Archive for August, 2005

Getting Back to the Grind

Monday, August 29th, 2005

SchoolnewWith the exception of having Jennifer living close, this Fall is not exactly where I had hoped to be. I am teaching 7th grade Parish School of Religion at my local church, although my strength lies in teaching adults. However, God may just want to expand my horizons a little, since I seem to have 7th grade teaching jobs fall into my lap at church and at work. Speaking of work, I am subbing again. Like last year, I have some good jobs lined up, but I still would rather either be studying in a PhD program or teaching theology in my own classroom. Nonetheless, I am still trusting God about my future. I can see quite a few reasons why my plans for this year haven’t worked out as I had hoped last year, but I don’t plan on being a sub my whole life! Anyway, it’s back to the old grind.

Last year I compiled Prayers for Teachers, Students, and Schools. There are a few education related prayers from Church history for everyone to use on that webpage.


What Was My High School Stereotype?

Thursday, August 25th, 2005

Thanks once again to Publius for taking this one first. This test is somewhat accurate. I played football, but that was mainly to meet people, mainly female people. I wasn’t very good, and didn’t exactly go nuts in terms of team spirit. I remember hoping the games would be over quickly so we could go out. I kind of thought  I had some more nerdy tendencies (Quiz Bowl, reading all the time), and this test shows that as well I guess.

You scored as Prep/Jock/Cheerleader.



Drama nerd




Ghetto gangsta










What’s Your High School Stereotype?
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Which OS Am I?

Wednesday, August 24th, 2005

Thanks to Publius for taking this test first.

You are Slackware Linux. You are the brightest among your peers, but are often mistaken as insane.  Your elegant solutions to problems often take a little longer, but require much less effort to complete.
Which OS are You?


Tuesday, August 23rd, 2005

Robb over at Lutherpunk has tagged me to take some personality and political inventories. I am sometimes notoriously slow at responding to these tags, not to mention slower to think of people to tag back (I still need to respond to my last tag regarding books!). However, I was bored this afternoon and decided to take the tests. I tag Jennifer and Anastasia. Here are the instructions and my results:


Overview: This post is a community experiment with two broad purposes. The first is to create publicly accessible data about bloggers’ personalities, which may have sociological value in addition to being just plain fun. The second is to track the propagation of this meme through blogspace. Full details and explanation can be found on the original posting:

Instructions (to join in the experiment)

1) Take the IPIP-NEO personality test and the Political Compass quiz, if you have not done so already.

2) Copy to the clipboard that section of this post that is between the double lines, and paste it into your blog editor. (Blogger users may wish to use ‘compose’ mode to preserve formatting and hyperlinks. Otherwise, be sure to add hyperlinks as necessary.)

3) Replace the answers in the "survey" section below with your own.

4) Add your blog information to the "track list", in the form: "Linked title – URL – optional GUID".

5) Any additional comments should go outside of the double lines, including the (optional) nomination of bloggers you wish to pass this experimental meme on to.

6) Post it to your blog!

Age: 27
Gender: Male
Location: Ohio, USA
Religion: Christian (Catholic)
Occupation: Teacher
Began blogging: (dd/mm/yy): 09/30/03 (not here)

Political Compass Results:
Economic Left/Right: -0.13
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: 0.21

IPIP-NEO Results:

Track List:
1. Philosophy, et cetera – – pixnaps97a2
2. Parableman – – p8r8bl9m8n18
3. Rebecca Writes –
4. Ales Rarus – – ales2112avis
5. Here I Stand – – exiled323catholic
6. Bending the Rule – – regulabenedicti
7. lutherpunk – – lutherpunk
8. An Aid to Memory –



Saturday, August 20th, 2005

Vandals Hit Sorrowful Mother Shrine
Carey Shrine Visitors Threatened by "Ministry of Annoyance"

Guadalupe_1Vandals have decapitated a statue of Mary, and "ministers of annoyance" recently came to a major Assumption festival to disrupt worship. It’s sad. I don’t know if these two events are related, but both happened at shrines close to one another, and within a short time span. I have visited both shrines and they are within a reasonable driving distance of my home. I have always felt God’s presence at both places, and have blogged on my visits there in the following entries:  Our Lady of Consolation and Sorrowful Mother Shrine.

