Sunday Sermon and Other Stuff

17 Mar

“White space is to be regarded as an active element, not a passive background.”

Jan Tschichold

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A beautiful sunny Sunday, perhaps a bit chilly, but no wind. That always makes for a fine day. Mary and I greeted before Mass and chatted between saying good morning and hugging friendly faces. Next week is our big Church Opening Celebration, so everyone is excited about that.

Today’s Gospel was the story of Jesus up on the mountain, being transformed into a glowing light, speaking with Moses and Elijah and a cloud appeared. They entered the cloud…

35And a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!” 36And when the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And they kept silence and told no one in those days anything of what they had seen.

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The homily was very interesting. The topic was white space, and how we think of the white space or empty space around the focal point as not being important. But often, the empty space, or negative space, is just as influential as the positive space.

My take on it… just like in a painting or any artwork or just in life in general, the positive and negative elements are as equally important and vital to the whole. They go hand-in-hand. In a painting, if it the entire canvas is filled with busy activity and color, with no place for the eye to rest or focus, it’s not pleasing. I guess that’s true in our lives. Without the negative or the empty spaces, how do we see or feel the positive? Something to think about.

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On a less philosophical note, 🎶, Miss Pat invited a few of us to her place for a fabulous St. Patrick’s Day feast of corned beef and cabbage and all the fixins. She cooked and baked enough for a small army, and everyone went home with some leftovers.

Miss Pat also sent me home with an entire banana cream pie, cookies, bread, and potatoes to drop off for my friends at Fire Station 9. It was greatly appreciated.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to one and all. 🍀

Saturday:) Such Friends Are These

16 Mar

Such friends are these that fill your days

With love and joy in countless ways.

Such friends who share your darkest night

And hold your hand till morning’s light.

Such friends though near or miles apart

Remain forever in your heart. ❤️

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times, I have the bestest friends in the entire world. And yes, I say bestest, and spellcheck underlines it in red, questioning my authority and spelling capabilities. I have the dearest friends from high school, who I still keep in touch with. Then, the friends I made while the children were young, and we were crazy stressed out soccer/hockey/baseball moms. Don’t forget empty nester friends, bowling friends, church friends, tennis friends, and the…will you bring in my mail when I travel and I’ll watch your cat friends.

So, Thursday night when I was at karaoke with my karaoke friends, out of the clear blue I said, “Who wants to come over to my house tomorrow night for Black Russian Friday? Just drinks and snacks and laughs.” I scribbled my address on some scraps of paper for those who hadn’t been over before, and thus a party was hatched.

Friday night arrived and I had a house full of lovely ladies plus Mr. Jerry over for an impromptu party. We laughed and joked and ate and drank. Miss Loretta started the query of “tell us your most embarrassing moment.” We went around the room sharing. Oh boy! That was hilarious, and poor Mr. Jerry got to hear some interesting female faux pas. (I can’t repeat any on this page. Just use your imagination.)

Miss Pat, our dear “Cookie Lady” was the first to arrive, laden with all sorts of snacks and goodies. The first toast of the evening. The others filtered in here and there, also bearing gifts, and food, and beverages.

Such friends are these that fill my days………,

Friday:) Fun Folks, Friends, Food and Karaoke

15 Mar

“I never said I could sing well. I just said I could sing loud, proud and off key.”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Thursday night’s, we’ve been going up to Delaney’s Irish Pub for karaoke night. As I’ve mentioned, I love to sing, but when I’m off key or miss a few words, that’s ok. My good friends sitting there aren’t paying attention anyway. And, I really impress them when I sing in Spanish because they have no idea what I’m saying or how he tune goes.

Yesterday, a friend of Paul’s, the DJ, had a friend pop in to sing a song. I have no idea who he was, but wow! He was a great singer.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dt_93wvhY80

Last week, Marty got up and sang and knocked the socks off the entire place. He’s a regular karaoke guy and has a varied repertoire of songs from oldies to heavy metal rock.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTcaebvq2Cg

I sang a few standby oldies, and even Loretta got up and sang a song with me last night. No video on that…thank goodness.

