Monday, June 29, 2015

Mightily Confused

What ever happened to separation of church and state? I am confused as to what to believe. My heart believes that two persons in love should be able to be together. My mind reverts to what my religion tells me, that matrimony should be between a man and a woman. Could it be because of the procreation theory? I understand that urges have to be controlled or everyone would be like rabbits, fornicating every time they got the urge. Yet, when two people are in love (or believe they are) whose to say it is wrong; man/woman, woman/woman, or man/man?
In the past I believed gays were promiscuous and just wanted to have sex with many different partners. But, now I understand that gays seek pretty much what everyone else seeks. Love, companionship, and someone to grow old with; the same as heterosexuals. I used to think environment or how persons were raised determined if they would be gay. Now I believe it is the same as being born left-handed and they have no control on whether they will be gay or not.

The idea of gays wanting marriage I can understand because of the legal aspect. I knew a Lesbian couple who were together for 15 years and had a house, car, furniture, property, etc. When one died, the other was left without anything. Everything went to her partner's family and to me, that was unfair. If it takes a piece of paper to prove a couple is married, then I believe they should have it.

On the other hand, the church teaches us to love our neighbor and that love is the most important commandment in the church yet, the church is opposed to gay marriages. On the Sunday after the passing of the law for gay couples to be married, I wondered what the priest would say in his sermon. All he said was we need to love anyone who is different. I thought about John 13: 34-25 ...that you love one another, just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this, everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another." The verse does not say "you shouldn't love anyone that is different."

I read where some clergy will refuse to marry same sex couples. Then I saw where if they refuse the non-profit status will be taken away and churches will have to pay taxes. This is where confusion enters the picture.  Will priest marry non-traditional couples to keep from paying taxes? Or will they follow what they believe is in the bible that only man and woman should marry?

Where have the simple, easy days gone where everything I was taught was not questioned? It seems that everything is now left up to a few judges to decide what is right.  Do I follow my heart (It doesn't bother me that two people in love marry even if they are of the same sex) or do I believe what my religion tells me, (marriage is only between a man and a woman?)

As I write the last sentence I wonder about a friend of mine who married a woman in a church and was married to her for twenty years. After twenty years, he decided he was a woman and became a woman. Now it is two women living together, still very much in love, and now what do they do? Remarry as two women or will their old marriage license still work? I wonder if anyone else is as confused as I am!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Sand Sculptures in 2015

What a difference two years can make! Two years ago I went to a Sand Sculpture event at the south side of the Arvada Center. A few people wandered around, there was no music, and I silently enjoyed looking at the sculptures.

This year, the event was held at 64th and Simms with parking in the West Arvada High School parking lot. Once I found a spot to park I joined the crowded mass of people in the large area with music, booths, food, drinks, and goods. The atmosphere was festive and I had fun wandering from booth to booth looking at jewelry, original clothing, home repairs, beer, lemonade, sweets and services.

The Arvada volunteer firemen in kilts and green t-shirts greeted me with bagpipe and drum music!
A black canopy with red lettering advertised Cinnamon Whiskey named Fireball. Tastes like Heaven - Burns like Hell!

The gigantic turkey legs and bratwurst booth had people in line to buy the large and grotesque pieces of meat! Funnel cakes were popular as well as any booth with cold drinks.

pThe children's area looked like fun as the slides and jumpers took up space on the north side of the park. A huge transparent ball let me see a child inside making the large ball roll on the grass. Ah, to be a kid again!

And then I arrived at the Sand Sculptures. How sand and water can become a figure, a house, an alligator or a minion amazes me. My favorite was the mermaid with Red Rocks Amphitheater a close second.

 The exhibits, the music and the sculptures were free and will be there today also. I recommend going to visit the sand sculptures but be sure to wear lots of sun screen, drink lots of water, wear sunglasses and do as many people did while they listened to the music; find shade! If you intend to stay awhile to listen to the many bands don't forget to bring a lawn chair.

This is Arvada's Chamber of Commerce 3rd Sand in the City Festival and, to me, it looked like a huge success!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Tace et Face

Be Silent and Act is the definition of Tace et Face. I happened to be going through my closet and found a denim vest with pins. At one time in my life I collected small pins. Travels, ads, statements in a
few words, and or any small pin that caught my fancy.  When I saw the Tace et Face pin I wondered what it meant. Thank God for Google because I found out it is the 25th Field Artillery Crest. Next to it was another pin with Veritas, Obedientia, Actio and after looking it up I found out it means Truth, Obedience and Action and belongs to the 46th Field Artillery Battalion. Now I am racking my brain to recall where I got those military pins.

