, or Catholic web news site why not head over to Catholic New Media and nominate it for an award in the appropriate category. I've already nominated a few of my favs. Nominations close on May 25th with voting beginning on June 1st.
I'm feeling much better this week. The weather has been much dryer. I am ready for Thursday's Small Successes!
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Special K is exactly that; a special little girl. The vast majority of the time she is sweet and loving. She smiles and laughs and generally enjoys life. If we could change one thing about her, it would be her frequent emotional outbursts that show no signs of diminishing with age. At 7 years old she spends many hours sitting on her bed, doing extra chores, and running laps due to her lack of emotional self-control. She's a screecher and whiner and her behavior sends this household into an uproar at least once a week. We've tried charts, reward systems, and every other disciplinary device to no avail. Yesterday I was completely at my wits end, when I began to think maybe it could be a dietary thing. I've read about the Feingold diet, and while I don't feel our problem is that extreme, there is a lot of truth to the idea that additives and highly processed foods can lead to some behavior problems. I've resolved to get to the bottom of this. I began asking Special K what she had eaten during the morning and then pulled packages and boxes from the pantry shelves and checked for ingredients that may be the culprit. Everything she had eaten thus far had had artificial colors, flavors and or preservatives such as BHT, BHA or TBHQ. I always thought I did pretty well making healthy, whole foods for our family, as I perused the shelves, it was surprising how many processed foods with those ingredients I have on hand to feed the kids. Special K is especially susceptible as she is a grazer by nature and the pantry has all the great on-the-go food she loves. As of today, I am eliminating artificial colors, flavors and preservatives from her diet. We can expect to see results within a few days (hands folded in prayer). If this elimination diet does not help, I will need to add more things to our list of "no-no" foods. Oh, if it could be so simple for our sweet little girl.
Monday, May 11, 2009
Sunday, May 10, 2009
For all the wonderful mothers I know and love, I hope you have a happy and blessed day. For an interesting history of Mother's Day read this linked article.
Saturday, May 9, 2009
6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts sliced into thin strips along the bias
Salt and pepper to taste
2 TBSP olive oil
1 TBSP flour
1 TBSP cornstarch
6 tsp vegetable oil
1 head of romaine lettuce torn or chopped into bite size pieces
1 cup freshly shredded parmesan
2 cups croutons ( you can buy these or make your own)
Caesar dressing or you can use this creamy parmesan dressing from a previous post
After slicing chicken salt and pepper to taste and toss to distribute evenly. In large bowl stir together oil, flour, and cornstarch. Add sliced chicken and toss to coat. This is a technique for keeping chicken breast moist and tender called "velveting". I've found velveting the chicken is absolutely crucial to the flavor of this salad. In a large non-stick skillet heat 2 teaspoons of the oil over medium high heat until it shimmers. Add 1/3 of the chicken and spread out in pan so that one side is in complete contact with the pan and the pieces of chicken are not touching each other (this ensures a good sear and crust on the chicken and keeps the chicken from just steaming in the pan). Cook without stirring for one and a half to two minutes. Check one piece of chicken for a golden brown crust on cooked side. If this is accomplished, flip all the chicken pieces to the other side and cook on second side for another one and a half to two minutes, checking this side for doneness before transferring to a clean large bowl. Repeat process with a second third of the chicken and again with the remaining chicken adding more oil to the pan as needed between batches.
Layer lettuce, chicken, croutons, parmesan and dressing on each plate to serve.
Friday, May 8, 2009
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Join fellow moms and list your Small Successes for the week at Faith and Family Live.
The younger girls have been learning their states and capitals this year. Every morning we go through the flash cards and Baby Wingnut is always right therein the fray wanting to participate. When the girls get stumped, I whisper the answer to Baby Wingnut so that he can "win" a flash card, just like his sisters.
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Monday, May 4, 2009
Do you have friends you can go years without seeing and then when you do get together it is like you haven't spent a day apart? Those are the best kind of friends. The Godmother is one of those kinds of friends. We were blessed to have her here for the weekend, celebrating Stat Boy's Confirmation with us. She is totally awesome and we enjoyed being able to spend some time with her after so much time apart. She is so special to us and was instrumental during our journey entering the Church. She was my sponsor when I was Confirmed and was the natural choice to be the Godmother of our first son. Her family--especially her parents--is one of those warm, friendly, lovely, southern type families that make you feel 100% welcome in their home and actually make you want to be officially adopted into it. On top of it all we know she is an absolute prayer warrior for our son and for that we are eternally grateful.