Thursday:) This is The Art Club of McKinney

14 Mar

“Wherever they are gathered to learn, share, feast and care, that is called LOVE.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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The Art Club of McKinney is not only the oldest art club in all of Texas, but by all means, the finest and the funnest. ( literary license- I like to create my own words.) We meet the second Thursday of the month, currently at The Hub, just north of the square.

Our fantastic guest speaker, artist, and printmaker extraordinaire was my good friend Lynne Hubner. After a general meeting, announcements, and announcing artist of the month winners, we break for refreshments. Then, the magic begins.

Our artist winners today were, first places, Mercedes (Meche Via)

And second place, Jack Lawlor.

On to the demonstration and tutorial on anything you ever wanted to know about printmaking and more.

Lynne brought dozens of examples of woodcuts, lino cuts, white line, mono prints, and demonstrated simple do-it-yourself techniques that we could try at home.

I don’t know about you, but I wanted to go home and get out a styrofoam container and some ink, and start printing. I just may do that later.

Thank you Lynne Hubner for an outstanding presentation. Can’t wait to take a class with you soon.

Wednesday:) What’s Cookin Miss Toni?

13 Mar

“Inner creativity doesn’t have a shut off valve. Sometimes you get a burst, an urge, or an inspiration. Ya gotta go for it.”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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I don’t know about you, but sometimes I have this inner voice that says, stop sitting around watching tv or blabbering on Facebook, just wasting your time. “Do something creative with those God given talents that you’ve been blessed with.” It might be midnight or maybe noon, but I go upstairs to my studio, otherwise known as my “crap room,” and rummage through supplies to decide what I’m called to do.

The other day, I was inspired by some friends who were admiring my hand-painted wine glasses, and they were oohing and ahhing at the variety and detail of each set of glasses. Maybe I should paint more. So, a few days later, I grabbed a box of mixed and matched clear wine glasses, set up my glass paint, brushes, etc. and began to paint bluebonnets.

This is the first installment of “What’s Cookin’ Miss Toni.” That’s because after the paint dries and cures, I bake them in a 350 degree oven for half an hour to heat set them.

While the paint was still fresh on my palette (otherwise known as a styrofoam plate), I also painted a large glass bowl. I love to paint Texas bluebonnets, especially now that they’re coming into season.

The best part is, I often take a thrift store find, a discarded object, like this glass bowl, and I turn it into a treasure. Friends save me their clear vases or glassware, knowing that I’ll transform them into something beautiful. Trash to treasure.

So, that’s what’s been cookin’ at my house. More show and tell later.

Have a good one…oh, and go do something creative or fun. That’s an order.

Tuesday:) A Talented Creative Community

13 Mar

“Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people.”

~Leo Burnett

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McKinney Creative Community meets the second Monday of the month at The Cove in downtown McKinney for a pot-luck gathering. It’s a wonderful group of like-minded, talented and appropriately named creative people. We are artists, writers, photographers, dancers, musicians, and the list goes on. We get together for camaraderie, sharing our “New and good news,” meeting new people, and chatting with old friends. Then, we always have an inspirational guest speaker.

Yesterday, our guest speaker was Carolyn Selby, owner and baker/designer of Cookies In Bloom. Carolyn talked about leaving the chaotic corporate world to follow her passion, starting her own business and being her own boss.

When asked what keeps her going and motivated, she explained how delighted she is when people rave about the special personalized gifts they give or receive. Making people happy and loving what you do is motivation enough.

The cookies are delicious and beautiful. We all found out first hand when we were treated to some yummy samples, and saw a few tasty examples.

If you’re feeling creative, they also sell kits to make or share your own yummy creations. You can special order, pick up and/or ship your delicious edible gifts at their location. They are also a full service U.S. Post Office, at 2001 Central Circle, #107, McKinney.

Stop by or check out the website.

http://www.cookiesinbloom.com/M/index.aspx

We have such a great time at our McKinney Creative Community meetings. We have great food, talented guest speakers and members, and most of all, we share our love of community.

Montage Monday:) A Week In A Peek

12 Mar

“I’ve found that luck is quite predictable. If you want more luck, take more chances. Be more active. Show up more often.”

~Brian Tracy

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I can’t believe how each week flies by. Another busy week of making new friends and spending time with old friends. Faith, friends, family, food and fun. That’s what makes the world go round.

A week in a peek.