Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Safer Alternatives to Opioids

In the process of reading many articles about the Opioid Epidemic, the thought occurred to me, "Gee, I wish they would come up with some more effective, safer alternatives to the opioids for controlling pain."  As it turns out, they actually have.  But they are often more difficult for patients to access than the cheaper opioids which are more likely to be covered by insurance. This eye-opening article was linked on Facebook by my cousin, who is a physician whose specialty is pain management: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/17/health/opioid-painkillers-insurance-companies.html?smid=fb-share
More after the break:

Thursday, September 14, 2017

CLC: What Makes or Breaks a Parish?

Cleveland Commonweal Local Community

Last night was the first meeting of the Cleveland Commonweal Local Community; about fifteen signed up, ten showed up. We all want the same thing good conversation. Good defined as being good listeners and accepting. Conversation defined as intellectually stimulating. Looks like we have a reasonable chance of that happening although the logistics are challenging since we are spread widely geographically. All except one are print subscribers, the lone digit subscriber is unhappy with the digit aspects and will like change to print.

We are going to choose articles from the print edition, so expect more of my posts to be chosen from Commonweal. This article seems a likely candidate for our next meeting. We have a variety of parish experiences already evident in our first conversation


A National Survey of Parish Masses

About a dozen posts on parish Masses in various parts of the country by various authors including our own Tom Blackburn. My thoughts on what makes or breaks a parish follows the break. What are yours?

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Francis: The Liturgy,The Vatican and Bishops Conferences UPDATED


Francis Returns Authority Over Liturgical Translations To Local Bishops contains an English translation of the APOSTOLIC LETTER ISSUED MOTU PROPRIO OF THE SUPREME PONTIFF FRANCIS MAGNUM PRINCIPIUM.

NYTIMES :

“It’s hugely important,” said Rita Ferrone, a specialist in Catholic liturgy who writes for Commonweal, a liberal Catholic magazine. She said that by loosening Rome’s grip on the language of prayers, Francis had restored the intention of the reforms of the Second Vatican Council and erased some of the rollbacks of his predecessor, Benedict XVI. “It was especially astute that he put it into canon law because it makes it official.”
I think this is more about the relationship between the Vatican and Bishops Conferences than about the "liturgy wars."

UPDATE!!!    Fr. Thomas Reese's Software Model and Specific Proposals.
What do think of his model and some his specific proposals, e.g. new prefaces specific to each Sunday, and more Eucharist Prayers that include many responses from the people.

Is Changing Practice More Important Than Changing Theory?


Thursday, September 7, 2017

The Suffering of the Rohingya in Myanmar

This is tragic and disappointing:  https://www.vox.com/world/2017/9/7/16256164/myanmar-rohingya-muslim-flee-bangladesh-genocide-aung-san-suu-kyi
It is really hard to understand why Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, who has suffered persecution herself, would be silent in the face of the military crackdown targeting the Rohingya minority.  The only explanation she has come up with is some "fake news" b.s. 

Monday, September 4, 2017

Ya want Labor Day? I'll give ya Labor Day.

My dear Aunt Loretta returned to God on August 14.  What ameliorates the sadness of sorting through her stuff is finding things like this, my grandfather's ID badge for the Rainey-Wood Coke Company (steel mill), circa 1920's.  At some point, according to legend, his job was to, after the molten steel was drained, walk around the bottom of the open hearth in wooden clogs and scrape off the scale before his shoes burned off.  When my mother told her classmates where he worked in answer to their inquiries, they thought it was cool he made Coca-Cola.  Anyway, sometimes I think the superhero stories are popular because they don't have guys like this around anymore.  I knew my grandfather for a couple years before he died in 1960.  He was rather aloof but I remember the world class fights he had with my grandmother.  I learned all my choice Polish phrases from those battles.  Today I asked my mother what they fought over.  She says it was actually nothing.  One time, he said in polish to my grandmother at dinner out of nowhere or close to nowhere, "There aren't enough sticks in the forest to properly beat you with". It was all verbal, because he apparently never laid a hand on her.  But I can't help but think of the parents in "Everybody Loves Raymond".

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Labor Day Songs

Bernie Sander's new book, Bernie Sander's Guide to Political Revolution arrived this afternoon.  It is aimed at the young, lots of illustrations, suggested links, etc.  Easy to page through, I quickly noticed a link to the following website.

The Nations top ten labor day songs.

Of the ten songs I was very familiar with only one, Tennessee Ernie Ford's 16 Tons. This 1956 song was about the time I was going from junior to senior high school. I was really interested in popular songs. Used to watch the countdown on Saturday evening TV.  The lyrics were sold in stores; I was always looking for the newest issues; these had replaced comic books in my life.

I did discover in the list a new (for me) beautiful song, Judy Collins Bread and Roses. I think it should be the recessional for labor day weekend Masses.

Lyrics: Judy Collins Bread and Roses


Here are some more links to Labor Day music. Maybe you will discover some songs you had forgotten or come across an interesting new one.

100 labor day and American workers songs

Billboard Labor day playlist work songs

Yahoo music-news the 25 best work songs for labor day












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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Mueller's Knight to Q3

 While the brightest and best of the nation's  media are covering the great Get-Used-to -It flood of Texas, 2017, other stories are going barely or uncovered.  A blind frog could find great stories in Houston, it doesn't need all of the brightest and best, but there they are.
  Meanwhile, as the novelists say, a truly great drama is being enjoyed only by the fans of  intrigue and danger. Trump actually moved his queen in pardoning Sheriff Joe Arpaio. So now Robert Mueller has the queen in a knight's fork.
 We can chat about this after the break.