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Thursday, May 10th, 2007
2:10 am

earthdonna

Username Change
I don't have enough money to rename my account this month. When I do decide to change it I think I have a username that will probably still be free, but part of me thinks its silly to spend an additional $15 on it when there are so many other things I could do.

Reading [Unknown LJ tag] Blogs
I was reading the Your Peace of Mind Newsletter where 'Beyond Blue' blog was featured. I definately have a new blog to keep up with. She happens to be Roman Catholic and very interested in new writings, so there are new modern-day and living authors that she discusses and introduces while writing about her days.

In one of the recent blogs was a copy of the Desiderata, penned in 1927. I've heard the "you are a child of the universe" parodied in every which way, but I never realized how beautiful the entire poem/instruction is before now.  Below is the Desiderata in its full form. I've been so crabby today and so troubled with the way things are going, that I really needed to run across this tonight.

The Desiderata

Go placidy amid the noise and haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even the dull and ignorant;
they too have their story.

Avoid loud and agressive persons,
they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain and bitter;
for there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.

Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs;
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself, especially do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment
it transcends time and space.

Take kindly to the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome disipline, be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be careful. Take care.
Strive to be happy.

 

 



current mood: touched

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Sunday, May 6th, 2007
11:18 pm

earthdonna
I'm getting a little discouraged. Usually I'm everyone's envy because with the way my schedule is I can stay home and recoup from colds and such in one or two days. But this is dragging on like mad. I'm tired of having hot and cold sweats, being stuffed up in the head and feeling groggy and dizzy. Oh.. and I threw up after going out to dinner with my parents. It was kind of interesting because a lot hadn't broken down or digested, so I could see all the little carrots and egg noodles from the soup. Everything was still pretty distinct and fortunately tasted pretty much like it did going down.

The Pooch is Insured! 
We set up an appointment at PetSmart yesterday for an insurance exam and shots. Mickey is in perfect health and they just adored him. Insurance means we won't have to pay additional money for office visits and all his shots, wormings, and basic tests are now covered.  We thought he'd be upset with us after all the shots but he seems as good as new today.  After having a couple accidents in the store, we maybe should look into the obediance courses. When he gets excited he is really distractable and doesn't obey so well. Fortunatly just about everyone he runs across adores how cute and soft and fluffy he is, so people didn't get too upset when he tangled them up in his leash or was into everything.


Roger wants to get fish, but we decided to wait another month. He is probably going to get a fantailed goldfish or some femail betas. He wants to name them Ren & Stimpy, Wayne & Garth --we're probably looking at a larger fishtank


current mood: groggy

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Monday, April 30th, 2007
11:53 pm - Still Sick

earthdonna
I tried to have a normal day today and did my volunteering, but fatigue, Hot and Cold Chills and Grogginess have gotten the best of me. I'm going to go to bed and hope for a better day tomarrow.


In the meantime I've thought a lot about my username and how it doesn't really reflect me and who I am right now.. Other than the general bodyshape. It's too close to pagan. And too depressing and negative in focus. I'm much more than a fat woman. I'm thinking of changing usernames again, though some of the names I was thinking of before are taken now.

Then again, I don't really have the money for a rename token.. but it may take me long enough to find a username that I will later. Roger and I are working on our financial situation, but in that I'm supposed to treat myself to one thing per month. This for me is a challenge, because I'm increasing my payments on my debt, but one thing per month, for me, is also an increase rather than a decrease.

current mood: groggy

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Sunday, April 29th, 2007
2:46 am - Google Calandar Pt.2

earthdonna
Since I received feedback I decided to publish my Google calandar, but discovered that I can't create a link to the weekly view of the whole thing. I'm just able to provide links to the monthly view of each mini-calandar. This would be useful if I was posting soccer practices or something similar but fails to capture how useful and exciting this utility is as a whole.

It won't show the entire scope of the program and features, but I've made several screenshots of my current week's calandar and then monthly and agenda views.
I'll make them available behind the lj-cut below.

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current mood: ditzy

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Saturday, April 28th, 2007
8:50 pm - Google Calandar

earthdonna
Full of enthusiasm, I finished planning my new routine on Google Calandar about 12:43 last night. Complete with exercise and time calculated for routines and cleaning.  Then I woke up with a sore throat and chills. So I've spent most of day in bed today.
I'm thinking about making my calandars public and posting the link, plus and minus aspect to that in that I don't think anyone would actually look.

