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Obsculta, o fili, præcepta magistri, et inclina aurem cordis

"Listen, O my son, to the precepts of thy master, and incline the ear of thy heart, and cheerfully receive and faithfully execute the admonitions of thy loving Father, that by the toil of obedience thou mayest return to Him from whom by the sloth of disobedience thou hast gone away."--from the prologue of the Rule of St. Benedict

If the elevator tries to break you down...go crazy...

Band Name Meme

From Chad:

  1. Band Name: Random Wikipeda Link
  2. Album Title: Random quote generator (take the last four words from the first quote on the page)
  3. Album Art: Flickr Interesting Photo (pick one)


Band: Spider Wasp
Album: Do as I Advise



You bi-annual Jason Update

It's a long time since a post which gave any real information about me. As I have said in the past, if you want to know what's going on in my life, you'd do better to read my lovely wife's journal (beepboop)l than mine..

Here's some highlights.

1. Religious Ed:

I've been teaching a fifth grade Religious Education on Sundays at our parish. The kids are great. I think fifth graders may be my demographic as they are grown up enough to grasp a lot of the concepts but not as distracted or "too-cool-for-school" as older kids dealing with the changes of the teen years.

Brandi is my assistant and she's great help. Alex is one of the students and it's neat to have him in class. I'm thankful I have the opportunity and I hope I can just plant a few seeds in the back of their minds that the Holy Spirit may bring to the forefront at some needful point in the future.

2. Fable Tree:

The film making project is still going strong. We're now working under the moniker of Fable Tree Films and we're making pretty good progress on a short animation project. The plan it to complete that and live-action short film in time to submit them to a local festival next year. I couldn't have found a better group of guys to work with and and it's nice to see things happening.

3. Face2Face:

I've been rehearsing every Monday with Huntsville's own improv troupe, Face2Face. They play shows in Huntsville, Madison and Decatur every other week and if you're local you should definitely check them out. They are funny and family friendly so you can bring your kids if you have any of those. My kids really love the shows and even do improv at home now as a result.

Next week, a group from the iO theater in Chicago will be in Huntsville for a series of performances at the Merrimack and the director of Face2Face, Eugene Banks, along with the director of iO and the good folks at the Merrimack have arranged for Face2Face to have a two hour workshop with one of iO's instructors on long-form improv. I am super excited to get to attend this as long-form is an aspect of the improv in which I'm particularly interested.

Even more amazing, eight of the Face2Face players will get to perform on stange with the iO troupe during the first act on Thursday the 23rd. I can't wait to see the home team up there on that big, beautiful Merrimack stage with what are probably some of the finest improvisers in the world.

That's about it. I'll try to toss y'all another update in six months or so.

Pie Royalty

The following is NOT based on my own tastes, but on my older son, Aaron, and I taking a cold hard look at the state of pie in the USA.

I present to you your Pie Royalty Court.

The King: Apple

The Queen: Pumpkin

The Prince: Chocolate

The Princess: Lemon

The Court Jester: Boston Creme

All other pies, while tasty, are commoners.

Thank you.


Since it's just me and you...

Email Classifieds After Dark #1Just me, you and Rev. Al Green as I read a few actual posts from our local Freecycle, Recycle and Trader email lists

Vote SchwarzeBABY '08! ARRRRGGARRRRGH!!!

Did this a while back while playing with my (then) new laptop. Forgot about it until I found it on my hard drive tonight.


The boys and I are really enjoying it, even if I'm a bit frustrated by my first foray into the Space Stage right now. If anyone else out there in Friend's List Land is playing, buddy me up, yo.


What I saw on my Summer vacation.

Yes, this really happened. What happens in Florence, however, doesn't always stay in Florence.



"What good does it do to speak learnedly about the Trinity if, lacking humility, you displease the Trinity? Indeed it is not learning that makes a man holy and just, but a virtuous life makes him pleasing to God. I would rather feel contrition than know how to define it. For what would it profit us to know the whole Bible by heart and the principles of all the philosophers if we live without grace and the love of God? Vanity of vanities and all is vanity, except to love God and serve Him alone."

-- Thomas a'Kempis, "The Imitation of Christ"

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