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Reading Shakespeare’s Sonnets in Quarantine

Sir Patrick Stewart has embarked on a spontaneous project to read through Shakespeare’s sonnets— so far one of my favorite instances of the outflowing of creativity that is whiling away the time in this season of plague/quarantine/social distancing.* And… to my shame, I’ve never actually sat down and read the sonnets. I know a few […]

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Nesting Herons

Today was partly cloudy and warmer, temperatures in the mid to high 50s — and we’re expecting more rain starting tonight and heading into next week– so I decided to take the house-bound kids on a nature hike that I’d been wanting to take for a few weeks. The merit badge counselor working with Bella […]

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Sunday Night

Well no raincloud without a silver lining. I got to sleep in this morning. We watched the Mass from the National Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, which we visited in 2013, but only Bella really remembers it. That was really beautiful. I also watched a bit of the divine liturgy from my sister’s parish in […]

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Plague Journal

So… what’s new? Not much has changed here at Casa Bettinelli. Our homeschool routine clicks on apace. I’d love to add a lot of the cool new things to do when your kids are home activities that I see shared all over social media… but who has time? Monday was a very Mondayish sort of […]

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 Picking up a pen these days is like donning a mask to dive deep, delve into the dark waters down down below the bubbles, sinking below the twilight zone, searching the seas for signs of submarine life. Where there’s life, there’s hope. It’s the same if you compose at the keyboard, fingers clicking away, […]

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#withdraw2020 Day Two 
 Well, that’s a wash, you say. Meaning a failure. Over and done with. Or never done at all. Canceled, suspended, never managed to materialize. Hanging incomplete in the air, awaiting no certain resolution. Everything these days is uncertain. We are all in limbo wondering how long life can be put on […]

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Let Us Be Received…

In today’s first reading from the book of Daniel Azariah prays in the fiery furnace, asking God for mercy and praising his goodness. And. . . making a sort of spiritual communion? “ We have in our day no prince, prophet, or leader, no burnt offering, sacrifice, oblation, or incense, no place to offer first […]

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Mostly about Cooking and Comfort

Bella has been working on her cooking merit badge for scouts. On Tuesday she made chicken-lemon soup (avgolemono), which is one of her favorites. Also homemade biscuits and broccoli and a fruit plate. Her biscuits she made after her morning schoolwork. She hardly needed me, except to explain again how to cut in the butter. […]

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