Saturday, June 09, 2007

End's about a blogger.

Laurie Metcalf

I looked for a funny picture of Laurie Metcalf but couldn't find one. She played Roseanne Barr's sister in "Roseanne", as well as an English teacher in that great reality show, "Third Rock From The Sun". She is very funny and doesn't have to say anything to look nuts - she is just one of those actresses who have great facial expression.

Anyway - I think of Laurie Metcalf, especially her character on "Third Rock" - who liked to speak in rhyme, whenever I come across this one blogger/commentator who leaves all of her comments in poetry. I laugh thinking, what if she talked like this? Like if you were engaged in a conversation with her, would she respond in poetry?

Personality wise, I think she is more like Laurie's character in "Desperate Housewives" who ended up shooting people at a grocery store - the uber-Catholic poetry lady also has a lot of anger. I would love it if she looked like Laurie.

We really reveal our personalities when we blog, don't we? It's kind of scary.

Friday, June 08, 2007

Paris in the springtime

Paris in the springtime of her youth - heading back to just have to feel sorry for her. She is obviously a spoiled little rich-girl brat. She was never raised correctly in the first place. I mean what mother allows their daughter to go around in public without underwear and to do half the things this little girl has done? (Answer: A lot of parents allow this.)

Today she left the courtroom screaming and crying, plaintively calling out. "Mom!" Although her negligent mother cannot help her now. I think the mom should go to jail too - for raising such a spoiled bitc-I mean witch!
See parents what you do to your kids when you give them everything, protect them from real life, allow them to grow up with little or no responsibility, as well as a feigned morality, and teach them to love money, success and glamour? See what happens to your little air-heads?
[Whatever happened with Mike Hatch's daughters after that Chicago police scuffle anyway?]
Read the story on Paris - if you are interested, "Screaming Paris goes back to jail."

Truth in media.

Bishops meet on gay issues.

Has anyone else heard of this? That bishops were meeting in Baltimore on June 5th to discuss issues concerning gays? (I've been sitting on this to see if anyone else picked it up, or to hear if there may have been some clandestine meeting.) I checked the schedule at the USCCB website and there was nothing posted about this. So why would a major British gay news service publish something that was false? Don't all news sources check their facts and only report the truth? Here is a snippet from Pink News:

5th June 2007 11:42 writer

American Roman Catholic bishops may give the green light to new guidelines this week, which would mean gay Catholics would not have to try to change their sexual orientation.

Bishops convene today in Baltimore for their annual meeting. The guidelines will also encourage clergy to baptise the children of same-sex couples who agree to raise them in the Catholic faith.

The Roman Catholic Church will continue to stress that they believe same-sex relationships are immoral. Cardinal Francis George, vice president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops told The Chicago Tribune: "We are trying to find a language that does not betray the teaching of the church, but will perhaps express it in ways that are not so offensive." - Pink News

It should be understood the Catholic Church does not require a person with Same Sex Attraction to seek therapy to change their orientation. The Church simply asks that they live chastely and celibate in accord with Church teaching. Just like they ask any un-chaste person to do - straight or gay.

What is this, feel good news for Gay Pride month? Where did they get this story? And why do they care? The militant faction disagrees with what the Church teaches on divorce and remarriage, contraception, abortion, condoms, papal authority, etc., anyway - so why not forget about it?

Thursday, June 07, 2007

I know I shouldn't laugh...BUT!

This story reminds me of National Lampoon's Family Vacation. A 21 year old man was unnoticed attached to the grill of a semi, barreling down a 4 mile stretch of highway at 50mph. He was okay when troopers found him, but he had spilled his pop. I am laughing so hard I'm crying!

"It was quite a ride," the man reportedly told police."The man spilled his soda pop, but he wasn't upset," Sgt. Kathy Morton of the Michigan State Police said.

Go here for the story.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Hit me with your best shot!

Someone delighted me in a comment by calling me a "pompous ass" - and to think I have called others that so often in the past! What goes around comes around.

