Monday, October 18, 2010
We really like where we live right now. It is about a five minute walk to the church. We love walking to church. The house is nice. It is a fairly nice neighborhood, but like all neighborhoods it has its problems.
One is neighbors who do not clean up after their dogs. It is sooo aggravating to find dog piles in the front yard. When I take our dogs for a walk, I always carry a bag. I always clean up the dog product if there is any. I guess I can feel superior for being a responsible and considerate pet owner. I resent those who think it is okay to let there dogs go anywhere.
Another is a next door neighbor that won't give us the time of day. The one and only time I have spoken to them is when I caught them getting out of their car in the drive way. While trying to introduce myself and ask them about overhanging tree limbs, they were rushing toward their front door like cornered animals. When I did get a tree guy to come cut off the limbs from their pecan trees (my daughter is allergic to pecans) they would not answer their door. So, I left a note on the door and let the tree guy go at it--in their yard. Not a word came from their side of the fence. They are not hermits though. We know that from the half dozen cars parked in front of our house for their occasional Sunday get-togethers.
Is it just me or are people less considerate than they used to be? I guess I am too used to living on Air Force bases, and the German countryside, for the 23 years before we bought this house. I am not used to all the trash, or kids walking through my yard, or some jerk stealing a CD player from my van. Living in the "real" world takes some getting used to. I don't like it at all.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
From the article "Priest to Catholic Voters: Stop Being Stupid" by Matt C. Abbott for RenewAmerica.com. Please go to his web/news blog and read the entire article. I wish more priests spoke up like Fr. Perozich.
Monday, October 11, 2010
"Circle of Grace" was developed by a committee in the Archdiocese of Omaha to meet their child safety education needs. They developed the program with DREs, catechists, and even consulted child psychologists. They've implemented it in their Catholic school programs as well as their RE programs. It has been so well received by the schools, churches, and parents that some protestant churches in the Omaha area have adopted it to their programs.
"Circle of Grace" is a new child safety education program and I am proud to say that I am excited about it. I tell you what, I was very dubious before the meeting. I am not now. Frankly, the Archdiocesan program we have now is pretty dismal. It's boring, it's not well written, and it has nothing for the kids to get excited about. This program is everything that program isn't. It is exciting, fun, and interactive. The program is all set up for the catechists, and they can integrate it into their existing programs. They emphasize that this is NOT a sex education program and it is not a 'stranger danger' program. It integrated our Catholic Faith and keeping one safe and healthy.
The Program Goal
The goal of the Circle of Grace program is to educate and empower children and young people to actively participate in a safe environment for themselves and others.
Children/young people will understand they are created by God and live in the love of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
• God is "present" in everyone's Circle of Grace.
Children/young people will be able to describe the Circle of Grace which God gives each of us.
• God is “present” because He desires a relationship with us.
Children/young people will be able to identify and maintain appropriate physical, emotional, spiritual and sexual boundaries.
• God helps us know what belongs in our Circle of Grace.
Children/young people will be able to identify all types of boundary violations.
• God helps us know what does not belong in our Circle of Grace
Children/young people will demonstrate how to take action if any boundary is threatened or violated.
• God helps us know when to ask for help from someone who we trust.
The program and sample curriculum can be viewed here: http://www.archomaha.org/pastoral/se/circle.html
I'm excited about the program and I hope that it will excite and prepare the children for life in this world, as well as, preparation for the next.
Saturday, October 2, 2010
|Black Lab-Not D|
D, our new dog, is a six-month-old, black labra-dacshund puppy. She has had no training or discipline. She is rambuncuous and jumps up on people. She whines to go out and whines to come in. She had gotten away with this at her old house. So far she has weed once in the car and once in the house, chewed on a glue stick and a crayon, ticked off M, and jumped on the furniture.
|Piebald dacshund-M. lookalike|
By Friday, both dogs were exhausted with the effort to play and to assert their place in the "pack." They are starting to at least tolerate each other. M still has his own day bed and D lays anywhere she feels like it. Wednesday night we put her in fenced off section of the garage with a blanket, a training pad, and some water. She actually behaved herself very well that night. I was having "Marley and Me" flashbacks, but all went well. Whe now has a proper kennel bed. She hops into the kids laps but then hops back off again. She can't seem to alight anywhere for more than a minute or two.
M has always been Daddy's boy. D is definitely Mamma's girl. She is a help to me, too. She has motivated me to take her for a daily walk. Hopefully that will kick start my dreamed of weight loss.