Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
Sure enough, I got this email from Momma yesterday:
As you all know the past week has been difficult, at best, for southern calif. So I wanted to share with you a bright spot in our dark hour. Wednesday SMCHS [Santa Margarita Catholic High School] announced that no classes would be held on Thursday or Friday. All of the kids that I know (that were not directly affected) went to bed with no great thoughts for how they were going to spend their "day off". I know that sounds a bit harsh ... but remember they are teenagers. On Thursday morning I woke up and thought that this might be a opportunity to get them involved in community and outreach for others. After calling" the amazing moms "of Savannah's bff's, I woke up Jamie and Savannah and explained what our evil plot was to be. The mission, should they choose to accept it, was to provide a wonderful gourmet hot meal for as many firefighters as we could. First up was the menu. Savannah, never one to be shy, determined we would make "chicken marabella". This was a great, albeit a challenging, dish. We agreed that wild rice, salad, french bread, butter and of course brownies would round out the meal. After shopping 8 SMCHS kids decended on my house and the cooking began. The kids cut up 14 loves of the freshest bread that we could find. Lauren and Corrin chopped 6 heads of garlic with out a complaint. Trish, Cristin ,Jamie and Savannah diced, chopped and baked a multitude of things. We even had the little girls in the neighborhood (baby Sherri and her gang) come and help with the brownies, and napkin folding.
After the food was cooked (in more than one house) we decided it was time to hit the road, with Michael and Tiffany Nazarian. Our first stop was Saddle Back church, we were told this was a main staging area for the fire fighters .... but they were gone:( So we decided to go to each individual fire station until we had handed out all of the food. Oh, and by the way, we also had six gallons of milk and twelve half gallons of lemonade, along with plates, cups, napkins, and paper towels, everything they would need for a complete meal.We hit the first fire station on Olympiad, the guys there were shocked and over whelmed to say the least. They couldn't believe that these kids had given up their day off to make a meal for them. We set the table, left food for them, and went on to our next fire station, on Marguerite. One again, the kids blew them away. The guys made a couple of phone calls and asked us if we would be willing to drive a little further up El Toro into the fire area to deliver some food for their buddies. Many of these guys had only stale sandwiches in the last twenty four hours. of course, we were totally thrilled to do this. The firefighters from the Marguerite station asked us not to leave them much food but instead take it to their buddies who were on the front line. Our caravan proceeded down El Toro, only to hit a police road block. As I was in the lead car, and never one to be at a loss for words, I convinced the police officer to let us through the road block to deliver the food. I will never forget, nor will the kids, the looks on the firemen's faces, still covered in soot, with their yellow waders streaked with dirt and ash, as they thanked us. It was UNBELIEVABLE. They asked what organization we were with, or what church. I told them this was just some kids from SMCHS who decided to make a difference. They couldn't believe it.As they began to eat they continued thanking us, each and every one of our kids said "No please , we want to thank you." As we left, all of the kids separately said to me how great they felt and that what they did that day was "the bomb" two of the girls told me that they had always wanted to do something like this, but didn't know how. I told them "you just do it, you don't think about it, you put one foot in front of the other and make it happen". Something I know we all tell them every day, but it helps when it's not your direct parent! What a great lesson for our kids.And what great kids we have. So many times we focus on the negative, the test score that could have been better, the room that should have been picked up, the cat box that should have been cleaned (ha-ha) or not in any of our cases, thank God, worse:) I am truly happy I could be a part of the wonderful difference that our kids made last Thursday. OUR KIDS CAN AND DO MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE!
Sunday, October 28, 2007
I would be remiss to say that, of course, one should be enjoying a beverage when making sugar skulls, like, ooh, say, margaritas and listening to some good music. This is a "sit-around-the-table-and-socialize" activity and good company helps fuel the creative juices. My daughter worked with us for awhile, then went and got her friends, so we had a herd o'tweeners helping us. Good times, good times!
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Digidaughter and I traveled today to Rosemead, CA to pick up new molds and some other supplies, like the papel picado banners. If you want to buy Dia de los Muertos supplies, the folks at Reigh Trading Company are a delight. Their website allows you to buy pretty much everything and it is educational to visit it. Talking to the owner's father, Bob, he told me that they now ship to every state in the United States and this year alone did at least 10 shipments to England and several more to Australia - each year, more and more people are ordering their items. He said they can do rush shipments - in fact, he was getting ready to overnight about a dozen pre-made sugar skulls to New York overnight!
Want to know what you would do? Aww, if you are a Catholic, you already know the answer to that because you have had THAT experience!
However, I decided at the right to add links to some of my favorite YouTube clips, ones that I enjoy and ones that, well, are a leeetle bit strange . . . Look at the list and enjoy!
Please, if there are any out there that you would recommend, let me know. I am always one to appreciate the strange and wonderful.