Nevertheless, it did me so much good that I'm declaring open season on Terry! Please submit all of your negative opinions on me in the comment box. Blast me out of the water! Tell me what I need to hear. Remember, it is an act of mercy to, "instruct the ignorant" so don't be shy.

Blast away! (I feel like a kid on Christmas Eve!)

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

The Clio Awards...

Awards for advertising

Not many average people know there are Academy Awards for advertisers - they are known as the Clio Awards. They are great - especially if you work in marketing or visual merchandising. They pick the best of the best. Yes - I watch commercials and really look at ads - there is a lot of art to be had in them, and many are entertaining. Often times, television ads can be better than the programming they sponsor.
Anyway - I got my Leaflet Missal Book catalog in the mail today. I thought I'd do a little review on it, since I was never that honest about it when I worked on it in the past. Now since it is a public thing, I can critique it - and I guarantee you, it won't win any awards. Except maybe for merit - I know how hard everyone works on the catalog, and despite the fact they do not want to spend money on photography, styling, and decent paper, they do a pretty good job for what it is. The thing makes money.

The Cover
What did Tracy Nelson's character used to say in "Square Pegs"? Oh yeah - "Gag me with a spoon!"
It is pretty bad. I had always said it would be neat to have a hologram cover, where the objects moved, or a Harry Potter cover that would be animated. They missed. The product is multiplied across the page and it looks like a run of stamps. The shadows and fade outs are so not - what? Art? Not at all. And of course, the cover is so loaded with unrelated product it just looks schlocky. It is a poor adaptation of Andy Warhol's art - another concept I had - but not like this! (Oh, and lest I forget, the resolution of photography is atrocious - although it is no better on the website.)
The Books
It is the standard Ignatius catalog format, can't miss. Except categories. They don't know how to categorize product. Subjects and titles are typically all over the place - which always comes off as if they threw it together. They don't know how to paginate for customer interest or by authors and topics. And adjacency of product? They never understood what that meant.
The Book
Confusing at best. Pages display little or no categorization, devoid of any point of focus. Bracelets, medals, statues, and anything else, looks like it has been dropped - no crammed, onto the page. It is like a garage sale in book form. Sadly, the new catalog resembles their so-called "Gift Catalogs" and therefore there is nothing special about those "special" gift catalogs. When they keep repeating the format - they all end up looking pretty much like sale catalogs.
What they need:
Professional help, and maybe an editor/art director - and throw in a decent book buyer too. But, like I said, it makes them money, so why bother with image? Customer Grams and Gramps won't notice.
(Disclaimer, I was not paid by Leaflet Missal nor any other entity to do this review.)

The Renovation of Winona's Cathedral

Looks pretty ugly to me.

They moved the sanctuary to accommodate for a "Gathering Space" and made the front door be the side door for people to use, since most enter from the parking lot. Not having seen it in person, I suppose I shouldn't judge - but from the pictures, the beige walls in the sanctuary look rather incongruous with the rest of the architecture. I wonder where the piano will go.

A spokesman for the Cathedral said that the use of fixed pews and chairs allow for multi-use purposes, such as civic events as well as diocesan gatherings:
"The Cathedral will have a new seating arrangement that will provide individual seating and will include attached kneelers. We will use a combination of pews and chairs to provide maximum flexibility in our seating. This will allow us to create a wide range of seating options for both parish and diocesan events. It will also provide possibilities for other cultural or civic events for the Winona community." - Cathedral FAQ sheet on the renovation.

The consecration takes place this afternoon:

"Sixty priests, 20 bishops (three of them archbishops), one cardinal (Cardinal Adam Maida of Detroit) and more than 650 people will come together at 2 p.m. today to rededicate the renovated Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, the spiritual center of the Diocese of Winona." - Winona Daily News


Monday, June 04, 2007

The Fetus Feels Stress...Really?

"New research conducted by doctors in England shows that unborn children can face emotional stress during a pregnancy as the baby's mother faces stress herself. Pro-life advocates say the study has implications for abortion as society learns more about the amazing development of children before birth.

