1. Many years ago I started the tradition of decorating our dining room windows according to the season or the nearest holiday. Unfortunately I frequently don’t get around to doing the job until the eve of a holiday, and then, having put all that effort into beautifying the windows, leave the decorations up for one month after the holiday or until the neighbors complain, whichever comes first. Today I’m pleased to report that our dining room windows have already been decked in autumnal trimmings, and it isn’t even October yet.
2. Although I’ve been a fan Headline Bistro for some time, it has been more in theory than in practice. Then I got tired of excusing myself from conversations on current events, ostensibly because of some urgent situation, but actually because I had nothing to contribute. So I subscribed to Headline Bistro’s daily update service, and last week I started actually reading the articles. Because Catholics really DO “need to know.”
3. The summer I was 19, I was hired to sell TV Guide magazine by phone. I did a lousy job. My supervisor thought I might do better with a different product, so he tried me on selling wild rice to restauranteurs. I did a lousy job. Then my supervisor had me sell upscale baby toys to new parents. I did a lousy job. My famously futile career in sales ended when I returned to school. But this past Saturday, I once again had to play salesman, this time at the side of my young Cub Scout. We sat outside a neighborhood sandwich shop near a sign exhorting passersby to buy their SCOUT POPCORN HERE!” Gerard sold over $100 worth of popcorn, and, despite my repugnance for the whole sales thing, I helped. Sometimes, success simply means stepping outside one’s comfort zone.