If Pappel or Cap or Agora or anyone else would be interested, drop me a line here or in meda. The tv shows I watch are listed inside as well.  I'm struggling for content ideas.

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Friday, April 27th, 2007
9:59 pm - The Daily Breakfast Broadcast with Father Roderick

earthdonna
I'm here again...


back from a crisis of faith and seemingly interminable doubts...
I feel stupid that I had them and they wouldn't be very interesting posted.

I started praying the Divine Mercies again and that helped me immeasurably.
Sister Faustina said that even the most hardened sinner would be impacted by them.
In this case the hardened sinner was me!

I downloaded iTunes.. its a free program by Apple and it supports many free broadcasts called Podcasts, recordings of music or talk or both, distributed over the internet. There are a handful of podcasts that are in video format, but those are primarily free too. It has a really nice search engine that makes finding catholic podcasts easy and I'm really enjoying them.

My recommendation is that you start at the podcasts hosted by http://www.sqpn.com (Star Quest Production Network) I'm catching up on all the Daily Breakfast episodes as we speak. You'll be able to download episodes through the iTunes program or directly from links on the website. Individual Podcasting partners of the website are too numerous to mention. Father Roderick is the founder of the website and broadcasts THE BREAKFAST personally. I enjoy Father Roderick's tech savvy nature and sense of humor the most and I like how he incorporates music in most of the broadcasts. It broadens my knowledge of artists and music types.

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Sunday, May 21st, 2006
9:47 pm - Apology

earthdonna
I started the community when I seemed to have eons of time and not enough interaction.. unfortunately life sprung ahead and I don't have time to actually do a community justice. I seem so busy now that I don't know what to do with myself. I would delete the community but it doesn't seem that that is an option I can find anywhere. I want to apologize to everyone. I just haven't had time even to reflect myself let alone do what I was planning.

I have a somewhat vain hope that somehow people would converse without me, but that seems not to happen in these forums. I hope everyone is well and is in good spirits.

Theresa

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Tuesday, January 3rd, 2006
12:44 am - My scapulars have come!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

earthdonna
I received my first two scapulars in the mail today!!! I'm so happy. I can barely wait until I get them blessed...

Am I the only one that's been grossly deficient in the reading for this month. Its a really small community. dies___iraecatholicdude, archaist, sovietnimrod Has everyone else done the reading already or could anyone use a little more time to procure and peruse the materials or are you all waiting on me? Anyone not interested in the book discussion is of course welcome to post that or almost anything else, within reason and good taste as well.

My apologies to the dies___iraethat had listed our website as a friend. For some reason it didn''t let me go backward in history far enough to retrieve the name earlier. Thanks for posting.

[EDIT:corrected LJ tag, and included dies___irae]

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12:42 am - On the ninth day of Christmas, Earthdonna gave to me....

earthdonna
TheAnswers to the Christmas Carol Quiz

My dog literally ate the quiz results, so these are from memory. The only one I'm not sure about was number 29, which was something about a marshmallow. None of us knew the carol it was connected to so we all groaned, because Connie, the tester, started singing it for us and seemed to think it was a staple of the Christmas classics.
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Happy New Year!!!! It would be interesting to see what kind of resolutions everyone is making this year, so if you feel the urge, please post them to the thread or reply to this message. Thanks

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Thursday, December 22nd, 2005
3:45 pm - Christmas Carol Quiz

earthdonna
This s a quiz that was given last monday in my fiance's RCIA class. Answers are names or lyrics to popular Christmas songs. Some songs are used more than once. Guess the answers! Have fun. I won't post the key for the results until Christmas. :)
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x-posted to __followers__, catholic_roma, convertscorner and earthdonna

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Wednesday, December 21st, 2005
12:06 am - Recipe from Old Feast of St.Thomas

earthdonna
Look at the followining recipie and tell me, does anyone have any idea what this Kitchen Bouquet stuff is? Its a dish that was prepared on the old St.Thomas day and was served on Epiphany.
Is there some kind of product available stateside, or does anyone know what can be substituted for it?
x-posted to __followers__, catholic_roma, charismatics, convertscorner earthdonna

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Saturday, December 17th, 2005
11:39 pm - What is a Scapular?

earthdonna
This is the question that perplexed me one evening as I walked into the room. I had a bad habit of mislaying my keys and had out of frustration strung them on a piece of yarn and hung them from my neck. The yarn happened to be of a tomato-ey reddish color. As I stepped toward the snacks one of the helpers asked "Oh, is that a scapular you are wearing?" To which I responded, "What is a scapular?"


