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Posts by AnAmericanMother

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  • This Most Silent Day

    04/19/2014 7:27:49 AM PDT · 4 of 4
    AnAmericanMother to NYer
    The whole poem:

    GOOD-FRIDAY, 1613, RIDING WESTWARD.
    by John Donne

    LET man's soul be a sphere, and then, in this,
    Th' intelligence that moves, devotion is ;
    And as the other spheres, by being grown
    Subject to foreign motion, lose their own,
    And being by others hurried every day,
    Scarce in a year their natural form obey;
    Pleasure or business, so, our souls admit
    For their first mover, and are whirl'd by it.
    Hence is't, that I am carried towards the west,
    This day, when my soul's form bends to the East.
    There I should see a Sun by rising set,
    And by that setting endless day beget.
    But that Christ on His cross did rise and fall,
    Sin had eternally benighted all.
    Yet dare I almost be glad, I do not see
    That spectacle of too much weight for me.
    Who sees Gods face, that is self-life, must die;
    What a death were it then to see God die?
    It made His own lieutenant, Nature, shrink,
    It made His footstool crack, and the sun wink.
    Could I behold those hands, which span the poles
    And tune all spheres at once, pierced with those holes?
    Could I behold that endless height, which is
    Zenith to us and our antipodes,
    Humbled below us ? or that blood, which is
    The seat of all our soul's, if not of His,
    Made dirt of dust, or that flesh which was worn
    By God for His apparel, ragg'd and torn ?
    If on these things I durst not look, durst I
    On His distressed Mother cast mine eye,
    Who was God's partner here, and furnish'd thus
    Half of that sacrifice which ransom'd us ?
    Though these things as I ride be from mine eye,
    They're present yet unto my memory,
    For that looks towards them ; and Thou look'st towards me,
    O Saviour, as Thou hang'st upon the tree.
    I turn my back to thee but to receive
    Corrections till Thy mercies bid Thee leave.
    O think me worth Thine anger, punish me,
    Burn off my rust, and my deformity ;
    Restore Thine image, so much, by Thy grace,
    That Thou mayst know me, and I'll turn my face.

  • Yes, IQ Really Matters

    04/18/2014 7:29:38 AM PDT · 71 of 78
    AnAmericanMother to The Duke
    If they dumb it down much more it will be fairly useless for the top-tier schools. The problem is of course compression on the upper end of the test, so that you can't sort out the extremely bright from the very bright and the merely bright.

    As it stood in 2006, there was still some wiggle room at the top. Some very good colleges still exist, but you have to do your due diligence to find them. We were very pleased with my daughter's school, and she got a good education there with a minimum of politically-correct nonsense.

  • Yes, IQ Really Matters

    04/18/2014 7:25:08 AM PDT · 70 of 78
    AnAmericanMother to RegulatorCountry
    Exactly. My son has more native intelligence than my daughter, but he is simply not interested in college AT ALL. We found him a small private school where they taught practical knowledge (business math, reading for content, time management, hands-on stuff like carpentry as well as extensive athletic programs). He is happier working with his hands and being outdoors, where he uses his intelligence to be the best U.S. Marine riflery instructor that he can be. He has a little gunsmithing business on the side and is doing well.

    My daughter is a hard worker and highly motivated. She took a biology degree at a top-tier small college and is a curator in the rain forest of a science museum. She is likewise happy and doing well - which is what we want for the kids, after all.

  • Yes, IQ Really Matters

    04/18/2014 7:17:11 AM PDT · 67 of 78
    AnAmericanMother to Pearls Before Swine
    The test has definitely been made simpler.

    I recall all too well my prep back in the early 70s, and I helped my daughter prep in the early 2000s. I probably took the test 6 times total, once in sophomore year, twice junior year, and three times senior year. Since college apps have been sped up in the intervening time, so that you apply and receive a decision sooner, my daughter took it 5 times total, mostly in her junior year.

