Saturday, October 13, 2007


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This morning, at about 6:30, I went out to my car to go to 7:30 Mass over at O.L.Mt. Carmel in Pittston. The fog was unbearably thick & all my windows were sheets of ice. I was forced to spend lots of time getting things scraping ice with the engine & heater on. The weather's been getting worse lately but up to a point it can be enjoyable. The nights have been getting darker earlier with each succeeding night. Uncle Frankie can't go to the football game today because he's still very sick. I'm in West Pittston's library today because Wyoming's is closed. The parking over here is nothing to brag about but it's entirely manageable. When I was a kid, my grandmother lived right down the street from here. I'm extremely close to the end of volume one of that Emily Dickinson book. It's a two volume biography. For such a nerdy_looking character, she most certainly turned out to have been quite the feisty sort of woman. The Holy Name Society's next meeting is tomorrow night. The only thing I know of that's supposed to be on the agenda is something about our upcoming ziti dinner. This will be my very first HNS meeting of the new year. They're short & fattening. Cathleen's finished with jury duty sooner than she'd originally expected. That's always such especially good news. Having to spend a long time stranded with that kind of thing must be some kind of an absolute nightmare.

Friday, October 12, 2007


Today, so far, has been awfully cold. It's uncharacteristic of what the recent trend in weather but it's entirely legitimate for autumn. Yesterday the weather was extremely bad in New York with very violent wind & rain. On top of that, Bridget is supposed to have a role in a play at Hofstra very soon. I've been getting further & further engrossed in the never endingly odd world of Emily Dickinson. I suppose eccentricity inevitably goes hand in hand with certain kinds of intelligence & talent. Surprisingly, even though I have a book with all her poetry in it, I've never really read it to any significant degree. Happy Friday, of course, even though our official Friday lady, alas, got stuck with jury duty all this week. I'm most certainly not looking forward to mine. I've already been through that kind of grind before. Once, a few years ago, I was forced to spend a day at jury duty. After having driven me stark raging hysterical all day long, the lawyer I was supposed to answer to only ended up kicking me out anyway. There was a very bad icy blizzard that day. Tomorrow the library will be closed because of a dedication on Sunday. By the time I finally get back to my e mail account, on Monday, I shall most probably have an entire lifetime supply of spam to plow my way through.

Thursday, October 11, 2007


It's icy cold & raining all morning so far today. The pea soup fog always gets me crazy on days like this. We were warned that the real October would start pretty soon around here. The Emily Dickinson biography is really interesting. I've been reading a lot of it each day. She was more than a slightly offbeat kind of character, to put it very mildly, shall we say? Lately I've been pigging out on entirely too much junk food. These days there are all sorts of peanuts, old birthday cake, Pop Tarts, etc. just lying around waiting to be eaten. On top of that, I even just ate pizza a couple of days ago too. I haven't really been getting all that much exercise either. Uncle Frankie's still on our official sick list. It seems awfully odd not seeing him constantly wandering in & out but he's always calling on the phone. The big football game's coming up this weekend & he may not be able to show up. Every weekend it's usually on Friday night. This time, though, it has to be Saturday because the school's lights don't work so they're forced to play during the day. I just found out that Rosie O'Donnell will be at Huntington, N.Y.'s Book Revue in a couple of weeks. She's somebody I'd never want to be bothered with seeing. I got a kick out of her for a little while when she was on Nell Carter's "Gimme A Break" a very long time ago but these days she's nothing but trouble.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007


I finished the book about Charlotte Bronte. A few days ago, I started one about St. Mary Magdalene de' Pazzi, a famous Italian Carmelite mystic from the era of the Counter_Reformation. I read it only a little at a time. I've also started a book about Emily Dickinson, the nineteenth century poet who was the subject of the nineteen seventies play "The Belle of Amherst", featuring the legendary Charles Nelson Reilly. She's a distant relative of Amy Dickinson, the syndicated advice columnist. I have a book of her poetry too. Uncle Frankie called yesterday. He's still very sick. I just found out on that Russell Johnson, the Professor on "Gilligan's Island", is from Ashley. Hey, I wonder if he knows Shirley (Mrs. Partridge)Jones. She's from Kingston. Yesterday we got thunder & lightning all day followed by a storm starting early in the evening. We needed it, not having gotten rain in quite a while around here. I found out on the Beatles' official website that George Harrison's music is being released digitally. As a lifelong fan, I absolutely have to know stuff like this.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007


Yesterday was Columbus Day. He & Queen Isabella take a lot of garbage from the liberals but they were both very good. There's even been some talk, in certain circles, about their eventual canonization. That would be of inestimable advantage to Catholic culture in the United States. Around here, we don't seem to have any big parades like all the city slickers in New York get to see. I used to go to the big Manhattan parade once in a while as a kid. Yesterday I went to the weekly St. Therese novena in Wilkes_Barre at the Maronite church. Today, if he would have lived, would have been John Lennon's sixty_seventh birthday. It's always struck me as very weird that two of the Beatles are already dead. I still enjoy keeping up with all the latest breaking Beatlenews & Beatlegossip but it was much more interesting when I was a kid. Cathleen's on jury duty this week. My turn may come up next month. I got my notice a while ago. It will be my very first time ever around here. Unfortunately, I'll have to go to Scranton. That's more than ten miles away on Rte. 81. Uncle Frankie's been very sick lately. He's been stuck at home for a while. My father ended up having to go to the game alone on Friday night. I just recently got my notice. Attention St. John the Baptist D.H.S., class of 1977: Our big reunion is December 1. Be there or be square.