Monday, April 27, 2009

More on Notre Dame

Mary Ann Glendon, who had been chosen as the recipient of the Laetare Medal at Notre Dame, has decided against accepting the award. You can read the article here. I know I am applauding Ms. Glendon in this decision. It is sometimes difficult to stand by your convictions, but Ms. Glendon is doing so. Catholics should be thanking her.

growing crystals

We did some crystal growing experiments. These crystals are Magnesium Sulphate (Epsom Salts) By mixing the packaged Magnesium Sulphate with water and allowing the solution to dry over a period of 2 weeks, we grew these crystals.This is another photo of the Magnesium Sulphate crystals.
We also used Sodium Chloride (table salt) to grow crystals. The next 2 photos demonstrate the growth of sodium chloride crystals. Notice the difference in texture!

These crystals grew in a different shape than the magnesium sulphate crystals. The sodium chloride crystals were smaller. They also were more defined. The magnesium sulphate crystals reminded me of the shape that quartz and amethyst grow in.

Water, water everywhere

We signed up for an online video science class by that title through Here are some photos from some of the experiments we have done. This one is an air pressure experiment. We learned that 1 atmosphere is 14.6 pounds of pressure per square inch and that the air pressure will keep the water in a submerged glass and even push more water into it. The second photo is also the air pressure experiment.
We made a water clock last week. This photo shows the finished product held by YDS.
This photo shows the lines within the bottom cup. It took 90 seconds for water to reach the first line, another 60 seconds to reach the second line, another 105 seconds to reach the third. The total time it took for water to reach the third line was 4 minutes, 15 seconds.
We did an ice cutting experiment using dental floss and an ice cube. Unfortunately, the cut in the ice from the floss did not show up in the photos we took. It was fun to see the ice being cut by dental floss, though. We are looking forward to more experiments in the weeks to come.

Sunday, April 12, 2009


Christ is Risen! He Is Risen Indeed!


Friday, April 10, 2009

What do you do when....

One of your children lies to you? We are struggling with this on a couple of levels right now, and it is frustrating. We expect the best effort our children can give, and we expect honesty. I don't think that is too much. We are getting neither of these things right now. Some of it I attribute to spring fever. In the youngest, some of it relates to his vision and the huge amount of growing he has been doing. In the oldest one at home, I don't know what to attribute it to. I know he is struggling through his first year in college. I also know he is having a difficult time prioritizing. He is unsure what he wants to do with his life, but then, how many of us at 18 or 19 (or even my age...44) know what we want to "be when we grow up?"

My frustration lies in the dishonesty. If they are truly having a hard time, I want to know it. I can't assist if I don't have a clue.

What have you done in this type of situation?

Dear Lord,
Please be with all our children as they go through the "growing pains" of life. You know their needs, Lord. Please help DH and I, as parents, to guide them when necessary, and to set them straight when needed.


Sunday, April 05, 2009

The Passion of the Lord

Today is Passion or Palm Sunday. The gospel reading is from the Gospel of Mark and is quite long. I recall being a teen and attending the Passion of the Lord on Good Friday. As on Passion Sunday, at the Passion on Good Friday, the congregants are to read the parts of the gospel when the crowd is yelling for the crucifixion. I had great difficulty with this. I didn't want to shout "Crucify Him!" I did not recognize my own part in the horror of Christ's suffering. I loved Jesus. I did not want to participate in his crucifixion. It took me many more years to realize that my sinfulness contributed to Christ's death, and that He died for my sins as well as for those who shouted "Crucify Him." I may not have been there yelling, but every time I have sinned, my actions have shouted those words. I can only hope that my repentance is pleasing to Him.

Dear Lord,
Please forgive my blindness to my own sin and to my part in Your suffering and crucifixion. Help me to turn my heart toward You and to live the life You would have me live. Please help me to be an example of Christian love for my children so that their lives will be less sinful than mine and their hearts will turn toward You in all they do.