Wednesday, February 22, 2023

Ash Wednesday 2023

Illustration ID 268520234 © Antonius Andry Suharto Djumantara |

Lent for Catholics (and some other faithsis a 40 day season of prayer, almsgiving  and fasting,  that begins this year on Ash Wednesday February 22, 2023.  Ashes derived from burnt palms from last year's Palm Sunday are applied to the foreheads of parishioners in the form of a cross as a reminder: "For dust you are and to dust you shall return" (Genesis 3:19, Ecclesiastes 3:20), and ends at sundown on Holy Thursday April 6, 2023. It's a period of preparation to celebrate the Lord's Resurrection at Easter Sunday April 9, 2023 . During Lent, we seek the Lord in prayer by reading Sacred Scripture; we serve by giving alms; and we practice self-control through fasting. We are called not only to abstain from luxuries during Lent, but to a true inner conversion of heart as we seek to follow Christ's will more faithfully. We recall the waters of baptism in which we were also baptized into Christ's death, died to sin and evil, and began new life in Christ.

Many know of the tradition of abstaining from meat on Fridays during Lent, but we are also called to practice self-discipline and fast in other ways throughout the season. Contemplate the meaning and origins of the Lenten fasting tradition in this reflection. In addition, the giving of alms is one way to share God's gifts—not only through the distribution of money, but through the sharing of our time and talents. As St. John Chrysostom reminds us: "Not to enable the poor to share in our goods is to steal from them and deprive them of life. The goods we possess are not ours, but theirs."

 (Parts of the above text are borrowed from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops website at 

Sunday, December 25, 2022

Christmas 2022


New baby Jace born December 12, 2022

Humble Blogger, Loving Wife Rose and Santa's Helpers Emma Grinch and Paityn Grinch in front

Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Snow Cover 12-2022


Saturday, October 15, 2022



Loving Wife Rose and Humble Blogger at Cove Point Lodge Restaurant in Beaver Bay, MN

Cove Point Lodge, Beaver Bay, MN

Rose checks out the vastness of Lake Superior

Hallmark Card Cover From Rose

Inside Card Message

Rose's Original Poem "Old and Cold" 

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Linguistic Haiku VII - Quotation Mark


Photo 58163209 © Ian Nixon |

Quotation Mark Redefined!

A quotation mark
renamed "inverted double
comma" Excel "Help"

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

July 2022

 Scenes along Lake Avenue in White Bear Lake, MN in July 2022

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Spring 2022


Geraniums in a front garden setting (5.23.22)

Deck Mandevilla Plant with a sun sculpture watching

Lilacs by White Bear Lake (In White Bear Lake, MN, and those below in a late Spring 6.2.23 )
Pink creeping phlox

Bee hives stacked near White Bear Lake

Objects arranged by passerby's in Nature's hollowed out tree trunk

White Spirea Bush

Miniature Lilac Tree

Flag overlooking White Bear Lake

Memorial Garden: "In Honor of Those Who Served our Nation and Defended our Freedom"