    The math in particular is much easier overall, I think they have just moved calculus to the AP altogether. Verbal has I think fewer problems to a section and they are not as complex, particularly the reading comprehension. There's a "luck of the draw" factor because there are 5 sections, so you may have more verbal (which I prayed for). Also, one section is usually a "test drive" of new problems and doesn't count towards your score. My best score was the test where I got 3 verbal and 1 of the math sections was new problems and didn't count. :-)

  • Yes, IQ Really Matters

    04/18/2014 7:09:57 AM PDT · 65 of 78
    AnAmericanMother to babble-on
    The problem is that high school grades are so variable from school to school (and even from track to track) that they generally have lost any value as a predictor. Even back in the 70s, my husband saw folks who were valedictorians of their small rural high school, with a 4.0 average, flame out of Georgia Tech in one quarter. He went to a good quality public school in VA, did not do prep and took the test only once. His SAT verbal scores weren't all that great, but he had an 800 on the math and he did just fine at Tech.

    AP test scores are definitely a good indicator, although they are focused on detailed knowledge of one subject rather than general verbal and math ability.

    I got a 1598 on the SAT back in the days before they began revising the thing. My daughter got a perfect 2400 (after 3 tries and some tutoring to bring up her 780 math score). We definitely employed a "playing the system" approach, but the whole goal of our high school was to get everybody into the college of their choice. And to equip you to manage when you got there. Absolutely a "prep school" for the college bound, not a general high school.

    I would like to see a "two-track" system restored, or a "three track" system: a college prep track, a general business/tech school track, and a babysitting service for kids who do not care to learn and disrupt those who do. But that will NEVER happen - too many people cringe at the idea of admitting that some kids are better equipped to learn than others (whether from native intelligence, hard work, or determination).

  • Yes, IQ Really Matters

    04/18/2014 3:52:31 AM PDT · 3 of 78
    AnAmericanMother to Timber Rattler
    What is your basis for that statement?

    The SAT is a solid predictor of college success. Most of the critics think it's anti-egalitarian (which it is) and "racist" (which it isn't), disregarding the fact that it does pretty much what it's supposed to do.

    I base my opinion on my and my daughter's very extensive experience (we went to the same high school that emphasizes SATs, about 30 yrs apart). I also used to rent from a lady that worked for ETS, but she was quite close mouthed about the whole thing. :-)

  • On the Holy Thursday foot washing: “It didn’t exclude women until 1955…”

    04/17/2014 8:25:49 AM PDT · 7 of 10
    AnAmericanMother to NYer
    Unfortunately, experience leads me to conclude that when the National Schismatic Reporter (a/k/a the Fishwrap) publishes something controversial, they are at best shading the truth or engaging in suppressio verio, and at worst outright lying. My cat is more Catholic than they are, and they lost the only honest reporter over there (John Allen) awhile back.

    I note that they derisively quote Fr. Z. We will probably have to wait until after Easter to find out his response.

  • Seattle's Climate Instantly Cools 1.5 Degrees - But It's Not Any Colder

    04/15/2014 4:24:25 PM PDT · 18 of 19
    AnAmericanMother to zeestephen
    There is actually a website devoted to documenting the siting of the official NOAA weather stations:

    Surface Stations

    They have a special section devoted to improper weather stations, which generally are reporting much warmer temperatures than actual ambient temps, due to siting near asphalt parking lots, air conditioning exhaust, and in one case a burn barrel!

    Odd sites

  • Formula 1 Pit Stops 1950 Versus Today

    04/15/2014 4:14:14 PM PDT · 25 of 35
    AnAmericanMother to navysealdad
    We had those )(*&^&!!!! knockoff hubs on our TR-3.

    I carried a VERY LARGE lead hammer in the "boot" for just such eventualities.

  • Was the Gospel of St Luke 'written' by MARY?

    04/15/2014 4:03:47 PM PDT · 46 of 46
    AnAmericanMother to Straight Vermonter
    Liddell & Scott tell us that "tekton" is "1. a worker in wood; a carpenter, joiner, builder; 2. any craftsman or workman, a master of any art", as a poet or songwriter. A second sense is of a planner or contriver generally.

    So the primary sense IS that of "carpenter" or "joiner". But that wasn't limited as it is today to the crew chief working under the general contractor - you'd probably find a carpenter building the whole house, foundation, plaster, wood, thatch and all.

