Rosa Parks and Wild Card Wednesday

On December 1, 1955, during a typical evening rush hour in Montgomery, Alabama, a small, unassuming woman took a seat on a city bus. She was black, and as the law dictated, she walked toward the back of the bus, finding a seat in the 11th row. She could not sit in the first 10 rows. Those were reserved for white riders only.

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Down the Mississippi

Often when we think South – as in Deep South, Mississippi is one of the first places that springs to mind. Mississippi was the 20th state to join the union, and the 2nd to secede. More than 80,000 Mississippians fought in the Civil War. They did not fight on the side of the Union. Yet the first Memorial Day took place in Mississippi to lay flowers on the graves of those who died on both sides.

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A Dreamy, Creamy Day Kind of Day

Welcome to the Monday after Thanksgiving. Anyone with an internet connection knows what that means – Cyber Monday. Just as I don’t shop Black Friday, Cyber Monday doesn’t do much for me. Truth be told, until the whole pandemic thing, I rarely (and I mean rarely) shopped online. I will admit, it is convenient.

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Advent’s Promise of Hope

As the secular year draws to a close, the Liturgical Year begins. Today is the First Sunday of the Advent Season. It marks the beginning of a new Church year as we begin preparations for the coming of our Lord. This year, the First Sunday of Advent shares the spotlight with the First Night of Chanukah.

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What Are You Doing Today?

Welcome to the Saturday after Thanksgiving, also known as Small Business Saturday. Small Business Saturday is a gentle reminder that during this holiday season, don’t forget to patronize the small businesses right in our own neighborhood.

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Triple Chocolate Delight – Oh My!

Welcome to the 26th day of November. This year it is also known by a variety of other names, most notably Black Friday. In America, Black Friday is the official kick-off to the holiday shopping insanity. Die hard shoppers and bargain hunters will sacrifice Thanksgiving with family to wait in line for that mad dash to score those deals. It’s some sort of right of passage for some.

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Invite a Friend to Dine

Today is National Eat with a Friend Day. It comes around every year on November 25. This year it happens to coincide with Thanksgiving – how convenient! Not everyone has family nearby to celebrate our National Day of Thanks. And not everyone celebrates Thanksgiving for whatever reason.

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Let Us Gather and Give Thanks

Tomorrow is the big day – Thanksgiving. This year there have been so many changes to our Thanksgiving Day Celebrations. Adjustments if you will. After a multitude of changes, I’m finally ready to share our plans with the world.

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Spicy Taco Tuesday

Oh how we love Tuesdays in our house. I’m not sure if that’s because my guys are fans of all things Mexican and Spicy, or if it’s the Margaritas that they love so much. One thing is certain, most Tuesdays are pretty darn festive here.

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Poor Man’s Mashed Potato Casserole

Have y’all met my husband? He’s smart, educated, traveled and yet if you were to look up Meat and Potato Eater in the dictionary, you’d probably find his picture there. His Midwestern upbringing is very much ingrained in his nature.

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An Acknowledgement of Faith

There are times when two Feast Days, one fixed and the other moveable, come together on the same day. Do we celebrate both? Does one take precedence over the other? And if so, which one? Such is the case today.

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Absurdly Delicious

Today is National Absurdity Day. It’s that one day a year when we are encouraged to embrace what might otherwise be considered odd or weird or even down right nuts. Personally, I think American has been embracing Absurdity Day for a while now, but that’s a whole other subject.

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Friday Night Mushroom Bolognese Spaghetti

If you’ve been around a while (and I thank you), then you know ours is an Old School Catholic household. That is to say in many ways we practice the faith of our childhood, before the changes of Vatican II.

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Tater Tot Waffles with Fried Eggs

Today Mickey Mouse turns 93 – at least on film. Happy Birthday my old friend. As a child, I belonged to the Mickey Mouse Club – had an official jacket and everything. What about you?

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Oh Yeah, Bring on that Heat

Wow – what a difference a year can make! On this day last year I gave all my reasons for not following the National Calendar to celebrate Baklava Day (too dang early in the year) and why I wasn’t baking bread on National Home-baked Bread Day.

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