Archive for May 2019


May 29, 2019

3/3 –  “Lemonade Happens”


Okay,  I can’t stay ranty for long.   I was “real mad”  when this first happened – right before all my out-of-state Memorial Day weekend company (which, by the way, are all still here).

“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.”    I don’t like that little saying.  It’s too . . .  too . ..    too Pollyanna.    Most often, in real life,  you just have to deal with the lemons.

But once in a while —  lemonade happens.

Last Friday was the day I should have been all ready for my California family to visit for the holiday weekend.   Laundry done, house cleaned, shopping,  baking, cooking, activities planned —

—  AND my new refrigerator had arrived and my old one was now clean and emptied, ready for pick up from the utility company,  which would give me a nice $50 check,   I guess for “upgrading” to a more modern refrigerator.



Company coming and TWO refrigerators in the kitchen.   Everything else pushed over, displaced, or covered up.  But it was going to be okay because the utility company was going to come and take one away.

A “four-hour window”  for their arrival, during which time I couldn’t do any last-minute shopping;  just hang around the house.    Waiting.

And they never showed up.   No phone call.  Nothing.   They had called two days before to ask for my confirmation.    I confirmed.  Twice.   No idea why they didn’t come,  but with all the busyness and tension — happy tension, getting ready for company —  frustration turned to anger.

I called fifteen minutes before the end of the business day when I was pretty sure they weren’t coming.  As withi all corporations,  I endured multiple transfers to various departments,  but I finally got a nice Customer Service lady who said she would look into it right away and come back with an answer — maybe they were still on their way.   She put me on hold (yet again)  and I waited.  She came back to ask some questions, put me on hold again.

And then a corporate type recording came on the line announcing that business hours were over, please call again on Monday.   Which of course the Robot Recording didn’t know that Monday would be Memorial Day.

So the Customer Service lady and I were cut off while we were communicating.

That’s the LEMONS!     And I let them have it via email,  text messaging, and the complaint form on the Website.

Then,  free to go out shopping for company, I came home with a load of groceries and found my new refrigerator was overfilled . . .

. . . . and overflowed into my old refrigerator.

That’s the LEMONADE.  I can’t tell you how many times we were all grateful for plenty of refrigerator space!      We’d bring home leftovers from restaurants and  have plenty of room to store them!     Lots of bulky fruits and vegetables.  Lots of things to drink!  No spills, knocking things over,  stuffing the shelves.

So the joke’s on me.  I laughed at my previous anger;  I laughed at myself,  many times!  We’ve had a great fun visit, everyone enjoying the novelty of using two refrigerators.

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Moral of the story:   Things are often better than  what they seem.    I can handle this.   No need for such momentary frustration.

Glad to have two refrigerators!!!

(But I’m not going to tell the utility company that!)



May 27, 2019

Rant 2/3 –  how to Lose a country.

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After watching some Memorial Day celebrations,  speeches,  songs,   from Washington DC,   my tiny little rants seem hardly significant.    But there.    I’ve already titled this trio of postings . . .

My second “tiny” rant began with a determination to honor our war dead by watching some of the great war movies.   I chose to start with the Vietnam War.   I started with an intent to be patriotic and more informed.   After all, I lived through the Vietnam era, which means I really didn’t know what the war was all about.

My friends who came back from the war wouldn’t talk about it.  They would NOT talk about their experiences in southeast Asia.

Unfortunately,  the communist funded protest movements took  over the Vietnam war narrative.     And these people wouldn’t talk to the soldiers who came home.

Vietnam War Protests. Andy Blunden,


I can only cringe at all their unAmerican rhetoric.     The story of the war – not fair,  just one-sided.    The accepted catechism of the war –  not comprehensive,   just an exercise in anti-American propaganda —  such that one of our presidents and his wife and daughter were all heard saying, with great disdain,  “We  l o a t h e the military.”