I remember where and when I got most of the pins but the military pins have me stumped. I did know a retired Army man and maybe he gave them to me. I hate it when I can't remember!

There are pink ribbons (cancer), Fiesta balloons I got in Albuquerque, pins saying I love country music, religious, games, funny sayings, bowling, flags, horseshoes, gambling, Aztecs, United Way, happy new year, and many other pins.

A green pin with I Love Brad Allegrezzi made me wonder if he could be a musician. When I looked him up on the Internet the only Allegrezzi name I found had something to do with Allegrezzi garage doors. So much for thinking I knew and  remembered where I got pins to put on my vest!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Conversation on the Bus

Today forty-four persons went to gamble at the Mardi Gra Casino in Blackhawk. I could hear murmured conversations going on throughout the bus but it was only the four front seats that I could actually hear. Our bus driver commented on some of things we talked about, like where was Hilary Clinton born; Illinois or Ohio. I got out my cell phone and googled her name. "She was born in Chicago, Illinois and attended Wellesly College in Massachusetts. Later, she went to Yale University Law School."

Our conversation then switched to plea bargains and we agreed that it seems a bit unfair how facts can be changed. I had recently had an automobile accident and was given a ticket for failure to stop at a stop sign. It was plea bargained down to a faulty rear light. I still had to pay the fine but I only got one point taken off my driver's license.

I don't know how we began to discuss Denver's City Auditor, Dennis Gallagher. One lady told about being at a St. Patrick's Day party where he spoke and she told him he was full of blarney. I told the story of how he had picked me up to go ice-skating. We were headed to Homewood in the mountains and he was kind enough to pick me up. This was during the time I hung around with a group, from Regis and Loretto Heights College, who were hoping to become actors . One famous person from that era was Mary Jo Catlett. (She is known for playing the housekeeper in Different Strokes plus many other parts in various movies, television,

and stage plays. Once I saw her in Nunsense at the Arvada Center.) "Yes," I said, "back in the day I knew a few thespians."  A fellow on the bus said, "What? Lesbians?" We all got a good laugh over his comment.

The conversation shifted to large trucks or recreational vehicles parked in neighborhoods. Not only were they an eye sore but they blocked people's views. One person said that when something bothered him in the neighborhood he called the police. We asked:

"Isn't that a good way to make enemies?"
"Aren't you afraid of retaliation?"

His replay was that it is an anonymous call and no one knows who complained other than the police and they do not mention the information when they come to investigate noise, big vehicles, weedy, junk filled yards, etc.

I was asked how I knew Denver's District Attorney, Mitch Morrissey. Someone had seen a comment I posted on his Facebook page and assumed I knew him. I said, "I don't know him but I knew his father, also an attorney, at the Evil's Companion Club. A group of fun lawyers, judges, ad men, and professionals would meet on Fridays after work to drink, discuss their week and hold mock trials.

A trip that usually seems to take a long time coming down from gambling, seemed to fly by today. My guess is the interesting conversations we were having as we passed raging rivers, green pine trees, road construction and lots of traffic helped the time speed by as we drove down the mountain!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

A Spotless Home

A Home For The Master Builder

With lots of love
The Master Builder
built a house.
He formed the perfect
house; clean and
spotless, in and out.
But, without a doubt
it didn't take long for
my house to become
cluttered; a dirty mess.
I must confess
my house began to look
sad, all dirty and stained.
Outside my house remained
nice and clean,
But inside, my house
more dust and dirt.
One day, The Master Builder
decided to visit
the house that He had built.
Preparing for His visit,
a little corner of the house
was swept and cleaned
to await the coming
of The Master Builder.
The rest of the
house remained untidy
and no matter what
was done, it did not get clean.
The Visitor rested in
the area that did gleam
the area that had been scrubbed
and was now clean.
He returned on other visits
and to my surprise
the cleanliness
began to spread.
With each visit
my house became tidier
and it did not take long
for the house to become
a place of welcome
for The Master Builder.
How strange it was
that those little
visits by The Master Builder
caused the dirt to disappear
from front to rear.
Now the house
was clean and pure.
He had been patient for he knew
his visits would have my
house looking like new.
My house had passed the test.
and The Master Builder
could now relax and enjoy His rest
in my spotless home.

E. Moscoso
June 9, 2015

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Light of the World

I worked at Regis High School when the school was located at 50th & Lowell in Denver, Colorado. While working there I saw many young men in their slacks, collared shirts and shoes. In those days the students did not wear jeans, t-shirts or sneakers. One handsome young man, with dark hair, would come into the office from time to time and I found him to be pleasant, polite and friendly.

