Monday, June 30, 2008

A Single-Subject Mind

I find that when talking to people, the conversation invariably turns to sacred music, in some form or another.
And I end up passionately talking about it, to the point where I feel like people are rolling their eyes.
Usually, the person seems honestly interested, but even the things which I say that (I feel) are rather basic, even good Catholics don't have a clue about.
So I end up thinking, ok, back to square one. and I start explaining
But I worry that people start to find me boring, as if, I can't talk about anything except my job and music and liturgy! But that's just my passion.
Once in a while, I do start to go on a tirade about something else like recycling or drinking diet pop, and then people are like, wow, Mara, you are just passionate about very specific topics!

I just don't want to become one of those people who can only talk about one thing...

Saturday, June 21, 2008


I SLICED my 4th finger on my left hand open last night. I am just now finding out that it really hurts to type with it! (yeah, there was lots of blood. it was pretty gross.)
we shall find out in the next couple minutes how this feels to play the organ...
yay for this happening on a weekend when i have FOUR Masses to play for in the next 24 hours!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

I <3 our bishop!

Bishop Boyea Statement on Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Veto

Most Reverend Earl Boyea, Bishop of Lansing, issued the following statement after Governor Jennifer Granholm vetoed Senate Bill 776, legislation which would ban partial-birth abortion in Michigan:

"I am very proud to be a citizen of Michigan where we do not execute even the cruelest criminal. Today, however, I am deeply saddened that our state permits the execution of an innocent baby through the process of partial birth abortion. The people of this state by direct vote in 2004 and through their elected legislators in this year, 2008, have justly condemned this evil. The governor, by vetoing yet again the will of the people, is allowing this barbaric act to continue. Persons of good will are encouraged to contact the governor and their legislators to express the need to protect the most vulnerable among us."

related link:

can we make t-shirts that say "Boy-YEA!" or something like that?

Sunday, June 08, 2008

I decided today that if I get married, I want to name all of my children after Saints who are named in the Roman Canon.

I mean, I'll skip the "Chrysogonus" and "Marcellinus," but the rest are pretty awesome!
Linus, Cletus, Clement, Sixtus, Cosmas, Damian, Matthias, Ignatius, Felicity, Perpetua, Agatha, Cecilia, Anastasia...
None of them are unpronouncable, but when was the last time you heard someone called "Agnes," or "Simon."
My point is, most of them (except, uh, Cletus? Sixtus?) actually exist but are just rare enough as good Catholic names that it's not another John Paul or Mary or Theresa.

Monday, June 02, 2008


my dream is to have my choir sing Allergri's "Miserere" on Good Friday.

now, all I have to do is find a soprano who can sing a lovely, clear, high C... (and a choir at least twice the size of mine...)

[oh wait, I have a fabulous university music school in my back yard!]