Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Sunday, May 29, 2011
"The world's largest salt flat is located in Salar de'Uyuni, Bolivia. During the rainy season, the water turns it into the world's largest mirror. The reflection of the sky creates a sense of infinity, like you're walking among the clouds."
Posted by Abigail at 2:11 PM
Friday, May 27, 2011
I know the huge buzz of the royal wedding has already died down and almost dissipated, but this article was just printed in the National Catholic Register. Even though I didn't get very swept up in the whole event, once the pictures were plastered everywhere, I did enjoy looking at them.
Here is a picture that I never saw posted anywhere, of one part of the wedding I never considered - the sermon. Along with most of the world, I looked at the event as a pretty dress and real life fairy tale - not as a beautiful sacrament. This article reminded me of what the true focus of the wedding should have been.
The Royal Wedding's Lessons
Truth on Love and Christian Marriage Proclaimed
by Joan Frawley Desmond, Register Senior Editor
Posted by Abigail at 8:45 AM
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Today during Mass while I was in line for confession, the lady behind me had her young daughter with her. I'm guessing the girl was around 4. I over heard a short conversation between them that made me laugh.
Girl: Mom, how did they get those servants?
Her Mom: Those aren't servants, they are altar boys.
Girl: But how did they get them?
Mom: They are up there to help the priest.
Girl: But are they paying them?
Mom: No, they want to help the priest.
Girl: But are they - is the priest - giving them money?
So now, I'm sitting at home with my Dad drinking coffee and reading the paper.
Posted by Abigail at 10:30 AM
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Irena Sendler 1910-2008
A 98 year-old German woman named Irena Sendler recently died. During WWII, Irena worked in the Warsaw Ghetto as a plumbing/sewer specialist. Irena smuggled Jewish children out; infants in the bottom of the tool box she carried and older children in a burlap sack she carried in the back of her truck. She also had a dog in the back that she trained to bark when the Nazi soldiers let her in and out of the ghetto. The soldiers wanted nothing to do with the dog, and the barking covered the kids’ and infants’ noises. Irena managed to smuggle out and save 2500 children. She eventually was caught, and the Nazis broke both her legs, arms and beat her severely. Irena kept a record of the names of all the kids she smuggled out and kept them in a glass jar buried under a tree in her backyard. After the war, she tried to locate any parents that may have survived and reunited some of the families. Most had been killed. She helped those children get placement into foster family homes or adopted.
P.S. Have you EVER seen a sweeter, kinder, gentler, more beautiful or loving smile?? This article nearly made me cry.
Posted by Abigail at 8:18 PM
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Sunday, May 15, 2011
She also linked to an earlier post of hers of popping bubbles.
Amazing pictures of bubbles taken by Richard Heeks.
Seeing them reminded me of some pictures I took last summer.
Something about bubbles seems almost magical. I really don't like the word 'magical' but it really seems appropriate. It also reminded me of:
So I'm just kinda lovin' bubbles right now.
Posted by Abigail at 4:40 PM
Friday, May 13, 2011
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Saturday, May 7, 2011
For some people, it's never too late for love.
That's certainly the case for Forrest Lunsway and Rose Pollard, an Orange County, Calif. couple who were married this March 19, Forrest's 100th birthday. With a combined age of 190--Rose is a spring chicken--they're believed to be the world's oldest newlyweds.
A spokesman for the Guinness Book of World Records said they had been informed of the wedding and are set to verify it as a record. For 27 years, Forrest smoked a pack of cigarettes a day, and he still drinks the odd glass of wine or whiskey and 7-Up, he said in a recent interview with the The Daily. He attributes his longevity to never having had a desk job: He spent his youth trapping animals and selling their fur in Kansas before moving to California, where he worked as a pipe welder.
Both Forrest and Rose had been married before, but were single when they met back in 1983 at a senior's dance. Though they soon started dating, wedding bells seemed unlikely.
'I told him up front I had no intention of getting married," Rose said. "But then one day he asked me 'how come we never got married? and I said 'because you never asked me.'"
''So he got down on one knee and said, 'Well I'm asking you now, just set the date.' I told him, 'I'll marry you on your 100th birthday.' And I did."
And being on the older side, the couple also has some wisdom to share on how to make a marriage work.Â Rose, 93, told The Daily: 'Take your time and get to know one another. Get to know if you like all the things that person stands for. ... Be forgiving and patient and say I love you once in a while."
Rose also told The Daily that their advanced age means that she and Forrest don't have many of the anxieties that can be a challenge for other newlyweds. "That's one of the things we can forget about--time. Because time doesn't mean that much."
And it's time well spent together: They both love ballroom dancing, and they want to kayak in Alaska and walk the coast of California.
"We've got many happy years left as I intend to stick around until I'm at least 110," Forrest said. "You've got to use it or lose it."
CORRECTION: The original version of this piece misstated Rose's age; it is 90, not 93.
(Article from Yahoo News)
Posted by Abigail at 7:40 AM