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Linky Links

A friend alerted me to Catholic Media House yesterday. They’ve got some of the cutest Bible videos:

See this one on Daniel. I haven’t watched much yet to give a thorough review, so check it out yourself.

Saw yesterday on this Inside Catholic article that Deal Hudson was going to debate Mark Linton on infanticide, so I tuned in to The Social Footprints of Contraception by Janet E. Smith — the most compelling speaker I’ve heard so far on this subject.

For DH and DD’s Reading/Watching List (Election Watch)

Obama Worried Born Alive Infants’ Protection Act Would Be Too Burdensome on Abortionists, 2002 Transcript Shows

Cardinal Egan’s Remarkable Comment About Pelosi — I’ve linked to the comment in a previous post, but I’m linking to this so you can see Deal Hudson’s comments after the quote.

Pelosi gets unwanted lesson in Catholic theology

Archbishop grabs spotlight from Democrats — Yay for Archbishop Chaput!!!

And the stuff that doesn’t usually make it to traditional media:

Pro-lifers unfurl world’s largest sign at DNC — some folks were talking Guinness 😀

Prolife activists arrested at the DNC

2,500 Hold Vigil At New Planned Parenthood Clinic

Pro-Life Pastor Blasts Abortion, Obama at Democratic Party Faith Gathering

And from Newsweek:

The Democrats and the Abortion Wars from George Weigel

Wow, People Have Been Writing Good Stuff!!

I’ve just been away for a few days from my reader, and now I’m back there is a ton of catch-up reading to do.

Thank you for your prayers, everyone. The ER trip yesterday was short and sweet (3 1/2 hours, including waiting time!) — thank goodness I was not confined; just given 2 bags of fluids and sugar to give me a boost, and 2 prescriptions that already have helped tremendously. I’m still experiencing nausea, but more tolerable than the past 5 days. At least I’m able to fight it off better. It also helps that my fabulous mom is here to help out.

So anyway, enough about me… I’m here to share some links:

For Aisa, who I believe is still reading Fabiola:
from Tea at Trianon

Why Men Don’t Court Women Anymore
Comment: Southern men (US, I mean) and properly-trained Filipinos — seem to be the last remaining bastion of chivalry. I am very thankful courtship was still very much alive when dh courted me, or at least in our generation it seemed that way. In our small group of friends which included 3 other Filipino men, ALL of them courted their would-be wives. Maybe one of these days I’ll write how it was to be courted Filipino-style in modern-day America.

I am so tempted to print out copies of this and leave them anonymously all over our Parish…. (on dressing modestly for Mass)

When do we get one of these here in Ohio? Methinks a looooong while, as it’s a bit too progressive here. My response to the complainers: What, don’t you have enough anti-life pharmacies to begrudge the pro-life folks their own??? It’s not like you couldn’t drive down a few blocks to the nearest one. From what I can tell online, Chantilly, VA isn’t exactly the boondocks.

So many great crafty ideas!!! I followed the link from Kim who originally got it from Amy. Now that I have hope of having more than a few minutes each day of feeling good enough to drive and go around, a trip to Michael’s to finally stock up on summer crafty things should be just the thing to combat the kids’ summer boredom. (Tho’ not Aisa’s, who’s hoping to finish all her requirements to graduate from high school in August!!)

LOL. I clicked because I thought it was a recipe — Domenico Bettinelli is a fellow foodie — and I’m looking for some salads to round up Aisa’s graduation party menu in a few months. I got a cute story instead :).

He also wonders if one can copyright a recipe. Since this is an issue several Filipino food bloggers have had to contend with including myself — too many that we even had to put up a one-time blogging event to call attention to the problem back in ’05 — I put in my .02.

Oh, so, so true. (on clutter)

Why Communion on the Tongue?


On our recent short break in Paris, we saw these really cool bikes and wondered how they worked. Then today I visited C&Z, and now I know! — good to have this info for our next visit! Wish we had a similar system here! But Cincinnati is not walking-friendly (at least our area) and it is definitely not bike-friendly either. 🙁

Abruzzo Rentals

Compiling for next year:

Agriturismo Le Cicale, in Spoltore, 13 minutes from work — don’t know if this takes long-term renters – another of their ads

in Pianella, 22 minutes — may be too isolated???

