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CMO: 041221 TOO MUCH THINKING?

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  Hello Friends, How did I spend my Sunday? I attended Mass at St. Thomas More in Tulsa. It was Divine Mercy Sunday,  a major feast day in the Church that was instituted by the late Pope St. John Paul II  in accordance with a request made by Christ Himself, who is reported to have appeared to a simple nun,  St. Faustina Kowalska,  in Poland prior to the outbreak of World War II. According to Faustina's diaries, this  feast day  is to take place on the second Sunday following Easter  and is to be known as Divine Mercy Sunday. On the way home I stopped at Daylight Donuts  and ordered three maple bars and five sausage roles for Mr. Man, myself, and Matthew. Sunday is the only day I allow myself to enjoy sweets. I spent the rest of Sunday in front of the television set watching two Avenger and Ant Man/Wasp movies. One I watched alone, two with my son, Matthew. That was followed by two westerns  that I watched with Mr. Man. Random Thinking I heard someone mention recently how they wish

CMO: 040521 "THERE CAN ONLY BE ONE!"

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  Hello Friends! I pray that you experienced a joyful and meaningful Lent and Easter Sunday. I hope your journey across the desert during your 40 days of Lent brought you to a closer, deeper, more meaningful relationship with the Lord. I am embarrassed to admit that my season of Lent was less than what I had hoped it would be but have only myself to blame. I, through the grace of Christ do not intend to make that mistake in 2022. God must always come first. I heard or read somewhere that if what you are doing ( e.g., Lenten sacrifices ) is not bringing you into a much deeper and profound relationship with Christ then maybe you should not be doing it -- until it does. I could not agree more. As a rule, I do my best during the 40 days of Lent to watch all of my favorite Easter movies such as The Ten Commandments, The Greatest Story Ever Told, Risen, Son of God, Ben Hur, The Robe, King of Kings, etc.  However, this year I only watched two: The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965), starring Max

CMO: 040221 WHAT IS THE ALTERNATIVE?

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  Today is Good Friday.   I suppose I should focus my thoughts on the events that took place on this day over 2,000 years ago when Jesus died on the cross rather than on myself. I can show my gratitude by not being angry with and forgiving the persons that I am, to say the least, frustrated with at the moment. Not to mention the fact that five years have passed since I last worked, earned a paycheck or had the ability to pay my bills. FIVE YEARS! When I consider what I have accomplished since moving to Oklahoma in contrast to where I was before moving to Oklahoma and where I am today, I am not certain that maybe I should have stayed in California. "For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?"  (Mark 8:36 NIV). I suppose I would most likely be in the same boat (there) that I am (here). Pax!

CMO: 032521 THE STRUGGLE IS REAL

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  Hello Friends, It is interesting to note that I am writing a new short-story  titled, "The Empty House". This story was going to debut  on the first episode of Coffee Break Short Break , the podcast. I am currently writing the third installment of what I hope will be the conclusion to the story. The reason I mention this is because the main character,  Miles D.C. McFarland,  who lives in Pinewood Flats, Nebraska  keeps a journal that he has been writing in since 1970. He began journaling at the suggestion of his best friend Zach Jennings. What does that have to do with this blog?  Nothing other than the fact that this blog is to me what Miles' journal is to him. It provides a platform by which I can share my thoughts. Not just as a record or legacy for my children, but with the hope that others will read these entries, walk in my shoes (empathize), and perhaps understand why I am who I am: a product of cultural, spiritual, and academia ignorance; one who made poor decis

CMO: 022621 OOPS!

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  Hello, Friends! I mentioned to Mr. Man this morning that it is a good thing that my noggin is attached to my neck because if it wasn't, I might end up leaving it somewhere! Now that we have all had our laughs allow me to explain what I am talking about. When my son was discharged from the Psychiatric Hospital and Clinic on February 15th, he was prescribed three medications by the Psychiatric doctor, two of which he needed to take daily.  The three prescriptions are:  Hydroxyzine HCL 50 MG. One tablet by mouth at bedtime. Risperidone 2 MG. One tablet by mouth twice daily. Famotidine  20 MG. One tablet by mouth twice daily. According to the Web MD.com  (2021) website: Hydroxyzine  is used to treat itching caused by allergies. It is an antihistamine and works by blocking a certain natural substance (histamine) that your body makes during an allergic reaction. Hydroxyzine may also be used short-term to treat anxiety or to help you feel sleepy/relaxed before and after surgery. Accordi

CMO: 021721 THE FIRST DAY OF LENT

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  Hello, Friends! "On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me....: That is the opening line to the "Twelve Days of Christmas". According To Wikipedia (2021), the song was written by Frederic Austin in 1909 (1). The song was published in England in 1780 without music as a chant or rhyme and is thought to be French in origin (2). As I think about this song in tandem with the season of Lent, I cannot help but think of my "true love" as Jesus Christ and the 40 gifts of sacrifice (offered through love) that I seek to present to Him during this time of Lent. "On the first day of Lent, to my true love, I did give thee... coffee without cream and sugar. That I may be reminded of the bitterness of my sins, repent, ask forgiveness, and change my ways. That is the sacrifice I offer to my Lord on this first day of Lent. To drink my coffee without cream or sugar. I understand drinking coffee without cream or sugar is no huge sacrifice. But, it is a sacrific

CMO: 020121 LIVING HELTER-SKELTER

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  Hello, Friends! Friends and family who know me intimately know two things about me to be true: 1) I tend to be like a reckless soul who is never at peace. Although, I am happy to report that part of myself has found some peace and is doing better. Thank you, Jesus! 2) I tend to change the furniture in the house more often than I do my underwear, unlike those who take great pride in not having moved a stick of furniture from its original location (including the dust) since forever. Alright, perhaps I am exaggerating just a wee bit. Truth be told, it is how I have operated since time and memorial following in the footsteps of my saintly mother [may she rest in peace]. Sadly, the aging process is slowing me down. I no longer have the energy nor the desire to do much rearranging these days. As I look back on my life it would appear that living life helter-skelter ; being all over the map as it were has been my modus operandi.   I am like those buzzing hairballs in the 1982 film,  "T