  • The Magisterium of Sophomores: another High School explosion

    04/15/2014 3:47:27 PM PDT · 21 of 22
    AnAmericanMother to Mrs. Don-o
    But Goya hands down did the best portrait of Wellington - although it doesn't look that much like the 'official' portraits.

    Goya had a way of digging into a man's soul and laying it bare. I would not go near him if he had a paintbrush in his hand!

  • The Magisterium of Sophomores: another High School explosion

    04/15/2014 3:45:08 PM PDT · 20 of 22
    AnAmericanMother to AnAmericanMother
    Da Duke:

    A little bit uncanny.

  • The Magisterium of Sophomores: another High School explosion

    04/15/2014 3:37:13 PM PDT · 19 of 22
    AnAmericanMother to Mrs. Don-o
    He single-handedly integrated the Irish into American life. Stopped the Draft Riots, too, though he was pitifully sick (and actually dying) when he addressed the mob.

    We sure could use him today - he understood anti-Catholicism and that you can't allow yourself to be bullied.


    Kind of looks like the Iron Duke in this portrait.

  • The Magisterium of Sophomores: another High School explosion

    04/15/2014 1:25:41 PM PDT · 17 of 22
    AnAmericanMother to Mrs. Don-o
    Oh dear, that does sound very bad indeed.

    Sometimes you do more harm than good rushing to make an abject apology.

    Our archbishop tied himself up into knots apologizing for a perfectly good business decision, and his course of action is going to waste a whole lot more money than was spent in the first place.

    Sometimes I wish our ordinaries were less like Casper Milquetoast and more like "Dagger John" Hughes. THERE was a bishop with a backbone and to spare (even if he was more than a little scary, he was highly effective.)

    He would have excommunicated the whole lot of them, with a generous helping of fire and brimstone on the side.

  • Was the Gospel of St Luke 'written' by MARY?

    04/15/2014 9:35:14 AM PDT · 45 of 46
    AnAmericanMother to Salvation
    I just love the different approaches of the different schools - fun to look at.

    I tried to find a modern, but they are all copying/pastiching the Northern Renaissance painters.

  • Was the Gospel of St Luke 'written' by MARY?

    04/15/2014 7:58:17 AM PDT · 42 of 46
    AnAmericanMother to Salvation
    "Ta-dah!" That one is really unintentionally funny, like the tireless self-promoter Charles Willson Peale and his Museum!

    Some others that I like:


    Heemskerck at his best - what a lovely Virgin!


    Mabuse - the Northern light is unmistakeable.


    Vasari, going all Classical and Mannerist on us ... not only does he have a couple of nosy kibitzers, the Blessed Virgin seems to be offering some advice as well.

  • The Portrait Art of George W. Bush: Ignore the media. The former president has talent.

    04/15/2014 7:40:43 AM PDT · 50 of 77
    AnAmericanMother to punknpuss

    I agree. I hope he continues to work quietly away, undeterred by the Usual Suspects and their screeching.

  • Obama warns Russia in tense call with Putin over Ukraine

    04/15/2014 7:24:17 AM PDT · 42 of 53
    AnAmericanMother to NormsRevenge
    Here's the one I was looking for:

  • The Magisterium of Sophomores: another High School explosion

    04/15/2014 7:03:54 AM PDT · 15 of 22
    AnAmericanMother to Mrs. Don-o
    I'm hoping that Fr. Z's alternate theory is true - that Aquinas is protecting Sr. Jane Dominic from threats. Let things die down a bit so she isn't attacked - apparently there have been what they call "credible threats".

    And you know that some of these radical homosexualists are just crazy enough to try something.

  • The Portrait Art of George W. Bush: Ignore the media. The former president has talent.

    04/15/2014 7:01:08 AM PDT · 43 of 77
    AnAmericanMother to SeekAndFind
    For a "late vocation", he's not bad at all.

    Painting is not something you learn overnight, it's a process. Usually you don't see the early stages because by the time you see artists' work they are farther along in the learning process.

    He's got a good 'eye', and the knack of capturing a likeness - which is not an easy thing to do at all. His brush can't yet quite DO what he can SEE. That takes years.

