Happy New Year!

Today is the first Sunday of Advent, which is the beginning of the liturgical calendar. Through the cycle of the liturgical year, the mystery of Christ unfolds, celebrating all He did for us and calling us again and again to live more fully, more deeply, with Him, in Him, and through Him.

Advent is a season of preparation for celebrating the first coming of Jesus, in the Nativity, but it is also a season for preparing for His second coming, in the Apocalypse. The readings for today’s Mass (graphic and link below) are all about the End Times.

Interestingly, the Gospel reading includes my favorite Rapture passage: “So will it be also at the coming of the Son of Man. Two men will be out in the field; one will be taken, and one will be left. Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken, and one will be left. Therefore, stay awake!” – Matthew 24:39-41

I’ve heard Catholics pooh-poohing Rapture teachings, saying the passages cited refer to the Final Judgment. But Jesus Himself told us (Matt 25:31-46) that, at the very end, everyone will be compelled to appear before the Throne. I don’t see how that can be the same event He spoke of in Matthew 24, when the angels will go out and gather the elect, leaving some behind.

SUNDAY NEWS: Yeah, no. The holiday weekend isn’t over yet!

GRAMMY NOTES: This reminds me of a time when a bachelor friend visited on his way home from helping his sister out after childbirth. He had been largely in charge of a 2 yo for a week. His summary: “It’s a good thing they’re so adorable when they’re asleep.”


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COVID-19: A new study confirms what we here already knew, which is that promoting Vitamin D supplementation and telling people to get outside in the sun would have saved lives.

A team of researchers from multiple institutions – including Johns Hopkins, the Universities of Michigan and Illinois, and the National Bureau of Economic Research – found that D2 reduced ‘rona infection by 28%, while D3 reduced it by 20%. Among those who caught the bug, D2 reduced mortality by 25%, while D3 reduced it 33%. The study noted that, although at least half of Americans are deficient in Vitamin D, supplementation is affordable, widely available, and safe in appropriate doses.

If you supplement, take your D with the meal that has the largest proportion of fat. This will greatly improve your body’s ability to absorb and utilize the vitamin. Also, keep an eye on your totals. D is among the fat soluble vitamins, meaning your body will store rather than excrete any excess. Long term hyper-supplementation can lead to toxicity and I’m noticing more blends are including D and some of the amounts are at or above the safety line.

You may want to ask your doctor to include Vitamin D in your annual blood work; despite widespread deficiency and the importance of this vitamin to your immune system, testing is not routinely done. The first time I asked for it, my primary warned that my insurance might not cover it. However, I never got a bill and he has included it ever since.

DETRANS: Camille Kiefel is the second ex-trannie I’ve heard about who is suing the people who shoved her into a double mastectomy. Her complaint says the defendants “abused their positions of professional trust and authority with intent to cause, or with reckless disregard.”

DISNEY: They spent $180 million making it. Its first five days in theaters brought in less than $24 million.

FAUCI: The Attorneys General for Louisiana and Missouri deposed St. Tony as part of their landmark lawsuit against the federal government for colluding with social media companies to censor speech. Prior to the deposition, Landry had said he hoped to find out how involved Fauci had been in censoring what we were allowed to know during the pandemic. Sadly, the man once hailed as “the most important, consequential public servant in the United States in the last half century” was unable to remember what the hell he did or did not do during the pandemic.

GERMANY: The Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig has ruled that Bavaria’s restrictions on movement during the coronavirus crisis were “a serious interference with fundamental rights” and “not compatible with the principle of proportionality.”

LIFE: The UK Guardian is under fire for publishing deliberate misinformation about early fetal development in an obvious bid to promote abortion. The photo above is one of a series presented in the article. All of them were labeled as “pregnancy tissue” from various early stages of gestation. None of them included the fetus.

MEDIA: Following the deadly shooting at Club Q, the Left Stream rushed to cast the shooter as a right-winger who had been inflamed to hate by other right-wingers. Once the shooter’s identity as one of their own came out, the Left lost interest in the story.

CLICK https://rumble.com/v1wvwb2-they-are-cold-blooded-liars-tucker-slams-dishonest-medias-coverage-of-color.html [9:43] to hear Tucker’s report.

CLICK https://rumble.com/v1wvt6k-transgender-cnn-guest-says-you-can-tell-difference-between-men-and-woman-ba.html [:45] to hear a man pretending to be woman say the shooter can’t possibly be non-binary.

