Wednesday, January 28, 2009
As many of you know, the title of my blog (and my moniker), comes from the fact that I am the 5th (youngest) of 5 girls. What many do not know is that I had a little brother, just a year younger than me. Mark was such a cute and crazy kid. He lived life to the fullest. He was funny and had many friends. He also had a seizure disorder.
One night, way back in January of 1981, I was studying college chemistry at my mom's place (my parents had divorced a few years back and Mark and I still lived with Dad). It was getting late and I was about to leave when who should walk in but my brother and several of his friends. He had been drinking (a few beers...it was legal at that time for 18 year olds to consume "3.2" beer). I tried to be upset with him since alcohol and seizure medication do not mix. I couldn't. He was just so silly and charming that night. Mom was at work and would not be home until the next morning. She called and I told her the situation. She asked me to take care of Mark, so when his friends left I made up the bed for him, placing a trash bucket nearby in case of the heaves.
I wasn't feeling so well that night. I had a bad case of bronchitis. Mark was all settled in so I decided, instead of my mom's couch, I was going to go home (less than a mile away) and sleep in my own bed.
It was early the following morning and I was still asleep when the phone rang. I groggily answered. It was my mother's neighbor. He said something was terribly wrong with Mark. Still being foggy headed I ventured, "Oh, he's probably just hungover". He sternly replied, "No, something is really wrong. The ambulance is here and they are taking him to the hospital". I rushed to the hospital, which was only a few blocks away. Thankfully my mom's neighbor had placed other calls to the other family members that still lived in town.
My family gathered in the Emergency Room. I witnessed the paramedics bring my brother in, CPR in progress. Oh my God...this was really serious! They worked on Mark for what seemed like hours to no avail. My brother passed away that cold January morning.
What happened? When my mom came home that morning, she heard the bath water running. As she approached the bathroom, she saw the water coming through the door. She entered and found my brother submerged in the tub. (I can not even imagine the horror she must have felt) Our best guess is that he had a seizure, while bathing, and subsequently drowned.
To this day, I still feel guilty. Mom asked me to take care of him and I failed miserably. So many "what ifs".
On a positive note, my son is so very much like the uncle he never knew: silly with a crazy sense of humor. Here's to you, Mark. It's been 28 years...I still miss you!
Friday, January 23, 2009
One of these "international groups" to receive funding is Planned Parenthood International. This organization was originally founded, by Margaret Sanger for the sole purpose of eugenics. This attitude is still prevelant to this day as evidenced by the following video:
(Please note, I had to remove the video due to some "errors" on page creating difficulty for some to navigate way from this page. Please follow the link provided, and scroll down, to view the video in question)
Disturbing, isn't it.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
Friday, January 16, 2009
Bringing Great American Art Directly to Classrooms and Libraries across the Country
January 16, 2009 – St. Anthony Academy is one of over 56,000 schools and public libraries across the nation awarded the Picturing America program. Picturing America is a free initiative from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) that helps teach American history and culture by bringing some of the country’s great art directly to classrooms and libraries.
Picturing America comes with a comprehensive package of materials that includes:
Forty large, high-quality color reproductions of the selected masterpieces (24” x 36”)
A comprehensive teachers resource book providing a wide range of ideas and background
information to support educators using the works of art in core subject areas
Additional resources and lesson plans available through the Picturing America Web site,
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
For those who are more "visual" in nature, here is my personal demonstration. (Viewer beware, not for the squeamish or faint of heart)
P.S. That snickering you hear in the background is dear daughter, whom I forced to videotape this demonstration. I had to stop the nasal wash early because she was starting to make me laugh. Trust me, you don't want to laugh while using the neti pot!
Monday, January 12, 2009
Saturday, January 10, 2009
And he was a lot of fun, too:
Oh, and he enjoyed my food. Dinner was a huge success! Our theme was Greek and here is what I served: For our entree, I made Greek Chicken. Although, being true to my nature I modified it. I used half black and half kalamata olives in the filling. Additionally, I added about 1 cup well drained spinach. I also used fresh herbs, rather than dried and seasoned the outside of the chicken breasts well. It was perfect. Sides included Crash Potatoes, Byrdhouse Marinated Tomatoes, Peppy's Pita Bread and my own Tzatziki Sauce. Dessert was a no brainer. Our seminarian has a birthday coming up so we had to have birthday cake served with 5 Minute Ice Cream. I make my ice cream using frozen bananas and a chopped up Hershey bar. Mmmmmm. Perfect.Unfortunately, the visit came to an end all too soon. We were very grateful for this opportunity to get to know our seminarian better. We probably won't be able to see him again until next fall, but rest assured, he'll continue to be in our prayers. You know something...instead of 2 kids, I now have a spiritual son to add to the mix! We all, however, look forward to the day when he can be called Father.
Friday, January 9, 2009
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Monday, January 5, 2009
Saturday, January 3, 2009
This vocations poster was the brainchild of Father Jonathan Meyer, associate director of youth and young adult ministry for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. The poster, which is modeled after an advertisement for the movie "The Matrix," was designed by Missy Scarlet, a graphic designer and friend of Father Meyer.
Greek Chicken: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Greek-Chicken-2/Detail.aspx
Greek Chicken (#2): http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Greek-Chicken/Detail.aspx
Crash Potatoes: http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2008/06/crash-hot-potatoes/
Pita Bread: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Peppys-Pita-Bread/Detail.aspx
Easy Greek Tzatziki: http://5thsister.blogspot.com/2008/12/one-of-my-signature-dishes.html
Tomato Salad: http://www.grouprecipes.com/67807/on-the-fly-pico-de-gallo-haiku-style.html
Black Bean Side: http://www.grouprecipes.com/68535/simple-haiku-black-bean-and-corn-salad.html
Friday, January 2, 2009
This is exactly what I began doing about 6 months ago. I put away my MP3 player and used my runs as time for prayer and meditation. Each run started with the Rosary, asking for Our Blessed Mother's intercession on a myriad of issues. I worked hard to fully meditate upon each and every mystery of the most Holy Rosary. If I was through with the Rosary and found that I still had distance to go, I would do the same with the Divine Mercy prayers. I found that my distance and my time improved significantly. Once I was able to get out of the mindset of personal satisfaction and pride to pleasing and honoring the Lord instead, I found a peaceful joy in my heart.
When I ran the Turkey Trot, this past November, I continued with this practice of meditating upon the Rosary. I was truly surprised when the finish line approached for it had seemed the race had only begun! How truly glorious this experience was!
I thank Jimmie A. Davis, Jr. for putting into words (much better than I) how one is changed for the better when one switches his/her mindset from personal pride to pleasing and honoring our sweet and precious Lord.
For more information on the Rosary, please visit: http://www.ewtn.com/Devotionals/prayers/rosary/
For more information on the Divine Mercy Chaplet, please visit: http://thedivinemercy.org/message/devotions/praythechaplet.php