Thursday, February 28, 2013

God Bless the Pope!

Thank you for 8 years of humble service and leadership.

"Help each other to live and to grow in the Christian faith so as to be valiant witnesses of the Lord. Be united, but not closed. Be humble, but not fearful. Be simple, but not naive. Be thoughtful, but not complicated. Enter into dialogue with others, but be yourselves."  
~ Pope Benedict XVI 

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Vapors

The cold is (hopefully) leaving. The smell of Vicks is lingering.

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Prayers for Santa Cruz

Our hearts are with the Santa Cruz Police Department. God bless the fallen officers and their families.

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Monday, February 25, 2013

A Weighty Issue

My scale broke. It's been broken for more than a week or two now. 
I was going to change the batteries, but then I realized it runs on one of those watch-type batteries. What kind of crazy design is that?
I know women who literally don't own scales. But for me, not weighing myself daily feels like a Lenten sacrifice.

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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Sickies

The office has been swarming with cold and flu bugs.
A few weeks ago, one of my colleagues literally started throwing up at work. Another has been sick for more than 2 weeks, the result of which has been a visible slim down.
My immune system usually fights like a ninja, but on Friday I came home coughing, which quickly turned into a sore throat, which then turned into congestion and a runny nose.
(After being around all these sickies, I am lucky to just have a cold.)
Anyway, I called my sister for a remedy, and she recommended turnip soup. She says turnips are nature's version of amoxicillin. I say that's worth a try. Here's the recipe:

Turnip Soup
32 ounces broth of your choice (I used vegetable)
2 turnips
1-2 small potatoes (optional)
2-3 cloves of garlic
1 lemon
spinach
a pinch of saffron
salt & pepper to taste

Peel and chop the turnips, potatoes and garlic. Then boil them in the stock with the juice of one lemon and half its rind and a pinch of saffron (a little goes a long way). Cook until turnips and potatoes are fork tender, maybe 20 to 25 minutes. Serve with spinach on top. The hot soup will wilt the spinach. Season with salt and pepper if necessary. Enjoy and feel better.

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Friday, February 22, 2013

A Life of Luxury

Last weekend, we went to Napa. Tonight, we're watching Netflix in bed. Some might not see these activities as equal, but both are luxurious to me.

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Thursday, February 21, 2013

End of Day

Thank you for being so reliable. No matter how long the hours leading up to you feel, you show up without fail. We greatly appreciate it.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Whispers

Sometimes the voice whispers from within. But sometimes you actually hear it, out loud and out of someone else's mouth. Tonight, John overheard a man say, "Don't give up. Don't give up. You can do it." We need more people whispering that into the world.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Heaven is Here

Well, maybe not. But maybe if we acted like it was, then it would be.

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Monday, February 18, 2013

Modern Romance

We went to Napa for the weekend. We got the car washed, and I took a nap.

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Sunday, February 17, 2013

Young Entrepreneurs

My parents' 4-year-old neighbor and his slightly older sister greeted John and me as we pulled up this evening.
The 4-year-old was wearing a plastic toy binocular around his neck, which he clearly wanted to talk to us about even though he is still a little difficult for our untrained ears to understand.
We did make out "for watching birds only" and "$5."
Then we confirmed what we suspected.
"You would like us to pay you $5 in exchange for looking through your binoculars?"
"Yeah."
"Um. No, thanks." 
He and his sister took the rejection well.
Then they geared up to make their pitch to the neighbor across the street as he pulled into his driveway.

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Friday, February 15, 2013

Lent

We're a few days into it, and I could use a little time for some much needed reflection.

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Sweet Valentine

Per usual, Valentine's Day came and went and I kind of missed the whole thing. I really love all the hearts and red and pink, I just never quite have it together. Maybe we should orchestrate a Valentine's Day makeup session for people who miss February 14th. I vote for a Saturday.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

40 Days

"Even now, says the Lord,
return to me with your whole heart,
with fasting, and weeping, and mourning;
Rend your hearts, not your garments,
and return to the Lord, your God.
For gracious and merciful is he,
slow to anger, rich in kindness,
and relenting in punishment.
Perhaps he will again relent
and leave behind him a blessing,
Offerings and libations
for the Lord, your God.

Blow the trumpet in Zion!

proclaim a fast,
call an assembly;
Gather the people,
notify the congregation;
Assemble the elders,
gather the children
and the infants at the breast;
Let the bridegroom quit his room
and the bride her chamber.
Between the porch and the altar
let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep,
And say, “Spare, O Lord, your people,
and make not your heritage a reproach,
with the nations ruling over them!
Why should they say among the peoples,
‘Where is their God?’”

Then the Lord was stirred to concern for his land

and took pity on his people."

~Joel 2:12-18

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Friday, February 8, 2013

Gloria

Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to people of good will.

We praise you,
we bless you,
we adore you,
we glorify you, 
we give you thanks for your great glory. 
Lord God, heavenly King,
O God, almighty Father.

Lord Jesus Christ, 
Only Begotten Son,
Lord God, Lamb of God
Son of the Father,
you take away the sins
of the world,
have mercy on us;

you take away the sins
of the world
receive our prayer;
you are seated
at the right hand of the Father,

have mercy on us.

For you alone are the Holy One,
you alone are the Lord,
you alone are the Most High,
Jesus Christ,
With the Holy Spirit,
in the glory of God the Father.
Amen.

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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Simple Prayer

"My past, O Lord, to your mercy; my present, to your love; my future, to your providence!"
~Saint Padre Pio

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Carmel to Los Gatos 1954



This 6-minute film shows a young woman's weekend trip in 1954. The woman is gorgeous, like a movie star. But no one knows who she is. Let's try to help solve the mystery. She would likely be about 80 years old today. Do you recognize her?

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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Deep Waters

I dreamed the sandy, dirt road I was on fell into a wide, winding river, with rapid currents and steep shores.
There was a man in the water, ready to guide me to the other side.
But I had to be willing to jump in.
I wanted to stay on the land, to find another way.
It wasn't an option.
Once in the river, I realized the water was only waist deep. The currents weren't as strong as they appeared. And my guide was showing me the way.
I woke up before reaching my destination. But I think this dream was more about the journey.

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Monday, February 4, 2013

February

Please be lovely in every possible way. Thank you.

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