Category Archives: Great book

Prayer seeks … ~ a free Prayer Sampler

Pic ~ Prayer seeks ... A Prayer Sampler for your personal stitching only … not to be put to any commercial use.

This pattern was inspired by a line in a book I’m reading, Hidden Mountain, Secret Garden: A  Theological Contemplation on Prayer.  I’ve always found it somewhat difficult to pray consistently.  I often read about it, thinking to discover a path to a deeper prayer life.  But most of the time needlework serves as the path to my hidden mountain, quieting and separating me from the world.  Setting my stitches is somewhat like fingering the beads of a Rosary, a physical meditation leading to peaceful contemplation and a sense of spiritual connection.



I love colors against a black background (must have an Amish gene in the mix!) and inadvertantly left the black background in the pattern directions when I first posted.  Here’s what Prayer Seeks … looks like on  very dark fields … one black and one navy blue, and also on a pastel ground.

Pic ~ Prayer Seeks ~ on navy


PIC ~ Prayer ~ black no grid Prayer Seeks ... with pastel background















Two Good Books about Black Catholics

The History of Black Catholics in the United States 

by Cyprian Davis O.S.B.  Published in 1993 by Crossroads Publishing, NY

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God’s Men of Color

by Albert S. Foley, S.J., Ph.D.   Published by Farrar, Strauss & Co., NY in 1955

Current books by the reading chair, on the nightstand or the Kindle

When I was given a Kindle by my guys I was polite and grateful, but I was a confirmed book person and didn’t think I’d really use it much.  Ha!  I now LOVE the thing.  It goes with me everywhere and I’ve read more than ever since I received it.

Bugs in My Brain, Poison on My Plate  by Dr. Frank Springob

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austin

Gifts of the Crow  by John Marzluff

Unveiling the Apocalypse: Prophecy in Catholic Tradition by Emmett O’Reagan

Blacklash  by Deneen Borelli

The Big Black Lie  by Kevin Jackson

Lent with Saint Francis: Daily Reflections by Diane M. Houdek

The Magnificat Lenten Companion

Philokalia: Eastern Christian Spiritual Texts

Why Quantum Physicists Don’t Get Fat  by Greg Kuhn

Navigating the Interior Life: Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God  by Daniel Burke with Fr. John Bartunek

“Faith is the consciousness of a Presence that clarifies for you the aim of life without the possibility of uncertainty.” ~ Luigi Giussani   The Magnificat Lenten Companion

Freebie ~ The Snail Sampler

I’ve always loved snails and have been reading a wonderful book, The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating, by Elisabeth Tova Bailey which relates the sudden onset of a woman’s strange illness, and her relationship with a tiny  gastropod.  Her sickness forever changes the course of her life, transforming her from an active outdoor woman to an invalid confined indoors.  When a visiting friend gives her a tiny terrestrial snail found by chance on a walk,  she starts to explore the vast mysteries of a much smaller world than the one she had always inhabited.  The book speaks to the power of accepting change without accepting defeat, and of the worlds around us which might never be noticed without a disruption in our “regular” lives.  ISBN:  978-1-56512-606-0

The Snail Sampler combines my love of snails with Theresa Heine’s lovely, onomatopoeic verse, and beautiful flosses from The Gentle Art It is under my copyright and free for your personal, non-commercial use only.  The design contains six special stitches and is 140 w  by  188 stitches h.

Happy Stitching!


PS   Earlier today 03-15, WordPress gave me  a few “possibly related” links to this post, and one of them,   Snail’s Pace, is definitely a blog worth visiting. The recent post, Slow-Down Therapy is good Lenten food for thought.

~ The Snail Sampler ~

Good Read ~ The Forbidden Rose by Joanna Bourne

The Forbidden Rose is a wonderfully written spy novel and historical romance.   Bourne provides fascinating historical detail about the French Revolution,  its political intrigues, and a rousing good story.

The Forbidden Rose

The Finder’s Keepers ~ Updake!

I love books, and when I come across a very special book, I like to share it.  The Help by Kathryn Stockett is such a book.  I haven’t even finished it yet, but I love it, and know it’s a classic.  ISBN: 978-0-399-15534-5

Finished reading last night, 04-28, and absolutely loved the book … a wonderful read.

The Finder’s Keepers II : A Great Book ~ Intellectuals & Society by Thomas Sowell

Whether you’re an intellectual,  or just one of the rest of us, this is a great read.  Thomas Sowell writes like a dream.  I could read him just for his sentence structures, not to mention that he explains things as easily as a hot knife goes through butter.   And he cites my all time favorite quote on the second page of his book …  “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting, get understanding.” ~ Proverbs 4:7 American KJV

I love, love, love reading Thomas Sowell.  He and Charles Krauthammer keep me sane!


The Finder’s Keepers

TV: Masterpiece Theatre Mini-Series of  Jane Austen’s Emma ~ begins Sunday January 24th on PBS

Books: Intellectuals and Society by Thomas Sowell   ISBN: 978-0-465-00948-9

Why Are Jews Liberal ? by Norman Podhoretz   ISBN:  10: 0385529198  (free chapter available on


John Taylor Gatto strikes again!  Just found his new book, Weapons of Mass Instruction, in the library.   We homeschooled for 12 wonderful, happy years, and he was one of our heroes!  The man is a mensch.  It’s great to read in print what you know in your heart.  Government, government, government … you gotta love it.  It’s efficient, trustworthy, ethical, always looking out for us,  and educating our children with great new government ideas.  Have any of you read Brave New World, 1984, or Fahrenheit 451?

work in progress

“Anyone who fails to go forward begins to go back, and love, I believe, can never be content to stay for long where it is.” —St. Teresa of Avila


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