A Beautiful Tribute for the 10th Anniversary of September 11, 2001

Father Mychal Judge was a Franciscan friar and a chaplain to the New York City Fire Department. He died in the North Tower from the debris that flew in when the South Tower collapsed. Father Judge had left instructions that Father Michael Duffy deliver the homily at his funeral. Here is a beautiful tribute that Father Duffy offered on behalf of his friend:

“And so, this morning we come to bury Myke Judge’s body, but not his spirit. We come to bury his voice, but not his message. We come to bury his hands, but not his good works. We come to bury his heart, but not his love. Never his love.”

You can read the entire story at this link (which you might have to copy and paste because I’m having trouble figuring this linking stuff out!):

Father Mychal Judge Tribute: http://www.npr.org/2011/09/09/140293993/slain-priest-bury-his-heart-but-not-his-love?sc=tw&cc=share

Beautifully said, Father Duffy!

Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer

A week ago my daughter, Valerie, and her two girls, Natalie and Isabel, came out to Grammy’s house for a swim.  Valerie, Jillian, Julie, Natalie and Isabel all got in pretty quick.  I took longer.  Even though the day was just a tish on the warm side (upper 80’s) the water was cool so it takes me awhile to adjust.  I finally climbed in and immediately started walking around the pool doing some clean-up.  Leaves always fall in and bugs drown so I get my net and clear out all of the debris that finds its way in.

Natalie wasn’t content with this.  “Come on, Grammy!  Sit down,” she said often and with emphasis.

I walked around for 20 minutes or so, acclimating to the water and trying to keep from getting splashed.  I finally put my net away and sank into the cool water.  Jillian had gotten out before this and was sitting on a towel nearby.  Natalie and Isabel found a new plaything–me.  We had a blast as you can see from the pictures.

As the summer winds down we’ll do our best to enjoy every day.  And Nat King Cole’s song–about one of my favorite seasons–echoes through my mind.  =)

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Amy’s Corn Salsa

Feel like something a little different with your tortilla chips?  This salsa is delicious!  Here are all the ingredients you will need (minus the salt and pepper).  And, for those of you who are new to cooking, here’s a picture showing how you dice tomatoes–cut them into slices, then into smaller pieces.
The black utensil on the left is a Pampered Chef corer which also makes melon balls with the other end.  It’s excellent for coring tomatoes and strawberries.  (Can you tell I used to sell Pampered Chef products? The cutting board, tomato knife and towel are also Pampered Chef.)  =)
6 Roma tomatoes, diced
1 can of chopped olives
1 large can of chopped green chilies
1 can of whole kernel corn, drained
2 or 3 green onions, thinly sliced (can use chopped onions if preferred)
Chopped cilantro to taste (I use my kitchen shears and snip it into small pieces instead of chopping it with a knife, but you can do whatever you want.)
A cup of shredded Colby Jack or cheddar cheese
A can of black beans, drained and rinsed (rinse the beans until the water runs clear)
½ cup of Italian dressing (any brand you like)
1 t. of garlic salt
Salt and pepper to taste (remember, you’ve already got some salt from the garlic salt, so err on the side of too little and adjust as necessary when you taste it.)
¼ t. of cumin
Mix together and serve with tortilla chips for dipping.  (Note: I’ve even used Taco Doritos, which were surprisingly good.)  Makes several cups depending on the size of the Roma tomatoes.  Here’s what it will look like when you’re done.  It will store nicely in the refrigerator for a few days.

Favorite Quotations?

Do you have a favorite quotation?  I’m a C. S. Lewis fan (or nut depending on your point-of-view) so I have a lot of Lewis favorite quotes.  Here are a couple of them:

“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it.  It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become.” ~ C. S. Lewis

What are your favorite quotes?  Please share them here, knowing (of course) that I might borrow them sometime in the future.  =)

Optimisitically yours,

Cindy