CLICK https://rumble.com/v1wokoo-cnn-anchor-speechless-as-she-reports-gay-club-shooter-is-non-binary.html [1:08] to hear CNN anchors claim the shooter is just preparing his defense.

Funny thing how they’re reacting, given their “how dare you question” attitude toward sex felons and mediocre male athletes who claim to be women. Why is it okay to question the shooter as “just preparing a defense” when those other two categories are just as likely to be faking it so they can be housed with preferred prey or win trophies and score scholarships?

MOSQUITOES: Scientists have modified male mosquitoes and let them loose to mate with wild females. Their female offspring inherit a gene that prevents them from maturing, when they would otherwise start biting humans and spreading deadly diseases. A pilot release showed the local mosquito population was decreased by 96% over 11 months.

One hopes scientists will be cautious about employing widespread release of these males, since mosquitoes are important pollinators for thousands of plant species and serve as an important food source for birds and many aquatic species.

MOVIE REVIEW: [6:25] – I haven’t see it, but Not The Bee says it’s definitely worth watching.


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Left vs. Right

This is what the FAUXTUS White House sent out before Thanksgiving, because apparently picking fights is what Dems think family holidays should be about.

I think I’ll file that piece of caca under “If Trump Had Done It.” And, here is an excellent rebuttal that appeared in the New York Post.

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CHIEF TWIT: CLICK https://twitter.com/stillgray/status/1595514049680539648 [1:33] to see an interview with one of the useless baggage people Musk fired. Hundreds more reportedly quit after Musk told them the new regime would include Terrible, Horrible, No Good changes to the Twitter work environment … like, you know, working. Also, no more free lunches or wine on tap.

As #RIPTwiter and #GoodbyeTwitter trended on the site, Musk tweeted, “And … we just hit another all-time high in Twitter usage lol.” CLICK https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1595250835096621057 [:12] to see what Elon found in a closet. Word has it that, the next day, he unveiled a new shirt that says, “#STAY@WORK.”

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION: On Monday, this deputy director appointed under FAUXTUS tweeted that both fatphobia and democracy are built on white supremacy, and that maybe white gay men are more dominant white than marginalized gay. To the surprise of no one, Kristina Ishmael is a yuge fan of Ibram X Kendi, who wrote, “Europeans are simply a different breed of human… They are socialized to be aggressive people… They are raised to be racist.”

DIED SUDDENLY: CLICK https://rumble.com/v1wac7i-world-premier-died-suddenly.html [1:08:21] to watch a documentary about “unexplained” post-vaxxx deaths.

GEORGIA: The state’s Supreme Court has overturned a lower court ruling, reinstating the state’s ban on abortions after six weeks, which is roughly when a baby’s heartbeat can be detected.

ICE CUBE: The rapper and actor says he was dropped from Sony Pictures’ comedy “Oh Hell No” due to his refusal to get the ‘rona jab. The part would have earned him $9 million.

S&G: [1:32] – There’s a business in Louisiana that specializes in sending adults dressed as cartoon characters to twerk at your kids’ parties. I’m so old, I remember when the most those big furry Disney characters offered to do was give you a hug if Mom and Dad said it was okay.

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Cardiac surgeon Lloyd W. Rudy was dean of the Heart Program at the University of Georgia School of Medicine and a member of the first heart transplant team at Stanford University. One Christmas Day, one of his patients suffered an aneurysm and died. Dr. Rudy filled out the death certificate, notified the man’s wife, and shut down the machines. Then he and his surgical assistant took off their jackets, gloves, and masks, while talking about what else they could have done.

For some reason, a machine that measured certain body functions, like BP, did not get shut off. In addition, they had inserted a microphone into his body and that continued to record as well. Both showed no signs of life for about 20 to 25 minutes. Then, suddenly, they started showing activity again.

The patient had spontaneously come alive again. It took him a couple of days to regain consciousness, but he eventually made a full recovery without any sign of brain damage. Later, he described the usual bright light at the end of a tunnel.

But he also accurately described where the two surgeons had been talking, their position in the room and how they stood with arms folded over their chests. He described how the anesthesiologist had entered the room and how a nurse’s computer monitor had had a row of post-it notes on it, with some stuck over others.

Not only had he been clinically dead when these things occurred, but he had also still had his eyes taped shut from the surgery. And the description of the room where the doctors talked was seen from above, not from where his body was lying in the bed.

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ASU: [5:22] – Kudos to Arizona State University for not caving to these two Black Karens. Their idiocy is plain in their condemnation of Kyle Rittenhouse for “murdering” (the jury ruled it was self-defense) “people of color” (both of the guys Rittenhouse shot were white).

