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Important Obituary

Today this obituary was read to us at lunch.  I really believe that it is important for everyone would read it.  Don’t worry, it does not take long.  You will have profited from it in the end.

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An Obituary for Common Sense from the London Times

Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years.  No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape.  He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as:

–    Knowing when to come in out of the rain;

–    Why the early bird gets the worm;

–    Life isn’t always fair;

–    And maybe it was my fault.

Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don’t spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge).

His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place.  Reports of a 6-year-old-boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.

Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failing to do in disciplining their unruly children.

It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or an aspirin to a student; but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.

Common Sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims.

Common Sense took a beating when you couldn’t defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault.

Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a women failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot.  She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.

Common Sense was preceded in death, by his parents, Truth and Trust, by his wife, Discretion, by his daughter, Responsibility, and by his son, Reason.

He is survived by his 4 stepbrothers;

I Know My Rights

I Want It Now

Someone Else Is To Blame

I’m A Victim

Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone.

 
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Posted by on August 24, 2011 in Random Things

 

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Laughs and Laughs and Laughs

Dear readers, this is a video my dear companion showed me after having sang the song herself to distract the practicing of my first inspired song over and over and over again.  Needless to say, we have been singing it randomly since the beginning of the summer as well as other things that came of too much time in a week together.  Why does it come up now, she e-mailed it to me and said this was her recreation.

 
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Posted by on August 21, 2011 in Living Salesian, Random Things

 

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Hanging In

As the director of the retreat center that I was a volunteer intern at tends to say sometimes…

Hang in there kid!

I am not sure he knows that what he says is something I am grasping onto as I learn more and more to lean on Jesus in EVERYTHING of my life.

 
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Posted by on July 24, 2011 in Inner Reflection, Random Things

 

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Praise God for Joyful Noise!

Praise God for the wonderful day Saturday!  I spent my whole day surrounded by God, not that I don’t usually, but in a different not as common way.  Starting the day with mass as always, it was a great beginning to my day.  I have been a little shaken the couple of days prior.  This time while at mass, I was able to be more at peace.  My routine for daily mass involves praying the prayers as we normally do in the morning with the sisters. From there, I went home and got ready leave the house.  Where did I go next?  To spend all day at the Joyful Noise Family Fest with my parents and little sisters!

How did this come about, well let me tell you.  Angie (youth minister at my parish) had pointed it out to me when I went to go visit her.  She said she was thinking about going and knew I liked some of the bands that were going to be there.  I asked if I could go with her, so all we had to do then is make sure we could both go.  When I brought it up at first to my parents, they were not sure for whatever reason.  It might have been price.  Mom, on one of her websites the gives discounts to lots of things, came across by chance a 50% off price to the tickets to go.  I call and let Angie know.  Dad later says that we can all go; my brother opts to stay home.  The day following that, I went to see Angie after mass to tell her.  I find out that she is not going.  It is now me and most my family.  I find it weird how that worked out, since I would have not even thought of it if not for her.

So, when I got back from mass on Saturday, I got changed and ready to go.  We left the house around 10:00am and arrived around 10:30am.  There were tons of kids stuff going on; it was all the blow-up bouncing things you could care to ever play in, including a rock wall and a bungy thing.  The girls (just out of 2nd and 5th grade) were in heaven.  Music started when the gates opened at 10:00am.  I did the bungy thing, it was a blast (even though at first I did not want to for some odd reason).  Throughout the morning and afternoon we would go back to our “base camp” that we set up on the field where we would sit for all the artists and bands playing all day (we got a decent spot) to sit for a bit and eat something or just rest.  They girls definitely had a blast with all the stuff they had set up there.

On the flip side, the concert.  That was the part I wanted to be there for the most.  All the artists were really good and led beautiful praise and worship in their unique ways.  Go Fish was there; they are more of kids band.  The girls seemed to like them, though it was pulling teeth to get them to dance.  We ended up getting three of their CDs for them.  I hope they will listen to them often.  When it came time for the last three artists/bands, they did participate a bit more in dancing with the music.  It was amazing and beautiful.  I stood through much of those last three, definitely standing through all of Casting Crowns (closers).  It that, I dance with both of the girls.  I even stood with one in front of me, my arms around her, swaying during one of the slower songs.  There is also a picture with dad and the girls raising their arms in praise as the artist who was up there told everyone to do.  One of the girls told me on the way out that she liked Casting Crowns.  That made me smile big since they are my favorite!

