Children a Cause of Aging?


Without saying a word, just by being, children age you! Up until I had children, time seemed to hover over reality and, although I celebrated my birthdays, it didn’t seem to change the time factor much. Once you have children, however, they tend to become the measuring stick of your rapid aging process. Whereas you used to think back on events in a foggy but not that ancient past, you now have the years counted explicitly for you by way of your children.

When a child celebrates a birthday, it quickly brings to mind that another year has gone by and the child has changed. Suddenly, you glimpse an older person in the mirror and realize it it you. Time has sped up and you find yourself keeping track of the years as they quickly sift through your fingers!

Unless I can make the claim stick that I gave birth to all my children prior to age five, time is proclaiming the fact that while the children grow up, I am getting older.

Two of my children are off on their own. My older son is soon to be an author and he wrote the book in Chinese. Even my fourth child, my baby is twenty-one, now. My husband often shakes his head and bemoans the fact that it all happened so quickly. We were so busy raising the children, we regret not always having time to stop and totally revel in the fact.

We are, however, blessed. My advice to the mothers with cranky babies, exhaustion, and not enough time to do what they want to do . . . relish it as it ends all too soon and you will have children who will willingly walk into the future on their own, two feet and you are left with the memories. Rejoice and be glad and be thankful!

Lenten Fare – Vegetarian Chili

We like to go meatless a couple of days a week but it can be a challenge to find a recipe that doesn’t call for soy products. My husband can’t eat soy. During Lent and the meatless Fridays, I’m always straining my brain for nourishing meals that also taste good, too. This one seems to fit the requirements. It has everything you need to be filling and tasty and you can serve it as spicy as you want. I always put chili flakes on the table along with the salt and pepper for those in the family who like to breathe fire!

Vegetarian Chili
1 cup finely grated carrot
1 Portobelo mushroom, minced
One onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, smashed and chopped finely
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
3 tablespoons barbecue sauce
2 cans beans (black, kidney, pinto, your choice!)
1 cup frozen corn
1 can diced tomatoes
1 cup pasta sauce, your favorite brand
¼ cup chunky salsa
¼ cup fresh cilantro
Chili powder to taste
Ground cumin to taste

Tortilla chips
shredded Cheese
green onions, chopped
sour cream to top

Saute the carrot, mushroom, onion and garlic in a cooking pot with the olive oil until everything is tender. Add the Worcestershire sauce, barbecue sauce, beans, corn, pasta sauce, and salsa. Stir to mix and simmer for about 15-20 minutes. Stir in the chili and ground cumin, cook another five minutes. Add the cilantro and serve. Top with chips, shredded cheese, green onions, and sour cream.

Looking to Yourself for Your Circumstances . . . Great Quote!

People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can’t find them, make them.
– George Bernard Shaw

Almond-Chocolate Roca Bars

This bar cookie smell like festivities approaching as it bakes! It is easy to make but looks like you fussed. Can you imagine it with a cup of hot coffee and good company? Easter is coming around the corner. Here is a grownup treat to celebrate the feast day!

Almond-Chocolate Roca Bars
1 cup butter
½ cup packed brown sugar
½ granulated sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract
Two cups dark chocolate pieces
½ cup finely chopped almonds
1/4 cup toffee bits

Mix butter, sugars, flour, and extracts, and press into 11×15 baking sheet. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes until golden brown and set. Melt chocolate and spread over cookie dough. Sprinkle with chopped almonds and toffee bit. Cut into bars while still warm.

Makes approximately 3 dozen cookies depending on size you cut them.

Ideas . . .
Instead of almonds, you can sprinkle crushed peppermint candy over the melted chocolate.