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It was then, after hearing those words spoken, that I decided to divorce myself from any Leftist pseudo-idealism and ideologues.    They are not in America for America, for  the good of American people, and for American values.

mem hot dogs   What American values?    Values that flow out from the Judea-Christian moral tradition.  Hot dogs, Mom, and apple pie.   Something like that.   The freedom to enjoy hot dogs, Mom, and apple pie.   Freedom of assembly ( assembly at picnics, outdoors, together with friends, out  in the open);     our families and their safety;    the pursuit of happiness — and the proud and free expression of whatever has lasting value. . .  and . . .

. . .  without being told you are a sexist, a racist,  a xenophobe,  a triumphalist, a patriot, a nationalist, a white supremacist . . .  whatever “dirty word” the Left comes up with and spreads throughout our entertainment-news media.

Like our past heroes who are not heroes in the minds of the Leftists.

Which brings me to my tiny rant.  

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I sat down to watch my first Vietnam era movie.

I know it was well made.   I know it dealt with a very serious and real issue.   (War does psychological damage and makes the unstable go crazy.    Mental casualties of every war.)

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I’d seen the movie long, long ago,  but this time, in my own family room with Closed Captioning I saw and heard every word.   I wasn’t “young, innocent, and open” anymore,  open to any thoughts that were confidently and strongly expressed.

Some strong,  prevailing thoughts are just wrong and injurious to our society.

Unless you are trying to tear down the moral fabric of our society.  And unless you are trying to devaluate the values which built our country up — because no great nation rises on   selfish and inferior values and no great nation lasts when selfish and inferior values are prominent among the citizens.

You cannot have hot dogs, Mom, and apple pie without practicing honesty, fairness, loyalty, equaility before the Law, hard work, piety,  self-reliance,  “rugged individualism,” and so on.

That’s where we all have a part to play.   Each individual, “tiny,”  unknown citizen of our country builds up American values or tears them down by neglect or attrition.

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When I read every word and  the lyrics of every accompanying song in these movies,  and with the perspective of decades in which I could witness “which way is all this going,” —  as an audience I was insulted, assaulted with obscenities, porn, degrading moral activities, insolence, disrespect, a resort to torture and violence not necessary for the war effort, and an overall sense that there is no sense to war.


The Greatest Generation fought for nothing?    The Communists would be wonderful, kindly leaders when they overran southeast Asia?   The rise of enemy hegemony over the world would be good for our freedoms here in America?

Not every  is so bad.  But so many are.  So many that we took for granted and applauded.   Without realizing that we were participating in a whole new re-writing of our history and a realigning the world to spurious values.

The Silent Majority seemed to be powerless against this anti-American assault.

These Leftists  are our children’s  “teachers”  today.

We could almost say we have a duty to protect the younger generation from those teachers – and teach  the good things America stands for  and the good things America has done,  correcting, self-correcting our faults down through generations, providing opportunity for more and more people.



May 26, 2019


Sarek  Well, I hope I don’t sound whiny to you if I have a little rant again.

I  like to think of Sarek’s words:  “The cause is sufficient.”

(He was a wise diplomat, ready to hear and understand, and to respond with prudent and self-disciplined  restraint.  He was, of course, Mr. Spock’s father.)


This is not Memorial Day.   This is Memorial Day Weekend,  which I hope doesn’t squeeze from our memories what Memorial Day is all about.    These guys have not forgotten:

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They are Rolling Thunder.   Several decades ago about 3,000 bikers rode to Washington DC on a Memorial Day Weekend to remind the country of their fellow soldiers who never made it home again.   They are Missing in Action.

It grew to a nationwide salute of several hundred thousand bikers – a salute to the estimated 82,000  soldiers  still  Missing in Action.

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I cannot imagine what it would be like to have left a comrade behind, not knowing his fate, not knowing if he is dead — or if he is still undergoing torture behind enemy lines.  Most of those captured soldiers did not make it out of those prison camps alive.  A very few were found alive – sort  of – many, many years later in an Asian country we are no longer at war with.

So there’s hope.   Maybe not good reason for hope, now,  after all these years,  but hope —   what if . . .

