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I am a Catholic wife and mother living in western New York State.

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  • DoorMan - Husband and Dad, extremely talented garage door guy
  • B - budding new media evangelist, avid reader, soccer lover, boy age 14
  • B - karate white belt and lover of Legos, boy age 8
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Saturday, May 31, 2008

A September 11 Memoir

Thomas Flynn's Bikeman is a moving epic poem about his experiences in Lower Manhattan on the morning of September 11, 2001.

If the word "poetry" evokes highbrow language and stilted rhymes,
do not be put off. Flynn's poetry is free-form prose, and it speaks in
the vernacular. In the following verses, he contrasts the burning
towers, while they stood, with the Statue of Liberty, just off in the

"No, this is not the lady of the harbor
who carries the torch of dreams.
It is a barbarian beacon, with no intention
to warn those who see her beams."

Flynn's story is harrowing. Parts of it are painfully -- and
"painfully" is really an inadequate word -- sad. It is completely
devoid of humor, but not of compassion. It is real. It concerns his
experiences in the immediate aftermath of the attacks on the towers.

I have been privileged to read the personal story of a survivor of
the Twin Towers. He wrote that story shortly after the attacks, in an
email sent to his colleague, my sister. She sent it to me, and since
then I have read it over on subsequent September 11's. Of course, that
is a private memoir. Now, here is a memoir which the entire world can

I cried through Bikeman. It is cathartic. Why do I need to read
these stories of survivors? Why was I plastered to the television for
weeks that September? Disbelief? Compassion? Guilt? I don't know. But I
think I value this because it is so easy to forget, for those of us who
experienced this from afar, the raw horror of death and destruction. We
should never forget.

I am a homeschool mom. My boys will read Bikeman in high school, when they study Modern / American history.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

And the Lord Said, "Gimme Jimmy!"

"Gimme Jimmy!" was the oft-used campaign slogan of Buffalo's longest-serving mayor, James Griffin. His Honor passed away on Memorial Day.

A devout pro-life Catholic, he ran on the Republican, Right-to-Life, Conservative and (at times) Democratic tickets. He welcomed the Spring of Life pro-life rally to Buffalo in 1993.

I met him once, briefly, and he was friendly, witty and gallant. A true gentleman.

His funeral today at the Basilica National Shrine of Our Lady of Victory was packed with mourners.

Rest in Peace, James Griffin.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Daybook: Fourth Week in May

HT The Simple Woman


Outside my Window
...a baby squirrel has been eating under our feeder for the past few days. He's not afraid of us at all.

I am thinking...of the thunderstorms which are headed our way later today.

I am thankful for...my family, spring, and the end of the school year approaching.

From the kitchen...Vidalia Onion Soup.

I am creating...an overview of our school year for next year.

I am going...nowhere. Well, tomorrow I am running errands around town, and if it's nice I'll stop at the park for the boys to play.

I am wearing...brown skirt, turquoise 3/4 sleeve top.

I am reading...Home Education

I am hoping...to get the kitchen cleaned and the laundry done.

I am hearing...BamBam playing with Thomas the Tank Engine and asking to watch a video.

Around the house...the windows are open flooding the house with fresh air.

One of my favorite things...Coca-Cola.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week...errands around town; farmers market; finish Roman history.

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you...
The "rocket boys" doing science, launching homemade film-canister rockets with Alka-Seltzer.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Daybook: Third Week in May

HT The Simple Woman


Outside my Window
...we saw a baby starling, still all fluffy and downy sitting on our porch railing this morning.

I am thinking...of all of the things I need to get done, and how I may manage to do them.

I am thankful for...our home and the fact that we are debt-free and have managed to pay the rent every month.

From the kitchen...the BRAT diet for BamBam, see my previous post.

I am creating...a preschool storytime for our homeschool coop next fall.

I am going...to a curriculum fair tomorrow night, Lord willing.

I am wearing...black skirt, blue 3/4 sleeve top.

I am reading...Victor Kugler: the Man Who Hid Anne Frank

I am hoping...a smooth finish to the school year. We only have Religion, Latin and History to go!

I am hearing...Arch and BamBam horsing around in the living room. "Now, I'm in this fort and you're in that fort, and..."

Around the house...the hostas we planted last year are coming up. They are my favorite perennial. My grandmother had them in Brooklyn when I was a little girl. I have always planted them when I could.

One of my favorite things...strawberries and cream for dessert.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week...schedule showings for my landlord (I am his property manager); go to the curriculum fair; finish up Religion with Arch; go to the produce market in the next county; go to the library.

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you...
The "rocket boys" doing science, launching homemade film-canister rockets with Alka-Seltzer.


BRAT diet. Am I the only woman who has been a mother for a decade and does not know what this is? BamBam has some tummy trouble, and I called the pediatricians office. "Is he eating the brat diet?" Huh?


Okay, BamBam will eat bananas and applesauce and toast (with butter, which is a no-no). There is no way he will eat rice. Special jaunt to the grocery store to buy bananas, applesauce, rice cakes, rice milk, french fries (she said potatoes were okay, and those are all the potatoes he will eat).

Strawberries are on sale, and I bought some. "Can I have strawberries?" No. "Can I have strawberries?" No. "Can I have strawberries?" No. "Can I have strawberries?" Okay, two. "Can I have more strawberries?"

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