First, happy Feast of Sts. Simon and Jude. St. Jude is a patron of “impossible causes”, which gives me some comfort today.
Second, today is the anniversary of the 312 AD Battle of the Milvian Bridge, when Constantine defeated Maxentius. I think you know that story. I consider it good news that Constantine won.
Third, after a long power outage, I have everything up and running. Not having electricity for a while constrained me to do some things the old fashioned way, such as heat water for my morning coffee. Mass was by candlelight, which was just fine, though my eyes aren’t as young as they used to be. Perhaps this would have been a good moment for iPad with photos of the pages of the book. In order to get my article in for The Wanderer I had to go to a library and get on wifi, but it eventually worked out.
Fourth, my double recipe of Boeuf Bourguignon for our literary group came off very well on Monday. I served also braised pearl onions, sauteed mushrooms, and peas, together with buttered egg noodles. For dessert we split up a less than impressive pumpkin cake thingy. By that point we weren’t too interested in eating any more. For the next meeting of the group we determined to go Roman. I’l make buccatini all’amatriciana and saltimbocca. And we will switch from T.S. Eliot to Yeats.
Fifth, it was nice to see today that the Google Friends thingy now shows 700 people signed up. Thanks! I could use some additional Twitter followers, however.