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Stjerome100px_2Ah, Serenity.  This Friday is the Feast of St. Jerome.  Also, the release date for the new movie, Serenity, based on  Firefly.  Coincidence?  I think not.  (St. Jerome is the patron saint of librarians… read on for the connection.)

My good friend, Mickey, sent me a set of DVDs for my birthday last year: the entire season of  Firefly.  A television program, by Joss Whedon, (creator of the fantabulously under-rated and misunderstood programs, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel).  I began watching the series and was immediately hooked.  Even passed the show on to my family, friends, and, well, their families too!  Though Firefly was cancelled after just that one season, the creator, actors, fans, and apparently studio, couldn’t stop the signal…. Hence, Serenity.

Western, Science Fiction, Humor, Drama, Action Adventure, Political Commentary?  Who’s to say….  Okay, I will… all of the above, really.  Here’s what one commentator says:

. . . . The primacy of character, story, and theme, as opposed to special
effects, also distinguish the Serenity ambience from what’s found in so
much science fiction, horror, and fantasy. The carefully woven sense of
another reality and its fascinating inhabitants provide a context rich
enough to inspire feelings of care and, if my experience is typical, a
general sense of being more alive. This work is thoughtful in its
messages, beautiful in its recognition of struggle and contingency, and
deeply invigorating.

Book_1One of the characters, Shepherd Book, (get it?) a preacher man who travels spreading the word wherever he goes, is conflicted about the mission of the Serenity crew… And who wouldn’t be?  Played by Ron Glass, Book, embodies one way of being missionary. 

Glass is also a scholar and social activist, having earned a Medal of Honor
commendation from his alma mater, the University of Evansville, for his
scholarship and career accomplishments, and serving as chairman of the board of
the Al Wooten, Jr. Heritage Center in Los Angeles, whose goal is to empower
young people growing up in crisis communities. via

Of course the rest of the cast and crew are fabulous too…  You can’t stop the signal…


So, I’m doing a workshop at Fall Fest (the annual Catholic Young Adult conference here in San Francisco)… It’s tomorrow.  Wanna see the 411?  Here ya go.

So, why am updating my blog?  Well, like I said, I’m giving a workshop tomorrow.  I’m big on the distractions…

to whit: watched "Ghost Whisperer" tonight.  Not so much.  Though I did like the JLH character.  Just can’t see myself going back for more.

So, I’m sipping coffee and studying for my class at Brewed Awakenings the other day when I see a guy coming towards me with this fabulous t-shirt… black with the word ONE on the front in a perfect circle.  Ooh, that’s like the One Campaign, I think to myself.  And then I look up…. It’s my friend Bob!  Cool, huh!  Great to see him.  Great to look forward to breakfast next week too.  Wanna hear about his summer….

Meanwhile: the next post is for Teresa!  (wait for it.) 

TentgraphicnowordsOctober Surprise:

A Call to Share Sacred Seasons

At just
the moment of history when religious conflicts have reemerged bearing
lethal dangers for each other and our planet, God has given our
spiritual and religious traditions a gift of time:

During October
2005, a rare confluence of sacred moments in many different traditions
invites us to eat together, walk together, learn together, pray
alongside each other, listen to each other, and work together for
peace, justice, human rights, and the healing of our wounded earth.

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You are Mohair
You are Mohair.
You are a warm and fuzzy type who works well with
others, doing your share without being too
weighty. You can be stubborn and absolutely
refuse to change your position once it is set,
but that’s okay since you are good at covering
up your mistakes.

What kind of yarn are you?
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Check it out at the Farmer’s Almanac

1943770319 years and history repeats itself again….

Ansel Adams and the Moon of tonight!

More Moons

O sweet September, they first breezes bring the dry
leaf’s rustle and the squirrel’s laughter, the cool fresh air whence
health and vigor spring and promise of exceeding joy hereafter.

–George Arnold


Some Balm


Dorothy Day

If I did not believe,
if I did not make what is called an act of faith (and each act of faith
increases our capacity for faith), if I did not have faith that the
works of mercy do lighten the sum total of suffering in the world, so
that those who are suffering in this ghastly struggle somehow
mysteriously find their pain lifted and some balm of consolation poured
on their wounds if I did not believe these things, the problem of evil would indeed be overwhelming.


Source: Dorothy Day, "On Pilgrimage"

from Daily Dig

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