And Quenby Poland?

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Quenby is our dynamic sister, daughter, oldest child of Jeanne and John Poland. She has been a dramatic subject for camera, watercolor and color pencil. Everybody turns to the Queen Bee for advice and funny impersonations.

real or fantasy caricatures in my life…?

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Me_and_My_Porche

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Jeanne-Quicksilver

These 4 caricarutres were designed by Jeanne.

#1 Don as a gargoyle

#2 Jeanne in her Porche

#3 Data Wizard (Don)

#4 Logo for Jeanne “Quicksilver”

SATURDAY, MAY 21, 2022
“Pauline Marie Jaricot, had the courage to found a society to support the missionary activity of the Church… the goodness of the mission depends on the path of going out of oneself, on the desire to centre one’s life not on oneself, but on Jesus, on Jesus who came to serve and not to be served. In this sense, Pauline Jaricot saw her existence as a response to God’s compassionate and tender mercy: since her youth she had sought identification with her Lord, also through the sufferings she went through, with the aim of igniting the flame of her love in every person.”
Pope Francis

parent or super-hero?

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“For grandparents, an important part of their vocation is to support their sons and daughters in the upbringing of their children. The little ones learn the power of tenderness and respect for frailty: irreplaceable lessons that, are easier to impart and receive with grandparents. For their part, grandparents learn that tenderness and frailty are not solely signs of decline: for young people, they are conditions that humanize the future.”
Pope Francis
 Psalm 122
Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.

I rejoiced because they said to me,
            “We will go up to the house of the LORD.”
And now we have set foot
            within your gates, O Jerusalem.
Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.

Jerusalem, built as a city
            with compact unity.
To it the tribes go up,
            the tribes of the LORD.
Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.

According to the decree for Israel,
            to give thanks to the name of the LORD.
In it are set up judgment seats,
            seats for the house of David.
Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.

Grounded, above all….

Quick Silver

Calligraphy by Jeanne

 
TUESDAY, MAY 17, 2022
“Heroism does not consist only of the great events that fall under the spotlight… Heroism is often found in the tenacity of love poured out in a difficult family and on behalf of a threatened community.”
Pope Francis
Psalm 145
Your friends make known, O Lord, the glorious splendor of your kingdom.

Let all your works give you thanks, O LORD,
            and let your faithful ones bless you.
Let them discourse of the glory of your kingdom
            and speak of your might.
Your friends make known, O Lord, the glorious splendor of your kingdom.

Making known to men your might
            and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
Your kingdom is a kingdom for all ages,
            and your dominion endures through all generations.
 Your friends make known, O Lord, the glorious splendor of your kingdom.

May my mouth speak the praise of the LORD,
            and may all flesh bless his holy name forever and ever.
Your friends make known, O Lord, the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
 

Quicksilver follows Christ…

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“Jeanne gets down ”      Caricature by Jeanne

Quicksilver moves to the beat

grooves to the heat

moves the feet

screams the sweet

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MONDAY, MAY 16, 2022
“What do those who follow Christ do? They go where he goes, along the same path, in the same direction. They go to seek those who are lost (cf. Lk 15:4), are interested in those who are far-off, take to heart the situation of those who suffer, know how to weep with those who weep

they reach out their hands to their neighbour, placing him or her on their shoulders. And me? Do I let Jesus love me, and by allowing him to love me, do I pass from loving him to imitating him? May the Holy Virgin help us listen to Christ, know him always more and follow him on the way of service.”
Pope Francis

I’ve got your back…

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caricature by Jeanne

This inner child wants to grow up a hero who saves sick and fragile people. He models himself on his father: his discipline, faith, trust, and the infinite grace of LOVE!

SUNDAY, MAY 15, 2022
“To know in the biblical sense also means to love. It means that the Lord, “while he reads our inner beings,” loves us, he does not condemn us… Jesus is looking for a warm friendship, trust, intimacy… Being with the good shepherd allows us to live the experience what the Psalm speaks about: “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil; for you are with me” (Ps 23:4)… And so, it is specifically in difficult situations, that we can discover that we are known and loved by the Lord. So, let us ask ourselves: Do I let the Lord know me? Do I make room for him in my life? Do I bring what I am living to him? And what idea do I have of him after the many times I have experienced his closeness, his compassion, his tenderness? That the Lord is near, that the Lord is the good shepherd?”
Pope Francis

Fifth Sunday of Easter
Psalm 145
I will praise your name for ever, my king and my God.

The LORD is gracious and merciful,
            slow to anger and of great kindness.
The LORD is good to all
            and compassionate toward all his works.
I will praise your name for ever, my king and my God.

Let all your works give you thanks, O LORD,
            and let your faithful ones bless you.
Let them discourse of the glory of your kingdom
            and speak of your might.
I will praise your name for ever, my king and my God.

Let them make known your might to the children of Adam,
            and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
Your kingdom is a kingdom for all ages,
            and your dominion endures through all generations.

If he’s real, wowza!

Caricature by Jeanne

 

LoganIronman

Psalm 113

The Lord will give him a seat with the leaders of his people.

