Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Six of my children, with a couple of grans thrown in for good measure.

Okay, in keeping me my new new year's resolution, MORE PICS OF MY FAMILY!

Gabe holding little Zeke, with a very young Ruth and Wade looking on-- they might be meeting their Alabama cousin for the first time!

Ish, Ruth, Wade and Dave, visiting Owen in the hospital. Serious time.

Reetie and Bob,after Owen got better. Or maybe I just grabbed this for my Owen video to represent after he got better! I don't really have a time stamp on the photo.

Sarah and Em - bears repeating. Or is that bulls repeating??

Ish taking that same bull by the horns. I think this was when they all went into NYC to see a Colbert Report taping.

I can't find any pix on my hard drive of Walter, and I wouldn't post pictures of Mike without his permission or he might not accept my FB request. Oh, wait.... So this is the closest Walter pic I have, it's from when he was abducted by aliens a few years ago. That's his white pickup truck in the background.

Little Altars - Take 1

I've relocated my prayer space from my sunny glass foyer -- too trafficked -- to an upstairs room. My daughter-in-law Maria is going to help me with the design. I'll say it before anybody else does -- yeah, I know the lamp with the ivory fringed shawl looks a little bit like a bordello decoration, but maybe that goes with my thirty-something goal of being the patron saint of sex. I gave it up (at least saying it publically) when my husband told me that people who weren't devoutly Catholic wouldn't know it meant conjugal intimacy. Not to mention it would embarrass my kids if I'd kept it up as they were growing older. Oh wait, I might've embarrassed them already.

I love my grandchildren - more pix!

Rosalyn bullying Ish. She's so happy she's not the youngest in the pecking order!

Pirate Owen. Arrgghh!

Ghoulish Wade. Or possibly Zombie Wade. What's the difference? I have forgotten my monster categories.
The Danyo pix go back to Halloween. The baby pix are at least a month old, prolly more.

Baby Ish, and more pix to follow. 2011 will be the year I get over my aversion to catching the flight of time!

I don't post nearly enough family pix on my blog. Adding to my New Year's Resolutions -- going to get interested in photographic displays of the loves of my life in 2011. This is baby Ish Stabosz and his cuddly friend, Gilbert the Goose. See his mommy's blog, Life as a Trigonometric Function (*Cleverest**Name-Pun**Ever*) for more pix.

Revisiting my New Year's resolutions

Okay. Time to check in on my New Year's Resolutions. Most years go by without me making any, but this time I tried. How am I doing so far?

1. Dispose of three unneeded items from the house, each day.

- Doing pretty well with this one. Many days I get rid of more than three items. Some days I forget. Think I'll start on the garage in February, to kick things up a notch.

2. For every one non-grocery item I bring into the house, take one item out. So at least I am not gaining more junk as I try to clean out the existing clutter.

- Ditto for this one. For awhile, I was rigorously counting every item in and matching it with an equal number of items out. I've stopped the rigor but am adhering to the principle. But I think I'd feel better if I went back to the rigor. Order is soothing. It relaxes the brain and fools me into thinking I have more control over life than I really do. Measurement -- as in measuring progress or marking the steps along the way of achieving some goal -- reassures the chaotic aspect of the interior self. Yes ma'am, I am moving forward and not just going around in circles.

3. Write 100 words of fiction a day.

- *BUZZ* Nope not a chance. 100 words is a piece of cake - I've already written 200+ in this entry alone. I deliberately set a low number because I just wanted to limber up. But I don't have a desire to write fiction. I think the only reason I made the resolution is because Bill and I have an ongoing joke about what we'll do with the money when I write that big blockbuster novel that I have in me. But right now? It's non-fiction writing all the way. That's my modus communicandus these days. Switching over to maybe a new writing goal. Or maybe having none. I've always enjoyed the freedom to write or not write, following my lovely and gracious muse who finds me great paths to poke around in, without the onus of deadlines or goals. I like it. I am a dilettante author. Until otherwise moved.

Friday, January 14, 2011

A 2-fer 4 u -"Blood Money" comes to Theater N in Wilmington, + a plug for Spirit Juice Studios!


Tuesday, January 18; 7pm

Next Saturday marks the 38th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade. In anticipation and preparation for the March for Life, Delaware Right to Life will present the documentary, "Blood Money" at Theater N in Wilmington on Tuesday, Jan. 18 at 7pm.

Theater N is located in the Nemours building at 11th & Tatnall Sts.

View the trailer!


Blood Money is a documentary film narrated by Dr. Alveda King, which exposes the truth behind the abortion industry.

The film examines the history of abortion in America. From the inception of Planned Parenthood and the profitability of abortion clinics, to Roe v. Wade, to the denial of when life begins, the fight to save the lives of innocent babies, and the devastating effects it has had on the women who have exercised this "choice."

Tickets are $10/person and can be purchased online at the door! Proceeds benefit DRTL.


For more information, contact Theater N or Nicole at Nicole@derighttolife.org or 302-650-8942.

I will see the whole film for the first time on Tuesday, but I have seen parts of it already and these actually whetted my appetite for a definitive pro-life documentary about Planned Parenthood. David Kyle has done a very good job as a neophyte director in assembling together some very cogent material that Planned Parenthood prefers to keep quiet about exactly how invested they are both philosophically and monetarily in the abortion industry. However, the film itself shows the marks of its director's inexperience, and I would love to have access to the hours of film stock he left on the cutting room floor. I would give it to Spirit Juice Studios and see what they could craft out of it.

Spirit Juice is the production company that is making the documentary about Blessed Alberione, the Founder of the Paulines. Their crew came with us on our October Pauline pilgrimage to Italy.

Here's a 51-second Christmas video from Spirit Juice,touching on the topic of unplanned pregnancy. It's a "nice" video, one that cutely uses the same type of trailer motif that you see in Blood Money as well as many Hollywood trailers.

Here's Spirit Juice's 49-second trailer for the film To Be Born , a 15-minute short coming out this year in three languages. It's not so nice, because not every conception has the outcome to which it was oriented. I am looking forward to this film. If I had half a million dollars hanging around, or even a quarter of that, I'd give it to Danny and Rob and have them make me a film about Planned Parenthood. They are the most chilling non-profit organization I know of. And do you know any other non-profit organization that brings in so much cash each week that they can afford to hire an armored truck service to haul it away to a bank?

Sunday, January 02, 2011

New Year's Resolutions for 2011

Sarah Roeser and Emily Stabosz

I don't usually do New Year's resolutions, but today I think I'll take the bull by the horns and make some resolutions for 2011:

1. Dispose of 3 items I don't need, every day.

2. For each item I bring into the house besides food or drink, dispose of one item.

3. Write 100 words of day of fiction.

We'll see how it goes. Maybe I should set an alarm for a month from now, to see if I've done the usual thing and abandoned my resolutions.