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The Second Fatima Apparition: June 13, 1917

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Fatima posts are back! Even before I went on hiatus I was kind of neglecting them...but now I'm beginning again with renewed resolve. (If you're curious about what Fatima is or want more information, you can click on the "Fatima" tab above.) Back in February we talked about the first apparition of Our Lady to the three shepherd children; today, we're going to talk about Our Lady's second visit.

Credits: The information in this post is once again taken from Fatima: A Message More Urgent than Ever, by Luiz Sergio Solimeo.



After the first apparition on May 13, 1917, ten-year-old Lucia implored her young cousins Francisco and Jacinta to keep the Lady a secret. However, little Jacinta was so excited she told her mother about their experience in the Cova right away.

Soon all the town of Fatima knew the story. Three shepherd children claimed to have seen a lady from Heaven! Lucia, Francisco, and Jacinta soon found themselves the subject of much disdain and mocker…

Appealing Aspects of Charlotte's Web

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I grew up on the 1973 movie adaption of E. B. White's Charlotte's Web. It's nice to see my youngest siblings discovering it now.

The other day my mom remarked to me that she thinks there is "something attractive about that movie" to little kids.

Now, my mom is a wise woman. And this comment of hers set me wondering--just what is that "something attractive" about Charlotte's Web?

Whatever it is, other children's stories could probably benefit from emulating it. So I thought I'd make a list of some of the things that I see in Charlotte's Web that make it appealing to adults and children alike.

(And I'm sorry if I should be burned at stake as a heretic for doing a post on the movie rather than the book. But I was crying over Charlotte and laughing at Templeton long before I knew a book existed, so it's the movie that's really lodged in my heart.)


1. It has an original and interesting premise. Farm stories might be more or less c…

Space Opera Snippets

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Back in February I wrote a post introducing a my space opera novelette. I spent most of March writing that, and now I've got a more or less edited draft of it done! Yippee!

I thought I might as well celebrate by posting some snippets. So here ya go!

       *** Dar's jaw slackened. He crossed his arms and gave a low whistle. "Why, you little anarchist." He glanced at Biff again and shook his head. Leaning over so he could look Crispin in the face, he said, "Crispin, we all hate the police, but you can't just throw rocks at their windows. When your brother finds out—" "It wasn't like that!" Crispin's little fists clamped with an unmistakable family resemblance to Cap. "They were being rough with Renna!" *** Dar jumped from the cockpit. The hangar, lit only by a wavering fluorescent light, was all but empty. A few fliers sat idle in the far corner. One was shaped like a swan, lifelike except for the deathly stillness of its elegant…

Happy Easter! and the Sunshine Blooger Award

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Here I am again! My, it's nice to be blogging once more.

Happy Easter, everybody! Easter Sunday is over, but in the Catholic Church not only Easter Sunday but the seven days following it are all one Easter day. So I'm still very much in Easter mode. :)

Hopefully sometime during the Easter season I'll think of a nice, Easter-ish topic for a post... But, for now, I thought I might as well celebrate coming out of hiatus with the Sunshine Blogger Award, which I was tagged for by the lovely Hope @ The Reader Addict. Thanks so much, Hope! This is going to be so much fun!
The rules for this tag are as follows:

1. Thank whoever followed you and include a link back to her blog.
2. Answer the 11 questions the nominee has given you.
3. Tag 11 more people and give them 11 questions to answer.
4. List the rules and display the award.


Hope's Questions:
What is the craziest dessert you have ever had or wanted? I mean craziest! The whole works!
Wulp, I don't get too crazy... But I…