4 Bedroom in Loreto Aprutino, 28 minutes from work ***
Long stay discount!! 20% discount if booking length is more than 4 weeks.
Early Bird stay discount!! 10% discount if booking start date is greater than 6 months away.

another one in Loreto Aprutino

in Ortona, 28 minutes, supposedly has facilities for longer stays

in San Vito Chietino, 31 minutes, no pictures

Torre Mannella, 32 minutes
this one’s in the same area, but the pricing information is confusing and no interior pictures — okay i found their website

in Serramonacesca, 33 minutes – amazing how similar it is to our house! the pergola outside with seating, the U-shaped kitchen… ***

in Penne, 38 minutes – nice children’s play area
another in Penne, though maybe a bit too modern for us – the kids want this!
Penne again – looks really nice!

in Lanciano, 40 minutes away

in Torino di Sangro, 45 minutes from work – beach for daddy!

in Comune de Cavone in Torino di Sangro

in Contrada Ranco, 44 minutes from work

Agriturismo: (may be able to work out a deal)

Montupoli, 23 minutes away
La Capezzagna, 20 minutes away in Ripa Teatina, their other ad
Il Quadrifoglio, in Colle Marcone, 14 minutes away
in Miglianico, 23 minutes away
also in Miglianico

*** my personal favorites

Easter’s Post on Fasting and Feasting

I missed it when she posted it originally. It’s beautiful, and captures perfectly what this Lenten season is about (at least for me):

Something to Think About This Lent

An excerpt:

FAST from unrelenting pressures; FEAST on unceasing prayer.

FAST from the seeming darkness; FEAST on the realities of light.

FAST from problems that overwhelm; FEAST on prayer that undergirds.

Get to Easter’s blog for the rest!

Linky Links Again, and Another Recipe

Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormons Fastest-Growing ‘Churches’ in U.S. — Wow, never realized US was actually PREDOMINANTLY CATHOLIC! I had always thought the US as “predominantly Protestant”. Very encouraging, but as a PinoyDefensorFidei listmember pointed out, very sobering as well — if you look at the numbers of separated brethren.

A discussion of grocery budgets and such at 4real yielded this link to the USDA’s food cost averages — including those on a thrifty plan, low budget plan, medium, and liberal. Makes me feel better about how much we spend at food here at home with 4 kids, but I’m sure there’s always room for more frugality and prudence.

Maureen Wittmann, author of For the Love of Literature, The Catholic Homeschool Companion and A Catholic Homeschool Treasury, has anew project! The Virtues Reading List. Not only that, she is also beginning a new book: Books for Kids Who Love to Read. Get over there and tell her all about the books your kids love!

Are you (or your child/children) participating in World Maths Day? It’s next week!

Latin Podcast

Story of the Church at Sonitus Sanctus — the handouts are here.

A fellow hs mom was kind enough to send me the link to Franciscan University’s Transient Programs — one or the other may appeal to Aisa…. depending on where we end up in the next year or so…

Vegetarian Chili Recipe:

2 tablespoons canola oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 large onion, chopped
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 sweet potato, peeled and diced (I used a 7-inch one)
1 green bell pepper, seeded and diced
1 large carrot, peeled and diced
6 tomatoes, chopped
approx. 1 1/2 cups water
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
salt and pepper to taste
pinch of sugar
hard boiled egg, chopped (optional)

Saute garlic and onion in heated oil in medium saucepan. Add spices and saute a couple minutes more. Add sweet potato, green bell pepper, carrot, and tomatoes. Add water, cocoa powder and salt and pepper, and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer 30 minutes or until veggies are tender. Add sugar, adjust seasonings to taste, and cook 2 minutes more. Serve topped with hard boiled egg.

This is the shortcut version of this recipe from, but trust me, I think it really tastes better if you don’t put your SELF into it 😉 .