Catholic Family Vignettes

A collage of literary snapshots from the life of a large traditional Catholic family


January 28, 2008

Another meme…

An interesting meme…I haven’t done one in a while, so here goes!

BTW, thanks for the tag Esther!

1. Thai or Mexican

Mexican (I’ve never had Thai!)

2. bubble bath or back massage

Back massage…by the very best masseur, my husband!

3. boots or sandals


4. the 90% “pro-life” good chance or the 100% pro-life long shot

The 90% prolife good chance.

5. a cruise ship or a mountain cabin

A mountain cabin

6. Rome or Paris


7. Ordinary or Extraordinary


8. Rosary or Stations


9. surf or hang glide

Hang glide…weeeee!

10. Regal Cinemas or Netflix

Regal Cinemas

11. sweet or salty


12. pen or pencil


13. how-to book or fantasy novel


14. crossword or sudoku


15. lose a leg or lose your sight

ooooh…tough one…sight, I guess!

16. North or South

I’m originally from the South, y’all!

17. a power outage at home or a dead car battery at Costco

There’s no place like home…even without electricity ;-D

18. classic rock or country

Classic rock!

19. wool or linen

hmmm…almost equal…both natural fibers…wool?

20. lots of good friends or a few great friends

A few great friends

21. soup or salad

Soup, glorious, soup!

22. Merlot or Chardonnay


23. Picasso or Da Vinci

Da Vinci without question!

24. charades or trivial pursuit

Trivial Pursuit

25. Evangelical Protestantism or Orthodox Judaism

Orthodox Judaism (my grandfather was Jewish)

26. stone age or dark age

Dark ages…I really hate that term…it was first used by Petrarch to denounce the Latin literature of the time. It has also been used to refer to the religiosity of the time (which was Catholic!).

27. Steven Spielberg or Ken Burns


28. Thermopylae or Alamo


29. Big Foot or Loch Ness Monster

Sweet Nessie!

30. babies or teenagers

I like the portability of babies and the usefulness of teenagers…tough one! I’ll choose babies, because they represent beginnings…there is so much “separation” as they grow up. Can’t we just keep them little forever?

In Memoriam…

Introibo ad altare Dei, ad deum qui laetificat juventutem meam.

I will go unto the altar of God, to God who giveth joy to my youth.

Today marks the one year anniversary of the death of a dear friend, Mr. John Bianco. John passed away last year, quite unexpectedly, just a few short months before he was to wed the love of his life, Amanda.

John was…unique…precious, in fact. To know him was to love him. He cherished his friends and had such great love for the Traditional Latin Mass. John was the first person to greet a newcomer to the Mass and the first to ask “So…how do you like the Latin Mass?” His quirky sense of humor, his mischievous merriment when introducing a controversial subject (just to see the sparks fly!) and his delight in hearing the whistle of a train are so missed by his family and friends. I miss him.

A couple of months ago I happened upon a blog written by John…it was such a surprise. The title of his last post? still here…

And so he is. In the hearts, thoughts and prayers of his friends. If you could, in your charity please pray for the repose of his soul and for the comfort of his family and friends, most especially his dear fiancee, Amanda.

Requiescat in pacem, John Bianco.
July 8, 1974 – January 28, 2007

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