Praise, you servants of the LORD,
            praise the name of the LORD.
Blessed be the name of the LORD
            both now and forever.

The Lord will give him a seat with the leaders of his people.

From the rising to the setting of the sun
            is the name of the LORD to be praised.
High above all nations is the LORD;
            above the heavens is his glory.

The Lord will give him a seat with the leaders of his people.

Who is like the LORD, our God, who is enthroned on high
            and looks upon the heavens and the earth below?

The Lord will give him a seat with the leaders of his people.

He raises up the lowly from the dust;
            from the dunghill he lifts up the poor
To seat them with princes,
            with the princes of his own people.

The Lord will give him a seat with the leaders of his people.

SATURDAY, MAY 14, 2022
“Those who listen to others know how to listen to the Lord, too, and vice versa. And they experience something very beautiful, that is, that the Lord himself listens – he listens to us when we pray to him, when we confide in him, when we call on him.”
Pope Francis
 

People over 65 can still win the Pulitzer Prize…

Amazing Amazon by Katerina Babanovsky

So, although the 65-year-old Churchill had been a politician for more than 30 years and delivered plenty of speeches to the House of Commons, this was his first as prime minister. Churchill’s reception from the House of Commons was not particularly enthusiastic — plenty of Conservative members wanted Chamberlain to stay on as prime minister. But the speech Churchill gave is considered one of his greatest. He said:
“I would say to the House, as I said to those who have joined this government: ‘I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, and sweat.’ We have before us an ordeal of the most grievous kind. We have before us many, many long months of struggle and of suffering. You ask, what is our policy? I can say: It is to wage war, by sea, land, and air, with all our might and with all the strength that God can give us; to wage war against a monstrous tyranny, never surpassed in the dark, lamentable catalogue of human crime.”
Churchill wrote more than 40 books — histories, biographies, memoirs, and even a novel. He is the only British prime minister who has received the Nobel Prize in literature.

Poetry Almanac 5/12/22

FRIDAY, MAY 13, 2022
“Open ourselves to listening, because listening implies availability, it implies docility, it implies time dedicated to dialogue. Today, we are inundated with words and by the urgency to always have something to say or do. How often two people are talking and the one does not wait for the other to finish his or her thought, but cuts the other off mid-sentence, and responds…. But if we do not allow another to speak, there is no listening… We are afraid of silence. How hard it is to listen to each other! To listen till the end, to let the other express him or herself, to listen in our families, to listen at school, to listen at work, and even in the Church! But for the Lord, it is first of all necessary to listen. He is the Word of the Father, and the Christian is a listening child, called to live with the Word of God at hand.”
Pope Francis

 

tiles of the mosaic?

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caricature By Jeanne

WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2022
“As Christians, we do not only receive a vocation individually; we are also called together. We are like the tiles of a mosaic. Each is lovely in itself, but only when they are put together do they form a picture. Each of us shines like a star in the heart of God and in the firmament of the universe. At the same time, though, we are called to form constellations that can guide and light up the path of humanity, beginning with the places in which we live. This is the mystery of the Church: a celebration of differences, a sign and instrument of all that humanity is called to be. For this reason, the Church must become increasingly synodal: capable of walking together, united in harmonious diversity, where everyone can actively participate and where everyone has something to contribute.”
Pope Francis

A story can change your life…

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A Story Can Change Your Life
by Peter Everwine

On the morning she became a young widow,
my grandmother, startled by a sudden shadow,
looked up from her work to see a hawk turn
her prized rooster into a cloud of feathers.
That same moment, halfway around the world
in a Minnesota mine, her husband died,
buried under a ton of rock-fall.
She told me this story sixty years ago.
I don’t know if it’s true but it ought to be.
She was a hard old woman, and though she knelt
on Sundays when the acolyte’s silver bell
announced the moment of Christ’s miracle,
it was the darker mysteries she lived by:
shiver-cry of an owl, black dog by the roadside,
a tapping at the door and nobody there.
The moral of the story was plain enough:
miracles become a burden and require a priest
to explain them. With signs, you only need
to keep your wits about you and place your trust
in a shadow world that lets you know hard luck
and grief are coming your way. And for that
—so the story goes—any day will do.

“A Story Can Change Your Life” by Peter Everwine from Listening Long and Late. © University of Pittsburg Press, 2013.

It’s the anniversary of the printing of the first known book. In the year 868 Wang Chieh printed the Diamond Sutra, a Buddhist scripture, on a 16-foot scroll using wood blocks. It was discovered in 1907 in Turkestan, among 40,000 books and manuscripts walled up in one of the Caves of the Thousand Buddhas.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2022
“According to a proverb from the Far East, “a wise person, looking at the egg can see an eagle; looking at the seed he glimpses a great tree; looking at the sinner he glimpses a saint”. That is how God looks at us: in each of us, he sees a certain potential, at times unbeknownst to ourselves, and throughout our lives he works tirelessly so that we can place this potential at the service of the common good.”
Pope Francis

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