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H1, H2, & Big Boy Life on the (L)edge

Begun in the aftermath of Katrina, this blog was a way to keep family and friends updated as the family struggled to return to a semblance of normalcy. Now, more than four years later, the memories are still strong, the family is, to some extent, scattered. However, life did go on, and this is our story.

October 29, 2009


Today is Major Dad's birthday and we want to wish him a very Happy Birthday!!


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October 27, 2009


Let me just say it's nice to have a son AND son-in-law in law enforcement... especially when a friend calls at 8:30PM in a panic because her son is in the process of being arrested by NOPD and she's freaked out and doesn't know what to do. Enter H2 to tell her what's going to happen, and Major Dad to streamline the booking process and get the errant son quickly released!! Thanks and a very BIG h/t to H2 and MD!!

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October 26, 2009


The Pope of Christian Unity!!

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6 AND 0 !!!

Are dolphins an endangered species? 'Cause the Saints just killed a batch of 'em! But nobody says it better than DLG!!!

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October 24, 2009


* From Fr. Longenecker's awesome blog!

Here is how Satan spreads his lies:

1. Natural Law is ignored, undermined or made to look stupid by particular instances where it seems not apply.
2. Subsequently religious and civil authorities have their laws questioned because they are 'too strict' too 'black and white', 'unworkable' or 'lacking in compassion'.
3. Relativism is therefore introduced. An understanding gradually grows that 'there are no objective rule' that apply to all people at all times.
4. Individualism is the next step. 'I guess I have to decide what is right for me in my situation.'
5. Sentimentalism: People who live in a sinful situation demand that they not be judged. They deserve compassion and understanding. They are nice people really...but they have a problem. They're sick. They're wounded. Who are you to judge?
6. Dialogue is demanded. "You need to listen to us and to our stories. Then you will understand we are just like you."
7. Once sympathy is won, the goalposts are moved. Now they are not 'sick' or 'wounded' they're just 'different'. They expect to be accepted despite their 'differences'.
8. Equal rights are expected by those who are acting against God's law. "We are not asking you to approve us. We are simply asking you to tolerate a difference of opinion. Simply allow us to be who we are!"
9. Equal rights are demanded. Legislation and lobbying and protests are now in order. The pressure group for sin starts to get aggressive. They do so out of 'hurt' and 'woundedness.' Once they get their 'rights' (they claim) they will be happy and won't be so aggressive.
10. Tolerance being won, they will not stop. They now demand not only that you tolerate, but that you approve. They've moved from being 'sick' or 'wounded' or 'disabled' by their condition to tolerance, and now they proclaim their condition to be 'good'. As Thomas More was not allowed to remain silent on the King's 'great matter' but had to approve, so the presssure group insists on approval.
11. What was once tolerated now becomes mandatory. Society must integrate the new morality into every level--right down to schools and churches and scout groups. Everyone must adopt the new morality or suffer.
12. Persecution of those who resist.
13. Devil's real happy.

This process happens on an individual level, a family level, a community level and a societal level. The bigger the level the longer it takes, and for it to take effect at the societal, community and family level it must first work on the individual level.

This means you and I must watch for the signs in our own moral life and be alert. Any of us can go down this path, and any of us may be victims of those who are already well down the path of evil and darkness.

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October 18, 2009


The SAINTS welcomed home native son Eli Manning and the New York Giants by thoroughly trouncing them,48 - 27, making it a clean sweep of the Bills, Jets, and Giants!! GEAUX SAINTS!!

That surely capped off a good weekend. Preached at three masses, talked about our being called to service and linked it into the World Mission Sunday theme. Not too difficult when you think of the services rendered over the years by Catholic missionaries, not only in other parts of the world, but right here in Louisiana!

Heading back to work tomorrow with a bonus... Kenny has a job interview at our place of work. It looks like there is a contract coming in the very near future so interviews are being conducted ahead of time to prepare to bring new people on board as soon as the contract is signed. Please offer a prayer for Kenny that his interview goes well!

Did I mention that the Saints are 5 - 0???

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October 12, 2009


What a great weekend!! Saturday started with a picnic in City Park. Linda and I were invited to an "engagement picnic" for Stephanie and Shane, a couple getting married next June. I've been asked to perform the wedding! Later we went over to MD/DLG's for dinner. Major Dad barbecued hamburgers, hot dogs, sausages, eggplant, mushrooms and made an awesome pasta salad. Then we watched as Florida brought it to LSU in Death Valley. At least LSU hung in there and kept the game respectable!

Sunday we went to Mass, which is always great! Then KenEllie stopped by for a short visit. At 4 we were at the Omni Royal Orleans hotel for a very nice dinner with the Archdiocese of New Orleans diaconate community (deacons, wives, candidates and wives, and aspirants and wives) to meet and welcome our new archbishop, Greg Aymond. He is from New Orleans, but spent the past nine years as Bishop of Austin, Tx. Welcome home, Archbishop Aymond!! It was really great to see so many of my brother deacons and their wives!

Today, being Columbus Day, is a fed holiday, so Linda and I are off. Woo-hoo!! Looking forward to a quiet day, with an occasional break from the rain. Happy Columbus Day to all, and sorry, if you have to work today!!

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October 5, 2009


SAINTS are 4 - 0 and Tigers are 5 - 0!!

Made it through all 3 masses without any tomatoes or eggs being tossed at me!

Got this from my friend "Meatball". I might have to use it in a homily some day:
One evening a Cherokee elder told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people.He said, "My son, the battle is between two wolves inside us all.

“One is Evil - It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.

"The other is Good - It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith."

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: "Which wolf wins?"

The old Cherokee simply replied, "The one you feed."

A good question to ask ourselves every day. Which are we feeding?

God Bless!!

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This is a test from my mobile.

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October 4, 2009


This is TOO funny!! Thanks, Big J!

<a href="http://www.cmt.com/video/" target="_blank">Tom Mabe: Eavesdropping</a>

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