Like a lot of families at this time of year, life has been hectic this week for mine. It was our first full week of Homeschooling for the new school year, I took my girl puppies to get spayed, observed September 11th by talking about it with my kids, and have been worrying over my cats after six out of the seven got sick – I think most of them have colds, we have had some damp and chilly weather lately, on days when it wasn’t hot and humid or pouring rain.

The dogs got through their operations just fine and are already running around with their mother and brothers like nothing happened. My puppies will have their first birthday next month. The kids are settling into their new routine and seem to be alright with the “school” books I selected for them this year. Every year I ask them if they want to go back to public school, and every year they politely decline. They have become hooked on freedom, apparently! It’s the cats that I have been losing sleep over.

The only cat that didn’t get sick this week is the one who hardly ever comes home (she seems to think that she is the neighbor’s cat). Everyone else had stopped eating, and became listless, and “The Kitty Family” of three (mother & father cat and their year and a half old baby) got some kind of scabby rash on and under their noses – none of them wanted to be touched and spent much of the week hiding in the ceiling of my basement. My oldest cat, Zeke, is fifteen years old. I don’t think he has what the others got, I think he is just suddenly really feeling his age. All Zeke wants to do is sleep in the sun on the driveway or sleep cuddled next to me or my husband on the bed. I have a feeling that Zeke may be fixing to join dear friends and family on the other side of that famous bridge, you know, the rainbow one, some time soon. One kitty had a sore paw, which thankfully got better after a few days. None of the cats wanted cat food, even when I tried different kinds, so I finally gave them first the “juice” from people tuna cans and then they graduated to eating the actual tuna and the kitty family seems better – they came upstairs today and are friendly again. So I bought more people tuna for the cats.

I have been struggling all day trying to think of what to write about today and hit a complete mental block, so I figured I would just start writing about what was on mind, and what is on my mind are my pets. They are all wonderful friends and our lives are infinitely better for their company. If you are the kind of person who is willing to pray for animals, I’d sure appreciate it if you could send some words to the man upstairs for mine.

The world outside my little woodland shack continues to go on spinning, so here are some links to some things:

Remember when comic books used to be fun? I do. It was before the social justice warriors got hold of them. Leftists have to politicize EVERYTHING. Superman is now defending foreign invaders from a “white supremacist”. Nothing is sacred, and no entertainment venues are safe from the long preachy arm of leftism. (H/T Instapundit)

Someone posted an improvement to the new Superman story at Reddit:

People still can’t tell the difference between former trump staffer Sean Spicer and his parody, Sean Spicier, on Twitter, and it is still hilarious. Related: a while back I wrote about fun Twitter parodies here.

Maybe I will stop asking my kids if they want to go back to public school. Report: Tuscon High School Forces Students to Attend Pro-DACA Rally

John McCain continues his streak of being wrong on every issue, and being an obnoxious, obstructionist, #NeverTrump Democrat operative in the Republican party.

Don’t get your news about President Donald Trump from far left kooks like Ninny Piglousy.

They will take my July 4th Independence Day celebration away over my dead rotting body! Australia Day banned for being raaaaacist.

Don Surber teaches us a new word, and gives an important lesson about chemistry and swamp draining.

And finally, a roundup of mayhem at Adrienne’s Corner, and some words of hope for the times we live in.

Have a nice weekend, everyone.

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MJ Stevenson, AKA Zilla, is best known on the web as Zilla at MareZilla.com. She lives in a woodland shack near a creek, in one of those rural parts of New York State that nobody knows or cares about, with her family and a large pack of guardian companion animals. 

. . . and that’s what I fund disturbing.

A crisis focuses the mind.

However, in order for a crisis to focus the mind, it must be recognized as a crisis

noun, plural crises [krahy-seez] (Show IPA)
1.
a stage in a sequence of events at which the trend of all future events, especially for better or for worse, is determined; turning point.
2.
a condition of instability or danger, as in social, economic, political, or international affairs, leading to a decisive change.
3.
a dramatic emotional or circumstantial upheaval in a person’s life.
4.
Medicine/Medical.
the point in the course of a serious disease at which a decisive change occurs, leading either to recovery or to death.
the change itself.
5.
the point in a play or story at which hostile elements are most tensely opposed to each other.

Now, if you browse Drudge, Memeorandum, or BadBlue this morning, you find the following (in no particular order):

North Korea Launches Another Missile, Escalating Crisis

AMAZON now hosts Defense Department’s most sensitive data..

U.S. Navy Investigating If Destroyer Crash Was Caused by Cyberattack

‘For first time in 300 years, there’s not a single living person on the island of Barbuda’

Add to those a myriad headlines about the White House.

I have spent several days away from cable and internet news. Reducing the cacophony has done wonders for my peace of mind.

In this age of information, we are challenged to find a balance between information on things we can do something about, that affect us directly and that are pertinent to our daily lives, and trivia that is a waste of time.

For that, one must use your good judgement, otherwise, when everything’s a big deal, nothing’s a big deal; you end up either dismissing everything as unimportant, or you go nuts.

How to develop good judgement, then, when for instance, colleges are offering counseling to students who are traumatized by Ben Shapiro?

I have no answers, but “Think for yourself” seems like a good start,

thinking for yourself can be a challenge. It always demands self-discipline and these days can require courage.

Self-discipline. Courage. Questioning dominant ideas. The challenge of our lives.

Fausta Rodríguez Wertz writes on U. S. and Latin America at Fausta’s blog

I told my story of the 2nd day of the EWTN family celebration in this post on Stacy McCain in Massachusetts. Because of the Buffet Books and Blather event I was not able to attend Saturday but Sunday was a grand time with Sunday Mass celebrated by Bishop McManus, Confessions throughout the day an area for kids with Brother Leo from the Brother Leo series and an Adoration Chapel for prayer and reflection.

However while I as usual, conducted interview after interview with the folks from EWTN the post from the day only included a single one of those interviews, this one with the National Catholic Register,  This was necessary since that post was a part of the series concerning Stacy McCain’s trip and it was evident during the writing of the post that the EWTN interviews simply overwhelmed everyone else

So without further ado here are the  interviews from the EWTN Family Celebration in Worcester.

I spoke to Jack Williams the head of EWTN Radio

and the man over his head Michael Warsaw the EWTN Chairman of the Board:

I spoke to Marcus Grodi who hosts The Journey Home one of the most popular shows on the network

And author and frequent TV guest Susan Conroy

Dorothy Radlicz who I had the pleasure of meeting in Chicago showed me around the EWTN religious catalog setup which was very popular

Finally I spoke to Fr. Mitch Pacwa who remembered me from our previous interviews.

Everyone at the Family Celebration was working hard but Fr. Mitch had the longest day as the line to meet him seemed to never end

I can’t end this post without giving singling out Dorothy Radlicz pictured below with Elena Rodriguez both of whom I interviewed in Chicago.

She gave me a bunch of her time, either introduced or pointed out people for me to interview and treated me not like a member of the media who she had encountered one day 1000 miles away but as an old friend that she was delighted to see.

I am in her debt.


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