Sunday, December 10, 2006
Happy Second Sunday of Advent!
Today is the Second Sunday of Advent! Time to put cookie baking aside and to spend a little extra time in prayer and reflection.
I was given some of my Christmas gifts early this year, and one of them is a SanDisk Sansa MP3 player which OfficeMax had on sale dirt cheap in October. I love it because I can listen to all sorts of podcasts - everything from MP3 files from EWTN (the Global Catholic Network) to Old Time Radio Comedies, such as Jack Benny, Burns & Allen, Fibber McGee & Molly, Our Miss Brooks, The Great Gildersleeve, and Abbott & Costello. I cannot begin to tell you how much I enjoy those old radio shows from "The Golden Age of Radio". They were clean, and let me tell ya, they were a zillion times funnier than a lot of the junk that's on TV these days.
I also feel so connected to my grandparents when I listen to these old time radio programs, most of which were recorded during WWII. Man, times have sure changed. Some of my grandparents' brothers and sisters are still alive and I try to keep in touch with them, but over the past few years, more and more of them have been going Home to their reward in Jesus. I feel like the world is not as nice a place any longer because of our loss of them. I believe Bing Crosby had a hit song back in the 1940's or 50's called something like "I Love Those Dear Hearts and Gentle People (Who Live in My Hometown)". That's what my grandparents'/their siblings generation are: Dear Hearts and Gentle People. Yes, they can get feisty like the rest of us, but that particular generation has a special fingerprint of grace and gentleness and goodness upon it.
Well, I'm going to listen to Cardinal Rigali's Advent Reflection for today, and then watch some EWTN live television on the Internet. I am blessed to have a well working broadband connection. Lately I've been missing cable TV, but as I only used to watch a very few channels, it isn't worth the money. Though I think we are considering getting Charter's "basic" package so that we can get our local stations in more clearly. I wish the basic package had EWTN in it instead of WGN, much as I would like to watch the Cubs baseball games in the summertime...
I plan on going to the library this afternoon, Lord willing. My DVDs aren't due until Tuesday, but there are things waiting for me that I'd put on hold some time ago. Anyway, I need some more DVDs to tide me over for the next couple of weeks. I am really hoping that last year's Disney The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe movie will be available today. I might just have to sneak over to the children's section of the library and grab that copy. I also need The Grinch Who Stole Christmas.
Speaking of movies, this past week I watched two Miss Marple movies, starring Margaret Rutherford. These are old movies dating back to the late 1950's or so, and made for MGM in England. They are in black and white. I have heard that Agatha Christie, the author of the Miss Marple mysteries considered these the best adaptations of Miss Marple to film. Personally, I like the more recent versions starring Joan Hickson. But Margaret Rutherford expanded my view of Miss Marple! I especially recommend the two movies Murder at the Gallop and Murder Ahoy - especially Murder Ahoy. Lionel Jeffries portraying the captain in Murder Ahoy was simply hilarious!
Also, last night I finished listening to the BBC Radio production of Charles Dickens' Pickwick Papers. I have listened to that at least 3 times in the past three years, and I enjoy and love it more every time. I will have to make a note of checking out the BBC website to see if they have MP3s of any of their old literary/comedy shows.
Okay, time for coffee!