Rolling Thunder reminds us each year that we honor our war dead on Memorial Day.   Not all veterans,  but those young men  who gave their lives fighting our country’s battles.  Those are the KIA – Killed in Action.   They deserve a day of honor and thanksgiving.

And then the MIA – Missing in Action.   The probablies.    Neither dead nor alive in our minds,  but neither are they here, back home with us.   They deserve to be remembered too.

Except that . . .   this is the last planned Rolling Thunder.   2019 will bring the last Rolling Thunder campaign in honor of the MIAs.


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And here’s my reason for a little rant:    The bikers normally have always had permission to park at one of the Pentagon’s parking lots, after paying a little fee.

The Pentagon.   Military,  right?

Under the previous administration,   the hostile  Barack-Hussein-person’s administration,   the “Pentagon”  turned hostile to this patriotic memorial.     The fees have been raised so high that it is impossible to continue; and the open opposition and obstruction of Pentagon appointees have made the Rolling Thunder event unable to continue.

2019.     The Final Ride.


It shouldn’t be.


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Sons, brothers,  husbands,  fathers.


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Here are two of the  past posts in The Spruce Tunnel about Rolling Thunder:

Rolling on For Freedom

Rolling Thunder




May 26, 2019

It occurred to me that although I posted many  photos of our new church building in the last post, I didn’t really show you what the whole building looks like from the outside . . .   nor why we are so happy to be moving (Deo volente again).

So here:


Looks to  like a “real” church!

And this is why:   here’s where we worship currently:

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Yes,  you read that correctly:  “Crypt.”    We have to go down into the “crypt”  for our Mass.     We are the group equivalent of persona non grata.   The new version of the church is uneasy around the Mass that always used to be;  they changed abruptly,  we didn’t.

So we are consigned to the crypt . .   an actual crypt.   Down here:

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However, we did make it look nice:

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During Lent   (purple)   our priest:

priest during lent

The crypt works just fine for us.


But we’re going to be very happy with a “real” church building.


May 23, 2019

Well,  it concerns everyone, really,  but this posting is also for one certain  person for whom I promised some photos.

Now, the photos concern a purchase our small congregation is making.  We’ve bought a church building!      But here is a way that this posting concerns everyone:

Purchasing a church building is made possible in America by the First Amendment, where we are guaranteed the free expression and exercise of our religion.      You are.  I am.   We are.  No one can make us stop believing and acting according to our religious beliefs — or choosing  to not have religious beliefs at all.  That’s okay in America too, although it ultimately doesn’t lead to happiness.

What was that survey that the New York Times just published?    That more than 70% of the happiest women in America are married with religion important to their marriage.  And you’re free to be happy that way in America.


So,  here’s where we start:

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The parking lot.  Probably adequate,  but all grass.  How does that work for snowplowing during our “six months” of snow here in the Far North?


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We heard there was a worrisome house next door, a group home of some sort,  but there is actually a barrier of trees growing tightly together.   I think this marks off our territory clearly enough  —

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Here, my friend,  is our entry!     Not bad looking.  Note the beautiful limestone.  It looks nice.  Perhaps some day it could be sandblasted  . .  .

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Walk through the doors and up the stairs –

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Inside.  Looks just like a church!   It’s estimated that it can seat about 100 people at this point.

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Looking up,  the ceiling was quite nice.   I know there are plans to make it look more like a “cathedral”  ceiling with beautiful wooden beams,  but there is nothing wrong with this for now, in my opinion.

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Turning around, looking up at the back are really ugly plastic panels placed across the choir loft.  People wondered why you would “wall off” the choir loft if you wanted to hear the  “schola cantorum”?

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Rather small cloakroom, although most of us leave our coats on during Mass.

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The elevator door is close by,  but it is “out of order,” as we were told.


Here you can see the window looking into the cry room.

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Needs work:

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I have video of all of this for you, including  me walking down the stairs into the basement,  where there is a very nicely equipped kitchen:

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And a large eating area/meeting hall/rec room, looking back at the kitchen on the far wall  –

ch 13 eating area

I could upload those videos here,  but I can’t figure out how to blur out the faces of all the people that were there (for their privacy).    I’ll try to send them to you directly,  but, if not,  you can see them on my phone on Sunday.

