Saturday, October 31, 2009

Support a Catholic Speaker Month 2009--James (Jim) Stenson

First, thanks to Matt Warner at for creating this idea of sharing information on Catholic Speakers as a resource for Catholics.  It is cleverly called "Support a Catholic Speaker Month 2009".

Second, I stumbled across this idea and was surprised--shocked even--to see James Stenson still on the list of speakers without anyone assigned to it.  Then I realized the list said "Jim Stenson" which threw everyone else off.

I was able to attend a session with Mr. Stenson almost a decade ago, and left feeling like great knowledge had been left on my brain.  Seriously.  Not in a headache kind of a way, but in a lightbulb-burning kind of a way.

As a former headmaster, he takes "parent-leadership" seriously.  You only get one chance--ONE--to raise your kids.  No do-overs.  Jim's (I call him Jim--after you attend one of his talks or buy one of his books, you can too) approach is straightforward and thoughtful.  His single goal is to help you bypass the trial-and-error of parenthood and get right to the stuff that works.

His website has a number of folios for you to download for free.  You can even hear hm speak for over 3 hours discussing "Successful Fathers" (3 separate sessions of about an hour each).

I could go on, like the time I realized I'd gotten home without paying him for his book at the conference, and finally over a year later tracked him down and sent the check.  But no need to go there.

Give him a try.  Free listen online, free writing on his website and his contact information:

James B. Stenson
481 Hammond Street
Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts 02467
(617) 738-1225

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Laser Monks--worth the truffle of trying

For a short time, LaserMonks is sending truffles with any order of $25 or more.

If you need ink or toner cartridges, new or remanufactured, give them a try.

The free truffle offer is good until tomorrow night--15-16 OCT.

Help the monks, help your self...and then help yourself to a treat.

[Oh, I'm just a customer--I get nothing besides the free truffles with the order I just placed.]

Monday, October 12, 2009


One of my grown daughters introduced me to this website, PostSecrets.  It covers the whole spectrum of humanity, good and bad.  Mostly a lot of emotion, for both the reader and the sender, and tons of jaw-dropping humor.

The idea is that folks send anonymous postcards confessing to a secret they have to a fellow who collects them, and posts a select few online.  Apparently, this has also turned into a series of books and speaking engagements for him.

Thoughtful video:

Yeah, and Deal Hudson brought it up today too, so hat tip to him.


Tuesday, October 6, 2009

And baby makes...5 grandkids

This morning brings us Noelle Elizabeth, our fifth grandchild, and fourth granddaughter.

My eldest son prayed for a sister--a lot--when he was little, and now he has five of them.

And 3 daughters.

Yep, girls are important, and we are doing our best to make sure that our parish is a popular wedding spot on the Catholic circuit.  There have already been jokes about future spouses and pairings with suitable aged young men in other families.

Now on the one hand, we have those kinds of comments from other large, Catholic families.

But when I head out to the Knights meeting tonight, I'll be surrounded by well-wishers of another sort.  Guys in their 60s and 70s, with fewer grandkids than I have--if they have any at all.  Now there will be a couple who think we are just crazy to have so many kids.  But many will have a conflicted look on their faces--happy for us, yet unhappy with their own lack of family.

The couple of kids they do have invariably live across the country, and are still settling down, or motivated by their careers, or don't want kids, or "they just aren't ready yet".  Now mind you these kids are in the 30-50 year range.

And these are the Knights who are amped enough to come to meetings.  They know their faith and work is important.  Still, no grandkids.

I don't know that I can stand to hear it again tonight (each announcement of a grandchild brings the same tales).

I may skip the meeting tonight to go hold my new granddaughter before the world rubs the shine off.

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