Weekend Coffee Share

wordswag_15073188796611453091488Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)!

I’d tell you that I tried Balinese Gong Meditation, which was definitely different, and I was mesmerized by Wim Wender’s Wings of Desire. 

For the last day of the official Christmas season, I went to mass at another church from the list of the “Eleven Churches Not to Miss When You Visit  Chicago” I attended mass at St. John Cantius and stopped in to take some photos of St. Stanislaus Koska, which is also featured in this article. I’m still blown away by both churches.

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St. John Cantius

Christmas actually lasts until the Sunday following January 6th. The reading is about Jesus entering public life.

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St. Stanislaus Koska, Chicago

I’m half way through a “cosy mystery” called Duck the Halls. I’m not that impressed as I’m on page 80 and so far there’s no real mystery. I think I can guess who’ll get murdered, but let’s get on with it.

Weekend Coffee Share

wordswag_15073188796611453091488Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)!

I’d tell you that New Year’s Eve is not a big holiday for me. It’s too expensive and frenzied. So I have nothing to report on 12/31.

I did go to another church from the list of the “Eleven Churches Not to Miss When You Visit  Chicago,” St. Alphonsus in the neighborhood of Lakeview in Chicago. Again I was blown away by an 19th century church. This has a sapphire ceiling and marble altar. I snapped dozens of photos, but got home and 2 out of at least 50 were kept. I don’t know what happened with my camera.

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As I wanted photos with the Christmas decorations still up, I returned yesterday. For their Epiphany mass they had a full choir, horns, an organ and drums. The homily was relevant and meaningful. Afterwards, I took more photos. The ones that were still on a device were taken on my phone and iPad. All those taken with my camera (and were of higher quality) are gone. I hope it’s just a problem with the memory card.

I worked a lot for the Census and got to attend a Chamber of Commerce meeting. I was impressed with the sense of true community shown by the members towards each other and the hospitality I was shown. The best part of the job is getting to see new sides of my community.

Friday a friend and I went out to eat and then drove around Sauganash, an area where when we were kids was known for the homes with over the top holiday lights. While it wasn’t as dramatic as we remembered, there were some very festive. I was happy to see some homes commemorate Hanukkah. While Hanukkah is a smaller festival in Judaism, it’s good to see that these families wanted to share their faith with their neighbors.

*My phone’s charging so I can’t use my (poorly shot) Hanukkah lights so I’m sharing these.

 

Weekend Coffee Share

wordswag_15073188796611453091488Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)!

I’d tell you that we had a lovely Christmas with lots of tradition. As we have for years, we went to mass on Christmas Eve at 4pm at my brothers’ old high school before going downtown for dinner with my dad’s side of the family. Lots of cousins and their kids were there as well as my brother Bill and his family. One cousin was in from Las Vegas and another and his family drove in from Minneapolis. It was a shame that neither of my sisters came in for the holidays. One had to go to her in-laws and the other was here for Thanksgiving and couldn’t bring her kids in twice.

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St. Mary of the Lake Church

On Christmas Day, breakfast was a lot quieter as there were no siblings or nieces & nephews here. Still my parents and I had a lovely breakfast and quiet can be quite nice too. In the evening we went to my brother’s. He lives about an hour from here. We had a good dinner and it was a good time to catch up with college-age nieces and nephew.

Thursday I got to go to dinner with a friend who’s in town with her family. She’s been living in France for 13 years or so and we don’t get much time to talk.

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Jolly

Sunday, as I posted, I visited a splendid church in Uptown and then went on to the Gold Coast, where the Christmas decorations are fabulous.

I was a little behind in making my 40 book reading goal for Good Reads so I got some quite short books like And All Through the Night, a couple children’s books and a play by Tom Stoppard. Now I’ve more than caught up with that goal.

Now on to 2020!

Weekend Coffee Share

wordswag_15073188796611453091488Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)!