Decapitating a statue of Jesus’ mother is despicable. Destroying or defacing a symbol of any religion is disrespectful and shows a real lack of character. As to the "ministers of annoyance," I wonder how many people have been annoyed into the kingdom of God? Very few I suspect. I remember on the Simpsons there was an episode when Artie Ziff (Marge’s ex from high school) came onto Marge in an annoying and overbearing way. Marge asks him, "Does that work on anyone?" Artie replies, "No…but when it does…hello! Such is evangelism. Annoying, pestering, criticizing, threatening, and badgering people into the kingdom of God has never worked, not that I admit the "ministers" in question here have a grasp on what God’s kingdom is anyway.

I want all my non-Catholic readers to know that I do not believe for a second that the actions of the "ministers of annoyance" represent mainstream evangelicalism or Protestantism. I have a great Protestant family and many great Protestant friends, and they too think this approach is ridiculous.

Thanks to Catholic Report for the hat-tip.

Image is either mine of Jonathan’s from our visit to Carey.

Ohio Has It All!

Monday, August 8th, 2005

GrapesThis past weekend I visited three different wineries, an Ice Cream factory, and the second largest Irish festival in the United States. And I did all of this without leaving Ohio.

On Friday, Jennifer and I visited Firelands Winery, The Mon Ami Winery and Restaurant, and The Sand Hill Winery and Vineyard, followed by a seafood buffet. Jonathan and Carmel also happened to be visiting wineries this day, although Jennifer I were in a different part of the state. We tasted various wines of many different varieties, and learned about how wine is made. My favorites were the red dry wines, although a good dry white is always nice. Unfortunately for my wallet, I enjoyed the expensive ones the most. We also had a chance to walk through a vineyard and get a close-up look at some grapes, which are still green at this point.

I enjoyed visiting all of the wineries, but the Firelands Winery had the largest variety, the least expensive tasting, and a self-guided tour, which caused me to enjoy it the most. All of them were very nice and tranquil settings, and one hosts local musicians regularly. After visiting all of these wineries and seeing how it is done, I think it would be fun to make wine.

On Saturday, after a day of shopping near Cleveland, we made dinner and then got some Ice Cream at Toft’s Dairy, an ice cream parlor attached the actual factory itself! I had my usual, Cake Batter and Pistachio on a waffle cone. MMMM…I want some now!

Irishflag_1On Sunday, we visited the Dublin (Ohio) Irish Festival, which is the second largest in the United States. It was a very warm day, and I think we drank down over 100 ounces of Iced Tea each, in addition to eating plenty of good food. We started the day off with an outdoor Catholic Mass at the festival itself, and got in free because of it. Then we walked around the festival, visiting the different vendors and cultural booths. I figured there would be a lot of Catholic items for sale, seeing how Ireland is a Catholic country, but was surprised how many neo-pagan items were for sale. They outnumbered the Catholic products I think.

While we were there, we saw some good Irish music, namely Tommy Makem and Brigid’s Cross. I particularly liked the Irish song "Red is the Rose", which Tommy Makem performed. The music is available here, and it is the same tune as the Scottish song "Loch Lomond." We also saw some Irish dancing, which was rather impressive, seeing how young most of the dancers were. I was hot and exhausted by the time we left at 4:30 PM.

This is not an advertisement for the Ohio Tourism bureau, but who would have guessed  a Midwestern state like Ohio would entertain me this much!

Image of grapes from:

Happy (Belated) Lammas Day

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2005

BarleyYesterday, August 1, was Lammas Day. It is not a Church holiday, but an ancient secular English holiday celebrating the early harvest. The name may come from the words "loaf" and "Mass," denoting the custom of blessing the bread made from the first-ripe wheat and barley at the Mass on August 1. As an ancient British "quarter day" it marked the beginning of the British autumn (the other markers were Candlemas-spring, May Day-summer, and All Saints Day-winter; other ways of dividing the year exist as well). The day also coincides with the old Catholic feast of St. Peter in Chains.

Specifically for Lammas Day, a good friend of mine made a special lamb and barley dish, and invited some friends over for some celtic music. Just a few days earlier (unrelated to Lammas Day), Jennifer and I baked some pumpkin bread and lit some fall candles, our little way of celebrating "autumn in July," since usually by now both of us are tired of the summer heat and ready for the crisp fall. I am always fascinated by the rhythm of the seasons, and I wish we in the United States had more common celebrations and customs like Lammas Day.

Still Alive!

Monday, August 1st, 2005

I am still alive. I’ve been off the blogworld for a week or more. I just haven’t been inspired to write, and I have been busy with real-world things. I hope to get back into blogging more heavily soon.