Who would have guessed that the young man would become a priest and pastor of Light of the World Roman Catholic Church? Yesterday I visited the new church in Littleton, Colorado. The large church, dedicated on January 25, 2015, is impressive and I saw many works of art.

The Stations of the Cross are around 36" x  24" graphic pictures of Christ's crucifixion. All I could find out about the artwork is that they were painted on canvas by a local artist. When I had visited Light of the World Catholic Church in the past the one thing I found lacking were the traditional statues. The new church is now blessed with many beautiful and unique figures.  Mother Teresa, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Pope John, St. Francis of Assisi, and St. Anthony on side altars. The main altar has Our Blessed Mother, St Joseph, and to the side of the altar, the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

The baptismal font, at the entrance, captures an area where many will become "children of God" when they are baptized. The large rock and water gave me a feeling of being outdoors near a mountain stream.
The view overlooks the mountains to the west. A friend showed me the Adoration Chapel. A room surrounded in etched glass where adorers can sit in contemplation with the Blessed Sacrament. She took me along a long hallway with rooms named for saints, a stained glass window of Our Blessed Mother, wonderful artwork, and different thought provoking sayings printed on the walls. It is a beautiful church that emits a feeling of warmth and love.
Congratulations to Fr. Michael Pavlakovich on being instrumental in building this outstanding place of worship!

Fr. Michael,  I loved your new church and even though you are twenty miles away from where I live, I will try to visit you again in the future!

"The church is the great
lost and found department!"
Robert Short

Monday, June 22, 2015

A Cute Kid

At mass this past weekend I enjoyed watching the antics of a little boy. He would leave his parents and run to the wall. Then tauntingly would look at his parents. It was as if he was daring them to come after him. The parents kept an eye on him and if he went too far up the ramp, the mother would go get the child and bring him back to where they were sitting.

Not five seconds would go by when the kid would once again repeat his teasing run away and the mother would go and fetch him. The child entertained me and those in the area and he was so cute that no one seemed bothered as they watched the son and mother do their repetitive dance.

I marvel at patient parents and feel thankful that I no longer have to contend with little children. I can just sit back and enjoy what ever cute kids decide to do!

"Mothers hold their 
children's hands for 
a short while, but their
hearts forever."
Unknown Quote

Sunday, June 21, 2015

The Iowa

As our ferry sailed passed a huge, grey battleship in San Pedro, California, someone said, "That's the Iowa."
In the wrinkles of my brain something tickled. Did I not read a story about some ship taking President Roosevelt to a secret meeting with Winston Churchill? The more I thought about it I realized I was thinking about War and Remembrance by Herman Wouk. Something seemed to ring a bell and I wondered if it could have been the Iowa.

The grey battleship seemed to slip by as the ferry moved out to the open sea. It was amazing to see the size of the ship and made me wonder how the huge ship could even float! A blurb in the Catalina Express Magazine I read: The biggest game in town-- literally and figuratively -- is the USS Iowa, the West Coast's only battleship. Built in 1940, the Iowa served the nation for over 50 years and was designated the "World's Greatest Naval Ship." When I returned home I looked it up and found out the ship is known for its big guns and fast speed. My memory had proved me right. Not only was President Franklin Roosevelt on the ship in the l940's but in later years, Presidents George Bush and Ronald Reagan have also been on board of the Iowa.

The ship is permanently docked at San Pedro and is open for tours. I could see people wandering about on the huge ship and they were dwarfed by the size of the ship.

I found out that a special bath tub had to be installed on the Iowa due to Roosevelt's polio condition not allowing him to take a shower. The tub continues to be a tourist attraction and the Iowa is the only ship with a tub!

"I've seen cruise ships
and they are big;
a place for relaxing and fun.
When I saw a battle ship
I could tell it was not for fun,
because when those guns are
through with you,
you are done!"
E. Moscoso
June 21, 2015

Friday, June 19, 2015

Twelve Years of School Come To An End

My granddaughter entered our world on March 27, 1997 and this year she graduated from high school. It makes one ask, "When did that little girl grow up to be a young lady?" I flew to California to be at her graduation from the Orange County School of the Arts under the program of Culinary Arts and Hospitality.

