Saturday, October 14, 2017

100 years ago

Did you know?

In 1917, scientists were already working on the creation of television sets. Seven new publishing companies were launched in that one year. The Great War was the first to be fought in front of motion picture cameras, and the United States Motion Picture Corporation produced over 20 films in 1917 alone.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Second Chances

We've all had the experience of turning down someone's request of us and then having second thoughts. Maybe it was the look of disappointment on their face or our habit of trying to please others or guilt. Maybe it was the Holy Spirit giving us another second chance to get it right, letting us know that we actually can be that generous with our time and talents. Our loving God is always at work in and through us, nudging us to be more loving, more forgiving, more generous than we can be by ourselves. God always gives us another chance, a second or third or fourth, however many we need.
 
Ralph Huse, S.J.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The morning after

This morning I’m thinking about those people who lost everything in Texas, Florida, California, Oregon or Mexico, but the news cameras have moved on to some new disaster somewhere else in the world. For many of us who watched, it’s already forgotten. A couple days ago, we were riveted to our TVs. We could hardly carry on normal life because the round-the-clock coverage kept pulling at our emotions. We felt with the people; we heard their stories; we wondered what would happen to them. Everywhere we turned there were interviews, maps of the approaching hurricane, charts about earlier storms in history, and predictions about how bad this one was going be. And when the storm finally hit, there were news reporters only a few streets apart telling us what the storm looked like from their vantage point.
Public interest fades; the news machine moves on; yet for the people most affected by the disaster they wake up today to the same loss they experienced yesterday, and there’s no one there to report what Day Two feels like. Today may be harder to deal with than the storm, but who would know that? Everyone’s gone home except the people who don’t have a home to go to anymore. It may take months — in some cases years — to return to “normal” (whatever that is).
We need be sensitive enough to realize that for some people, this is going to be a long ordeal. It’s a little like experiencing the death of a loved one after the funeral is over and everyone’s gone home. Sometimes those are the hardest days of all.
This is a good time to practice standing in someone else’s shoes. Imagine what it’s like to wake up to whatever is on your back. And that’s it.
John Fischer

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Hurricanes

Here in the midwest we don't have to worry about hurricanes.  Our main source of natural disasters come from tornadoes.  They are both destructive and pack winds of more than 100 miles per hour.  The difference is that tornadoes come suddenly and without much warning, whereas hurricanes you know are coming towards you for days in advance.  There is really no time to prepare for a tornado other than going to a safe room in your house until the threat passes you by.  They are both potentially devastating to the areas that they hit and the clean up and recovery could take months or years depending on the strength and power that the storm brought on.  Our prayers are with the people in the path of Hurricane Irma right now as she descends on Florida.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Back to School

Our children have once again made the transition from the carefree days of summer, to the regimented routine of a new school year.  In our household, we have 5 children going to 4 different schools!  Two high schoolers, a middle schooler, and two in elementary school.  That means different wake up schedules. different bus schedules, etc.  As a parent, there are a lot of things to do in the morning and afternoon to make sure that no one misses the bus or forgets their lunch or backpack.  But in our minds, it's good for them to have a routine and a purpose once again.  While summertime can be fun and exciting, after a while, sleeping in loses it's charm.  Boredom sets in and we feel like we have to entertain our kids.  It's too easy for them to gravitate to their iPhones and gaming devices.  So now they will have homework and reading to do instead.  Goodbye summer!  Thanks for the break and relaxation.  It's now time to forge ahead with the new challenges and expectations of a new year in education.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Summertime Blues

Now that we have turned the calendar into August, it's once again time to start thinking about the kids going back to school.  As a matter of perception, the summer break has gone by too fast for the children and has lasted too long for the parents.  Most items on our summer To Do list has been checked off by now.  Our one regret is that our family finances would not allow for a vacation trip to the beach or Disneyworld as the children would love visit.  Of course, when asked if they would be able to endure a 2 day drive to get there, they are not as enthused.  Flying would be preferred of course, but that would be an even bigger expense.  The reality of a family of seven is that taking trips is a very expensive proposition.  When our family income increases, we can hopefully check one of these bucket list items off the list as well.  Until then, staycations, day trips, and an occasional visit to grandma's house might be the norm.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Grace

Grace is one-way love, favor and forgiveness showered upon us individually, in abundance, for no apparent reason other than God desires to do so. It is completely sourced in God and not brought on by anything in us. We contribute nothing. This makes it difficult for us to understand and accept because it is so foreign to our character and experience. 

John Fischer