BABYLON BEE: Californians move to Texas, Episode 5 [6:04].

CHIEF TWIT: I am delighted with the policy changes he’s made so far, but underwhelmed that his gravatar shows him in his “servant of satan” costume. Let’s all bombard him with prayer, okay?

ELECTION: November 8 has already had big consequences for Berkeley County, North Carolina students. At their first meeting, the new board fired the district’s superintendent and attorney, hired new ones, banned CRT, and created a board to review library books for pornographic content.

FAUCI: Thank the good Lord, he is finally GONE. St. Tony used his final WH presser yesterday to lie to us all once again about the safety and effectiveness of the ‘rona jabs.

While he will be out of power, he will not be out of the news. Today, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt and Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry are deposing him in their lawsuit against the federal government for allegedly colluding with social media companies to censor speech.

Former White House press secretary Jen Psaki may be next. Missouri and Louisiana filed this landmark lawsuit in May of 2022 and have since received discovery showing that the federal government and the Biden Administration have worked with social media companies to censor speech on topics like COVID-19 and other issues.

FIBONACCI DAY: In mathematics, the Fibonacci sequence is one in which each number is the sum of the two preceding ones. When the sequence begins with 1, it goes 1, 1, 2, 3 etc. IOW, November 23.

MEASLES: Excerpts from the articles linked below are posted here as a compare/contrast with the ‘rona jab – Measles is one of the most contagious diseases known to man. In the decade before 1963 when a vaccine became available, nearly all children got measles by the time they were 15 years of age.

In the United States before the vaccine, there were about 3 to 4 million reported cases per year; of these, about 48,000 required hospital care, 1,000 got encephalitis, and 400-500 died. Nowadays, the CDC estimates that 1 in 4 cases needs hospitalization, 1 in 1,000 get encephalitis, and 1-2 per 1,000 die. Since 2000, the annual number of reported measles cases in the U.S. ranged from a low of 37 (2004) to a high of 667 (2014). The last measles death in the United States occurred in 2015.

Surviving an infection and getting two doses of the vaccine appear to confer lifelong immunity for the majority. However, breakthrough infections do occur, with the duration of protection being longer for acquired immunity than for vaccination. An estimated 5% of vaccinated children lose their immunity between 10 and 15 years after vaccination.

VAXXX: The FAUXTUS administration is embarking on a “six week push” to get more people jabbed, claiming the still-experimental, gene-therapy, not-a-vaccine toxin reduces the risk of hospitalization and death. However, in August 2022, the majority of COVID-19 deaths (58%) were among people who had received at least one jab. Based on past figures and current trends, we can reasonably estimate this to rise.


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If Jesus returned today

Below is an exchange of letters between a cloistered nun and Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò. They’re both long, so I have added graphics to break up the text and hopefully make it easier to read.

Most Reverend Excellency,

I am writing to you on the occasion of the coming Feast of Christ the King, and I permit myself to share with you a certain fundamental question:

Is there still any meaning in celebrating and invoking the grace that this liturgical feast so longed for when it was instituted?

If the King of kings and Lord of lords (cf. 1 Tim 6:15; Apoc. 19:16) were to return today in His glory, would He still recognize His Spouse, the Church?

By asking these questions, I will seem irreverent and lacking faith in the promise, “the gates of hell shall not prevail” (Mt 16:19), that resonates as a hope to cling to for those few survivors of the wind of mortal apostasy that has invaded the Church. Well, the provocative tone of these questions summarizes the feeling of confusion of the few remaining faithful, faithful in searching for some reference to the Magisterium, a valid Sacrament, and coherence of life among the shepherds. I turn to you as to a “Voice in the desert” that so many times has illuminated so many lost and disheartened souls.

I wanted to share with you this little story that happened to me:

A few days ago, a lady who brought some donations to the convent said to me: ‘You know, I don’t follow these things very much, but it seems to me that the direction the Church has taken lately is not so good…!’ From the way she spoke, the tone of her voice, I perceived that she was embarrassed for expressing herself in this way to someone whom she believed represented that ‘Church’ that she had just questioned. I could make a great speech to her: my answer was a simple appeal about the need to intensify our personal prayer, leaving the lady in her ignorance and allowing me to ‘identify’ with that ‘church’ that I do not really feel I represent… The sensation was one of great impotence, in the impossibility of being able to give exhaustive and truthful answers. A few minutes earlier I had read the exhortation of Pope Pius XI when, one hundred years ago in his Encyclical Ubi Arcano Dei, he had exhorted Catholics about their duty to hasten the return of the social kingship of Christ. A sort of ‘moral duty,’ of a personal and collective commitment.