  • Obama warns Russia in tense call with Putin over Ukraine

    04/15/2014 3:43:19 AM PDT · 40 of 53
    AnAmericanMother to goldstategop
    The more things change . . .

    Woodrow Wilson redux

  • Was the Gospel of St Luke 'written' by MARY?

    04/14/2014 5:44:06 PM PDT · 25 of 46
    AnAmericanMother to Ruy Dias de Bivar

    Fun stuff. If you search for images of “St. Luke and the Virgin” you’ll see a variety of techniques!

  • The Magisterium of Sophomores: another High School explosion

    04/14/2014 4:58:24 PM PDT · 12 of 22
    AnAmericanMother to Mrs. Don-o
    This isn't "journalism" per se. This is part of a ongoing commentary over at WDTPRS about the latest episode in the trend of high school students and their catechism-challenged moms going ballistic over a Catholic school teaching . . . gasp! . . . Catholic doctrine.

    There are links at the site to this controversy and the one in Charlotte.

  • Was the Gospel of St Luke 'written' by MARY?

    04/14/2014 4:55:09 PM PDT · 19 of 46
    AnAmericanMother to GreyFriar
    Just the usual run-up to Easter by the usual suspects.

    This is not news - that Luke got a great deal of his information from Mary has been a tradition of the Church for many years.

    - St. Luke painting the portrait of the Blessed Virgin, by one of my favorite Netherlandish painters, Maarten de Vos. It's probably a self-portrait, and it's a window into the trade of a painter in the 16th century - the easel, the painter's stick, the assistant grinding colors in the background . . . This scene was painted over and over again by the Low Country artists - very domestic! And of course while a painter is doing your portrait, you have nothing to do but TALK . . . . :-)

    This is supposed to be the original portrait:

  • Prayer request for onyx's husband [Update 204, 289, 379, 422, 504, 671, 729]

    04/14/2014 6:52:06 AM PDT · 643 of 840
    AnAmericanMother to RedMDer; onyx

    So sorry to hear this. Heartfelt prayers.

  • The Biggest Star ... Mark Steyn

    04/06/2014 6:31:11 AM PDT · 25 of 154
    AnAmericanMother to miss marmelstein
    He was awful and completely ridiculous in "Apocalypse". Husband and I turned to each other as the credits rolled and simultaneously said, "Brando got PAID for that?"

    "Last Tango" was when I really noticed that he was just phoning it in, but the critics were still in worship mode.

  • Prayer request for onyx's husband [Update 204, 289, 379, 422, 504, 671, 729]

    04/06/2014 5:28:17 AM PDT · 163 of 840
    AnAmericanMother to Jim Robinson

    Prayers.

  • The art of George W. Bush

    04/06/2014 5:26:55 AM PDT · 34 of 80
    AnAmericanMother to ClearCase_guy
    Horse is stolen from T. Gericault's painting of a Napoleonic chasseur.

  • SF Archbishop: Those dissenting from Church teachings shouldn’t receive Communion (VIDEO)

    04/05/2014 12:42:25 PM PDT · 29 of 30
    AnAmericanMother to NYer; All
    Well, the Ga. Bulletin hit the mailbox this afternoon with the financial numbers. For everybody who has been trashing the Archbishop, here's a quick summary of the Mitchell bequest and the way the money was spent. AS USUAL, the AJC got it all wrong, and the Archdiocese clearly spent the money in a prudent fashion.

    Only $300K of the bequest to the Archdiocese was spent on the "$2.2 million home". So to those of you who were saying "the Archbishop ought to spend no more than $200K on a house" . . . he was close.

    The real property was free and clear as part of the bequest. $1.9M was realized by selling the old archbishop's residence to the Cathedral for use as the Cathedral rectory. Mr. Mitchell left $ 15 million to the Archdiocese in liquid assets. Of that, $3.75M went directly to charitable use - Catholic Charities Atlanta and several other charities. Another $3.75M went to Catholic schools in the Archdiocese, parish endowments, the Disadvantaged Parish Fund, and the Priests' Pension fund (split just about evenly among them). $7.5M went to capital investment in the Cathedral property.

    Waiting for an apology from all of the people who were calling the Archbishop everything but a child of God . . . . waiting . . . waiting . . .

