Saturday, September 01, 2007


This morning was awfully cool at first. I cut the grass & got it over with. At The Theologian's Cafe, someone just recently brought up a point quite worth pondering: Was Princess Diana's death more significant than Mother Teresa's death? Our secularist culture would, of course, most certainly say so. The world is now observing the tenth anniversary of both their deaths. My cousin Vinnie, after having been theologically unavailable for any comment over the course of the past several years, appears once again to have been smitten quite fiercely by the Sola Scriptura bug. He's just sent me a couple of e mails recommending that I take his approach to matters eschatological. Yesterday I started reading "MacBeth". As you can quite plainly see, I've decided to stick to plays for a while. "MacBeth" is significantly shorter than "Troilus & Cressida". It still requires intense powers of concentration though. It gets me stark raging nuts with all the obsolete language & incessant footnotes.

Friday, August 31, 2007


Alas, today is the very last day of August. Tomorrow begins the month that traditionally reigns supreme as the symbol of having a sense of responsibility. At least the library isn't so crowded these days because school's back in session. Yesterday, I made sure I asked a couple of questions on the Catholic Answers & EWTN radio programs. I even got a chance to speak directly to Patrick Madrid on EWTN's program. It all worked out really well except that on his show, the guy who put me on seemed to have gotten the distinct impression that my name was Harry. Labor Day is coming up. This Monday, believe it or not, is the big day. Everybody gets to have a three_day weekend. I remember a few Labor Days, back in the nineties, when I got extremely violent headaches all weekend for three of them in a row. Each year, right before Labor Day, I most certainly must have done something I shouldn't have. Sunday morning, I have to lector again at 10:00 a.m. Mass. It's been getting easier now that I've already been up there a few times.

Thursday, August 30, 2007


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Last night, I finally & at last made it to my very first ever St. Joseph's feast meeting. It was extremely seriously crowded. We all sat around a table at their parish center right next door to the rectory. It most certainly seemed to have gone over quite well. Fr. Walsh was only available for around the first fifteen minutes because he was forced to go to a wake for his friend's father. The meeting only lasted a very short time after that anyway. It was all about food, booths, sponsors, etc. The only things about it that pert near drove me plum loco were the crowd & the confusion. Besides that, I don't know any of the people in either parish so it's a little harder for me here than in New York. Unfortunately, summer is pert near over. The beginning of September, because of the beginning of the new school year, has always been a symbol of the end of all the interesting things about summer.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007



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Tonight, at St. Joseph's, there will be a meeting for all feast workers. The feast this year is on my birthday. This will most probably even turn out to be the very last meeting & I missed all the other ones. It's at 7:00 p.m. & I should assume it will be in their basement. The weather lately has been quite a real scorcher. I made sure I got my Wendy's milk shake over with yesterday. Unfortunately, the nearest Wendy's is in Edwardsville. Because of the heat wave, I should suppose, the traffic over there in their parking lot was stark raging nuts. I've never seen such a long line for a drive_through. You'd think they were giving the stuff away. Anyway, I got my druthers between chocolate & vanilla. I ended up asking for vanilla. I truly enjoyed it. Now I only have my McDonald's coupon left to get over with. Yesterday I saw two episodes of "The Twilight Zone". There was even one I can't remember having ever seen before. I pert near never bother with new shows but I've always really enjoyed the old stuff. That's pretty much just about my entire approach to life in general anyway.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007


A rousing Happy birthday goes out to one of the little red haired girls from the old neighborhood. Jo Anne & I go back to the olden days. She's a smidge younger than I, by a few weeks. We were in the same class at P.S. 148 & St. Gabriel's & lived on the same street, the glorious 92 St. As a kid in those days, I was always quite seriously convinced that Charles M. Schulz must most certainly have stolen the idea for his comic strip from my life. Today's very warm out so far. Of course, Uncle Frankie showed up last night. It was his first visit in a long time though. After only a few minutes he ended up having to go to Target. My mother went to a very early doctor's appointment this morning.
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Monday, August 27, 2007


Saturday was Lisa Lisa's birthday. The party was very nice, though more than somewhat fattening. Saturday night there was an electrical storm. Most of the rest of the time lately it's been a heat wave. One of these days, I shall most certainly have to capitalize on that coupon for a Wendy's milk shake. On Saturday night, Rocco was covering for one of the lectors at 5:00 Mass because she couldn't show up. I ended up having to help him by covering for the other one because she never showed up either. Next Sunday morning I'm on the schedule for 10:00 a.m. That will be my third consecutive week lectoring. St. Joseph's last feast meeting is on the schedule for Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. Let's at least hope I can remember to get to this one. The library will be closed on Labor Day & all other days that week the schedule will be slightly different. I just got Mary's e mail address over the weekend when she was visiting her kinfolk. I never get a chance to see her. We've been out of touch for so long. So far, the only ones who've written back about our big SJB reunion are Mark & John. Others may be entirely too busy these days.