This is going to be a HUGE  project for us for a long time,  but the vote to go forward was unanimous, I think,  and all the young families are so enthusiastic about it.

After all:   Have Church, Will Grow!   ( If God so wills and if we stay humbly within His will.)      Deo volente.  

In this small area of our America we are about 70 families.   We would like to be more. We are called St Gregory the Great —  and we worship just exactly as he did.    He is a man who cleaned up and reformed the Church;   taught and strengthened the faithful,  especially applying the words of the Four Gospels to all;  he sent successful missionaries into England;  took care of persecuted Jews;  and shepherded the Church through severe plagues,  military attacks, economic chaos, drought, famine,  and general panic and discouragement among the Christians.

We look to him for inspiration and example.



On a humorous note,  because we know far less than the people of St. Gregory’s day did;   we have less ability to think clearly,  we don’t know formal logic (which would save us from many a damaging error),   and we can’t  analyze and assess all the information that comes our way.    Because of all this,   I have come across several Websites which say:  “However, it is doubtful that Gregory the Great was responsible for the Gregorian calendar.”)

I should say so!     These Websites are off by 1,000 years!!     That was done under Pope Gregory XIII  in the1580’s who employed scientists, astronomers, and mathematicians to make a more accurate calendar that was in sync with the heavenly bodies  — and not done by Pope Gregory the Great after the 580’s! 

(Be careful what you read.    We are arguably the least educated population that the world has ever seen.)





May 22, 2019

Apologize for absence.    Health issues . .  I think I’ll be okay now.    And during it all,   a new refrigerator was delivered . . .   had to move out of one and into the other.  Able to do that now – and to blog again.



I write here about “Son” sometimes.   It was his birthday today . . .

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He liked the gifts I gave him.    We had a wonderful day, enjoying things we like to do together.   Menu:   Lake Trout and lobster.   And a  birthday cake called “Death By Chocolate.”

They say Love is wanting  the best for the other person.  Wanting his best.    Doing whatever is best for him.    Doing the things he likes   —  because the things a person likes reflects the way God has made him, and so his interests help him become the person God wants him to be..

Son seems to be well on his way to doing that.

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I think I’ll keep him!!




May 9, 2019


(Something more serious this time):

In all my years of studying history, from university onwards,  I don’t think I’ve ever come across a country in the world which did not have enemies.   Some of their own making,  some unasked for.

Always there will be “enemies.”   Of Nations,  countries,  tribes, clans,  ethnic groups:  Jesus said as things heat up towards the end of this age,  “Nation will rise against nation, kingdom against kingdoms.”      . . .   meaning   more so than usual,   increased enmity between nations will characterize that last age.


But there was always something I puzzled about when the Bible talks about the End.    As the end of this age approaches there will be increased numbers of Christian martyrs,  we’ve all heard that, but the Bible shows that many who will become martyrs during this time will become martyrs by being beheaded.    Beheaded?      As though the Roman soldiers were going to come back from the past.

However,  I wonder if you’ve heard the news in the past two or three weeks. . . .

Like about this young sixteen-year old teenager – healthy, strong,  religious.   I would like you to know about him.

16 yr old shiite beheaded

He was watching a peaceful anti-government protest meeting and decided to text some friends about it.

This is that government:


This is the government that was being petitioned and protested.    That young man was arrested for  “te^^”  ro – ris -^  m   because of his texts, imprisoned for a few years, tortured, sentenced to  death — by beheading.

Which was carried out a few weeks ago.

And then there was a 17 year old who took part in a peaceful demonstration;  the kind of demonstration where you love your country, you want to make it better,  and you want to point out some things that should be improved.

He didn’t last long….


But of course there was vicious, violent,  unspeakable tortures he had to endure, including threats to his mom and dad’s lives unless he confessed to . . .   whatever.

I think I just want to state the names of these two young men, remembering that 35 others also died a few weeks ago in that mass beheading.