Even though she is busy with her work and friends I did get to see her and spend some time with her. The t-shirt and shorts girl transformed into a beautiful girl when she put on a cute dress. What can I say? The proud grandmother (me) beamed to see her responsible, (gets her self to work on time); her ease with her friends, (I met some of her school buddies); her driving skills, (it would scare me to have to drive those California freeways!); and how she seems to know what she wants and I have no doubt she will go for it.

I went shopping with my two granddaughters and had fun goofing around at The Party
Store. She drove us around from store to store as we looked for plants to decorate the house for her graduation family get-together. Three grandparents arrived from Colorado, an uncle from Whittier, and two grandparents from Dana Point to help her celebrate the big day. The remainder at the gathering were school friends.

The day of graduation began with a long drive and lots of traffic to Cottonwood church where the ceremony would take place in Los Alamitos, California. The graduating students, in their black cap and gowns, stood underneath class banners waiting to enter the church. All had leis around their necks as a sign of good wishes and good luck. The musicians and singers were from the graduating class. Lots of talent!
It was very impressive to see so much talent. I found out that the music teacher in Glee, Matthew Morrison, is a graduate of OSCA. Three large screens kept us informed as to what was going on as 600+ seniors graduated. Mortar boards were decorated in
creative and clever ways and it was a first for me because I had never seen caps decorated. My daughter painted a pineapple on the cap!

When my granddaughter's name was called to go up to receive her diploma my heart swelled with emotion. She is my first grandchild to graduate from high school.

The speeches given by students were clever and to the point. The throwing of the hats up in the air looked like fun. As the students filed out there were lots of hugs, lots of smiles, lots of laughter and many pictures being taken. A remarkable day!

Today is your day.
You're off to great places.
You're off and away.
You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.
You're on your own
and you know what you know.
You are the one who'll decide where to go!
Dr. Seuss

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The Island

On Saturday, June 13, 2015, my daughter, my son-in-law, my granddaughter and I caught a ferry to Santa Catalina Island about twenty some miles from the port of San Pedro. The island is usually referred to as Catalina Island or Catalina. The island was discovered by a Portuguese explorer by the name of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo under the Spanish flag.

About one hour and ten minutes later we arrived in Avalon and I felt as if I was in a foreign country. Para-sailing reminded me of Mexico, homes on the hill reminded me of Greece, the shops along the water reminded me of places I have traveled near a marina. Large orange fish swim along the shoreline and I found out they are Garibaldi fish.

We did a little bit of walking, peeking into tourist attraction stores, and ate lunch. Lunch was at a Mexican restaurant called Coyote Joe's Bar and Restaurant. The food  did not resemble any Mexican food I have ever eaten! Avalon does not have its own water supply and when we ordered water to drink it was brought in a plastic bottle.

My son-in-law went off to see about renting a golf cart which is one way for tourists to see the island. Other ways are by regular bicycle, electric bikes, large jeep-like tour trucks, or walking. The noisy golf cart took us up into the hills of Avalon where we could get beautiful views of the marina and town.

On top of a mountain we saw the Wrigley Monument from the gate but did not go inside. William Wrigley, Jr. the gum maker, developed the island for tourist attraction
around 1920. Seeing a sign for a Bird Park we wanted to visit it to see the different birds, but to our dismay it was just an apartment complex. (On the Internet I found information that in 1929 the Bird Park covered eight acres and had 8,000 different types of birds. The park closed in 1966.) All that remains is a pillar with a tile announcing the park that isn't!

I got a big surprise when I went to visit the Casino, Theater and Ballroom round building. A beautiful building overlooking the marina and no gambling! I was told that originally casino meant "a gathering place." We were too late for the tour which would have taken us through a fancy movie theater featuring an old pump organ, a large ballroom, and decorative walls and ceilings. The outside was quite spectacular with huge mosaic murals!

Beaches for swimmers, a zip line for daring folks, shopping, restaurants, kayaking, fishing, para-sailing, and scenery are on the island for visitors to enjoy. We even found a pet cemetery along our way! We looked for the herd of around 150 bison but never found them. I wondered how the bison had gotten on the island and was told that a movie was being made at Avalon and some bison were brought over from the mainland. At the completion of the movie the bison were left behind on the island.

I enjoyed our visit to Catalina Island especially since I was with my family. My older granddaughter worked that day and was unable to be with us. Avalon is a fun place to visit and on our way back on the ferry, my granddaughter enjoyed the cool breeze whipping her hair around!

                    "Good morning all.
                        Have a great day ahead,
                          fight your challenges,
                    be positive
                    and enjoy your 
                  family time"
                         Unknown quote but I liked it.
                    Photos taken by my daughter and me.