  • SF Archbishop: Those dissenting from Church teachings shouldn’t receive Communion (VIDEO)

    04/03/2014 8:25:52 PM PDT · 28 of 30
    AnAmericanMother to ansel12

    Suit yourself. It’s obvious your mind is made up.

  • SF Archbishop: Those dissenting from Church teachings shouldn’t receive Communion (VIDEO)

    04/03/2014 7:47:21 PM PDT · 24 of 30
    AnAmericanMother to ansel12
    He "hopes" the AD will sell it, but it's not his call, just as it was not his call to build it in the first place.

    The letter acknowledges that the decisions were cost effective - but nobody expected this to suddenly become a huge PR issue two years after the plans were approved.

    That's not a confession of any sort - just an acknowledgment of the public outcry. Which has been driven by a couple of women in the parish who think they run the parish, didn't like the decision and ran to the media.

    THAT is what I find disgusting - that, and a bishop allowing himself to be intimidated by the media and a couple of Church Ladies. John Hughes would have handed them their heads, and he wouldn't have been very polite about it.

  • SF Archbishop: Those dissenting from Church teachings shouldn’t receive Communion (VIDEO)

    04/03/2014 7:34:52 PM PDT · 22 of 30
    AnAmericanMother to ansel12

    Not according to his letter in the Bulletin. The AD council is going to consider the best way to deal with it. Unless they want to waste money at the whim of a couple of meddling women and are afraid of the media, they’ll keep it.< p>
    This is no different than the LGBT crowd intimidating the CEO of Mozilla. Just a different prejudice.

  • SF Archbishop: Those dissenting from Church teachings shouldn’t receive Communion (VIDEO)

    04/03/2014 6:33:17 PM PDT · 20 of 30
    AnAmericanMother to ansel12; SgtHooper
    That's why I said he should NOT apologize - although I can see why he thought it might be a useful strategy. His apology becomes an admission of guilt, and he is absolutely guiltless here. The AJC and WSB Radio/TV will continue to ignore the actual facts and treat this like a scandal. And so will Catholic-bashers and Christian-bashers in general.

    Here are the facts, in case you care:

    Executive summary: (1) the 'residence' is necessary; (2) the location is expensive; (3) the cost is prudent and reasonable taking into account the use of the property and the local cost of existing homes and new construction.

    The bishop of a large diocese is the functional equivalent of a CEO of a large corporation. His "residence" is actually not his, but belongs to the diocese; it is the center of operations for the office of bishop. It is not only a residence but also a guesthouse, dining room, meeting venue etc. A bishop is constantly receiving visitors - diplomats from the Vatican, visiting priests, bishops, abbots, heads of religious orders, etc. He holds conferences and seminars there. So this "residence" is actually a multi-purpose venue and necessary for the archbishop to do his job - the alternative is renting hotel conference and banquet space, which is just money paid with no lasting benefit.

    You also need to know about the area where the Cathedral is located. CtK was built in 1937 when Buckhead was WAY out of town, and you could have gotten all the Catholics in North Georgia into a pole barn. Now the Cathedral parish alone has over 5,000 members, and the property is seriously overcrowded and built out to the max. But it is completely hemmed in on all sides - Peachtree Rd. to the west, commercial property to the south, two more churches to the north, and an existing residential neighborhood to the east.

    This part of Buckhead is now a very trendy and expensive neighborhood, probably the most expensive in city limits except for West Paces Ferry - the little 3/2 bungalows on tiny lots behind the Cathedral are selling for anywhere from $600k to $1M (Zillow says you can get a real bargain on an unrenovated 1950s junker on a 10,000 s.f. lot - $375K!) The houses across Peachtree (W. Wesley/Habersham/Arden) are even more expensive. The Governor's Mansion is on the northern edge of that area.

    Margaret Mitchell (the Gone With the Wind lady) had a nephew who died recently w/o family and left his home and land on Habersham as well as a large donation to the Archdiocese. The archdiocese (not the archbishop all by himself) developed a building plan which was approved two years ago: the current archbishop's residence on the Cathedral grounds was renovated and turned over to the clergy on Cathedral staff (there are six of them) for their residence, since they need to be on the spot while the archbishop travels a good deal. The Mitchell house was to be converted into the archbishop's new residence.

