Sunday, December 30, 2012

Food for thought....

 Star of Bethlehem

Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year....most of you trying to keep up with the sporadic posts on this fledgling journal are known to me already, and I appreciate your friendship very much.  Thanks for the conversation out and around the ether, you make me smarter and braver, surely holier can't be far behind :).

Lots of good stuff over the last several weeks - some insight into tragedy, some thoughtful reflection, many good ideas and suggestions about living in the light instead of the dark in a culture determined to go, read away...

Stop Hiding In Your Armory       Vanessa

"Joy is a celebration of life and freedom, as opposed to fear and death. The old motto “live free or die” was chosen to reflect joy. Joy that was unmarred by fear, even when facing seemingly insurmountable odds. The people who carried those banners assumed that they were marching like pigs to the slaughter, and they kept marching anyway. They were joyful in their suffering and misery. They had hope. They didn’t know if they’d live on earth for long enough to see things improve, but they hoped they would eventually improve."

Why Are Catholics Still Whining About the HHS Mandate?         Bad Catholic

"It is vital for the non-religious to understand this ridiculousness, for it follows that the real crime of a government against the religious man is not violence, but the attempt make it impossible for him to love God and neighbor. This is the ultimate prohibition of the free exercise of religion. This is the injustice that hammers the heart of the religious man and raises him to fury."

 There's No Going Back         Keoni Galt

"You now see things with clarity. Then you realize just how ugly most truths are, and you sometimes wish you could go back to believing the beautiful lies of the mainstream consciousness. Unless you experience brain damage that inflicts amnesia, you will find that you can't.
Once you know the truth, you cannot hide from it, even if you want to."

Reflections on Sandy Hook       The Deliberate Agrarian

"I’ll bet that there are plenty of people in this country who are appalled and disturbed by the Newtown shooting, but who declare that they are "pro-choice." These people don't much care about unborn children that are literally ripped from their mother’s womb’s. Many of these unborns are fully formed, fully alive, fully innocent. And yet it, in the minds of so many people, this killing of children is acceptable.

I don’t understand. "

Newtown and the God Who Knows               The Anchoress

"People will ask, “where was God, in all of this.” God was in the teachers who pulled little kids into classrooms and went into lockdown, and in the first responders who got survivors to safety and reunited with their parents (pray for the first responders, too; they suffer — often in silence — after they have made safe). God was right beside everyone, and is with them in grief. Because he is the God Who Knows all we feel and experience."

 The Reality of Christ's Birth               Generation Cedar

"Perhaps the pristine stable looks nice, but we should rather remember just how lowly the King of Kings made his entrance. This too, God’s sovereignty, to show us how much he delights to exalt the lowly. Christmas–the ultimate rescue mission to save the lost and heal the broken."

The Peace of the Lord be with you always.   Amen.


Thursday, December 6, 2012

Saint Nicholas

Patron Saint of:


(copycatted from American Catholic)

I got in a hurry choosing a Patron for the coming year, and I am delighted with what the Saint's Name Generator, brainchild of the lovely Jennifer Fulwiler, offered up.  St. Bernadette is a profoundly appropriate fit just now, and a figure I've wanted to study.  That said, St. Nicholas is really cool, and look at that list....pawnbrokers, really? 

Monday, December 3, 2012


Is here - read and share recipes, techniques, etc, there or here....Happy Monday!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Let Us Manage Ourselves

St. Paul in Prison

Hawaiian libertarian, who never fails to deliver, argues convincingly and still generously, once again, that critical thinking and right personal behaviors, not political group think no matter how valiant the cause, is what will effect the change we all hope for.  And even if universal change never transpires, they are the better way to live.

Profound statement of the week, from Keoni Galt:

Let us manage ourselves the best we can, to find the ways and means to live life as best we can...


Monday, November 19, 2012

This is so good, and a serious and thoughtful way to begin Thanksgiving week.

h/t Alte

Wednesday, November 14, 2012


I've started a blog roll of my favorite writers - the topics run the gamut, as do the styles of the authors.  Read at your own risk, but remember that risk is often worthwhile. 

Happy Wednesday!

Sunday, November 11, 2012


Sundays seem like good days for links, to relax and enjoy (or get worked up and frothy?) poring over different corners of the virtual world.

I'm praying today for our veterans.  Thanks to each of you who has served the mission of keeping our nation safe.  Our political landscape is rocky, but we decide, at least in some measure, with our voices rather than gunfire who will lead us.  Our children are not hungry and our civility has not left us.  These are imperfect substitutes for freedom, but considering that an empty stomach is a terribly poor political adviser, I am still cautiously hopeful about the ultimate fate of our country.


(you'll be reading this again as the PG blogroll develops)

Not every voice you'll encounter here is a tame one.  Insightful writers, all, but many are generally not all that concerned with your feelings and even less so with political correctness.  Some are Christian or otherwise believers, some aren't writing on the topic of faith or faith related matters at all but perhaps food or health or politics, some are misanthropes and some are out and out heretics - occasionally they're all of the above.  They are our brothers and sisters, yet, so read with open eyes, open heart, and thick skin.  It is worth it. 

Beyond the Breaking Point.......Keoni Galt
Fresh Oyster Soup......Free the Animal
Screwtape on Democracy.......Elspeth
Why I Still Vote......Alte
Happy Birthday, Dorothy Day!.......The Anchoress
The Perilous Call of Christ......Heather King
Lessons Learned From This Election.......Neo-Neocon
Chopped Bok Choy and Steak Salad with Kalamata Dressing..........Marks Daily Apple
Jimmy Moore's n=1 experiments/Nutritional Ketosis.......Livin'La Vida Low Carb
Reality Doesn't Need to Win the Electoral College......Mark Steyn

May your day be one of rest and regeneration. Amen.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Let's stir the pot, shall we?

This is a post election reactionary venting space, and ideas about home and food, written from an unapologetically Catholic Christian perspective.  If you don't like it, it's probably because you've never tried it.  Food and cooking, politics, and in no small part the politics of food, are what we're about.  Amen.