A scapular is a usually square piece of cloth attached to cloth. Usually there is a front piece that rests on the chest and a back piece that rests in the center of the back, although some only have the part that goes in front on the chest. It is worn like a medal, but underneath the clothing. Many have several promises they relate to and related responsibilities for the wearer to fulfill.

New Advent has a fuller explaination you can look at here. But what it appears happened is that lay people who were affilliated with various orders,(an order.. like the dominicans, carmelites, fransciscans, carthusians and such)at first were given scapulars, a sleeveless garment somewhat like a tabard that monastic communities still wear to the front and the back - from the shoulders down to the hem over an outer garment, but under any cloak. This garment in the people outside but associated with the community became smaller and smaller until now its a simple square a few inches large that gets worn on the inside rather than outside clothing.

For some reason, whether its my own conversion or something else, I feel drawn to the Green Scapular. There are more than one green scapular and if I may say so, the one I'm drawn to is more common and is based on a vision by a Sister of St. Vincent de Paul. There was also, earlier, a green scapular based on a vision of Our Lady, Help of the Sick, but it required enrollment by a corresponding order and that order is no longer accepting enrollees. I'm not sure, but I wonder if the order is still in operation or whether it died out somehow.

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Wednesday, December 14th, 2005
7:43 pm - Hello

catholicdude
Saw your link in the Pope Benedict Forum and looked appealing as I am a convert as well. Look forward to discussion. :D

current mood: happy

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Sunday, December 11th, 2005
11:02 pm - First Member

earthdonna
We are proud to present our first member in this community!

1.What is name/username? Theresa/Earthdonna

2.Who is your favorite saint or rolemodel? Why? My favorite saint is Blessed Mother Teresa, because of all the lives she touched and because it was her book on spirituality that led me from Protestantism to Catholicism

3.How did you come to the catholic faith? I read "A Simple Path" by Mother Teresa during a time when I was questioning my place in the protestant church I'd been raised in. When I decided I had to leave my church I'd fallen in love with M. Teresa's philosophies and the catholic church was one of the first churches I visited. I decided to stay and went through the RCIA process in Ellensburg during my Junior year at college.

4.How long have you been catholic? I've been a recovering protestant for six years

5.What religion(s)/denominations have you come from? I came from The Assemblies of God branch of the Protestants

6.How old are you? 29

7.Sacraments? I've been baptized, participated in reconciliation, and been confirmed.

8.Kids? A dog named Mickey, no children

9.What are you hoping to get out of this community? Support, Ideas, Advice, and a knowledge that I'm not alone. I don't have very much of a catholic network to fall back on. I have my fiance's sponsor as one of my closest contacts in the community and he was picked randomly from the congregation. I'm not comfortable, for obvious reasons, with asking my questions to him or receiving guidance from him and yet he is a godsend to both of us. I need to know other catholics. With my other friends so much of the time I have to be on the offense or defense because they are so anti-catholic. I could use some support and perspective from within the community.

10. Do you have anything to add? I hope no one looks down on the fact that it seems to have taken so long for me to learn the things I have. I bumped into the devotion of scapulars when I was wearing my keys on a piece of red yarn around my neck and someone asked me if I was wearing a red scapular. I really didn't know what they were. Its been niggling at the back of my skull for a while now and I finally feel drawn to one, though I came across myriads of different ones. Devotions are listed as elective and yet they seems like such an essentail part of the catholic life.

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4:26 am - About the Community

earthdonna
I'm a 29 year old convert to Catholicism. I'm still learning new things about the Catholic faith all the time. Much of the church still remains a mystery to me. I hope to post what I'm learning, start discussions on what I'm reading and learn even more through comments and discussion. I can always use more suggestions on books to read next and topics to research, saints to study, apparitions to know about.

If you add this community as your friend and wish to post to the list please select 'convertscorner' in the menubox near the 'update journal' button, that way it will go on the main page instead of just appearing somewhere on the friends page.


The topic for December is: Scapulars

The books for January are:
Called to Communion by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI)
and to add a little more controversy
Conclave by John L. Allen, Jr.

We'll start discussing them in January. So start reading now! :)

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