Thursday, May 18, 2017

Graduations

My two oldest sons graduated from college in the past two weeks. The younger from Northeast Catholic College (NCC) in Warner, NH and the oldest from Wyoming Catholic in Lander, WY.
 
I caught a blurry picture of the boots and spurs on the NCC graduate's feet during the final procession.


We are immensely proud of both of them.

Oremus pro invicem!

Turkeys, woodchucks and other suburban wildlife

I live in a rural area. It is not unusual or unnatural to see wildlife on our property. My son trapped a raccoon which was digging our garden just the other day. We see wild turkeys in the woods, and occasionally one finds itself in our front yard-but not often. Fox (eating my chickens) and coyote have been known to frequent the area.
 
Funny though, the wildlife we see is in passing. Usually it sticks to the forests.
 
My mother, on the other hand, lives in Norwood, less than 15 minutes from the Boston city limits. Growing up we saw only squirrels, some chipmunks, and a few bunny rabbits.
 
But nowadays I am apt to see a big buck on the front lawn, a flock of wild turkeys hanging around all day and the day after and the day after that. Woodchucks run around - while not more numerous than squirrels, they are still there. Fox and coyote regularly saunter down the neighborhood streets.
 

 
I was staying there last week for a few days and two toms and 3 hens just appeared everyday and wandered around and ate.
 
I guess suburban sprawl leaves the wildlife nowhere to go but Mom's!

Oremus pro invicem!

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Finals week ....

so I am not writing much. If you want to read something, try this: Dear Future Husband.

Oremus pro invicem!

Monday, May 01, 2017

Another litter of pigs late last week. Peanuts planted today. I think the summer garden is pretty set. We still have pumpkins to plant, a couple weeks before that gets done.
 
Just finished listening to Tarzan of the Apes - first time since I was very young. Am reading a collection of Sherlock Holmes stories. Am I reverting?

Oremus pro invicem!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Requiescat in pace, John Meehan

From the  Northeast Catholic College website:

Today, Northeast Catholic College mourns the death of one of its founders, John D. Meehan.

 
Speaking of Meehan’s legacy, college president Dr. George Harne observed: “....Fundamentally Augustinian in his spiritual orientation, love motivated him in all his works for the Church, a Church to which he was unabashedly devoted.”


I only met him as a youth when my sisters attended the (then) Magdalen College. But he is a man hard to forget. In more recent years I spoke with him in conjunction with publishing his book "Two Towers" by Requiem Press. He always inspired and impressed me in speaking with him and reading his thoughts.
 
Dr. Harne's words are true.

May his soul and all the souls of the faithful departed, rest in peace.

Oremus pro invicem!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Polly has 12

We woke up this morning to a new litter.









Sam is due any day now also.

Game hen hatched out a clutch of 12 a couple days ago. I guess a dozen is the number.

Oremus pro invicem!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The Trade

Take a 14 year-year old Jersey milk cow which is dry and un-bred. Trade her for a 6 year-old Jersey milk cow in milk (3 months since freshened) and probably bred. Even up!
 
Sure there were circumstances (a low bag hard to both hand milk and for calves to suckle), but nothing else.
 
And after milking her for a couple weeks, that bag isn't so saggy.

 
 
He is Risen! Alleluia!
Oremus pro invicem!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

He is Risen!

 
 
 
Oremus pro invicem!

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

I just returned from a weekend in Florida for the funeral of my wife's Grandmother. May Mary Tess Hoyt and all the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace!

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Read this at The Imaginative Conservative on whether Capitalism is the enemy of the family. Here are some thoughts to contemplate (whether you are a Capitalist or otherwise) - quotes being from Dr. Allan Carlson's recent essay (link not provided):
 
“Simply put, capitalism—at the most basic level—has a vested interest in family weakness,” he (Carlson) argues. Traditionally, and well into America’s founding period, autonomous, self-sufficient families and communities were considered the ideal and necessary foundation for civilization: culturally, educationally and economically. This was indeed a view espoused notably by Thomas Jefferson. “Capitalism, however, grows as it takes over tasks and functions once performed by families or within closely knit communities, and reorganizes them on the industrial model.” Capitalism’s takeover begins with yarn, then clothing, food processing and transportation, and finally almost everything, supported in its efforts by the state, which takes over culture through mandatory schooling and child-welfare regulation.

 
 
In the end, the author believes Carlson's argument is not with all Capitalism:
 
 
All in all, Dr. Carlson’s case against capitalism is powerful. However, as his distinction between small companies and Wall Street illuminates, his argument is not against all capitalism but against what most people would call crony capitalism—i.e., large firms manipulating state regulatory power to gain more than what a free market would give them.  Indeed, crony capitalism should be the proper target of Dr. Carlson’s entire critique.

 
 
Oremus pro invicem!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Personhood


In an article in a national magazine for electrical engineers (IEEE Spectrum) on whether (some) robots should be considered “persons” or have “personhood rights” (really???) such as a corporation has rights, there is a quote from an Australian law professor:
Legal persons must know and be able to claim their rights: They must be able to assert themselves as members of a society, which is why nonhuman animals (and some incapacitated humans), and artifacts like AIs should not be considered legal persons. (my emphasis added.)

Interestingly, it was not my highlighted exception which surprised or had not been previously considered by the author of the article, or even commented on during the rest of the article. Why am I continually surprised?
Obviously, already in today’s society certain humans have been routinely denied the rights of persons – namely the unborn and those considered in comas or “brain dead” (whatever that means – the definition of which is constantly in flux due to convenience and organ donation issues.)
But apparently we haven’t reached the end of the road in denying rights. Throughout history man has denied the humanity of one group or another. Even though we believe we are the "enlightened" generations, it goes on and on.
On this eve of the Feast of the Annunciation .... Oremus pro invicem!
 
 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

My view on the Benedict Option ...

... is actually someone else's.

I haven't read a lot of reviews, and I haven't read the book, but from reading about BO from Rod Dreher's blog, the sense I get corresponds pretty well to this review.

If the Benedict Option is just Christianity, it is neither inherently Benedictine nor is it optional. If it is a feeling and an intuition, it needs to be guided by careful thought.
Dreher himself, in an earlier articulation of it, says it is the charge to be distinctly Christian and countercultural in the face of cultural hostility “even if that means some degree of intentional separation from the mainstream” (italics Dreher’s). But that already has a name: Christianity.

Christianity has always called one to be countercultural - the struggle to be in the world but not of the world.

I have no particular plans to read the book, so I probably won't mention it again.
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It was my privilege this past weekend to visit with some young men from Florida State U and Rutgers along with a few of the Brothers from the Brotherhood of Hope at a working retreat of sorts in NC.
 
In talking to one of the Brothers, I was again struck by how much going on a mission trip to serve the poor changes the lives (and plans) of so many people.
 
The Brothers work at secular campuses to bring Christ to those who don't know Him.

Oremus pro invicem!