7 Quick Takes: ABCDEF Cookie Monster

— 1 —

This is the cutest thing ever.

A little girl named Joey has been tasked with singing the alphabet song with Kermit on “Sesame Street,” but she’s entirely preoccupied with inserting Cookie Monster into the proceedings and giggling. Jim Henson, who’s puppeteering Kermit, notably breaks character just a little bit as he tries to avoid laughing, gets through the alphabet (while Joey is still giggling), then–playing along–has Kermit “stomp off” in irritation. Joey, undeterred, finishes the segment with an ending that you’d have to have a heart of stone not to love.

— 2 —

If you don’t mind, I’d appreciate a few prayers, because my day job employer has hit a very rough patch and we simply don’t know what’s going to happen. It’s a fairly well-known company, so I won’t elaborate, but I have a lot to think about over the holidays.

— 3 —

Maybe it’s the election, but I keep thinking of a couple lines from an English translation of “O Salutaris Hostia”: “Our foes press on from every side/thine aid, supply; thy strength, bestow.”

— 4 —

But enough unhappy. Back to happy. Let’s talk Epiphany, for which the choir at my normal parish will be doing a Scott Soper gem, “Child of the Poor,” that can alternate verses with “What Child Is This.”

I love this one, and it’s a keeper for future years.

— 5 —

For Christmas, the choir is getting choral books. They don’t know this yet, of course, but also, most of then don’t use the Interwebz regularly. We tend to sing only the melody for a lot of stuff, and that will continue for congregation pieces, but I’m intent on upping the amount of choral stuff we do.

— 6 —

Did Cardinal Dolan really float a return to meatless Fridays? I mean, I’ll do it if the bishops ever OK it, and it might be good for my diet, but eep. I’m not a big fish person. Although my taco place does have shrimp tacos.

— 7 —

Actual thing I did the other day: drank a beer on my train home while listening to Catholic radio podcasts. As far as Catholic podcasts go, I listen to The Catholic Guy, Busted Halo, and Catholic Answers (and occasionally Jimmy Akin’s). I’m open to other suggestions, too.

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