Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Reading now ....

“Reading” audio version of Crime and Punishment. It has been years since I first read it, but C&P retains its relevance.
Almost finished a first time read of The Three Musketeers. I can see its attraction (swashbuckling adventure) for a younger reader, but the proliferation and acceptance of mistresses by the protagonist(s) is a turn off for me. One redeeming feature of this tale is the chapter entitled "Bethune". Just the title, not the content.
Am also reading American Church (or the Cardinal Gibbons Legacy?) by Russell Shaw. Shaw always is very readable. (Am I biased because he was a Requiem Press author?)
I am not very far into it, but can tell it will bring insight into how the Catholic Church in America got to its present state with relation to American society and culture. (In some respects, the Requiem Press title by John Meehan The Two Towers gives some insight into this also.) The telling point will be the predication or suggestions for the future which come at the end. I think it may be very timely especially if you throw in the traditional vs. modernistic (and suddenly American) view of marriage (see news on the variance between the San Diego and Philadelphia dioceses’ interpretation of Amoris Laetitia.)

Oremus pro invicem!

Saturday, January 07, 2017


This week there are many trips to the airport as sons and their (at least one) fiancée leave to go back to where they came from.
Now it is getting hazardous as we have a winter storm.
May all travelers be safe.
Oremus pro invicem!

Friday, December 30, 2016


Two sons went squirrel hunting the other afternoon. We also processed a hog earlier in the day. Here is their cooking solution: squirrel wrapped in fat back (this is before cooking!). I am told it was delicious!

Oremus pro invicem!

Friday, December 16, 2016

Heard ...

Me: I must have a screw loose!

Her (Mrs. Curley): I'm your loose screw!

Oremus pro invicem!

Thursday, December 08, 2016

Hard Times!

It is most amazing to me that while 2 of my favorite all-time novels are by Charles Dickens (Great Expectations and Tale of Two Cities) that I have only read a total of 4 of his books. (The others A Christmas Carol and The Pickwick Papers - although I can barely remember reading the latter.)
You would think a reader such as I would have devoured many more of his works. Well I am beginning to round things out. This morning I started (courtesy of librivox.org) listening to Hard Times.
My semester winds up today. A final exam this morning and another this evening. Grade them, download records, and I am through until early January. Not that all work stops, but all my other work is flexible.
I caught the 6:30 AM Mass at the parish near the college for the feast day. I had to do this on November 1st also.
I was contemplating this situation after Mass this morning. When Requiem Press was around, I would take these days off. Mass wasn't "fit in" to the schedule, it was the center of the day.
Somehow we need to get back to this "Angelus Time" lifestyle. Lack of income does have its advantages!
To some extent I am my own boss much of the time. My college stint is part-time. My other work as a patent agent leaves me a whole lot of flexibility in schedule - but is unpredictable. Feast or famine! Last year at this time I was winding up 3 months of a reckless amount of work. This year is much more leisurely - but less lucrative.
But the ease of schedule has been a blessing. Mrs. Curley and I have been doing some fostering and that keeps you on your toes. The rewards are much more gratifying. Many tears, heartbreak, laughter, and joy.
Happy feast day! Blessed Mother Mary, conceived without sin - pray for us!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Reading ....

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich - by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.

About a third of the way through, I think the entire Gulag Volume III is being illustrated up in this 150 pages quite effectively.
Last day in November - remember to pray for the Holy Souls in Purgatory all year round!

Oremus pro invicem!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

I was trying to remember if I liked The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene. Apparently, I did.

Am just finishing a collection of short stories by the same author - not too much of a fan of these. I am finishing it, but I haven't found anything too worthwhile.

Been listening to audio cds (downloaded from www.librivox.org ) of E. Phillips Oppenheim's The Great Impersonation and now The Double Traitor. It seems most of his books are warnings to England about Germany's war plans before WWI - enjoyable, but not overwhelmingly so.

Son Matthew is coming home from the seminary tonight. While we will miss those absent, this again should be a joyful Thanksgiving.

Oremus pro invicem!


Friday, November 18, 2016

Sinning and Miscalculation

Think that blog post title will attract some reading?

Last night I went to an Evening of Recollection (Opus Dei style) at Prince of Peace in Taylors, SC.

I love the meditations, the prayer time, and the opportunity for confession - that's the sinning part, or actually the redemption part. In my confession, Fr. Smith talked about the leper who called out to Jesus, "Lord you can make me clean if it is your will."  While I am not skeptical of the power of Jesus, I have made that call (probably with a lot less faith), and still need constant cleansing.


This morning Thomas and I put down a hog. We didn't have any help. I figured it to be about 200-220 pounds .... After putting it down, Thomas and I couldn't lift it! I am no Captain American, but I am also no pre-1941 Steve Rogers either. (This was the miscalculation.) I think the hog was over 300 pounds. We ended up using brains rather than brawn.
We still we ready to put it on ice in under 2 hours. (Not cold enough to just hang in the shed.) Not bad for the home team.
Oremus pro invicem!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

More Aftermath

Stealing this from TS -who got it from First Things. I wish I would have considered the last paragraph in the weeks leading up to the election. While I may seem at times to claim humility, I really had it in for those who didn't agree with me on how to vote - and sometimes I let them know it. Mea culpa!

Harvested peanuts this weekend. Pretty small crop. Probably the smallest we've ever had. I can't really put my finger on the cause. We had rain, but it was sporadic. We used gypsum when they were flowering. We may not have kept up with the weeds at the end, but it has never effected us so much in the past.

Will be harvesting our small sorghum crop this week.

Then, back to clearing trees downed (in neighbor's yards) by Hurricane Matthew.

Oremus pro invicem!