Abdulkareem al-Hawaj

Mujtaba al-Sweikat



How could a culture give rise in modern times to such actions?    Well, it’s in their Book for one thing.  They study it.

Not just “over there,”  but here — under the Red, White, and Blue.  In this country there are many schools which teach children the ways of this culture.    Here is a video from a school program in one of those schools.   It’s a “musical.    Middle Eastern music.

CHOP children

And then the girls had a turn at the mic:

CHOP OFF chldren

The subtitles of the entire song were words of violence, hatred, and killing.   The “shame” these children are being told to feel will one day be gone because of their actions.

During the 1930’s when Hitler was on the rise and Western leaders were noticing,   some literary figures in England were brought together for comment. It was 1938 and it was expected that they would all say something about the extreme threat  they were facing from Germany.

Hilaire Belloc was among them.    He gave them all a surprise:

The celebrated historian and British parliamentarian Hilaire Belloc was convinced in his day that Europe and America had forgotten about Islam to their own peril, and were unaware that the Muslim religion could rise again and would pose perhaps the greatest threat of any enemy of the western world.

“It has always seemed to me possible, and even probable,” Belloc wrote in 1938, “that there would be a resurrection of Islam and that our sons or our grandsons would see the renewal of that tremendous struggle between the Christian culture and what has been for more than a thousand years its greatest opponent.”

“…had forgotten about Islam to their own peril…”

“…for more than a thousand years its greatest opponent (enemy)….”

What is the “Cradle of Christianity”?   What is the Birthplace of Christianity?     The Middle East.  Palestine in Roman times, Israel today.    And why is it that observers are predicting that within a decade, there will be no more Christians in the Middle East?

Where else did Christianity take strong hold and flourish and produce many notable saints and scholars?    Northern Africa.       Any Christians there today? 

Belloc further argued  that “there was no reason that Islam would not return to its former power and once again threaten the peace and well-being of Judeo-Christian civilization.”   

No reason at all that they couldn’t.  Or wouldn’t.

Or shouldn’t,  given that they too can rise in material strength as we have — but they are already far ahead of us in another item:

While Islamic culture “happens to have fallen back in material applications,” Belloc wrote in a damning indictment of European Christianity, “there is no reason whatever why it should not learn its new lesson and become our equal in all those temporal things which now alone give us our superiority over it—whereas in Faith we have fallen inferior to it.

Belloc indicts Christianity for its inferior Faith.     Material superiority makes the West superior in material things, but other nations can catch up and surpass the West.

Praying Alone 200cr   And that is because it’s not material things that make a nation strong,  but faith, piety, reverence, and the practice of religion.       The Greeks knew this.  The Romans knew this.  Right through the Middle Ages and the founding of Christendom people knew this.

As in the title of this post,  it’s where we’re “falling behind.”

Speaking of End Times, it is madness to crawl in bed with enemies who want us gone from the face of the earth.       On the other hand,  this “madness” has a new logo:

Islam-Cath LOGO 2

If you take the green and orange crossed swords as a distorted image of the Cross,  then you might wonder:  “Who encircled whom?”      “Who swallowed whom?”



War is not always won with swords.



To be totally safely politically correct, add the word “radical”  before each of the “I” words!



May 9, 2019

Hi.  I’m pretty sure I’m on # 23  in my What’s It series.    These are photos of genuinely unexplained things . . .  and they’re just for fun.    Some day — I promise — to figure out how to get them  all on a Page, so they’ll be easier to find all together rather than using the Search box.


I just thought I’d run out of little mysteries.   But here’s another:

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Whoever found these on his kitchen floor and took a video of them calls them “aliens.”

I don’t know.    They’re tiny.   You can see he’s holding them in the palm of his hand.  And there were a couple dozen of them.   They were moving and squirming in the video.  They do have rat tails or maybe mice tails, but the bodies didn’t move like mice (or baby rats),  but they have no ears.

They’re deformed . . .  somethings.   Not all of them had faces.

Just a couple dozen tiny unformed living things that found there way onto the middle of  someone’s kitchen floor.


