Monday, February 27, 2006

Sunday, February 27, 2006

O had a sore throat on Friday. On Saturday she developed cold symptoms. During the night before Sunday dawn she woke up saying she was having a hard time breathing. She took two doses of Albuterol as usual, but they didn't help, so she took a third. In the morning she needed more Albuterol, and we called the pediatrician. Though it was Sunday morning the office was open, with Dr. L covering. We took O in. Dr. L gave two nebulizer treatments, which seemed to work. We went home at 11:30, stopping at CVS to get Pulmicort and at Bruegger's to pick up some bagels. At 1:30 O had trouble breating again. We called Dr. L, who advised us to take her to the ER. We went to Albany Med, which started more nebulizer treatments as well as oral Prednisone. The nebulizer treatments appeared to help at least temporarily, but the wheezing did not go away. Her heart rate increasing, O started getting Xopenex instead of Albuterol. A saline drip was started, and O was now receiving IV magnesium. In the evening it was decided to admit her. She (and M) spent the night on a pediatric floor, where O received more nebulizer treatments and a Prednisone drip. In the morning her pediatrician Dr. S examined her. Though she was still wheezing, Dr. S thought that if O felt comfortable with the idea, we could go home and continue with the nebulizer and oral Prednisone. He assured us that it was unlikely that we would find ourselves in the ER again tonight. So we are home. I picked up the medications (had to go to two CVS pharmacies to fill the three prescriptions), and the nebulizer apparatus was delivered and demonstrated to us. We ate leftover hummus and Chinese food and enjoyed a DVD of Just Like Heaven starring Reese Witherspoon and Mark Ruffalo. It is 9:45 PM. Olivia has gotten her first nebulizer treatment. We will probably wake her up later tonight for another. We have received several calls and e-mails expressing concern and best wishes.

Friday, February 24, 2006

The Haunted House

A ghost story told by Mary Murphy.

If the link doesn’t work, try the echo on Ourmedia.

Sasha Cohen


Monday, February 20, 2006

Monday, February 20, 2006

There are no computers in heaven.

Sunday, February 19, 2006

City Screensaver

Based on City.

Added to yesterday’s files:

Unix (but not Mac)


Wednesday, February 22, 2006. Added some others to the above.

Saturday, February 18, 2006

Java Screensavers

Unix (but not Mac) version

Windows version

Based on Magnificat and Surrender Dorothy. If you can't see these applets, you probably can’t run the screensaver. See the README.txt after unzipping the downloaded file.

Friday, February 17, 2006

The Wicked Stepmother

performed by Mary Murphy. Don’s miss.

Surrender Dorothy

; ;


Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Meaning in the Our Father

Time, Talent, and Treasure

Hear <> Read


Luke 1:46–55

Hear the Gospel Scenes version.

On the Holy Family

Hear <> Read

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Lincoln’s Birthday.

[The] feeling of being in the presence of a Person should permeate all intellectual endeavor. We should always be aware that through the concepts and words a Person is revealing himself, and leaving traces of presence. This is the theological principle of St. Thomas:

Now, whoever believes, assents to someone’s words (someone who sees what we cannot); so that, in every form of belief, the person to whose words assent is given seems to hold the chief place and to be the end as it were; while the things one holds on that person’s authority hold a secondary place (Summa Theologica, 2/2, XI, 1, c).

The Way of Silent Love: Carthusian Novice Conferences—The Beatitudes (London and Kalamazoo, Cistercian Publications, 1993), Conference VIII.


The World is a Village

and most of its inhabitants are village idiots.

Saturday, February 11, 2006


This section of Gospel Scenes (read) begins in Tiberius Caesar's Fifteenth Year (hear).

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Even the one human who is God died. Only the one human who is God was truly human.

Friday, February 10, 2006

How the Snake Got Its Rattles

story by Julius Lester, performed by Mary Murphy

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Thursday, February 9, 2006

I’ll be a very different person if I get to heaven.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006


40 Spinners A Java applet. Select “Spinners” and click on the MW button.

Monday, February 06, 2006

February 5, 2006

Happy e4.077537537th Birthday to Bob Merkin of Planet Vleeptron.