Is this commitment still valid? And how should we put it into practice if the “Church” is no longer the “Church”?

The letter Ubi Arcano Dei was the beginning of the institution of the Feast of the Kingship of Christ, which took place in 1925 precisely in order to avoid the mess that we have experienced in the recent years. In that encyclical, the Kingship of Christ was understood as the remedy to secularism and to all of those errors that – at a distance of one hundred years – have been generously welcomed by many prelates, bishops, cardinals, and even he who presents himself as the representative of Christ and who under this insignia has promoted the ruinous acceleration of the flock “deceptively” entrusted to him.

Francis is considered to be the pope, albeit an apostate, but is he the pope? Was he ever the pope?

When Pilate asked Jesus what truth was, despite having Truth Himself right in front of him, the gaze of Christ, the Judge of the world, penetrated the mediocrity of the weak man who stood before him. Pilate trembled for a moment, but the glamor of his personal pride prevailed. Christ the King returns today in the same form and looks the bishops and cardinals in the eye, those who do not recognize the Crown of Thorns that He has worn in their place, assuming the price of their betrayal, their pride, and their unworthy blindness.

I recall having read in the Diary of Saint Faustina Kowalska – the saint of Mercy – that one day Jesus appeared to her completely scourged, covered in blood and crowned with thorns: he looked her in the eyes and said to her “The bride must resemble Her Bridegroom.” The saint understood what was meant by that call to “nuptiality,” to sharing everything. Probably this is the form of recognition of the Kingship of Christ that our historical moment is demanding personally of every true Catholic.

Yes, it seems to me that this is the vocation of the “true Church” in our time: of that little flock which, meeting the gaze of Christ the King mistreated and disfigured by blasphemy and perversion, still has the courage to give a response of love, fidelity, and consistency of conscience that is unable to deny Him, because otherwise it would deny Christ the King just as did Pilate, Herod, and all the leaders of the people.

I do not hide from you that with these lines I wanted to ask for one of your essays, which are full of Christian hope for the little remnant that is bewildered because it is without a Shepherd, without the representative of Christ who ought to guard and defend the Church entrusted to him.

I have asked you some questions that many are asking with such sorrow in their hearts, and I am certain that the Holy Spirit will give you the answers that will rekindle expectation for the return of the triumph of the Kingdom of Christ in society, in every heart, and over the entire face of the earth!

“Pacificus vocabitur, et thronus eius erit firmissimus in perpetuum!” [I.e., He will be called peaceable, and his throne will be established forever.]

– A cloistered nun

Reverend and dearest Sister,

I read the letter you sent me with keen interest and edification. Permit me to respond to as well as I can.

Your first question is as direct as it is disarming: “If the King of Kings and Lord of Lords were to return today in His glory, would he still recognize His Bride, the Church?” Of course He would recognize Her! But not in the sect that eclipses the See of Peter, rather in the many good souls, especially in the priests, men and women religious, and in many simple faithful souls, who, even if they do not have horns of light on their brow as Moses did (Ex 34:29), are still recognizable as living members of the Church of Christ. He would not find Her at Saint Peter’s, where worship has been offered to an unclean idol; nor at Santa Marta, where the artificial poverty and inflated humility of the Tenant are a monument to his immense ego; nor at the Synod on Synodality, where the fiction of democracy serves to complete the dismantling of the divine edifice of the Catholic Church and to impose scandalous ways of life; not in the dioceses and parishes in which the conciliar ideology has replaced the Catholic Faith and cancelled Tradition. The Lord, as Head of the Church, recognizes the pulsating and living members of His Mystical Body and those who are dead and rotting, having been snatched from Christ by heresy, lust, and pride, and who are now subject to Satan. So yes: the King of kings would recognize the pusillus grex [i.e., tiny flock], even if he had to look for it gathered around an altar in an attic, a cellar, or the middle of the woods.

You mention that the promise of the Non prævalebunt [i.e., will not prevail] may resound “as a hope to cling to,” and that “the provocative tone of these questions summarizes the feeling of confusion of the few remaining faithful, faithful in searching for some reference to the Magisterium, a valid Sacrament, and coherence of life among the shepherds.