Now at home, looking back on that day.  It was something I never would have expected for some reason.  Between the games and the music, especially the music, the day was great.  Being able to enjoy the music I love while dancing and swaying and fooling around with my little sisters was a blessing that came from nowhere.  Then again, it must have come from God.  I thank Him for that time there.  It also happened to come at a time when I really needed to be energized by a large group of people praising and worshiping with some of the best leaders of it around.  It inspired me again and brought me some new life.  Praise God!

 
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Posted by on June 13, 2011 in Random Things, Retreat Experience

 

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Dancing

As most of you know, I love dancing and wish I had neer given it up for sports, though I would not give up the time I spent in sports.  Well, short version of a story first.  Then the slightly longer one.

I say all the time that I miss dancing and wish I had kept up with it. God says here you go. I am like…whoa, only a few days of practicing and this is not the easiest thing when it has been a while. God replies, it is not that bad really, you can do it. I leave the first practice I was at, where the student caught me up, thinking…oh my goodness, but I did ask for it I guess. Mary, please help me!

Basically, whenever I see people dancing as I once did, I wish I was with them and had continued lessons so that I would be better as time went on.  In my heart I am always dancing.  I hear a song and I want to dance to it, to sing, to be creative.  When I went in to help with the music class after lunch yesterday, the two students were finishing up practicing.  I commented to them about how good it look and that I once danced, so it made me smile to see them and mad me miss it a little.  The one who choreographed the dance and was teaching the other said something about dancing with them.  I was like, I don’t think so really.

Today, Sister came to me and asked if I wanted to do it.  Of course, I had not expected it.  I stuttered an I don’t know.  If you were to know who I am talking about, the “I don’t know” does not work when next Thursday is the prayer service this is a part of.  It ended with the can do it with either one or three dancers and there is only two right now with a maybe for a third.  She suggested that I come and see it at least.  That being said, I ate really fast what I could in two minutes and ran off to the chapel.  The moment I walked in, the student who created the dance said something along the lines of “good, you are going to dance with us!?”  That was it.  I was told there was no third person, so I would do it.  It is a two and a half minute dance, which is more dancing than one thinks.  She showed me the whole dance (minus the few small parts she still has to figure out) during second lunch.  Now…I have minimal time to remember it and practice.  Mary Help of Christians, help this poor soul remember her dancing body and do the best possible.

 
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Posted by on April 14, 2011 in Dance, Random Things

 

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Random Questions…Or Are They?

How do you make lemonade?

Is there a rainbow with the rain?

How do you dig the weeds up?

Which shoes should you wear?

Is there something in the brownies?

What color crayon is the best to take?

How do you know which door to open?

Which note is the most tuned?

Does each dance movement make a difference?

Is there more than one way eat an oreo?

 
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Posted by on February 7, 2011 in Random Things

 

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Protect Life

Yesterday, a handful of students and all of us aspirants went on the March for Life.  I had never gone before and was wanting to know how it all worked.  I have been on other things before similar to this, but not quite the same.  In all honestly, I was expecting a little more out of it.  What it was that I was expecting, I am not sure…but something more.  It is definitly good to be a witness to others. 

One thing that bothered me a little was that even though this was called a March for Life, the focus was only on the topic of abortion.  I feel that a lot of people who are pro-life tend to forget the other issues at hand in defending the dignity of a person.  Pro-life needs to be from conception all the way to natural death.  So, for me that was something I was reflecting on as we walked the streets.

Logistically, it was an interesting long day.  Why?  The part of the day that consist with having to do with the march was fifteen hours.  Five hours to get there, five hours there, and five hours to get back.  Looks very spread out, right?  Try again.  Five hours at the march, ten hours on a bus.  Needless to say, as much as this was a good cause, I am sore and tired from the bus portion.  In any case, keeping up with my one poem a day thing I have been on, I wrote a poem yesterday on the way home but had not the time to get it up when we got, it was simply too late.  Here it is.

What will it take in this world
For life to be always respected
Not only from your conception
But through till natural death
We throw away what God gave
Replaced with our conveniences
Do we forget what is important
Protecting our lives with love
Pray daily and remember now
God loves us and wants us
We must live our lives bravely
Helping others to do the same
In this world it is not easy
To promote dignity for all
In all stages of life we walk
Remember to protect life
Conception to natural death
Wouldn’t you want the same
To have your life protected too

 
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Posted by on January 25, 2011 in Creative Corner, Random Things

 

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