If Jesus Came to Visit – author unknown

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Would you have to change your clothes
Before you let Him in?
Or hide some magazines,
And put the Bible where they’d been?
Would you hide your worldly music
And put some hymn books out?
Could you let Jesus walk right in,
Or would you rush about?
And I wonder if the Savior
Spent a day or two with you,
Would you go right on doing,
The things you always do?
Would you go right on saying
The things you always say?
Or would life for you continue
As it does from day to day?
Would you take Jesus with you
Everywhere you go?
Or would you maybe change your plans
For just a day or so?
Would you be glad to have Him
Meet your closest friends?
Or would you hope they stay away
Until His visit ends?
Would you be glad to have Him stay
Forever on and on?
Or would you sigh with great relief
When He at last was gone?
It might be interesting to know,
The things that you would do,
If Jesus came in person,
To spend some time with you.

Nuclear Weapons, Iran, and the United States


So, the worst has happened and our negotiations in Iran result in them actually obtaining a nuclear weapon which they unleash on the United States and Europe. What now? If you survive the explosion of the bomb, what can you expect in the next few weeks which could, in all likeliness, be your last few weeks on earth?

The greatest number of death would occur in the first nine weeks. Most of the deaths would be from thermal injury also known as radiation. We all know how much the tiny amount of radiation causes in discomfort with medical procedures. Just imagine a blast of the stuff on an unprotected body. Not too many would survive closes quarters to the center of the explosion.

The weeks following the initial blast of the nuclear attack would have deaths from ionizing radiation in lethal levels. The severe effects of this would result in radiation skin burns which would probably lead to a miserable death. I don’t imagine medical help would be readily available. If you luck out and are exposed to only low doses of ionizing radiation, you’d just increased your risk of cancer substantially.

If you survive five months from the onslaught of the nuclear attack, there might be some improvement in the survivors’ overall condition. Complications, however, would continue to plague people in relations to the healing of the burns and other injuries like broken bones, lack fo food, water, etc. A few other ‘bonuses’ of surviving the radiation poisoning would be a greatly increased chance of cancer, cataracts, and problems in other organs, infertility, blood disorders, and probably birth defects.

Another side effect would be the human component. Personalities don’t change but are enhanced in a desperate situation so one would have to deal with the greedy, mean, murderous as well as the kind and helpful willing to share to survive.

Those further away from the contact point of the nuclear bomb would probably do well to shelter in place. If one chose to evacuate, they should go perpendicular to the direction of the wind which would be pushing along the fallout plume. This fallout plume is described in Wikipedia as:

“Nuclear fallout, or simply fallout, is the residual radioactive material propelled into the upper atmosphere following a nuclear blast or a nuclear reaction conducted in an unshielded facility, so called because it “falls out” of the sky after the explosion and shock wave have passed. It commonly refers to the radioactive dust and ash created when a nuclear weapon explodes, but such dust can also originate from a damaged nuclear plant. Fallout may take the form of black rain (rain darkened by particulates).”

Basically, the explosion of a nuclear bomb would result in the loss of tens of millions of people , from the bomb, itself, as well as from the subsequent climate changes, too. Perhaps, Al Gore’s ‘dream come true’ – a scientifically-based climate change! Also, another consequence of this type of disaster would be the soot and dust that would invade the atmosphere which could cover the earth and block out sunlight for years which would, indeed, disrupt the food chains and result in more death and destruction.

If all that were not enough, there is also another effect of setting off a nuclear bomb called, EMP? Don’t know what that is:

And, an all too realistic movie made in 1983 about the aftereffects of an attack:

Coping with the Spiritual

Remember to say a prayer for the priests who give their time to share these thoughts and directions with us.

One Productive Day!

I have a priest friend who lives in Nigeria that comes out to visit California in the summer. He  noticed the small tote bag I carry to church with my Rosary and prayer book and asked me where I got it so he could buy some to take back to Nigeria with him. He likes to bring his sister and the ladies’ group something from his vacations in America. I told him I made the bags and would make him some for free as it give me an excuse to sew! It was a good deal for both of us. Since summer is fast approaching, I realized I had better start working on the bags in order to have a good amount for him to take home this year. I try to give him at least a dozen so by my count, I still have eight to go!

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