May 6, 2019


Not “Heaven.”      “Heavens” with an S.      Lots going on in the heavens.


Isn’t this beautiful!?

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It was photographed recently over Iceland.  Maybe you saw it a couple weeks ago in the news.    It’s  the aurora,  but with a shape called a Spiral Aurora.    What a sight that must have been to see right over your head . . .  if you were in Iceland.

Activity on the sun’s surface is responsible for our beautiful auroras.


Also a beautiful photograph, especially if you realize that this is not a static surface, but one that is crackling with movement,  writhing,  bubbling, bursting forth with little explosions.    Once that arc breaks,  gazillions of tons of highly charged particles will be released into space, and if they  hit earth — well,  that could be that big  EMP we’ve been hearing about lately.   (Our earth would be about the size of the smaller dot within that ring….)


One of the most surprising and exciting piece of space news that was published last week is that one of the big telescopes (not the Hubble)  focused on a small circle of the sky, about the size of a full moon.   That portion of the  sky didn’t contain many visible stars.

So . . . make a little circle with your thumb and forefinger about the diameter of an inch.   Hold it up to the sky at arm’s length, and look through it.    The scientists looked at an area like that  with that big telescope.


They expected to see more stars with the telescope and some more galaxies.  What they found were hundreds and hundreds of galaxies!     So many unexpected galaxies in that one small circle of the night sky.

(This isn’t the LOFAR which in February discovered 300,000 more new galaxies  we didn’t know existed.  That telescope —  the Low Frequency Array —   didn’t confine itself to the diameter of the moon.)

The number of galaxies cannot be fully known,  but however many there are —  the number is incomprehensible!


Closer to the surface of the earth, if you were in Switzerland, at least,  you would occasionally see some very strange cloud formations.     The CERN complex is below on the earth’s surface:

At Sunset –

CERN sunset



CERN dotted cloud


Nighttime clouds.

CERN clouds above

That lighted complex on the ground below is  CERN.      Looks like that Large Hadron Collider is doing something to the atmosphere above it.

Several years ago I was driving home one night, through my nearby little city,  through its suburbs, and out to the “outskirts” where I live.    I was enjoying the bright and colorful city lights on all the signs.  So many different colors.

full over city

Suddenly I saw a new light in the sky.  It wasn’t as garish,  wasn’t as sparkling and colorful,  just a bright, luminous,  steady golden glow — and that’s all I wanted to focus on,  it was so beautiful.  For some reason it was emotionally touching.   The full moon had a far bigger attraction to my eyes than all those glittering commercial lights!

Why is that?

I sleep where I can see out the window, into the night sky.   All those stars up there probably contribute to my industrial-strength nightly insomnia!

A “point of light”   So compelling!

I wish for all of you soon a glimpse up into the heavens in the middle of the night, wherever you can find a very dark sky.

You could fall right into the stars!




May 2, 2019

May Day has a terrible connotation too, when it is wrenched out of the hands of common, everyday people and orchestrated by powerful political forces who take power “in the name of the common people.”

Convoluted, yes?


Since the 1920’s  Socialism had begun to be inserted into our education system in America.   (John Dewey:  “education for-living”;  education for social engineering; “education” that no longer educates….)


Here is this year’s triumph of Socialism over Education.    (United States, 2019)

Makes me ashamed that I was ever a public school teacher.  Decades ago I saw it, so did other teachers, but we were powerless.

Now three generations of children have been raised unabashedly Socialist.

The “end” point of Socialism is State Control of . . .  everything,  whether it is called democratic socialism,  parliamentary socialism,  communism, or fascism.   The State controls and regulates everything,  giving you permissions —  if . . . .  if you comply.

And if not?

socialist DEATH TOLL


The toll is greater now,  because  (1)  as we look back in history, we can  see these numbers are generally underestimated, and (2)  Socialism has continued to advance elsewhere.   Anyone counting the number of dead in Venezuela?

Socialism is always the imposition of the will of a powerful State onto that State’s own citizens.    Probably safer (in the minds of some people)  to become a Socialist and get in on the action.  However,  Socialism has NEVER worked, everywhere it’s been tried.

