Jul 19, 2009

RIP Author Frank McCourt

"People everywhere brag and whimper about the woes of their early years, but nothing can compare with the Irish version: the poverty; the shiftless loquacious father; the pious defeated mother moaning by the fire; pompous priests, bullying schoolmasters; the English and all the terrible things they did to us for 800 long years."--Frank McCourt in Angela's Ashes

Time.com has a wonderful article about Frank McCourt. While his childhood was miserable, he overcame it, and that's the lesson to remember. I think his book was such a success because he shared his soul, painful as his memories were. When an author puts so much of himself into his work it shows and people can relate. I know Angela's Ashes touched my heart.

Blessings to the McCourt family in their time of loss.

Jul 9, 2009

Not Only in Northern Ireland

It happens everywhere. Churches are vandalized, burned, destroyed. I don't understand it. What does this help to accomplish? Hopefully, the recent "painting bombing" of churches in Northern Ireland will be the worst it gets during this "marching season."

Let's focus on what we have in common.