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Thursday, August 31, 2006


I have been tagged by the Irish and dangerous Danny

If you could meet and have a deep conversation with any five people on earth, living or dead, from any time period, who would they be?
(Explaining why is optional.) Name five people from each of the following categories: saints, those in the process of being canonized, heroes from your native country, authors/writers, celebrities.

1) St. Catherine of Siena
2) St. John the Baptist
3) St. Anthony
4) St. Francis of Asissi
5) St. Agnes (only 5? What about St.Peter, St.Therese, St.Anne???)

Those in the Process of Being Canonized
1) John Paul II
2) Pius XII
3) Blessed Mother Teresa (like you would'nt have guessed)
4) Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati

Heroes From Your Native Country
1) Ned Kelly
2) Captain James Cook
3) Henry Lawson
4) Banjo Patterson
5) Jack Lang

1) Pope Benedict XVI
2) Moses
3) William Shakespeare
4) Mark Twain
5) John Paul II

1) Grace Kelly
2) James Cazviel
3) Matt Dillon
4) Audrey Hepburn
5) Sophia Loren

I don't want to tag anyone specifically, so if you want to do it, you're tagged.
posted by Grace B at 8:24 PM 6 comments


I got the chance to get away to Sydney earlier this week. The weather was gorgeous, although I wish that I could have been there longer. I spent the whole day there which was great.
So while I had little time I tried to visit as much as I could. I have been to these places before but it was nice to go back.
The Australian Museum was great, I got to pet a snake! This is the 3rd snake now and I don't have a great love for them but it was neat. Although, I would freak out if I saw one out on the loose!
I spent some time at St.Mary's Cathedral it's so beautiful and although being in the heart of the city, it's so peaceful.
I did manage to grab some great food at The Chinta Ria
Then it was time to fly home, I spent the night in Melbourne and now i'm back.
When I got home my cat was no where in sight, I have been missin gher and thought she wasn't comming home, but thankfully she showed up this morning! It's always good to come home after long travel, now I just have to get back into some sort of routine.
Anyway, Here are some photos!

Above: The view of Sydney from a ferry ride we took.
Below: There was this nice bust of John Paul II in St.Mary Cathedral.

Below: The free things in the world are so beautiful! Here are some blossoms on the ground from Hyde Park. (Yes I got some time to sit and admire the park for a while)

Below: more Hyde Park
posted by Grace B at 7:20 PM 5 comments

Thursday, August 24, 2006

It's in the sky

Nabeel turned me on to this one

Cloud appreciation society

Thanks Nabeel!

I love nature, I love the sky, so therefore, I love clouds. There are some awesome pictures and 'look alike' pictures too.

Here is a heart look alike by one of the photographers.

Blogger seems to be coping with picture posting right now. Good!

posted by Grace B at 8:40 PM 17 comments

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Links of interest

Vatican warns controversial archbishop not to work with Dan Brown on new movie

Church gets ransom demand for priest

Hat tip to Argent for the above links

4HisChurch has posted about
St.Rose of Lima who's icon is pictured below.

posted by Grace B at 7:27 PM 9 comments

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

I love music

I like all kinds of music, nothing in particular, it just depends on the sound, mood and talent of the artist/s.
So I took the music quiz!

Your Taste in Music:

90's Alternative: High Influence
80's Alternative: Medium Influence
80's Rock: Medium Influence
90's Rock: Medium Influence
Adult Alternative: Medium Influence
How's Your Taste in Music?
posted by Grace B at 8:32 PM 7 comments

Jaime Derman's cross

Jaime Derman is a 17 year old student who was banned from wearing her cross necklace to school. There has been a bit of talk about this on the news.
What gets to me about this story is that her school rules are the same school rules my daughter has at her Christian school. The rule is that you can wear no visible jewelry whatsoever! Unless of course it is not visible, so some girls or boys can wear a longer chain so it doesn't show.
I wonder why Jaime Derman does not just wear a longer chain. After all, Jesus does teach us to obey law and rules right? She should be obeying her school rules, and make the necklace less visible. In the picture I saw of her, it almost looked like a choker.
I do know that items of sentimental value are important and so is ones faith, and I do admire her stand for her love of Christ, that is so strong, it's great to see. However, the chain should not be visible over her uniform.
posted by Grace B at 4:34 PM 3 comments

Monday, August 21, 2006

More spring

I wanted to upload another of my spring photos. I'm in love with this season! The flowering plants, the great smell in the air, it's all so good. I love using my camera.

Here are some of my rants and facts

I'll start with wine,

Q: Why is red wine a good anti-oxidant, but not white wine?
A: Because red wine is made using the skin and seeds of the grape and that is where all the goodness is.
(or just eat the grape)

More than 2 glasses of wine per day is bad for you, sorry wine lovers.

Drinking red wine might help you live longer as well. How do we know? Italian scientists fed fish resveratrol and found the little swimmers lived up to 60 percent longer.

As a tea lover I have to include tea!

Tea tasting, is simmilar to wine tasting, visual, smell, taste and touch.
Examining the dry leaves. you can press some dry leaves in your hand. Most fresh teas are a lit springier and do not crumble as much as older teas.
Look for fibres, dust or stalks and note the leaf size.

The last fact is that my cat is cute.

One more thing, today on the Catholic calendar is the feast of
The Queenship of Mary this queenship has some biblical roots too. Happy feast day.

posted by Grace B at 4:45 PM 5 comments

Friday, August 18, 2006


Spring is a beautiful time of year, I love it after roughing out the cold winter.
I have been out taking photos of all the pretty blossoms and plants that are in bloom. For some reason blogger will only let me post this one, which isn't the one I wanted to show but it will have to do for now. What's up with blogger and photos lately?

posted by Grace B at 9:54 PM 11 comments

Wednesday, August 16, 2006


Here is a meme that I am tagged with from on Dymphas Well

What do you dread about the holiday season?