It should be such a good idea:   Give the government everything,  the government will give you good things:

Socialism's FREE electricity for free

Why wouldn’t under-educated young people fall for it?


The fall of societies may be slow and prolonged or it may be rapid,  but societies do fail under Socialism.   Socialist systems are illogical and unrealistic – that is,  not related to the real world.  

And as they fail,  more and more rules and regulations, laws and restrictions have to be put into place.  they may harm the nation, but at least they tamp down the opposing voices and keep the people under control.

So what’s the connection to May Day?   Why May 1st for the Global Socialists?

When formal socialism was being created in the 19th century,   the leaders relied upon the support of  “workers.”      Working conditions in city factories and industry were inhumane, and this is where the socialists hoped to get their support.

A movement went out to limit the number of hours worked to 8 hours each day.  I think that’s a good thing.  “Workers” in the Middle Ages often worked less than that, and their Guilds took care of them, from training, to assuring just recompense, to material support in times of trouble.   (The guild system broke down after the Protestant movement began.)

Modern type trade organizations and unions announced that May 1, 1886 would be the Day that  “eight hours shall constitute a legal day’s labor.”

Opposition,  riots,  bombings accompanied that proclamation, and socialists from Europe got on the bandwagon and used the deaths and injuries of the riots as their own launching pads for “workers’ reform”  under Socialist control.

It’s complex.    Good goals, terrible means.

May Day is now their day to celebrate “Workers”  around the world.    “Workers of the World,  Unite!!!”

But remember,  “Workers”   are not people;  they are human  resources . . .  factored into the bottom line of politics and corporate management, and must be “managed” (controlled):.

So these:

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And also these:

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Protect these:

mayday workers


There were big May Day celebrations all over the world.    Guns and artillery on display,  flags and soldiers, crowd-enthusiasm.


May Day can remind us of “terrible”  things too.   Let us be on guard about this version of May Day — BECAUSE  . .

Poster Socialism SKULLS


   . . . . .  there are people in our country who would like to give Socialism another try.



May 2, 2019


Yesterday was May 1st.   May Day.   (I seem to be running a day behind,  but nevertheless, May Day happened . . . )

Certainly, the origins of  May Day celebrations can be traced back to our pagan and agricultural past.   The signs of Spring is a joyous thing.  It signifies ongoing fertility and it was celebrated with all the pagan “fertility”  actions, if you know what I mean – including also a dance around the Maypole that was generously decorated with flowers, the sure sign of Spring.

Even after Christianity came to Europe, it was proper that we took note of “May Day,” in honor of God’s providential care of us.     Spring again!    New life again!

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We can honestly welcome signs of a new generation of “flora and fauna” – that keeps us fed and keeps the human race going.   It is an act of humility to truly acknowledge our dependence upon Him. *

Flowers also appear in our joyful thanksgiving in our churches called the May Crowning.

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By our faith in Jesus,  we  acknowledge Him as the source of our new and everlasting life — our second birth.     Through him we are “born from above,”  as it says in John, chapter 3.   Young girls, all dressed up in their Sunday best,  bring flowers to some representation of Mary, the Mother of  Jesus.

The month of May is a beautiful time to honor the Incarnation of Christ through His Mother with flowers.    mary crowned


One time here in The Spruce Tunnel I presented the traditional flower of each day in May.    I would like to do that this year . . .   (I doubt my health and stamina — please continue your prayers for me —  but I remember it made the month of May so happy!)

God the Creator:   “In Him we live and move and have our being….”   — and that’s a joyful thing!

DIY:    You, personally,  can take part in the acknowledgment of  “May” and all it brings,  even if your church or your group of friends or your workplace – or whatever –  doesn’t.    Joy and celebrations and meanings come from within you.

I hope May Day doesn’t pass you by.   I wish you all joy!   Or at least a smile!!