    Somewhere in this process it was determined that the Mitchell house could not be renovated. My family has built 3 houses from scratch, added on to 2 of those and renovated two others - plus I've represented architects and general contractors, so I am pretty familiar with the calculus between renovation and new construction. I have no idea what exactly was determined, but there are plenty of reasons - structural, layout, condition - that a house can't be renovated cost-effectively, and you're just better off starting over.

    $2.2 million is NOT an unreasonable cost in this neighborhood for either a "deep" renovation or new construction. There are some TEN AND FIFTEEN MILLION DOLLAR homes in this neighborhood. No joke.

  • SF Archbishop: Those dissenting from Church teachings shouldn’t receive Communion (VIDEO)

    04/03/2014 3:03:04 PM PDT · 17 of 30
    AnAmericanMother to ansel12
    The paper twisted the story around. Kipling will tell you that a "substratum of fact" is necessary for a truly libelous story.

    I would have never apologized, because he did nothing wrong. I also would have gone all "Dagger John" on the nasty small-minded church women who took this story to the media and are refusing to accept the apology and continuing to trash the man on local radio.

    But if you think about it it's certainly a viable strategy, as it quickly separates the reasonable from the haters. You have to be a real jerk to continue to trash the man after an apology like that.

  • A.B. Stoddard: ObamaCare must change [Obama’s only hope is change]

    04/03/2014 9:02:08 AM PDT · 24 of 27
    AnAmericanMother to xzins
    Every single insurance company is different, and every arrangement with an employer is different - depending on things like long-term relationship, how many employees, claims history, etc. etc.

    If the employer didn't pay the amount stated, I think it wd get them in trouble with the IRS and/or the Insurance Commish, since those amounts are on the paycheck stub (although that doesn't stop some people). Now whether they get a discount or a reimbursement, no idea.

    But it wouldn't surprise me that a one-time payment is substantially discounted because they pay the premiums over time plus probably have some sort of financing arrangement, so the one-time payment is reduced to present value.

  • The (Rush) Limbaugh Letter, “My Conversation with Bill Donohue” (Catholic League)

    04/03/2014 8:52:48 AM PDT · 16 of 27
    AnAmericanMother to Dad was my hero
    That issue's not insurmountable.

    If the previous marriages were not 'sacramental' as defined by the Church, annulment is possible. It all depends on the circumstances of the marriages and what the parties intended. And I have no idea about the facts - don't even know if any of the marriages were "church weddings" in ANY church.

    He ought to talk it over with a sensible priest with a good knowledge of the workings of the tribunal.

  • SF Archbishop: Those dissenting from Church teachings shouldn’t receive Communion (VIDEO)

    04/03/2014 5:03:48 AM PDT · 15 of 30
    AnAmericanMother to SgtHooper
    I don't think the abp did anything wrong here. And he is not particularly my ecclesiastical cup of tea -

    It's not HIS house - it belongs to the archdiocese and it's a multi-purpose building. The local paper, which is not just anti-Catholic but anti-religion in general (if it's Christian), has boomed this story and neglected to give people the facts. The usual suspects don't read past "Catholic archbishop builds $2.2 million house" and start foaming at the mouth.

  • A.B. Stoddard: ObamaCare must change [Obama’s only hope is change]

    04/03/2014 4:57:54 AM PDT · 13 of 27
    AnAmericanMother to xzins

    I was in the insurance biz for years, and you are absolutely spot on. That would work.

  • Men to blame for childless women? It's society that disenfranchises fathers, says Peter Lloyd

    04/01/2014 4:46:09 PM PDT · 12 of 64
    AnAmericanMother to gaijin
    Moral of this story: take a friend with you when the ex calls.

    The other nasty trend we're seeing is that the woman will allege child molestation on the part of the man. It's done so often now that the divorce judges assume that it's a lie.

  • Archbishop Wilton Gregory Apologizes

    04/01/2014 2:58:23 PM PDT · 10 of 11
    AnAmericanMother to Berlin_Freeper; NYer
    And Our Lord was getting on Judas' case for complaining that they could have sold the jar of ointment and "helped the poor."

