Quick Takes Friday | lacydelagarza

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1) Phew! This week has been so crazy I actually forgot it was Quick Takes Day until I got my daily email from The Catholic Couponer – thanks for the reminder Beth Anne!

2) Part of why my week was crazy was my much-needed trip to California, the land of sun and desert and stars!  I miss living in places where I can walk out at night, look up and be covered by a blanket of never-ending stars.  Texas is a lot of wonderful things, but not all of it has that luxury.  Courtesy of wikipedia, take a look at the difference in A and B.  The first picture is what it looks like in rural California.  The second one is  what it looks like when I walk outside at night, here:

3) Speaking of Texas, let’s take a moment to just appreciate the beauty that can be found here, shall we?

(Credit  for the picture.)

4) Did you know that Ashton Kutcher is suing the DMV? One more reason to like him, in my book. Story here.

5) On my mind lately: organizing this mess of my desk.  Any suggestions, short of a complete overhaul? (That’s coming soon enough, don’t worry.)  I’m already subscribed to and The Container Store e-alerts but everything costs so much $$… I know there’s gotta be a way to do this and still have some cash left to spend on technology to put on my desk!

6) I have my first radio interview next week! Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers! Nervous right now but I know everything will be okay …!

7) And as always, a prayer to close the week prior. Today is the feast of St. Thomas More, a powerhouse of a saint, who happens to be the patron of statesmen and politicians.  In this heated political climate, it is always a good reminder to turn to his life and see that not so long ago, men were capable of great things in political office … May St. Thomas More see fit to intercede for our nation now struggling to adhere to the tenets of basic morality.  (If you’re interested, click here to read the Moto Proprio proclaiming St. Thomas More the patron of these things)

I give you, a prayer written by St. Thomas More while imprisoned in the Tower of London.

† In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Give me the grace, Good Lord

To set the world at naught. To set the mind firmly on You and not to hang upon the words of men’s mouths.

To be content to be solitary. Not to long for worldly pleasures. Little by little utterly to cast off the world and rid my mind of all its business.

Not to long to hear of earthly things, but that the hearing of worldly fancies may be displeasing to me.

Gladly to be thinking of God, piteously to call for His help. To lean into the comfort of God. Busily to labor to love Him.

To know my own vileness and wretchedness. To humble myself under the mighty hand of God. To bewail my sins and, for the purging of them, patiently to suffer adversity.

Gladly to bear my purgatory here. To be joyful in tribulations. To walk the narrow way that leads to life.

To have the last thing in remembrance. To have ever before my eyes my death that is ever at hand. To make death no stranger to me. To foresee and consider the everlasting fire of Hell. To pray for pardon before the judge comes.

To have continually in mind the passion that Christ suffered for me. For His benefits unceasingly to give Him thanks.

To buy the time again that I have lost. To abstain from vain conversations. To shun foolish mirth and gladness. To cut off unnecessary recreations.

Of worldly substance, friends, liberty, life and all, to set the loss at naught, for the winning of Christ.

To think my worst enemies my best friends, for the brethren of Joseph could never have done him so much good with their love and favor as they did him with their malice and hatred.

These minds are more to be desired of every man than all the treasures of all the princes and kings, Christian and heathen, were it gathered and laid together all in one heap.

Amen †

Nicki Minaj Defends ‘Roman Holiday’ Grammy Performance – Speakeasy – WSJ

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Nicki Minaj Defends ‘Roman Holiday’ Grammy Performance – Speakeasy – WSJ.

The Catholic League released a press release criticizing  Minaj. “Whether Minaj is possessed is surely an open question, but what is not in doubt is the irresponsibility of The Recording Academy. Never would they allow an artist to insult Judaism or Islam,” wrote the Catholic League. “It’s bad enough that Catholics have to fight for their rights vis-à-vis a hostile administration in Washington without also having to fend off attacks in the entertainment industry. The net effect, however, will only embolden Catholics, as well as their friends in other faith communities.””


Good answer, Donahue.

Former First Lady Betty Ford Dead at 93 – ABC News

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Former First Lady Betty Ford Dead at 93 – ABC News.

“She was married to Gerald Ford for 58 years. Shortly after becoming president in 1974, Ford said, “I am indebted to no man and to only one woman, my dear wife.”

“From a young age, she had a passion for dancing. She studied dance under Martha Graham in New York, working as a fashion model to finance her studies. She joined Graham’s auxiliary troupe and eventually performed with the company at Carnegie Hall.

“As Betty Ford recounted at the time, the wedding was delayed until shortly before the election because, “Jerry was running for Congress and wasn’t sure how voters might feel about his marrying a divorced ex-dancer.”

“She was also outspoken on women’s rights issues. She supported the equal rights amendment and the legalization of abortion.”


† Eternal rest grant to her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her.  May the souls of the faithful departed through the mercies of  God rest in peace, Amen. †


First thoughts:

Definitely didn’t agree with her stance on abortion, and I had no idea she was a Graham dancer who performed in Carnegie.

A Day In The Life Of A Cirque du Soleil Performer – Speakeasy – WSJ

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A Day In The Life Of A Cirque du Soleil Performer – Speakeasy – WSJ.

A typical day: Rehearsal at 6:30 a.m. until 11 a.m., then 11:30 to 1 p.m. for the wheel. One hour of lunch. Staging from 2:30 p.m. to 6. Dinner from 6 to 7. More staging from 7 to midnight. Technical training takes place in the morning, while staging takes place in the afternoon and evening. Everyone does personal training on their own if they prefer.”

Pretty fascinating interview.



Flash mob gathers near train station to relax, have fun | The Desert Sun |

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Flash mob gathers near train station to relax, have fun | The Desert Sun |


This is awesome!

“Dressed in Hawaiian outfits, participants ages 13 to 60 played with bubbles and sat in lawn chairs or under umbrellas for 15 minutes in the blowing sand.They relocated to a fountain next to a coffee shop on Palm Canyon Drive for another 15 minutes.”


What a reminder how important it is to enjoy our lives!!

The pull of religious relics: Holy jewels | The Economist

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The pull of religious relics: Holy jewels | The Economist.

““Treasures of Heaven” is sponsored mainly by John Studzinski, global head of Blackstone Advisory Partners, in a rare example of private philanthropy. Mr Studzinski is a devout Roman Catholic. But one need not perceive reliquaries as intermediaries with the divine to be delighted and moved by this show. These are jewels with soul as well as beauty, a rewarding introduction to the early history of Christianity and the medieval mind.”

If this isn’t reason enough to travel to Europe and see this exhibit, I don’t know what is.