Our Lord’s promise to St. Peter is provocative, in a certain sense, because it starts from two assumptions: the first is that the gates of hell will not prevail, which tells us nothing about the level of persecution that the Church will have to endure. The second, a logical consequence of the first, is that the Church will be persecuted but not defeated. For both, we are asked to make an act of Faith in the word of the Savior and in His omnipotence, along with an act of humble realism, acknowledging our weakness and the fact that we deserve the worst punishments, both among the “modernists” and also among the “traditionalists.

You ask me how to put into practice the appeal of Pius XI for the restoration of the social Kingship of Christ, “if the ‘Church’ is no longer the ‘Church.’” Certainly, the visible church, to which the world gives the name of Catholic Church and of which it considers Bergoglio as Pope, is no longer Church, at least with regard to those cardinals, bishops, and priests who convincedly profess another doctrine and declare themselves to be adherents of the “conciliar church” in antithesis to the “preconciliar church.” But are you and I, and the many priests, religious and faithful, part of that church or of the Church of Christ? To what extent can we superimpose the Bergoglian church and the Catholic Church, accepting that they are superimposable in some aspect? The problem is that the conciliar revolution has torn the bond of identity between the Church of Christ and the Catholic hierarchy.

Before Vatican II it was unthinkable that a pope could have openly contradicted his predecessors in doctrinal or moral questions, because the hierarchy was very clear about its role and its moral responsibility in administering the power of the Holy Keys and the authority of the Vicar of Christ and the shepherds. The Council, beginning right with the anomalous definition it gave of itself and with the rupture with the past present in the elimination of the canons and anathemas, showed how it is possible, for anyone who does not have moral sense, to hold a sacred role in the Church even though unworthy in the three aspects that you have duly enumerated: “Magisterium, valid Sacrament, and coherence of the life of the Shepherds.” These shepherds, deviants in doctrine, morality, and liturgy, do not feel bound to the fact that they are vicars of Christ, and of thus being able to govern the Church only if their authority is exercised coherently with the purposes that legitimize it. This is why they abuse their own power, usurp an authority whose divine origin they deny, and humiliate the sacred institution which in some way guarantees the authority of those Shepherds.

This rupture, this violent tear, was consummated on the spiritual level at the moment in which the authority of the prelates was secularized, just like what happened in the civil sphere. Wherever authority ceases to be sacred, sanctioned from above, exercised in the place of He who combines in himself the spiritual authority of Supreme Pontiff and the temporal authority of King and Lord, it is there corrupted into tyranny, sold with corruption, and commits suicide in anarchy. You write: “Christ the King returns today in the same form and looks the bishops and cardinals in the eye, those who do not recognize the Crown of Thorns that He has worn in their place, assuming the price of their betrayal, their pride, and their unworthy blindness.” In those same features, dear sister, we must recognize the Holy Church. And as we were scandalized in seeing her Head humiliated and mocked, scourged and bleeding, wearing the robe, holding a reed, and crowned with thorns, so we are scandalized now in seeing in an analogous way the entire Church Militant laying prostrate, wounded, covered with spit, insulted, and mocked. But if the Head wanted to embrace the Sacrifice by humiliating Himself even unto death, death on a Cross, for what reason would we presume to merit a better end, since we are His members, if we really wish to reign with Him? On which throne is the Lamb seated, if not on the royal throne of the Cross? Regnavit a ligno Deus [i.e., the Lord has reigned from the tree]: this was the triumph of Christ; this will be the triumph of the Church, His Mystical Body. You rightly comment: “The Bride must resemble Her Bridegroom.” And you continue: “Yes, it seems to me that this is the vocation of the ‘true Church’ in our time: of that little flock which, meeting the gaze of Christ the King mistreated and disfigured by blasphemy and perversion, still has the courage to give a response of love, fidelity, and consistency of conscience that is unable to deny Him, because otherwise it would deny Christ the King just as did Pilate, Herod, and all the leaders of the people.”

Your letter, dearest sister, is for all of us an opportunity to reflect on the mystery of the passio Ecclesiæ [i.e., suffering church] that is so near to what is happening in these terrible times. And I conclude by recalling the “provocation” of the Non prævalebunt: just as the Savior knew the shadow of the tomb, so we must know it will happen to the Church, and perhaps it is already happening. But He will not allow his Holy One to know corruption (Ps 16), and He will make Her rise just as He Himself rose from the dead. In this sense, the words “The Bride must resemble the Bridegroom” acquire their full significance, showing us how only by following the Divine Bridegroom up the steep slope to Golgotha will we be able to merit to follow Him in glory to the right hand of the Father.

