Austin, United States

I have spent most of my career as a French professor and a research librarian, and have been reinventing myself as a writer. I’m...


Heat Advisory

Heat advisory today. This may not be Death Valley or anything like that, but it’s 101 degrees out there right now. With the heat index, they’re saying it could feel like 109 before the day is over. I probably should give the cats something to refresh them. This is dangerous heat. Death Valley was actually having a high the other day of 120 degrees. They don’t call it Death Valley for nothing! Oh, Death Valley is a National Park here in the US, in eastern California, appropriately called, Death Valley National Park.…

I think we traveled through Death Valley one summer many, many years ago. We crossed that desert at night. On the other side of the desert, we had to shoot the horse. He was just too plumb tuckered out. Just jokin’! We would never be so stupid as to cross it on a hor

Of Cowboys and Poetry and the Hood

It’s the absolute heat of summer now in Austin, and it’s quite hot. With the heat index, it’s been in the triple digits. But today the God of weather was nice enough to send a little cloud over the sun as I was walking home, and to send a little breeze to keep oxygen in the air and a bit of cool on my cheeks. God is good. So are cowboys, it seems.…

Because of the summer’s heat, I overslept today and missed a potential day of work. Once lost, work was no longer an option, so I headed for the library. I had been reading a detective novel, and with all the Irish characters in it, and mentions of Irish literature and poetry and screenwriting, I though I’d take a look at some Irish poetry. Sadly, that little branch library I favor did not really have any IRISH poetry, so I settled for “C

On the Death Penalty-

I was watching tv or I was on the internet, and somewhere I came across something about Arizona being a death penalty state. I was surprised. I didn’t know that AZ. had the death penalty. So I looked to see how many states had it and how many didn’t. Again, I was surprised. When a little map popped up, almost the whole map was red, i.e., death penalty states. When I looked at the numbers, there are only 18 states that do not execute people accused of crimes. I was kind of appalled. With so many people incarcerated for crimes they did not commit, there has to be a certain percentage of innocent people going to their deaths for crimes they did not commit.…

So I looked up the position of Scripture on the death penalty, and the Old Testament, in the Mosaic Law, advocates killing certain

The Way to Peace, the Power of Prayer

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice! Your kindness should be known to all. The Lord is near. Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God.” Philippians 4:4-6…

Prayer is one of the richest sources of grace and peace in the world, next to the Mass and Communion. I love my prayer time. It doesn’t matter if your prayer is short during the day. When you think about it, you can say any short prayer, maybe for a friend, or for your own issues and concerns. But morning and evening prayer sanctify the day. My day is always different when something happens and I do not get my morning prayer in. There is a distinct difference in my whole day.

I love the short chapters of the book of James. He w

Memorial Day - A Sacred Bond

Have you ever found that while reading a fiction novel, you find something profound that can also relate to a part of your own life? I love books like that. So today, I was reading another Michael Connelly novel, this one titled “A Darkness More Than Night”. Actually, it started out much slower than his other books, at least the ones I’ve read so far. I almost put the book down to return to the library without reading it, but plowed on, knowing the quality of this writer’s work. And I was not disappointed.…

The story is about a murder investigation, and the detective goes to an FBI profiler to get some kind of grasp of who might have committed a crime like this. In the process of creating a profile, the profiler looks in the back of the file, where he has characterized the original de

"I give you might, because you need it." - Ischuos

There is a line from Scripture which is one of my most favorite lines. St. Paul delivers this revelation, “It is IN GOD that WE LIVE, AND MOVE, AND HAVE OUR BEING.” WOW! And many of us don’t even know it. It is God who gives us life, and God who watches over us, and God who loves us and cares for us. Yet, some of us never even acknowledge Him. This hurts God very much, according to the saints. It became evident at Fatima, during those apparitions of Our Lady. But really, we can glean so much of this from Scripture too.…

Sunday’s Gospel reading made a similar, powerful statement which, as Father pointed out, many of us just gloss over, because we’re so used to reading it and seeing it:

“In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you.”

This is not so far

Mars Discoveries

Did you see the segment on “60 Minutes” tonight about Mars? It really was interesting. You can get part of it from the CBS web site. It’s titled something like “A Walk on Mars”. What is most amazing is that it suggests something I thought as a kid might have some validity.…

You see, when I was a child, I had this idea, and don’t really know how I got this idea, that mankind used to live on Mars. However, on Mars, people got into squabbles and fights that escalated to Mars wars. Eventually, this destroyed all life on the planet, except for a few ships that made it to earth, where mankind started all over again.

That scenario was some kind of childish idea, perhaps. But what is exciting is that they have discovered that there once was water on Mars in such amounts that it was habitabl

My Experience With "Reproductive Rights"

In Nazi Germany, as most of you already know, the Nazis used euphemisms (a false name for something evil that makes it look like something good) for totally evil actions. For example, sending families to the gas chambers naked and gassing them to death, was billed as “going to the showers to be de-liced.” This obtained the family’s cooperation up to the point of death-dealing. Of course, this amounted to a BIG LIE to cover a HUGE EVIL!…

So we have a current problem in this country with an organization which again uses euphemisms to cover a horrible evil. These are the organizations promoting abortion, which you should know by now is the brutal, unmitigated murder of tender, unborn children, children in the womb, who are floating serenely before the vicious attack. It is unmitigated b

Go Make a Difference. It's So Easy!

I came across a great article which was just written yesterday, and you may want to read it. It has some great information in it, and the author even gives you a source for his conclusions. Here is the link:…

Tomorrow is Saturday. It’s the first Saturday of the month of May. There is a special request of us from heaven for the first Saturdays of the month. We are asked to go to confession, pray the rosary, and attend Mass and receive Communion. This request was made by the Blessed Mother in her apparitions to three little shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal in 1918. It is intended to help bring the world back to order so that the world may be spared the conflagration to which it is sp

Revelations in Nature, and New Pet Advice

Today I took a break, after a difficult morning. Sometimes strange things happen for which there are no readily available explanations. When this occurs, it’s ok to hyperventilate, as long as there is no one around to hear you. If there IS someone around to hear you, o.k., now you need to HIDE for a while. Call it a time out.…

With this in mind, after picking up a few groceries, I found a nice isolated spot in nature to unwind with a wee bit o’ beer. It was a lovely spot under interlacing branches of trees, with no disturbances and a nice cool breeze. How often do we take the time to do this, anyway? It didn’t take long for me to realize I had not been doing this often enough. The peace that enveloped me was like an awakening, and I immediately knew that I needed a vacation…(knew AG

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