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Dinner at Hooters

lisahelene:

Love this piece about my friend’s son flirting with a Hooter’s waitress. Of course, that’s what happens there, but not usually for six year old boys with autism…

Originally posted on {Subject to Change}:

This past weekend the family and I went to Hooters for dinner. Kids eat free on Saturdays and when you’ve got 6-year old twins, well, that’s never a bad thing.

Now I know what some of you are thinking (and probably rolling your eyes while doing so): Well. You only go there because the girls are half-naked. Let me quote Chicago Blackhawks color analyst Eddie Olczyk by saying “Stop it right there.”

Granted, our waitress did go a long way in restoring my long wavering faith that Hooters could, in fact, hire attractive women. She did a fine job of showing off her flat midriff and certainly lived up to the perceived reputation of the restaurant. But truthfully, I really do like the wings.

This night, however, was not memorable because of the food.

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Bearing Witness to the Gospel

lisahelene:

I’m so proud of my husband…

Originally posted on United States Catholic Mission Association:

“Faces of Mission” is a bi-weekly blog series produced by the United States Catholic Mission Association highlighting our membership and all their work in and for mission. This week we feature Roberto Bacalski, Program Coordinator at the Diocese of Arlington Office of Mission. Roberto Bacalski attended the USCMA Annual Conference on October 24 – 26, 2014 which was held this year in the Diocese of Arlington.

Called to Mission

Roberto Bacalski, Program Coordinator at the Diocese of Arlington Office of Mission Roberto Bacalski, Program Coordinator at the Diocese of Arlington Office of Mission

As a young actor in Los Angeles, Roberto Bacalski was living the life he had always wanted.

Then a “seemingly random chain of events” began which led him to a new lifestyle, one in which he would dedicate his life to mission.

He married and moved across the country from Los Angeles to Arlington, Virginia, where he took a job as a restaurant manager. But he soon found himself…

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Interview: ‘Poor Teeth’ Writer Sarah Smarsh on Class and Journalism

lisahelene:

Love this interview on writing, sources, and authenticity.

Originally posted on Longreads Blog:

Julia Wick | Longreads | November 7, 2014 | 11 minutes (2,674 words)

“I am bone of the bone of them that live in trailer homes.” That’s the first line of Sarah Smarsh’s essay “Poor Teeth,” which appeared on Aeon earlier this month. Like much of Smarsh’s work, “Poor Teeth” is a story about inequity in America. It is also a story about teeth, hers and her grandmother’s and also the millions of Americans who lack dental coverage.

Smarsh has written for Harper’s, Guernica and The Morning News, among other outlets. Her perspective is very much shaped by her personal experiences: She grew up in a family where most didn’t graduate from high school, and she later chaired the faculty-staff Diversity Initiative as a professor at Washburn University in Topeka. I spoke with her about her own path to journalism and how the media cover issues of class. 

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Marriage as Conversion

lisahelene:

One newlywed writes: “Bearing the beams of love” has taken on a whole new meaning for me.
That seems so true; I love this mediation on Marriage as Conversion.

Originally posted on A Call to Joy:

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As newlyweds, J. and I are often asked the question, “So, how is married life?!” Struggling with this question calls to mind the same feelings as when I returned home from studying abroad, came back after a year with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, or re-entered life after a short-term immersion program in El Salvador.  I usually find  myself saying something in between “So great!” and “Umm…how much time do you have?”

On the one hand, it feels impossible to capture the intimate mix of joy and sacrifice, of both lighthearted and difficult conversations, of learning how to balance my own needs with J.’s in a new way. On the other hand, for an external processor like me, it feels impossible not to try to verbalize my experience of this new transition.  If I truly believe that marriage is a vocation – from Latin, to call – what does it mean in the day-to-day when it will take a lifetime to realize…

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HOMILY: The Feast That Never Ends

lisahelene:

Celebrate faith…..

Originally posted on Leaven in the World:

Fr. Brian Zumbrum’s homilies and reflections are posted weekly at Leaven in the World. To see the archive of all his posts, just click hereSalesian Sermons

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time | October 11/12, 2014

PROTIP: Before reading on, be sure to take a look at the Sunday readings here. This homily focuses on the first reading.

One of the things that I miss most about my grandmother is meals at her house.

When I think back to all of the many visits that we shared over the years, I smile at how they always followed a predictable pattern.

First, everyone would come bearing their gifts.  Coolers laden with “pop” and water, bottles of wine and bags of chocolate, bags of chips and tubs of dip.  Soon the fridge and counter were overflowing.

About midday, the cooking would begin.  Each family who came had their specialty.  We would have…

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HOMILY: Fill Me Up, Lord

lisahelene:

It was a long week… But, as ever, the Word sustained me.
Can’t wait to read the next homily from Fr. Brian.

Originally posted on Leaven in the World:

Fr. Brian Zumbrum’s homilies and reflections are posted weekly at Leaven in the World prior to a given Sunday. To see the archive of all his posts, just click hereSalesian Sermons

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time | August 2/3, 2014

PROTIP: Before reading on, be sure to take a look at the Sunday readings here. This homily focuses on the Gospel reading.

Have you ever had one of those days when you are just running on empty?  You find yourself going, “I can’t do this anymore.”

Earlier this weekend, I had one of those moments.

It was in the middle of our end-of-summer program BBQ.  I had just finished four weeks of programming with our students that had me putting in 12+ hour days.  And I knew that I had an entire weekend ahead of me in which I needed to write 300 pages for our reaccredidation process.

So…

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I love Doodle — and this is a great explanation of how to use it.

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