I’d tell you that I got to see It’s a Wonderful Life at the Music Box Theater. I’ve loved seeing their Christmas show and White Christmas three times. When my friend who lives in France came home and invited me and some friends to see It’s a Wonderful Life there. I wasn’t sure it would be as fun, but it really was. The carols with the organist were jolly and one couple came dressed up with the lady in a bathrobe with BFHS* on the back and the man in an old time football uniform. Whenever Mr. Potter rolled in the audience hissed. Whenever there was a little romance the audience reacted with wit.

I’m lucky I got to the theater as the night before on the way home from working, I got a flat tire. Ugh! I was able to park in a retirement home parking lot. I had an hour to get to a party so I didn’t have time to wait for roadside service. Thus I had to deal with the car in the morning and the film started at noon so I didn’t have much time for delays. Luckily, the service came as scheduled and all was well, though I was leery of driving into the city on a spare.

Last Tuesday I did some Census recruiting at a local Toastmaster’s Club. This club’s been around since the 1920s! Many did apply, but one bonus was that I got to see how this public speaking club worked. I was impressed by the sense of community and support. In fact, I may very well join in the spring.

*Bedford Falls High School
 

Weekend Coffee Share

wordswag_15073188796611453091488Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)!

I’d tell you that I loved the Joffrey Ballet’s new version of The Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky. The classic music still plays in my head and I still envision the brilliant sets of 1892 Chicago and the World’s Fair. I’d love to go back next year.

In my head I’m also hearing Irish accents as I’m watching the sitcom Derry Girls, which is set in Northern Ireland during “The Troubles.”  Who’d expect someone to set a hilarious comedy in a place that’s beset with bombings and violence? Yet Lisa McGee has done just that.

There is a lot of swearing, but if you can get past that, you’ll be treated to a fast-paced lampoon of teenage Catholic girls’ in 1990’s Londonderry.

I started working for the Census helping to recruit 1000 workers for this part of the county. Across the country, they’ll need 1,000,000 people to help finish the census. Something like 25% of people don’t complete the census so the government sends people out into the field to get everyone to finish it. My current position entails getting people to apply at 2020census.gov/jobs .

I’d also share the recipes I got at the Holiday Appetizer program at my library. Chef and instructor Susan Maddox returned with four recipes, which I’ll share soon.

I’ve started reading Scott Adams’ newest book Loserthink, which helps readers understand how slovenly thinking keeps you from seeing things clearly. We all have pet ways of looking at ideas or situations and some of those should be scrapped.

 

Weekend Coffee Share

wordswag_15073188796611453091488Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)!

I’d tell you that I’m keeping up with my Economics 101 course. I haven’t done much algebra since high school so that’s a feat.

We had a fun Thanksgiving with relatives from out of town, but I forgot how much work these celebrations are. I’d say my sister did most of the work, but still there was a lot to do. Yes, we had a lot of help, but at a certain point adding more people creates more work. I think there’s a theory or law that states as much.

I’ve started watching The Crown. I’m captivated by the stories, but not quite sure what I think of the new cast. I’ll let you know about that.

I resume working for the Census on Monday and will have 3 days of training this week. I’m curious what our next operation entails. I’m also looking forward to an evening cooking event at my library. It’s on holiday appetizers.

Weekend Coffee Share

wordswag_15073188796611453091488Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)!

I’d tell you that last Monday we had another Library Board Meeting. Several members of the public, who’d spoken the previous month and asked that their comments be published in the Minutes in full, were upset that they weren’t. Short summaries that sugar-coated their remarks were there instead. This Board certainly isn’t willing to serve their community. They have their own interests, which I can’t fathom, at heart.

I have been working on my economics class and I’m enjoying it, despite the amount of algebra involved. University of the People is mainly taught via textbooks so I found a good video source, as I like that style of learning combined with books. Hillsdale College has an Economics 101 course.
 

I’m reading Edward Rutherfurd’s The Princes of Ireland and am captivated by the ancient history in the novel.

My sister, niece and nephew just arrived for Thanksgiving. On Wednesday my other sister and her husband will arrive. This year we’ll all be her for Thanksgiving, which hasn’t happened in years.

Happy Thanksgiving!