Friday, October 26, 2007
Thursday, October 25, 2007
If you believe that these fires are divine retribution, go down to Qualcomm Stadium and ask the evacuees there for their opinion. If you're joking, right now I am not seeing the humor in it. Too many fine people have lost everything. Whether they "deserve" it is unfeeling speculation.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Monday, October 22, 2007
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
I forgot to say, if you can't be in Santa Ana that night, you know, because you live in some place like Maine for pity's sake, feel free to send a picture of a loved one to honor and I will make sure it goes on the ofrenda.
Hmmm . . . I wonder if I could build a virtual ofrenda on line for people to use?
Monday, October 15, 2007
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Friday, October 12, 2007
Don't laugh - I've had to use it. See also "Tap Dancing."
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
Lawyers for the plaintiffs in the recently settled case had sought the contempt hearing, accusing Brown of sending Msgr. John Urell, the chief investigator of sex abuse complaints against the diocese, to Canada for medical treatment before he could finish his deposition. They expected the judge to dismiss their motion after the two sides agreed to settle the four cases for about $7 million. Brown's lawyer, Peter Callahan, insisted on going forward, saying the bishop wanted to clear his name.
Monday, October 08, 2007
Sunday, October 07, 2007
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange agreed Friday to pay nearly $7 million to settle four molestation lawsuits, including one against a former Mater Dei High School coach scheduled to go to trial next week.
“The reason (the diocese) settled my case is because they had no choice,” she said. “If they had settled this three years ago, it would have never come to this. … They don’t care about victims.”
Diocese attorney Peter Callahan said the settlement was not an indication that the diocese, which owns the private Santa Ana school, was culpable for the abuse.
“I wanted to go to trial and exonerate Mater Dei High School,” he said.
Bishop Tod Brown said in a statement: “The settlement of these civil cases represents the moral obligation for the church for such behavior by adults in positions of responsibility. I sincerely hope that it will enable the women who brought these actions to begin the process of healing and reconciliation.”
A pretrial hearing in the case is still on for Tuesday. Plaintiff’s attorneys want a judge to hold Brown in contempt of court for sending a priest who used to field sex-abuse complaints to a facility in Canada for psychological treatment. Brown will be at the hearing.
There was a desert wind blowing that night. It was one of those hot dry Santa Anas that come down through the mountain passes and curl your hair and make your nerves jump and your skin itch. On nights like that every booze party ends in a fight. Meek little wives feel the edge of the carving knife and study their husbands' necks. Anything can happen. You can even get a full glass of beer at a cocktail lounge.
Saturday, October 06, 2007
So here goes . . .
1. YOUR ROCK STAR NAME: (first pet & current car) - Perri Forester
2.YOUR GANGSTA NAME: (fave ice cream flavor, favorite cookie)- Cheesecake Sugar (or is that, Cheesecake Sugah?)
3. YOUR “FLY Guy/Girl” NAME: (first initial of first name, first three letters of your last name) - S. Ric
4. YOUR DETECTIVE NAME: (favorite color, favorite animal) - Green Dog
5. YOUR STAR WARS NAME: (the first 3 letters of your last name, first 2 letters of your first) - Ric St. I don't like this, so I will use my maiden name - Mar St.
6. SUPERHERO NAME: (”The” + 2nd favorite color, favorite drink) - The Blue Martini (doing justice to olives everywhere!)
7. NASCAR NAME: (the first names of your grandfathers) - Michael Hugh.
8. TV WEATHER ANCHOR NAME: (Your 5th grade teacher’s last name, a major city that starts with the same letter) - Rubino Rochester (folks, get out the sweaters, we're seeing a low comin' on in to the metropolitan area . . .)
9. SPY NAME: (your favorite season/holiday, favorite flower) - Autumn Crocus (well, I guess it's cleaner than Pussy Galore!)
10. CARTOON NAME: (favorite fruit, article of clothing you’re wearing right now + “ie” or “y”) - Apple Running Shoey (um, I don't think this is working . . .)
11. HIPPY NAME: (What you ate for breakfast, your favorite tree) - Go Lean Oak (very Zen sounding, I must say!)
12. YOUR ROCKSTAR TOUR NAME: (”The” + Your fave hobby/craft, fave weather element + “Tour”) - The Digital Photography Fog Tour
13. YOUR SOAP OPERA NAME: (middle name, city where you were born) Anne Bronx (can I make that Ana Bronxicotl for a telenovela?)
14. WITNESS PROTECTION NAME: (mother’s & father’s middle names ) Leona Xavier
Friday, October 05, 2007
Thursday, October 04, 2007
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
Let me know if you have trouble reading this. Black text against light gray - okay? Font size needs to be bigger?
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
“Why do (these people) bring kids here? This is a leather fair for god’s sake,” said Bahran Aliassa, who was masturbating in public. He has been doing it annually for the past six years.
Monday, October 01, 2007
Many priests, who have a firm grasp of the Truth of the Catholic Church are not speaking it in a mistaken attitude of charity. They really don't want to tick anyone off. They would prefer to speak on peace and justice issues that most everyone can agree on, and leave the life and sexual issues to someone else.These priests are not charitable.