  .   *  (The Puritans — and Puritan-minded people — could not “baptize” this pagan holiday into a Christian testimony to the wonders of God through nature;  they could not lay aside in their minds the pagan origins of the ceremonies.  Today’s modern  “wiccans”  and other pagan wannabes,  modern druids, etc., who have recreated what they think was our pagan past,  also use the Maypole as a witness to their beliefs.)

Two pathways that branch off from Christianity:    Puritans and Modern Pagans.


May 2, 2019

I don’t imply, by the title of this post,  that women are less timid than men, or vice versa, but  I do mean to imply that some men and some women are not so timid — and we need more of that, from both sexes. 

Who are you, really;  and what good are you?

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So,   less timidity,  more boldness.     

Faucet     I was awakened about 3 or 4 this morning by a “dripping”  noise, I thought.     I was sleeping in a chair near my kitchen, so I assumed a faucet was dripping.

And then it would stop.    But it would start again.   A dripping-clicking noise.   Faucet?   We have an herb planter with automatic sensors for water and food and light . . .  so, something mechanical going on in there?

No rhyme or rhythm to the intermittent dripping.   An animal chewing on something?   (It was the middle of the night.    Imagination runs wild.)

Eventually, after several perambulations,  I discovered it was Hubbie’s stereo system, an old 5-disc changer/radio/tape player  —   all of which I still use, but it’s always hard to use its system of buttons and commands.   For some reason,  the thing was trying to turn on.  And off.    On and off.    Pause for several minutes,  then on and off again.

Finally pulled the plug.      By now I’m no longer sleepy!    I solved the problem,    but I’m also not the “Woman,  Not So Timid”  in the title.

My last two posts seem to be connected to the word “timid.”    No one wants to be called timid.   For a while the Disciples seemed to be,  during the Crucifixion of Christ.  And yesterday’s post about the pope giving so much money  to the Global Socialist scheme of forcing mass migration of third world countries into developed nations implied a kind of timid silence  about the problem — there is no general public outcry against the pope’s decision.  Timid mutterings,  yes,  but nothing that would lead to a correction.

The last day of April was the Feast Day of St. Catherine of Siena who lived during a time when the head of the Church and most of those around him, cardinals, priests, and bishops,  were in the wrong.   It was a time of great corruption and error in the Church and in society in general.

Most people alive at that time   knew something was wrong,   like my “dripping  faucet”;  they knew something was askew in the Church —  but they had lives to lead.  Busy lives.   Stuff to do.   It wasn’t their concern anyway, whatever went on in the Vatican.

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Catherine was extremely intelligent;  smart and holy.     Outspoken about the corruption going on in her day.    Not well liked by some, of course,  but she was not timid.   She was used by God to give rebuke where rebuke was needed.

And so I’m going to give to you the words  she wrote to the pope in her day:

(This was a time when literate people used words more strongly and intelligently than we do today.   It is more complex thinking than we’re used to,  but though you don’t know the occasion,  at least feel the strong “tone” of her words.)

On behalf of Christ crucified I tell it you: refuse to believe the counsels of the devil, who would hinder your holy and good resolution. Be manly in my sight, and not timorous. Answer God, who calls you to hold and possess the seat of the glorious Shepherd Saint Peter, whose vicar you have been. And raise the standard of the holy Cross; for as we were freed by the Cross–so Paul says–thus raising this standard, which seems to me the refreshment of Christians, we shall be freed — we from our wars and divisions and many sins, the infidel people from their infidelity. In this way you will come and attain the reformation, giving good priests to Holy Church. Fill her heart with the ardent love that she has lost; for she has been so drained of blood by the iniquitous men who have devoured her that she is wholly wan. But comfort you, and come, father, and no longer make to wait the servants of God, who afflict themselves in desire.

And I, poor, miserable woman, can wait no more; living, I seem to die in my pain, seeing God thus reviled.
Saint Catherine of Siena
Letter to Pope Gregory XI



A strong,  fervent, pointed rebuke.

And a very much needed rebuke:    a weakened Church causes moral and doctrinal confusion in society;  i.e.,  “anything goes” ! )   Weakened,  timid lay people allow social ills to spread.

History shows her letter was effective.