Spending too much money

List 3 things you never tire of doing:

Being with loved ones

What are some things from your childhood that you wish all children could have or experience?

A close knit loving family
Being taught about God's love
Excitement over getting a new toy
My childs love for animals

What did you want to be when you grew up?

An acrobat or animal trainer for my very own circus

What are some things that people are always surprised to find out about you?

I went to acting school
posted by Grace B at 9:03 PM 5 comments

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Love language

I have been so impressed by a book called "The five love languages" by Dr.Gary Chapman. You can find out more Here
I totally think he is right when it comes to what makes us feel loved.
Love languages can be learned for couples, families, singles and everyone. I know that when I lack in my love language I get really sad. Mine is words of affirmation, I know it because without it I don't feel liked/loved depending on who isn't using it.
The website also has a quiz you can take which is pretty neat.
I'm like Mark Twain who said “I can live for two months on a good compliment.” here here!
You should really take a look at it, I'm just too impressed!
posted by Grace B at 1:02 AM 11 comments

Monday, August 14, 2006

My random post.

Wow there is so much going on lately, I have just got almost everything organised for my USA visa, I still have a few weeks until I have my interview so everyone keep me in your prayers, even if it's just one quick thought!
August seems to be full of birthdays, 3 of my cousins and my mum seem to have birthdays so close together, so buying presents in august seems to be like a mini Christmas present rush.
Today is the Feast of the Assumption in Australia, I love the Church calendar, it's like a year of family events where we celebrate days to remember one another. Also it's the feast day of St.Maximillian Kolbe on the 14th.
That's all from me today i'm off to check out which book to add to my wishlist.

One lesson that I have learned this month is to keep doing good things even when no one notices anything you do, God sees it.
posted by Grace B at 1:37 AM 9 comments

Sunday, August 13, 2006

San Damiano Cross

Some stories stand out more than others to the reader, or listener. I like the story behind this cross:

The San Damiano cross, is also known as the Cross of St.Francis

more : about this cross
posted by Grace B at 1:34 AM 3 comments

Thursday, August 10, 2006

The Airline Terror Plot

As someone who has travelled to and from the USA as often as twice per year I was startled at the news of the
Airline Terror Plot that was planned by a group of terrorists to simultaneously blow up 10 or so, aircrafts bound for the USA.
I have read stories about so many travellers plans being destroyed because of delays and what not. It's hard not to be mad as hell, but it's easy to thank God and the smart Police and security operators who have stopped what could have been a mass murder in the skies.
I'm glad that most of them were caught and pray that the other 10 (or how many others) be caught too.
I was reading here that this could have been the next "big one" since the attack in New York on September 11th. They way it's worded is true yes but so scary, of what "could have been".
Those of you who said travel prayers for your loved ones that day must have been so grateful that the plot never eventuated.
Would this scare stop you from flying? For me.... no, I am going to fly when I need to.
Here is a good overview from
American Papist .

Thank you God for the safe ending.
posted by Grace B at 7:58 PM 5 comments


It seems that alcohol addiction is booming, or is it just in the media more now after Mel Gibson's episode and now Robin Williams?
Two nights ago I bumped into "S" (i'll just call him S) who I had not spoken to for around a year now, he proceeded to talk to me about his "AA" meetings. I was really shocked that someone his age (21yo) could have fallen into this. Unfortunately you never recover, but must strive to keep the addiction under control. So i'm saddened by his news, but know some one who has kept it under control for years, so with willpower and some prayer i'm sure he will get through it.
Alcohol seems to be such a huge problem. By no means am I saying that drinking is wrong, I have the occaisional drink too, but know when to stop and don't crave a drink. So when does it become a problem? How much is too much? I have no idea.
posted by Grace B at 1:08 AM 9 comments

Friday, August 04, 2006

Mother Teresa quotes

Mother Teresa is one of my favorites and always will be. I found her to be compassionate and loving among many many other things. Someone who can love a stranger the way she did is just amazing. Here are some wonderful things she spoke about:

"Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies."

"Everybody today seems to be in such a terrible rush, anxious for greater developments and greater riches and so on, so that children have very little time for their parents. Parents have very little time for each other, and in the home begins the disruption of peace of the world."

"Everytime you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing. " (how sweet is that?)

"I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world."

"I try to give to the poor people for love what the rich could get for money. No, I wouldn't touch a leper for a thousand pounds; yet I willingly cure him for the love of God. "

"Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely and the unwanted according to the graces we have received and let us not be ashamed or slow to do the humble work."

"We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature - trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence... We need silence to be able to touch souls. "

This last one, as short as it is, taught me alot about finding God. I hope you like these.

Ok ok, now totally unrelated to this post I have to send out a CONGRATULATIONS to "4HisChurch" who is now Married !!!! After having a husband for 22 years of course. Does that sound confusing? You have to read her post to know what i'm talking about. =)
posted by Grace B at 4:07 AM 19 comments

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Me as Bert

You Are Bert

Extremely serious and a little eccentric, people find you loveable - even if you don't love them!

You are usually feeling: Logical - you rarely let your emotions rule you

You are famous for: Being smart, a total neat freak, and maybe just a little evil

How you life your life: With passion, even if your odd passions (like bottle caps and pigeons) are baffling to others
The Sesame Street Personality Quiz
posted by Grace B at 9:32 PM 3 comments