The British Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists released the results of the study on Thursday and says that unborn babies as early as 17 weeks into pregnancy suffer from stress.

The stress results when hormones transferred from anxious mothers reach the baby through the placenta." - "Unborn babies face emotional stress during pregnancy"
Makes sense to me!
I'll bet that is what happened to me! (Why I am so nuts, that is.) My mother was kind of nuts, divorced-remarried-to-my-wife-beater-dad, she had been a Roman Catholic nun-wanna be in her youth, laden with guilt and fear that she was going straight to hell because of getting married outside the Church and giving birth to a bastard. Fighting and drinking was a growing problem in that marriage, thus it must have been rather stressful.
Of course, after birth - that's a good name for me! - things did not get much better. My dad's mother, grandma - as we liked to call her (she was nuts too), tried to kidnap me out of my mother's arms, in a big scene in downtown New Richmond, Wisconsin. (My mother won.) Nevertheless, as years went on, her depression and drinking got worse, as did my dad's, and there were a lot more fights.
So yeah, stress probably does affect the unborn child, maybe prepares him for a stressful life. This new, groundbreaking study, similar to those which say that fetus thing can feel pain too, is maybe going to affect the abortion mentality - so the pro-life advocates and researchers claim. I'm wondering if Planned Parenthood will simply turn this around and and use it as another excuse to abort, fearing that infants with emotional damage will not make very good prospects as adults.
Sometimes, when I grow impatient with the abortion thing, I'm tempted to agree with the views of Nathan Lane's character in the "Birdcage", playing the role of Albert, dressed up as Mrs. Coleman. When discussing abortion with Senator Keeley, he/she replied, "Well, why not just kill the mothers? - Oh, I know what you're going to say. 'If you kill the mother, the fetus dies too.' But the fetus is going to be aborted anyway, so why not let it go down with the ship? "
Have a nice day!

Blogger's block

Once again I am blocked from accessing Abbey-Roads2. I don't know what happens that this occurs - is it the update on my firewall that does it? I don't know. It is annoying nevertheless. Last time it happened, it lasted the weekend and suddenly I had access again, twice before that, I had a tech in to fix the problem. Don't know why, don't know how, don't really care. If this keeps happening, this blog, Abbey1 will most likely become my default blog once again - I don't know - we'll see what happens.

I'm kind of tired of being online so much anyway.

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Breaking News! Blogger admits to dressing like a slob for Mass!

News Bulletin:

(St. Paul, MN 6/3/07)
Today, fashion conservative, Cathy of Alexandria revealed that she hasn't always dressed like Jackie Kennedy when she attended Mass in the past. The local blogosphere has been reeling ever since the announcement, prompting Adoro te Devote to scream; "I knew it! I knew it! I knew it!" (She had to be sedated.)

Ms. Cathy broke the news in a poignant editorial entitled, "Does blogging make you better?" Reprinted here is what she had to say for herself:
"I have been known, on more than one occasion, to go to Mass in jeans or shorts and a t-shirt. I've worn flip-flops to Mass before." - Cathy of Alexandria
(Shocking as the admission may be, all in all it is a thoughtful, if not provocative post, so be sure and check it out.)

Many in the blogging world are now speculating if Cathy may have started a new trend of "true confessions" in blog posts. Who will be next to "tell all"? Will Ray finally respond to the suspicions that he is a spy for a certain local Diocesan newspaper, commissioned to infiltrate the underworld of bloggers? Will the elusive Hadleys finally reveal that they spend hours watching re-runs of "Cheers" and "Will and Grace" and have never been to an opera in their entire lives? Will a certain Catholic blogger in Hollywood finally reveal she isn't an ex-nun but really Roger Ebert in drag? (He hasn't been on "Ebert and Roeper" for a long time you know.)

It will be interesting to see what develops from the ground breaking revelation made by Cathy of Alexandria today. (Oh, and she is not from Alexandria, Minnesota either...which is another misconception some people had - I doubt it was intentional on her part however.)

The truth comes out!
(Sorry Cathy, I couldn't help myself.)