    The kerfuffle seems to have been started by two obnoxious Ladies of a Certain Age in Cathedral parish. One of them was on the radio this afternoon STILL berating the archbishop and saying that she was "surprised at his apology." She sounds like somebody who has never had to do business in her life.

    I doubt that she has any experience in real estate, renovations, or the space and amenities required for an archbishop to do his duties.

    My father was the managing partner of a large law firm for many years. It was part of his job duties to entertain clients, and that required space. It's either rent a hall or restaurant, or have a house that's large enough for hosting large groups. Given the number of visiting delegations, visiting priests, dignitaries, etc., it makes perfect sense for the abp's residence to be large enough to entertain comfortably, rather than renting a conference room at the St. Regis or the Ritz-Carlton right up the road for $$$$$. She claims she has been a member of Cathedral parish for 36 years. If so, she should know better than to aggrandize herself on the radio claiming to speak for the parishioners of the Archdiocese.

    She sure as (*&^*&^%^% doesn't speak for ME.

  • Archbishop Wilton Gregory Apologizes

    04/01/2014 1:35:03 PM PDT · 5 of 11
    AnAmericanMother to NYer
    It was Mitchell's nephew, not her brother. But it isn't like the house COST them anything.

    I do NOT understand what all the fuss is about, other than envious people attacking somebody because a nice house dropped in his lap. Should he put the house on the market, not get a good price for it because the market is still down here, have to give a cut to the real estate agent, and wind up with something less convenient, just because?

  • Archbishop Wilton Gregory Apologizes

    04/01/2014 1:28:14 PM PDT · 4 of 11
    AnAmericanMother to NYer
    Nope - I disagree completely.

    The Habersham Road house, which is large, in a nice neighborhood, but somewhat antiquated, was given free and clear to the Archdiocese in Margaret Mitchell's brother's will (the Gone With The Wind lady).

    The Archdiocese has been trying to figure out how to make room over at Cathedral parish, because when the land was purchased and the Cathedral built, you could have gotten all the Catholics in North Georgia into a single small house. The nave only holds about 500 people (our parish church holds 850), and the associated school and the bishop's residence take up all the land they have in a very tony part of Buckhead. They are hemmed in on one side by Peachtree Street and on the other side by a neighborhood where houses sell in the millions.

    It made perfect sense for the Archbishop to turn the bishop's residence over to the dean and move to Habersham (which is not too far away). They already moved the chancery out of the city altogether, to a vacant office building in a suburb (that they bought for a song.)

    I'm not sure exactly what these critics expect the archbishop to DO. He is trying to house his clergy and still have a bishop's residence - he has to live somewhere, and it needs to be convenient to the cathedral while still allowing his clergy-in-residence to be nearby as well.

    My own personal take here is that Abp. Gregory is somewhat naive about politics, and has been a little careless about supporting Democrats and Socialists because he doesn't really comprehend the difference between charity and forced redistribution.

    You'd think he and the rest of the naifs would have figured things out when the Obama Administration threw them under the bus over Obamacare . . . it's not charity, it's envy. If these noisy leftist agitators see that he has something that they don't, they'll hate and envy him just as much, never mind the facts.

    Unfortunately, even this groveling apology will make no difference to them.

    Where is "Dagger John" Hughes when you really need him? He would not take this guff off anybody, and moreover he would have been running his archdiocese with a strong enough hand that nobody would have thought to take advantage of him in this way.

    Q. E. D.

  • British sniper in Afghanistan kills six Taliban with one bullet

    03/31/2014 3:38:41 PM PDT · 25 of 79
    AnAmericanMother to hoagy62
    Thank the Brothers Grimm:

    "Siebene auf Einen Streich!"

  • Finding and Losing the World's Oldest Subway Tunnel (& a steam loco)

    03/27/2014 10:04:31 AM PDT · 6 of 21
    AnAmericanMother to logi_cal869
    I thought that Alfred Beach's Pneumatic Railway was the earliest, but apparently not by eight years.

    But that was in Manhattan, this is in Brooklyn.