I exhort you to draw spiritual profit from these thoughts, as I impart to you and your dear fellow sisters my fullest and fatherly blessing.

+ Carlo Maria Viganò, Archbishop

4 November 2022

S.cti Caroli Borromæi, Pont. Conf.

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ACLU: The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is suing a Pennsylvania school district for not promoting LGBT ideology.

CATHOLIC: Dr. Bella Dodd, who later repented and returned to her Catholic faith, was a master organizer for the Communist Party in America. Communists infiltrated not only the Catholic Church, but also all the mainline Protestant denominations. Dodd said she herself put about 1,200 Communist Party members into Catholic seminaries. Some of them rose to high levels within the RCC, including four who became cardinals. She also claimed to have placed a thousand communists into New York’s teacher’s union. Today, we are seeing the fruits of Satan’s century-long effort.

CHIEF TWIT: Ever since Elon Musk bought Twitter there’s been a whole lot of people saying the social media platform is finished, what with advertisers and users leaving or threatening to leave, but not really doing it. On November 21, Musk tweeted, “Twitter added 1.6M daily active users this past week, another all-time high.”

DETRANS: [4:59] – Oli London, who once identified as a Korean woman and underwent 32 plastic surgeries along the way, has begun detransitioning and is looking forward to being baptized.

MEDIA: I remember when being first to get the scoop and break a big story was a journalist’s dream. Now, it’s all about protecting the Democrats. More than two years ago, The New York Post first revealed the contents of Hunter Biden’s laptop and got censored by Twitter and Facebook and condemned by all the so-called “real” news outlets. Now, CBS, the Washington Post, and the New York Times finally admit the laptop did belong to Hunter and its contents are legit.

PELOSI: [11:20] – This is so weird. Two documents, each filed with the court, give mutually exclusive accounts of the same incident. The DOJ says police officers opened the door, while the San Francisco District Attorney says Paul Pelosi opened the door. Cops body camera show the DOJ’s version is a Big Fat Lie. And the NBC News reporter who reported this and other facts, as they were happening, has been suspended from his job.

S&G: When Balenciaga posted photos of little girls playing with bondage bears, social media users passed them around, creating enough blowback that the brand completely scrubbed the images. It’s clear the child porn aspect was intentional, since one photo included a copy of the US Supreme Court decision regarding child pornography.

It’s mind boggling what this company sells. I took a gander at the “Objects” and “Best Seller” sections. A 25-hour candle in an aluminum case sells for $550. Replacement candles are $80 each. Pajama bottoms cost $1,450. Matching tops are available for another $1,450. Small handbags go for well over $2,000. Metal lunchbox cost $790. A travel pillow costs $610. And for dog owners, a leash … a LEASH … for $450! Collar $495. Bowl $890. Fake fur, heart-shaped doggy bed $1,450.

I have to wonder if these Balenciaga people take their crap seriously or if they just laugh themselves silly every time some fool with too much money buys anything

GRAMMY NOTES: Giraffes are my favorite wild animal, so naturally I’ve been longing to paint one for ages. I finally decided my skills were up to doing the subject justice. Photo reference by Denise McQuillen. Used with permission. N.b., the flash washed out the colors quite a lot.

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Grammy Grinch

Not “commitment.” RELATIONSHIP.

We had them until 18, because that is when the state said we were no longer responsible. And we took that seriously. Too many parents don’t bother to get their offspring ready to be adults by their 18th birthdays, including my own parents and my husband’s. Consequently, we made way too many stupid, unnecessary mistakes.

At 18, our “brains aren’t even done yet” children suddenly become capable of committing felonies for which they could go to jail for life. They can take out loans that they can’t repay or sign up to go get shot at in countries they never heard of before.

And long before that, they can die. Did we do everything possible to get them ready to meet Jesus? Did we pray for their future spouses or to accept whatever vocation the Lord called them to? Did we pray for the faith to let them go, to welcome the loss of control, to endure their failures?

We love it that our kids and their spouses not only enjoy and respect us, but also teach our grands to do the same. We welcome their phone calls, newsy emails, photographs, and visits.

But they’re adults. I didn’t let them dump their chores on me or take my stuff without asking when they were minors. I certainly don’t want that kind of disrespectful behaviors now that they are grown. And I, in turn, do not offer unsolicited advice or spoil their kids beyond what they have approved.

Call my Grammy Grinch if you want, but I won’t trade my adult-friends relationships with my grown offspring for anything.


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