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Book of Bulmash, chapter 95

Chapter 95

  Photo credit: Library of Congress

Photo credit: Library of Congress

  1. "O Mother!" cried the nine-year-old child. "I have great need of apparel which beareth the image of my school mascot!"
  2. "Therefore must thou complete the order form so I may bring it to school on this, the day of deadline."
  3. The mother half-pretended not to hear the boy's plea,
  4. For her ears were still ringing with his most recent morning tantrum.
  5. Then the mother replied to her son, "Thou seemest not to understand a fundamental principle of obtaining thy heart's desire;
  6. "Namely, that one must not enrage the person whom you beseech for a favor."
  7. And thus the mother closed her ears to the child's renewed howling.
  8. She delivered him unto the place of learning, as was her duty.
  9. But as she returned to their home to perform her ablutions before journeying to her place of employ, the mother reconsidered.
  10. For was this day not the eve of giving thanks?
  11. Should she not be grateful that her child had not enraged his teacher as well, and set the teacher's heart against him in the classroom?
  12. Indeed, should the mother not give praise to The One for the continued good health of her children and her husband?
  13. "I shall not acknowledge to my son that I have ordered his apparel," she grumbled to herself. "For that would send The Wrong Message regarding his behavior."
  14. Nevertheless the mother did swallow her pride, and wrote out the necessary cheque of payment to the school's PTA
Posted on November 22, 2017 and filed under holidays, parenting.

A veteran to remember

Just a brief note to wish you a happy Veterans Day... and speaking of veterans, today would be an excellent time to learn a little more about a remarkable veteran blessed by St. Felicia.

  Photo credit: Diane Venti

Photo credit: Diane Venti

Take a closer look at the devotional candles set between the St. Felicia icons.

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The candle second to the left honors Cathay Williams, a veteran of the American Civil War. On the back of the candle, I placed a brief summary of her life story:

We venerate Cathay Williams, favorite of St. Felicia, Patron Saint of Farewells.

Born into slavery in Missouri, Williams is best known as the only African American woman to serve in the US Army during the 1800s. She did so by disguising herself as a man. Williams once said she enlisted because she “wanted to make [her] own living and not be dependent on relations or friends.”

May we follow Cathay Williams’ example and gain favor with St. Felicia.

All of the devotional candles will be available for purchase on my website on November 17th. In the meantime, go forth and make Cathay Williams (and St. Felicia) proud!

Looking forward: an uncertain new year

So many bizarre and incomprehensible things happened in 2016 that I'm more than ready for 2017. 

Of course there were a few good things too. Even so... not so sure what this new year will bring.

It won't be sparkles and rainbows, that's for sure, but I know I'll be busy.

Here's wishing everyone a not-totally-pessimistic new year.

We'll probably get through it okay, but I think we're going to need each other's help. A lot.