    The Pneumatic Railway

  • How to Bathe a Cat

    03/24/2014 4:11:55 PM PDT · 15 of 38
    AnAmericanMother to Perdogg
    There is just one secret to bathing a cat:

    Put a window screen in the bottom of the bathtub.

    Kitty will latch on to that screen and NOT let go. Meanwhile, you can bathe him with impunity (and pet shampoo).

    When you're done, just drain the water out of the tub and he'll jump out. Have the bathroom door shut and drop a beach towel over him and towel him dry.

    My cats tolerated being placed inside the bonnet of an old-fashioned hair dryer very well, but not all cats can handle that.

  • Some Australian Bishops Suggest Restoring Year-Round Friday Abstinence

    03/19/2014 3:53:58 PM PDT · 39 of 41
    AnAmericanMother to editor-surveyor
    That which is copyrighted is strictly for profit, not for truth, or reading.

    I don't know if I'd go so far as to say that in every case, because 'the laborer is worthy of his hire', but it certainly is a strong temptation.

    We see it not only in the NAB (and the bishops' insistence that that be the only version used at Mass) but also in the music publishers like OCP and GIA . . . they would rather print copyrighted music by their own questionable modern "composers" than decent Catholic music that's public domain or under someone else's copyright.

    But there's a new movement afoot in the Church to distribute music more freely. I hope it takes off.

  • Some Australian Bishops Suggest Restoring Year-Round Friday Abstinence

    03/19/2014 3:50:19 PM PDT · 38 of 41
    AnAmericanMother to Eepsy
    I must read the whole thread before commenting.

    I must read the whole thread before commenting.

    I must read the whole thread before commenting.

    I must read the whole thread before commenting.

    I must read the whole thread before commenting.

  • Some Australian Bishops Suggest Restoring Year-Round Friday Abstinence

    03/19/2014 3:47:05 PM PDT · 37 of 41
    AnAmericanMother to Not gonna take it anymore
    I personally would be happy to contribute to an auto-da-fe at which every available copy of the NAB was consigned to the flames. It's not only a bad translation in the sense that it's inaccurate; it's also clunky-sounding and already badly dated because of its use of transitory 'modern' expressions.

    The Douay-Rheims (Challoner revision) is pretty good but rather Latinate-sounding (no surprise there). It was heavily relied on in the KJV New Testament. The RSV (Catholic edition) isn't bad either. I was raised on KJV, but it has its drawbacks, among them inaccurate translation and scholarship that has been superseded. Its language, however, is without peer save for the Douay. The 17th century scholarly Englishman spoke and wrote the purest and most graceful English the world has ever seen -- whether he was in OxBridge, Westminster, or Douay.

    My personal fave at the moment is the Knox Bible by the immensely scholarly and talented Msgr. Ronald Knox (he also wrote detective stories; pretty good ones). It is everything a 'dynamic translation' should be - unlike the poor excuse for same exemplified in the NAB and the "old, lame duck" Mass translation.

  • Some Australian Bishops Suggest Restoring Year-Round Friday Abstinence

    03/19/2014 3:40:10 PM PDT · 36 of 41
    AnAmericanMother to Mr. K
    Completely wrong. I read medieval history as an undergraduate, long before I was Catholic (although reading folks like St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas will push you in that direction.)

    For most of the first thousand years or so of Western (Christian) Europe, meat - mutton, beef, poultry, and especially venison - was a delicacy that only the rich could afford, and fish was the food of the poor.

    So much so that the London apprentices petitioned their masters' guilds that they only be forced to eat salmon twice a week.

    You can't believe everything you read around the internet.

  • Doctor: No Such Thing as ADHD

    03/18/2014 11:01:50 AM PDT · 42 of 212
    AnAmericanMother to Paladins Prayer
    Nope. It's real.

    It's grossly overdiagnosed, because everybody wants a quick fix, and if somebody really has ADD or ADHD, the correct drug in the correct dosage is indeed a miracle.

    But for every kid who actually has the specific brain condition that is remedied by medication, there are probably 100 with various difficulties and problems - some intractable and heartbreaking - that their parents and teachers hope will benefit from a quick fix.

    I've seen it even in parents who should know better (e.g. a physician).