Friday, October 11, 2013

Raining Diamonds

Photo credit: NASA
Well, this weekend looks like it may be drowned out for the Nodlings.

It's raining like the dickens which means no Boy Scout camp out for Wynken and no American Heritage Girls camp out for Blynken, Nod-girl, and Nib since the sites are literally under water.

Nub and Dab may still get a chance to hang out with dear old Dad for the day since Mrs. Nod is taking the AHG'ers to the Fire Station for a rain picnic and the Boy Scouts are working on Pioneering instead.

If the Diocese kicks out the Boy Scouts due to their new policy on gay scouts next year, we'll be looking for a new home for the troop instead of the church property; or else we personally will have to decide if we're continuing with Scouting.
Elsewhere it's raining diamonds on Neptune, Jupiter may have rivers of liquid diamond, and there are black diamonds falling from the sky. Mrs. Nod wants me to enlarge her gold wedding band for Christmas, but is her wedding ring a sacramental?
 Meanwhile, thousands of slowed down crickets sound like an angel choir, and I'm contemplating this heavenly mole poblano with its 29 ingredients because I just can't find good Mexican sauces around here.
3 oz chiles anchos, about 6 or 7, stemmed and seeded
3 oz chiles pasillas, about 12 or 13, stemmed and seeded

3 oz chiles mulatos, about 6, stemmed and seeded

1/3 oz dried chipotle chiles, about 4, stemmed and seeded

1/2 white onion, about 1/2 pound, roughly chopped

garlic cloves, peeled and roughly chopped

3 tablespoons raw almonds with skin

3 tablespoons raw shelled peanuts

3 tablespoons raisins

1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds

4 tablespoons sesame seeds

1/2 cup reserved chile seeds

whole cloves, stemme

1/4 teaspoon anise seeds

1/4 teaspoon coriander seeds

1/2 teaspoon whole black peppercorns

1 stick true or ceylon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground allspice

1/8 teaspoon dried thyme

1/8 teaspoon dried marjoram
1/2 lb roma tomatoes, about 2 , charred or roaste

1/3 lb tomatillos, about 2, husked, rinsed, charred/roasted

corn tortillas, sliced in 8 pieces

1/2 bolillo, telera or baguette, about 2 oz, thickly sliced (if it is a couple days old, better

6 oz Mexican style chocolate or bittersweet chocolate

5 cups chicken broth(plus 4 more cups to dilute later on)

1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt, or more to taste

1/2 cup sesame seeds, toasted, to sprinkle at the end
And since it seems, as Hamlet said, "There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy", I still find it fascinating that particle physics may be as simple as calculating the volume of a quantum jewel. I was never good at math, so I prefer this version:


Finally, to round out the weekend, the Peter Andrastek makes a good case for the personal touch if we want to win souls for Christ in 5 Things Parishes Are Doing Wrong for the New Evangelization.
Deeply form and train a small group of parishioners in mature discipleship.  Then train them to apprentice individuals and small groups of other parishioners into mature discipleship.

The first Christians had no committees, no strategic plans, no DVD series or programs.  They were bold. They were daring.  They got messy.  Jesus led them.  He had formed them as disciples to make new disciples.  They hurt, they suffered, they bled, they loved, and they changed the world.  So must we.  So must our parishes.
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